Here's the deal: Start by baking your favorite cake--from a box, from scratch, whatever--and frost it as you normally would. Then, rather than serve it plain (because that is just boring), decorate it with one of our clever ideas, each of which uses some of that Halloween candy you've got lying around. Just wait until you see what we did with some leftover Twix bars. 

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

M&Ms

Here's a colorful way to decorate a cake: Use round, colorful candies (we like M&M's, but Skittles or Reese's Pieceswould also do the trick) to form stripes around the outside of the cake. On top, you can either continue the stripes all the way across or make concentric circles (start at the edge and work your way in).

 

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Candy Necklaces

First, make a bunting: Cut the string of a candy necklace and remove a few pieces so you have at least ¾ inch of string on each side. Tie each end to a wooden skewer. Repeat with another candy necklace, but make this one a little shorter. Then decorate the cake itself: Cut more necklaces to line the top and bottom edges, pressing the candies into the frosting a bit so they stay in place.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

KitKats

Place any type of tall, skinny candy or cookie around the outside of the cake to create a decorative border. (We chose KitKats, natch.)

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Lollipops

Frost your cake all swirly (i.e., don't make it perfect), and then stick lollipops in the top. Be sure to push the sticks down far enough so that they don't show (or fall over). Coordinate the colors (we thought all white was a classy touch), but mix up the sizes, shapes and textures.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Twix

This one works best on a sheet cake. Choose a long, thin candy bar like, say, Twix--but in mini size. Start by placing three pieces of candy vertically at the top left corner of the frosted cake,lining up the pieces directly beside each other. Below the square you just made, make another, this time running the candy horizontally. Repeat all over the cake, alternating between vertical and horizontal squares until the cake is fully covered.

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