The days are getting darker, the leaves are turning brown and coffee shops are pouring out pumpkin spice lattes at super speed - Halloween is approaching.
Dispel any summer blues with one of the most exciting traditions of the year. Like with all holidays celebrated thus far, the annual scarefest is taking on a different form in 2020. Where trick or treating was firmly on the agenda in what feels like another lifetime ago, families everywhere are taking the festivities indoors, transforming their homes into a ghoulish haunted house.
From costumes to decorations, there's still an opportunity to celebrate in the most authentically Halloween way possible but you'll need the sweet treats to match.
We're talking cakes, chocolates, biscuits are more all embellished with all the classic holiday motifs.
We may have fancied our home baking prowess at the beginning of March, but now we're ready to leave it to the experts to tickle our fright-ready taste buds in the most delicious way possible. Our favourite bakeries are bringing spell-binding dream cakes with gruesome twists to become the centrepiece of your table.
Whether you are planning a spooky themed dinner party in groups of six, or keeping it even smaller and more intimate with just the very nearest and dearest, you deserve to be treated to deliciously delicious desserts and we’ve got you covered.
See our pick of the best party food for Halloween so you can celebrate with full and satisfied bellies.
Hummingbird Bakery Halloween
The expansive Halloween selection at Hummingbird Bakery includes cupcakes, mini cupcakes, pies and whole cakes. From October 1 to 31, you will be able to order any of the products for delivery or in-store collection.
The ultimate dessert to serve at the end of fright night? This decadent sponge pinata cake that has a terrifically terrifying design and an equally exceptional taste.
Layers of soft chocolate sponge are sandwiched together with orange-coloured vanilla and topped with a vanilla frosting, sugar bats, sprinkles and the word ‘Spooky’ in red icing.
But the best part? The centre is filled with M&Ms for a surprise that will be sure to delight your guests. The 6” cake serves up to six people while the 8” option serves as many as 12.
Fortnum & Mason Halloween selection
You can always count on the luxury grocer for a suitably festive offering - whether that’s Christmas or in this case, Halloween. Look out for the Pick Your Poison Boozy Truffles (£17.95) with a mouth-watering selection of milk, dark or white chocolate truffles filled with your favourite tipple. Highlights include the Bellini - white chocolate with a centre of Fortnum’s Prosecco, Marc de Champagne and peach puree or the Milk Chocolate Lime & Gin Truffle with the in-house London Gin and lime oil.
The Trick or Treat Truffles (£17.95) are ideal for any spookfest soiree as the selection box has a few surprises up its sleeve. Disguised among the devilishly decadent array of salted caramel truffles, you may just find unexpected hot chilli, garlic and curry flavour combinations. The Three Deadly Chocolate Skulls (£6.50) combines solid milk, dark and white chocolate skulls and the Day of the Dead Iced Biscuits (£16.95) have been hand-spiced and decorated with the most authentically ghoulish designs that look almost as good as they taste.
Primrose Bakery Halloween Gift Box
Delight tiny terrors with these adorable cupcakes from Primrose Bakery. There are two sizes small with four and medium with six and each mini cake is adorned with a delicious classic Halloween motifs - pumpkins, skulls, owl, black cats and even Frankenstein's monster.
Lovely with a cuppa, the treats come in boxes of 12. There's also ghost biscuits, peanut butter spider cookies, Oreo owl cupcakes, a honeycomb layer cake, a chocolate orange marble loaf and a whole host of pumpkin-based treats. Also check out the Candy Corn Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake with a candy corn-inspired rainbow interior.
After last year’s impressive spread, we didn’t know how Konditor would top it, but the London-based bakery has pulled out all the stops for Halloween 2020. There is not one, but four cakes, as well as biscuits, a brownie slab and meringues embellished with a ghost design.
