How to Make a Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake

Our Halloween Ghost Train Cake

Halloween Ghost Train Cake TutorialOur Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake is truly one of the easiest Halloween cake designs I have ever created.  I wanted a cake design that children could make with a little help.  I believe this no-bake Halloween Train Cake is perfect for big and little hands.

By simply layering store-bought Devils Food Squares, Swiss Cake Rolls and candy, we created this Halloween Ghost Train Cake.  I will share the step by step instructions to make our Halloween Ghost Train Cake, but please feel free to deviate from our design and make your own original Halloween Train Cake.

By now, you have probably already noticed that I keep saying “our”.  Usually I create and make my own cakes, cupcakes and cookie designs alone.  However, when I told my son I would be making a Halloween Ghost Train Cake, he wanted to help.  Of course, I was more than happy to have him join me in the kitchen.  In the end, the original design was greatly improved with his assistance.

You won’t believe how easy and cute it is to make our Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake.

 

Our Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

Ingredients Needed to Make a Chocolate Halloween Ghost Train Cake

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

  • Little Debbie Devils Squares or Square Brownies
  • Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls
  • Little Debbie Bat Brownie
  • Chocolate Frosting (use to glue pieces together)
  • Butterscotch
  • Ghost Peeps
  • Pumpkin Peeps
  • Candy Pumpkins
  • Candy Corn Spice Drops
  • Hershey’s Candy Bar
  • 2 Snack Size Candy Bars (Milky Way or Snickers)
  • Nonpareils

 Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Frosting – 16 ozCheck Price LITTLE DEBBIE SNACK SWISS ROLLS CHOCOLATE & CREME 12 CTCheck Price

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Halloween Ghost Train Cake Engine

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

Step by Step Instructions for Making a Halloween Ghost Train Engine

Use Chocolate Frosting to “Glue” Pieces Together

Step 1: “Glue” 2 Devil Squares together with Chocolate Frosting, (Engine Body)

Step 2:  Cut 1/4″ off one long side of the Devil Square combined piece

Step 3:  Cut the strip into 3 sections to use as supports for the Engine body frame.

Step 4:  On the bottom of the Engine body frame, “glue” 1 section of cut strip on either end edge and 1 section in the center

Step 5: “Glue” a Swiss Cake Roll to the top of the Engine body frame. (See photo for placement)

Step 6:  Using 2 more Devil Squares, Cut one Devil Square into fourths.

Step 7: “Glue” 2 pieces of the cut Devil Square to the top back (right behind the Swiss Roll) to create the sides of the Engine Cab.

Step 8:  Place the remaining uncut Devil Square on the top of the two sides to create a roof for the engine cab. Cut to desired width and “glue” in place.

Step 9:  Using another Swiss Cake Roll, cut approx. 1/3 off one end and place it on the top center of the engine to create the smokestack.

Step 10: “Glue” 6 Butterscotch candies to the bottom of the engine as wheels. (See photo for placement)

Step 11: “Glue” a Candy Corn piece to the front of the Engine.

 Butterscotch Buttons Hard Candy, 1 LbCheck Price Brach’s Autumn Mix Candy, 11 OuncesCheck Price

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Halloween Ghost Train Cake Coal Car

Step by Step Instructions for Making a Halloween Ghost Train Coal Car

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial
Step 1:  Cut 1/4″ off one side of one Devil Square.

Step 2:  Cut the strip in half to use as supports for the Coal Car frame.

Step 3:  On the bottom of the Coal Car body frame, “glue” 1 section of cut strip on either end edge.

Step 4:  Using 4 Hershey’s Candy Bar squares, make the sides on the top of the Coal Car and “glue” in place.

Step 5: “Glue” 4 Butterscotch candies to the bottom of the engine as wheels. (See photo for placement)

Step 6:  Insert Pumpkin Peep into Coal Car.

 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, 6 ct, 9.3 ozCheck Price

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Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tanker Car

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

Step by Step Instructions for Making a Halloween Ghost Train Tanker Car

Step 1:  Cut one Devil Square in half.

Step 2: “Glue” cut Devil Square half to one whole Devil Square with Chocolate Frosting, (Tanker Car Body)

Step 3:  Cut 1/4″ off one long side of the Devil Square combined piece

Step 4:  Cut the strip into 3 sections to use as supports for the Tanker Car body frame.

