Halloween No-Bake Coffin Cake

This easy Halloween cake is shaped like a coffin and there’s no baking required. Simple instructions start with a frozen pound cake and gets dressed up with a white chocolate skeleton. Make it for Halloween party dessert for adults or kids.

how to make a Halloween coffin cake

Easy Halloween cake

When you know how to make a Halloween cake this easily, you’ll want to make it every year!

Today I’m kicking off the season with a cake shaped and decorated like a coffin. It’s the perfect Halloween dessert for your theme party.

This “Bone Rattling” coffin cake is simple to make and uses store bought pound cake, and icing. This would look great on your dessert buffet, or as the star dessert at your spooky Halloween themed dinner party. It’s a winner with both adults and kids alike!

I served this up at my Gothic Glam ladies night dinner party along with this black magic cocktail. It all makes for a very festive menu and the presentation is everything!

To add more spooky graveyard ideas to your party, make Halloween spinach dip in a coffin bread bowl.

how to make a Halloween coffin cake, cutting pound cake
how to make a Halloween coffin cake, displayed on black tray

How to Make a Halloween Coffin Cake

  • 1 frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 1 can of chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • White chocolate + skeleton candy mold {you may be able to find candy skeletons already made at places like Target or Walmart}
  • Piping gel or icing
  1. You will need to make your white chocolate skeletons ahead of time so they have time to set up in the refrigerator. Simply melt your chocolate using a double boiler and use a spoon to place the chocolate inside the mold. Tap out air bubbles and shave off any excess chocolate from the mold using the flat side of a knife. Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened, about 30 minutes.
  2. To make the coffin, cut off the top third of the pound cake for the lid.
  3. With the top still in place you can give your cake the shape of a coffin by cutting a thin diagonal slice off each corner near the top, and then taper down to the bottom. See picture for the tapered effect.
  4. Next, set the lid aside and begin frosting the cake as usual. Save some frosting and place in a piping bag to create a border around the perimeter of the coffin.
  5. Place the cake on a serving dish and surround it with the chocolate crumbs for ‘dirt.’ You can also place some inside the coffin where the skeleton will lay.
  6. Next, place your white chocolate candy skeleton in the coffin and write RIP on the lid using decorator gel or frosting.

Isn’t this cake festive and adorable?! It’s all about presentation, however pound cake, chocolate frosting, and chocolate graham cracker crumbs are a delicious combo too.

More Halloween dessert ideas

Here are some more sweet treats to make for a festive party.

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  1. Love this. It’s fancy creepy, which is my kind of Halloween. I need to get on the Halloween train. Thanks for the inspiration. 😉

  2. Hi Chris! This is so cool! Pinned of course to my Spooky treats board! If you get a chance stop by my blog and check my entry on Death by Candy Corn…it would make you smile! Have a great day!

  3. I never thought I’d say this…but, “I’d like to dig into that coffin!” ;p Looks delish & so creative. <3 Heidi

  4. This is just the right combo of creepy and delicious looking! So fun! Might save this for a future party when my guy is a bit older and will appreciate the creep-factor. 🙂

  5. This is total genius!!! Looks really impressive and delicious!
    Only you could make a coffin taste and look fab! 😉

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