Recipes: Jack-O’-Lantern Oranges and Halloween Poke Cake

Here are some great Halloween recipes to make this a night to remember.

Looking for last-minute Halloween recipe ideas? Impress your guests with these two crafty treats courtesy of Quaker Valley student Hannah Blizzard.

Interested? Here's what you need to know: 

Jack-o’-Lantern Oranges


  • 8 small navel oranges
  • 1 small apple, chooped
  • 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes
  • Slivered almonds and whole cloves


  • Choose which side of each orange will be the jack-o'-lantern's face; cut a thin slice from the bottom of each so that it rests flat. 
  • Cut another small slice from the top. Spoon out pulp. Chop pulp and combine with apple and grapes; set aside.
  • Cut faces as desired; decorate with cloves and almonds. Spoon fruit mixture into jack-o'-lanterns. 

Yields: 8 servings.

Halloween Poke Cake


  • 1 package fudge marble cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 to 15 candy pumpkins


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. 
  • Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. 
  • With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake about 2 inches apart. 
  • Slowly pour gelatin over cake. 
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. 
  • Spread over cake; top with candy pumpkins. 
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving. 


Yields: 12-15 servings.


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