Recipes: Tasty Halloween Treats to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

25 Oct 2017
Recipes: Tasty Halloween Treats to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth Amy Poore

Halloween treats are a must if you’re planning on attending any gatherings in coming days. I thought I’d offer up a couple of different options, including a healthier option, a Candy Corn Treat that’s oh-so-simple to make and really cute. But really, this Pumpkin Torte Cake will be the crown jewel of your Halloween party. It’s rich, sweet, elegant and festive. Enjoy your spooky holiday and bon appétit!

Pumpkin Torte Cake

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size) 

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided 

1/2 cup milk 

4 large eggs 

1/3 cup canola oil 

1.5 teaspoons pumpkin spice, divided 

1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened 

1 cup confectioner's sugar 

1 (16 oz.) tub of cool whip, thawed 

1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping 

1/3 cup pecans, toasted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Beat on a low speed for 30 seconds. Then increase speed to medium for 2 minutes more. 

Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. You could also use the Pam baking spray.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 

Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and place on baking racks to finishing cooling completely.

Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

Slowly add the confectioners sugar, remaining pumpkin and remaining pumpkin spice. Continue to beat until smooth.

Next, fold in whipped topping.

Evenly cut cakes horizontally so you have four layers. Place bottom layer on serving plate, top and evenly spread with 1/4 of the filling. Repeat the layers three more times.

Finally, drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with pecans.

Keep stored in the refrigerator.


Heathy Candy Corn Treat

Mandarin oranges, drained 

Pineapple chunks, drained 

Whipped cream 

Candy Corn candies 


In a clear glass of your choice layer pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges.

Top with whipped cream and garnish with a candy corn. Enjoy!

Amy Poore is a mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at 

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!


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