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How to Make a Creepy-but-Cute Skull Cake in 5 Steps

Halloween is one of my most favorite times of the year, but I have a few requirements for Halloween cake decorating projects:  It must be no-fuss (Halloween is just for fun!), easy enough to make with kids and it must use candy! This simple, spooktacular skull cake fits the bill.

How to Make a Simple, Cute Skull Cake for Halloween

This simple skull cake is creepy, cute and delicious!

I gave my skull cake a pretty punk princess look, but you could finish yours any way you like. Maybe she’s a sassy pirate or flowery fiend dressed up for Dia de los Muertos. Follow along with this simple tutorial for how to make a skull cake, then get creative and have some fun with the decorations!

Simple Skull Cake Tutorial on Craftsy

All photos via Erin Bakes

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How to make a Halloween skull cake

Supplies:

  • Round cake
  • Square cake (one size down from the size of your round cake)
  • Buttercream
  • Icing spatula
  • Knife
  • Black rope licorice
  • Chewy fruit candy (like Airheads)
  • Heart cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin

Step 1: Create the skull shape

Start with a round cake that is one size larger than your square cake. I’m using a 6″ round and 4″ square.

Round cake and square cake

Trim off the bottom of your round cake a little more than 3/4 of the way down. Cut the small square cake in half. 

Trimming the cakes

Place one of the square halves below the trimmed round cake to form the skull cake shape. (How easy was that?!)

Skull Cake Shape

Step 2: Frost the cake

Split your cakes horizontally if you want lots of filling, or just fill in the gap between the round and square with buttercream frosting. 

I use a spoon to make little indents where the eyes will go. This may or may not be helpful for you depending on how you plan on finishing your cake. (I really just thought it was kind of a creepy fun thing to do while I finished the cake!)

Filling the skull cake

Finish the cake with white buttercream frosting.

Frosted skull cake | Erin Gardner | Craftsy

Step 3: Add the skull’s mouth and nose

Cut pieces of black rope licorice to add teeth to your skull. I also pinched three smaller pieces of black licorice together into a triangle to create my skull’s nose.

Skull Cake Candy Facial Features

Step 4: Add the skull’s eyes

Place a piece of chewy fruit candy onto a piece of parchment paper and microwave for 5-8 seconds. This helps to soften the candy a little and makes it easier to shape. Use your rolling pin to spread and flatten the candy before cutting with a heart cutter. Cut two hearts to use as eyes. 

Cutting Heart from Airhead Candy

Step 5: Make a cute bow

Soften another piece of chewy candy to make the skull’s bow. Trim off a ¼” wide strip of candy, then cut the remaining candy in half. 

Making a Candy Bow from Airheads

Pinch the ends of one of the larger sections of candy. Fold the piece of candy in half, bringing the pinched ends together. Repeat with the other large piece of candy.

How to Make a Bow From Airheads

Bring the pinched ends of each piece together and wrap with the thin strip of candy. Then place the bow on the skull cake head.

Making a Candy BowPurple Airheads Bow

And there you have it — a simple skull cake, perfect for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos or even a goth birthday party!

Easy Skull Cake for Halloween

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Make a Creepy-Cute Skull Cake for Halloween!

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