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Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Cake Recipe

Looking for Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Cake Recipe? This cake is easy to make and is perfect for anyone who loves this Halloween classic. The tie dye cake is bright, colorful and simply delicious. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Nightmare Before Christmas Cake
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 583.25 kcal
Author Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons


  • 2 boxes of French Vanilla Cake mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 1 C unsalted butter softened
  • Pink, Yellow and Teal Gel Food coloring

Vanilla Frosting

  • 3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 6 C powder sugar
  • 5-7 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Pink, Yellow, Teal and Black Gel Food coloring
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cake pans with pam baking spray
  2. Follow the directions on the back of the cake boxes
  3. Divide the batter into three bowls
  4. Mix a few drops of pink gel food coloring into 1 one bowl until combined
  5. Mix a few drops of yellow gel food coloring into the second bowl until combined
  6. Mix a few drops of teal gel food coloring into third bowl until combined
  7. Scoop about 1/4 C of the yellow cake batter into the cake pan
  8. Scoop 1/4 C of the teal cake batter into the cake pan next to the yellow
  9. Scoop 1/4 C of the pink cake batter into the cake pan on top of the teal
  10. Repeat steps one more time in one pan
  11. Repeat steps in the remaining two cake pans
  12. bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  13. Allow to cool completely
  14. Remove the cakes from the cake pans and place them onto a cutting board
  15. Place one cake onto the cake board and use the cake leveler to remove the dome from the cake
  16. Repeat steps with remaining two layers

Vanilla frosting directions :

  1. Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the food coloring and beat until smooth and stiff peaks form
  2. Scoop 1 C of frosting into 3 bowls bowls
  3. Mix in the several drops of black food coloring into the remaining frosting
  4. Mix in 1 color into each bowl
  5. Scoop each color into its own piping bag
  6. Scoop 1/2 C of Black frosting into the 4th piping bag

Building the cake

  1. Place one cake layer onto the cake board
  2. Scoop about 1 C of black frosting onto the first cake layer and spread evenly
  3. Place the second cake layer on top of the first layer of frosting
  4. Scoop another C of frosting on top of the second layer of cake and spread evenly
  5. Place the last cake layer on top
  6. Using the remaining black frosting frost entire cake and smooth frosting
  7. Place into the fridge for several hours
  8. Decorating the cake
  9. Cut the tips off the four disposable piping bags
  10. Using the black piping bag, pipe out the lines of Sally's dress
  11. Take the Pink frosting and fill in a few of the squares or rectangles
  12. Take the teal frosting and fill in a few of the squares or rectangles
  13. Repeat the steps with the yellow and black frosting
  14. Using the remaining the black frosting, pipe out the details of the dress
  15. Place into the fridge again to allow the frosting to harden up
  16. Cut into the slices and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 583.25 Calories from Fat 311
% Daily Value*
Fat 34.5g53%
Saturated Fat 21.35g133%
Cholesterol 126.95mg42%
Sodium 328.76mg14%
Potassium 85.17mg2%
Carbohydrates 66.24g22%
Fiber 0.47g2%
Sugar 48.65g54%
Protein 4.23g8%
Vitamin A 1092.44IU22%
Calcium 136.53mg14%
Iron 1.05mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.