Step 5:  On the bottom of the Tanker Car body frame, “glue” 1 section of cut strip on either end edge and 1 section in the center

Step 6: “Glue” a Swiss Cake Roll to the top of the Engine body frame. (See photo for placement)

Step 7: “Glue” 6 Butterscotch candies to the bottom of the engine as wheels. (See photo for placement)

Step 8: “Glue” Pumpkin Candy piece to the top of the Tanker Car.

 

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Box Car

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

Step by Step Instructions for Making a Halloween Ghost Train Box Car

Step 1: “Glue” 2 Devil Squares together with Chocolate Frosting, (Box Car Body)

Step 2:  Cut 1/4″ off one long side of the Devil Square combined piece

Step 3:  Cut the strip into 3 sections to use as supports for the Engine body frame.

Step 4:  On the bottom of the Boxcar body frame, “glue” 1 section of cut strip on either end edge and 1 section in the center

Step 5: “Glue” Hershey’s Candy Bar sections together on top of the Box Car to form the walls.

Step 6: “Glue” 6 Butterscotch candies to the bottom of the engine as wheels. (See photo for placement)

Step 7:  “Glue” Bat Brownie* to Front of Box Car.

Step 8:  Arrange Ghost Peeps in the Boxcar.

*Little Debbie Bat Brownies are Seasonal ~ Check for Availability

 Peeps Halloween Pumpkin & Ghost Marshmallow Treats Value Pack of 4 (2 Ghost and 2 Pumpkin)Check Price Little Debbie Bat Brownies – 6 CTCheck Price

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Halloween Ghost Train Cake Caboose

Halloween Ghost Train Cake Tutorial

Step by Step Instructions for Making a Halloween Ghost Train Caboose

Step 1: Cut 1/4″ off one side of one Devil Square.

Step 2: Cut the strip in half to use as supports for the Coal Car frame.

Step 3: On the bottom of the Coal Car body frame, “glue” 1 section of cut strip on either end edge.

Step 4: “Glue” 2 snack size Candy Bars together to make the center section of the top of the Caboose and “glue” in place.

Step 5: “Glue” 4 Butterscotch candies to the bottom of the engine as wheels. (See photo for placement)

Step 6: Top with a Nonpareil.

 MARS Chocolate Caramel Lovers Fun Size Candy Bars Variety Mix 37.7-Ounce 60-Piece BagCheck Price Bulk Dark Chocolate Nonpareils Candy, 1.5 Lb. BagCheck Price

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Setting the Train on a Sheet Cake

Our Finished Halloween Ghost Train measures approx. 16″.
If you wish to set the train on a sheet cake, you will only want to make 3 sections of the train.

 

 

You May Also Wish to Make Our Chocolate Halloween Ghost Castle Cake

Halloween Haunted House CakeHow to Make a Chocolate Halloween Ghost Castle Cake

The Chocolate Halloween Ghost Castle Cake is another Sylvestermouse original Halloween no-bake cake that you will find right here!

You may even wish to pair the Halloween Ghost Castle Cake and the Halloween Ghost Train Cake together for a hauntingly fabulous edible Halloween table centerpiece or decoration.

 

Halloween Ghost Cake Train Tutorial
©2012 Cynthia Sylvestermouse – This article was originally posted on a different site.  Moved due to original site closure.

 

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I love cooking and I have been known to scurry around the kitchen, creating my own unique masterpieces. Creatively speaking there is not much I won't try and I have found one of my greatest joys in life is making our house a home. As a contributor on Cooking for the Holidays, I will be sharing my own recipes, cooking tips, and my love for working and playing in the kitchen!

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  1. Susan says:

    I recognized the Little Debbie products in the picture of the ghost train. I love Little Debbie cakes! What a fun project for Halloween! I’d love to do this with help from the kids.

  2. Louanne says:

    That looks like so much fun to make, and delicious to eat too!

  3. I remember this chocolate Halloween ghost train and still think it’s the cutest and most original ‘cake’ I’ve ever seen. Very clever…. and delicious-looking!

  4. Looks pretty yummy does your Halloween ghost train and what delight a child would have at seeing it come to life. Great tutorial, Cynthia!

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