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. Here are seven Halloween desserts for revelers – no costume necessary.
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. Make a reservation at the Blvd.
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. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
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. Make a reservation at Ladurée.
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. Make a reservation at Centrolina.
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. Make a reservation at Volt.