Trick-or-Treat Cake

Trick-or-Treat Cake

Although my personal costume selection has evolved over the years (please let all pictures from my college years be lost forever), kids’ costumes really have not changed. In my youth, our costumes were usually hand sewn by my mom, with the exception of the highly flammable Bart Simpson costume I wore when I was 5. Most girls dressed as Penn State or Steelers cheerleaders that year. But costumes for kids, whether store-bought or hand-sewn have always been cute. And as I made this Trick-or-Treat cake, I realized that the candy selection has stayed the same, too.

Trick-or-Treat Cake
Classic Halloween Candy Top this Ice Cream and Brownie Cake

Hands down, the best trick-or-treat candies are the classics: Snickers, Kit Kat, Reeses, Twix. You could also make a case for Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and even Butterfingers. So I was pretty psyched last year when my toddler was willing to go trick-or-treat for candy on my behalf. She was too young to care about the actual candy she was receiving (lucky for me), but was pleased as punch to yell “TICK OR TREAT!” at every house. However, I fear that this year she is slightly wiser to the true benefits of the holiday and my personal candy stash will take a hit.

Regardless, everyone ends up with too much candy at the end of the night. If you have kids, they come home with a metric ton of candy, and if you handed candy out, there’s usually way too much left over. And then you either eat it all yourself or take it to the office and share it with your co-workers. This year, resist that urge to force your candy on others share your candy. Instead, make this Trick-or-Treat Cake! It’s super easy and so much fun. And, its DELICIOUS.

Trick-or-Treat Cake

Trick-or-Treat Cake feels like a special treat, but its also a great way to use up that candy and get it out of the house. And, anything goes! Any candy will do – although I like to stick to the aforementioned classics. Speaking of classics, I’m wondering if there are any polyester Bart Simpson costumes out there I could wear this year as I take my little Pineapple and “All the Princesses” Princess* door-to-door. BRB, doing some research.

*Looking for advice on how to create an All the Princesses Princess costume.

Trick-or-Treat Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr

Trick-or-Treat Cake is an amazing way to use up that leftover Halloween candy. This fun dessert is cute, imaginative and so delicious. Your kids won't even care that you stole their candy! ; )

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Brownies, Cake, Dessert, Halloween, Holiday, Special Occasion
Keyword: Brownies, Cake, Candy, Chocolate, Halloween, Ice Cream, Vanilla
  • 1 pkg brownie mix (I prefer Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate)
  • 1/2 quart vanilla ice cream (any flavor, really)
  • 1 1/2 c chocolate Halloween candy, roughly chopped (I used Snickers, Reeses, Twix and Kit Kats)
  • 1/4 c M&Ms
  1. Prepare the brownies per the package directions.* If possible, use a 9x13 pan as you want a thinner brownie. You can also use a 9x9 square pan, but you may need to cut a layer off the top.

  2. Allow brownies to cool completely. Remove the ice cream from the freezer to thaw. While ice cream is thawing, cut out the center of the brownie in a 9 inch circle to place into the cake pan (see photo). Don't worry, this doesn't have to be perfect. 

  3. Gently press the brownie into the greased cake pan until the surface of the brownie is even and firm. Spread a healthy layer of slightly thawed ice cream on top of the brownie. 

  4. Sprinkle the chocolate pieces all over the top of the ice cream. Fill in with M&Ms for color.

Recipe Notes

* Cook the brownies the whole way. I usually like to slightly undercook my brownies so they are nice and chewy, but you want these cooked thoroughly. 


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