Eddie Jackson’s Top 3 Halloween Cake Tips

There’s no better season to indulge in frightfully delicious treats than Halloween. It’s the time of year when we get to embrace that sweet tooth, try new sugary things, and let our creativity soar. That’s particularly true in the cake department.


No one knows that more than The Big Bake: Halloween judge Eddie Jackson. The former NFL player turned celebrity chef has some key tips on how to turn a ghoulish old cake into a delightful Halloween creation.

Think seasonal flavours

Want to take your Halloween cake to scary new heights? Embrace the season and all it has to offer in food form. The weather outside is cooling off, which means it’s a great time to add some unexpected warmth to your bake. Pause summery flavours like lavender and lemon and think of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or that good old annual favourite, pumpkin spice.

Related: This Pumpkin Spice Affogato Tastes Like Fall

Add candy

An easy and fun way to add instant flavour and pizazz to any cake is via candy. Store-bought, homemade, or even leftover Halloween candy does the trick here. According to Eddie, the most important thing to remember is to embrace your inner child and enjoy the process. “Have a little bit of fun, and I guarantee you it’s going to pack the flavour,” he says.

Related: Make This Candy-Filled Pumpkin Pail Cake for Halloween

Jack O Lantern Cake

Decorate to the max

Halloween decor isn’t just for the house! It’s perfectly acceptable to deck out your baked goods too. Whether that’s adding some edible eyeballs or melting spider webs onto your cake, the added ambiance will make your final creation taste that much better. So get scary and have some fun with your decorating. It’s Halloween, after all!

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Want more ideas on how to spookify your cakes? Watch the video above and catch up on episodes of The Big Bake: Halloween on Food Network Canada. Stream Food Network Canada with a STACKTV subscription. Try it free today.