Scary Sweets: 7 Halloween Desserts for a Spirited Finish

Here are seven Halloween desserts for revelers – no costume necessary. It’s trick-or-treating time!

To get in the spirit of the season, pastry chefs are designing spine-chilling sweets that evoke the symbols of the day.

The Black Skull Cake at The Blvd, Beverly Hills, California

Wrap your head around this sweet skullduggery. Executive pastry chef Chris Ford layers bitter chocolate mousse, cocoa-almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache, and caramel-crunch.

On top, he creates a candy catacomb by arraying vanilla skulls sprayed with black cocoa butter.(Photo above)

Insane Trick or Treat Milkshake at Sugar Factory, Miami Beach, Florida

This ain’t no ordinary chocolate milkshake. The spooky sipper is covered with candy creepy crawlies and a ghostly cloud of whipped cream.

As a bonus, the glass is encrusted with candy corns and peanut butter cups.

 

Halloween Macarons at Ladurée, New York, New York

Joyeux Halloween! To celebrate the haunting holiday, dig into a box of treats from the Parisian patissiers.

Options include the seasonal special milk chocolate and hazelnut, as well as chocolate orange, caramel, and rose.

 

Cupcakes at Centrolina, Washington, D.C.

Pastry chef Caitlin Dysart crafts scary good sweets.

Horns sprout from devil’s food cupcakes topped with mocha ganache, while lemon cupcakes are packed with raspberry jam, slathered with coconut frosting, and haunted by a fondant ghost. #Boo-tiful.

 

The Pumpkin at Volt, Frederick, Maryland

Here’s a picture-perfect patch on a plate.

Pumpkin coconut spread, ginger crumble, nutmeg ice cream, pistachio powder, and sage “moss” complement a pumpkin made of mousse.

 

Monster Mash Bam-Boozled Shake, Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Las Vegas, Nevada

This is a graveyard smash. Powered by candy corn moonshine (yes, that’s really a thing), the shake is flavored with Franken Berry cereal and red berry swirl.

On the outside of the glass there’s green slime, candy eyeballs, vampire teeth, a zombie hand lollipop, gummy skulls, and a witch’s finger cookie.

 

Platano Y Chapulin at The Black Ant, New York, New York

What’s so scary about banana cake with banana yogurt spread and parsnips?

The fact that it’s complemented with an ice cream featuring chapulines, better known as grasshoppers north of the border.

Now do you understand why you should be screaming?

 

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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations.

Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.

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