The Skull Splatter Cake is exactly how you'd imagine with a meringue skull at the centre and boarded by shards of chocolate spikes, meringue bones and red dye. The Ghost ‘Boo’ster Cake has a ghoulish themed design with a meringue ghost and chocolate and meringue spikes set on a black cobweb-like icing embellishment. The Boo Delicious replaces the ghost for a ‘Boo’ inscription in meringue with streaky orange icing, while last but certainly not least, you can get the Trick or Treat Border Cake with black iced lettering, meringue kisses and mini chocolate chip spiders.
The cakes can either be made from lemon chiffon, chocolate noisette, red velvet, sticky toffee or our personal favourite, curly whirly. They come in 5”, 7” or 10” varieties serving 3-4, 8-12 or 20-24 respectively.
Flavourtown Bakery Halloween
For the most bewitching night of the year, you can count on Flavourtown to pull out all the stocks with an epic dessert.
We could hardly choose between the scarily good offering this year so wanted to put both the cake and cupcake offering on the table.
The first show-stopping spooky option comes in the form of the Monster Cake - offered in pink, blue, green, yellow and orange with slight variety in the detailing. They have either a chocolate or vanilla sponge flavour and four layers to really eat your heart out. There’s also the Pink Skull Cake with a more classic design - pink chocolate skulls around the trim, pink buttercream frosting and a touch of sprinkle. They come in 6”, 8” or 10” sizes.
Biscuiteers Halloween collection
Get your tastebuds tingling with Biscuiteers’ selection of iced biscuit that will bring the scare factor to your soiree.
Not for the faint hearted, the brand’s signature treats have been given a gruesome twist to feature either beautifully-piped skulls, ghosts, pumpkins, mummy ginger breads, witches, toads, and many, many more. All the products have brightly coloured and eye-popping designs that are as fun as they are delicious.
Can’t choose your favourite, opt for the Haunted House Biscuit Tin for a mix of the best.
Pleesecakes ‘No Tricks, All Treats’ Build Your Own at Home kit
Cheesecake specialists Pleesecakes has launched a BYO (that’s Build Your Own) kit so you can decorate your own creations - a great activity to do with kids.
Until October 31, the brand is treating customers to a very special limited-edition Halloween variety, packed with everything they need to adorn their cakes with a fear-inducing design.
Ideal for filling the trick or treating void, you will get a frozen base and filling as well as green-coloured white chocolate ganache, toppings and a cake board so you can try your hand at compiling the creation pictured.
You only need 72 hours notice and you can have your BYOAH box delivered straight to your home. Each cake serves 8-10.
Cutter & Squidge Halloween
Cutter & Squidge has created a hypnotic collection of little and large cakes using all natural ingredients without artificial colours or flavourings.
The Soho-based bakery’s much-loved 'biskie' – a sandwiched dessert that's a delicious cross between a cake and a cookie – comes in a variety of forms and you can try them all in this Halloween selection box.
The Cookie Monster Biskie has a green coconut ‘fur’, a strawberry tongue and a chocolate buttercream and cookies filling. There are also cake truffles, macarons and they come in a box of 12 or 24.
Lola’s Halloween Cupcakes
A must for any Halloween party spread, this devilish batch from Lola’s really looks the part with colourful icing and spooky trimmings.
Moist chocolate, vanilla or a combination of the two sponges are topped with buttercream frosting and delicately finished with creepy touches like an edible skull, a ghost or sugar bats. The cupcakes are offered in both regular and tiny sizes.
The beloved bakery is also offering the Haunted Fantasy cake - a vanilla sponge filled with raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream and adorned with weird and wonderful skull and cobweb design and the Halloween Spider Layer Cake - a vanilla or chocolate sponge with coloured buttercream, chocolate ganache drip and ghoulish goodies.
Parisian tea label Mariage Frères are making sure you are in for a fright this Halloween with trick or treats infused with tea.
The Millecake au thé Midnight Magic spooky sponge cake is layered with chocolate yuzu and has an infusion of Midnight Magic Tea.