Kylyssa is an artist who works in a wide variety of media that has included fondant since 2008. She enjoys creating and sharing sweet tips.
Learn to Make an Adorable Skull Cake with Rolled Fondant
Skulls used to be considered scary but now, they're a popular preteen fashion accessory. Cute skulls are found in jewelry with little pink bows or fairy wings. They can be found on socks and hoodies in girlie pink or purple, sporting bows or accompanied by hearts.
This cake is the perfect blend of cool and cute. It's just a little bit goth but it's still a whole lot girlie-girl. While it would be great for a teen or preteen birthday party it would also make a neat cake to celebrate the day of the dead or even Halloween.
I've created step-by-step directions so you can create a cute skull cake for whatever occasion.
Image Credit: All photos and drawings by Kylyssa Shay unless otherwise noted.
Materials You'll Need to Make a Cute Skull Cake
- Fondant in black, white, pink, and lime green.
- A cake, your choice of flavor.
- Frosting, your choice of flavor, enough to cover the cake.
- Chocolate chips.
- A craft knife such as an X-Acto knife or similar.
- Waxed paper.
- Non-stick cooking spray, preferably unflavored.
- A thin metal spatula.
- A rolling pin, preferably a non-wood type.
- A paper skull cutie template.
Fondant Recipes for Your Skull Cutie Cake
You can use commercial fondant to make this cake or you can make your own.
You can find my favorite recipe for fondant at How To Make Decorating Fondant for Cakes including variations such as chocolate fondant and colored fondant.
Or You Can Use Pre-made Fondant to Make Your Skull Cake
Skull Cutie Template - Make your own paper template or print out mine to make a cute skull cake
Print out this image in whatever size you desire to use as a template for the fondant cut outs.
White Sugary Skulls
Roll out the white fondant and cut out nine skulls with a craft knife using the paper template as a guide. To prevent sticking and to make the knife slide more easily through the fondant, spray the blade with non-stick cooking spray and wipe it gently on a paper towel between cut outs.
Set Aside the Fondant Decorations Until Ready to Use
Use a well-greased metal spatula to gently transfer the fondant decorations to a piece of wax paper and set them aside until ready to use.
Pink Fondant Bows and Girls - Adorable Hoodie and Bow for Your Skulls to Wear
Roll out the hot pink fondant and cut out three bows and three hoodie girls with a craft knife using the paper template.
Set them aside on wax paper until ready to use.
Green Fondant Hearts and Bows
To accent your skull cake
Roll out the lime green fondant and cut out four hearts and six bows with a craft knife using the paper template.
Set these aside on wax paper until ready to use.
Making the Skulls Cute
Attach the bows to the fondant skulls using a drop of water. It will dissolve a small amount of the sugar and weld the decoration on as it dries.
Assembling the Hoodie Girls
Moisten the "face" of a hoodie cut out with water then gently lay a skull with a green bow on top as pictured. The water will glue it together. Allow all of the pieces to dry for an hour or so for easier handling.
Preparing the Cake
- Getting it Ready to Apply the Fondant Decorations
Put the cake on whatever serving dish or carrying container you will be using. To keep it from moving around, put a dab of frosting on the plate before setting it in place.
Frost the cake with a thin layer of frosting (traditional butter-cream, ganache, etc.) on top and sides.
Roll out the chocolate fondant and cover the cake, gently smoothing it down with your hands or a plastic fondant smoother. Use a knife or pizza cutter to remove any excess fondant.
Use a damp towel to wipe any smudges of frosting from the plate. Don't worry too much if the bottom edges of the fondant aren't perfect; you are going to surround your creation with chocolate chips and you can hide a lot of less-than-perfect edges that way.
A fondant smoother is a good investment if you plan to cover a lot of cakes with rolled fondant because, believe me, smoothing it with your hands can drive a person bonkers trying to get it smooth and even looking.
Decorating the Skull Cake - What to Do Once All the Fondant Decorations are Ready
Lightly moisten the bottom of each cutout with water before applying it to the cake.
Put one green fondant heart in the center of the top of the cake and lay three skull hoodie girls on the top of the cake as shown.
Then put three skulls with pink bows evenly spaced on the top of the cake between the hoodie girls.
Press the remaining three skulls into the sides of the cake, lined up under the fondant hoodie girls.
Add the remaining three green hearts to the sides of the cake, evenly spaced between the fondant skulls.
To finish off the plating, pour semi-sweet chocolate chips around the cake on the plate.
What's in Your Skull? - Would You Like a Cute Skull Cake?
Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on June 25, 2014:
This is the perfect cake for Halloween
bpratt lm on April 26, 2014:
So cute! I know my cousin would love this cake! Thanks for sharing your awesome lens :)
Lynda Makara from California on April 22, 2014:
That's very cute!
Adam Turner on August 30, 2012:
Nice lens, thanks!
Odille Rault from Gloucester on May 02, 2012:
A very cute skull cake! I know someone who will love this - I'll pass it on to her. :)
anonymous on November 07, 2011:
I must show this page to my Girls. They like baking and I think the skulls will appeal to them!
anonymous on May 13, 2011:
What a cute cake idea. I love it.
fluffanutta from UK on October 13, 2010:
This would be a great cake to make for Halloween! :o)
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 23, 2010:
What a fabulous cake! Perfect for a home with little ones on Halloween. I have always wanted to try making a fondant cake and you make them look so easy.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 26, 2010:
Yikes! Nicely done...
anonymous on June 22, 2009:
This is utterly adorable.