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3D Skull Cake Recipes and Creepy Decorating Ideas

Powdered Skull Cake

Skull Cake

Skull Cake

Make a Scary Skull Cake for Halloween or a Party

With a 3D skull cake mold made by Wilton, you can easily create a scary skull cake for your next Halloween or Pirate party.

The first year I saw this 3-D skull cake at Michael's, I didn't get one. They were soon out of stock after Halloween and nowhere to be found. Fortunately, Wilton started making them again this year and I ordered one during the summer. Once I had the pan, I went in search of recipes and ideas. The Skull pan comes with a Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake recipe, but I wanted more cake ideas and recipe choices.

What you will find are a variety of skull recipes ranging from the most basic and easiest to the more decorative and ones requiring more work.

With the many different types of cakes that can be created from this 3-D skull mold, this skeleton head mold is a very popular one.

It is perfect for Halloween and other haunted parties. Get one while you can.

3D Skull Pan available on Amazon and eBay.

Vote on Your Favorite Skull Cake Recipe Idea

After you've checked out all of these skull recipes, be sure to come back and vote for your favorite cake.

Making a 3-D Skull Cake

Creepiest Skull Cake

Creepiest Skull Cake with 3D Skull Pan

Creepiest Skull Cake with 3D Skull Pan

How to Make a 3D Skull Cake

This really is a cake.

Making a 3D Skull cake is really easy if you have the 3D skull cake pan designed by Wilton. The hardest part may be trying to decide on which version to try.

You are only limited to your imagination with the type of cake you want to make.

Once you have decided on the type of skull cake, pick a recipe to to along with it or make it simple and use a ready-made cake mix.

There are smaller skull molds available, in case you would rather make skull-shaped cupcakes or mini cakes. They don't have as much of an effect as the 3D skull mold.

Once you decide on the style, check what extras you need in addition to the cake pan and cake mix. Cakes like the Powdered Face Cake are simple. All you need is some powdered sugar and a sifter.

For cakes like the Creepiest Skull Cake you need several ingredients including fondants, colored icing and decorator tools. Of course you need a good eye (not the one hanging out) and skilled hands to decorate a creepy cake.

3D Skull Pan available on Amazon.

3D Skull Pan

The 3D Skull Pan is the all important baking tool needed to make a unique skull cake.

Be sure to buy your 3-D Skull Pan before they sell out again this Halloween.


Other Ingredients for your Skull Cake

Here are just some of the other things that you can use to decorate your skull cake. I have not doubt you will be able to come up with more.

  1. Gummy worms or centipedes
  2. Plastic Spiders
  3. Flashing eyes
  4. Candy eyes
  5. Red icing for dripping blood effects. Green icing for oozing effects.

    You can drip blood or ooze from the mouth, eyes, nose

  6. Led light flashing red light
  7. White and colored Fondant
  8. Powdered Sugar

Don't Forget the Decorating Turntable

Powdered 3D Skull Cake

Powdered Face Skull Cake

Powdered Face Skull Cake

Powdered Face Skull Cake

Make a Powdered Face Skull Cake

A modified version of the Pumpkin spice pound cake recipe that comes with the skull pan.

Adding pumpkin to the recipe makes it a healthier cake.

Cook timeReady inYields

2 hours

2 hours

12 - 16

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 room temperature eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup butter cream icing
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325/ F. Spray Skull pan with pan spray. Put pan on baking sheet to steady.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter and sugar together until frothy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. Mix in vanilla.
  6. Alternate adding flour and pumpkin mixtures until everything is mixed together.
  7. Pour into prepared pans, dividing the mixture evenly between the two skull halves.Bake for 65 - 75 minutes until toothpick entered into center of pan comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then turn onto a cooling rack and cool completely before assembling.
  9. Level the cakes, brushing off any excess crumbs.
  10. Use icing to 'glue' pieces together If the pieces don't stay together, used some toothpicks to old the pieces together. Cut the cake carefully.
  11. Dust cake with brush dipped in confectioners' sugar. Leave eyes, nose and some of the teeth undusted.
  12. For more help see the Wilton's site Powdered Face Cake.

Chocolate 3D Skull Cake

Image by Keegan

Image by Keegan

Frosted Chocolate Skull Cake by Keegan

Chocolate Skull Cake

Unfrosted Chocolate Skull Cake

Unfrosted Chocolate Skull Cake

Chocolate Skull Cake Recipe

For chocolate lovers, what is better than a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

Choose your favorite chocolate cake and chocolate frosting recipe or use the chocolate pumpkin one below. The pumpkin makes it healthier. Just make sure you've made enough frosting to cover the cake.

Cook Time

Total Time: 2 + hours

Serves: 12 - 16

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 room temperature eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • Additional Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting below

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325/ F. Spray Skull pan with pan spray. Put pan on baking sheet to steady. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until frothy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Alternate adding flour and pumpkin mixtures until everything is mixed together.
  6. Pour into prepared pans, dividing the mixture evenly between the two skull halves.Bake for 65 - 75 minutes until toothpick entered into center of pan comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then turn onto a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.
  8. When frosting the Skull Cake you need to use some of the frosting to 'glue' the two pieces together. If the pieces don't stay together, used some toothpicks to old the pieces together. Cut the cake carefully.
  9. Chocolate Frosting
  10. 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  11. 1/4 cup water
  12. 1/3 cup cocoa
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  14. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  15. 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  16. Melt margarine or butter. Mix in water, cocoa, (cinnamon) vanilla and sugar. Stir ingredients together until smooth.
  17. Use to frost a cooled cake3D

Mummy 3D Skull Cake

Mummy 3D Skull Cake

Mummy 3D Skull Cake

Mummy 3D Skull Cake

Mummy Skull Cake Recipe

You can wrap up a skull cake with fondants strip and create the effect of a mummy.

Cook Time

Total Time: 3 + hours

Serves: 12 - 16

Ingredients

  • 3 D Skull Cake Pan
  • Cake Mix
  • 24 ounces of White Fondant
  • Fondant Ribbon Cutter/Embosser tool
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Green and Black Icing
  • Non-toxic brown chalk

Instructions

  1. Bake cake according to the directions. Allow to cool completely.
  2. Assemble the two pieces together by frosting with buttercream. Use toothpicks if needed to help hold the two parts.
  3. Lightly frost cake with buttercream frosting.
  4. To make the eyes:
  5. Roll two 1 1/2 inch white fondant balls and place on cake.
  6. Color a 5/8 inch ball in green. Cut in half and flatten. These are the irises.
  7. Attach the green 'irises' to the eyeballs with a damp brush.
  8. Color a 3/8 inch ball in black. Cut in half and flatten. These are the pupils.
  9. Attach the black pupils to the irises with a damp brush.5. Make the mummy strips by rolling out white fondant to 1/8 inch thickness.
  10. Cut strips using the fondant ribbon cutter.
  11. Place bandage strips onto of frosted cake.
  12. Wrap and overlap pieces using a damp brush to help attach.
  13. Dust the edges of the 'bandages' with a brush dipped in non-toxic brown chalk dust.
  14. To make the spider.
  15. Color a 3/8 inch ball in black for body.
  16. Color a 1/4 inch ball in black for head.
  17. Make 8 legs measuring 1/16 x 1/4 inch.11. Assemble and attach spider with a damp brush.
  18. Place on a plateful of bandage strips to serve.To get the color green seen in the image use Wilton's Leaf Green and Lemon Yellow.
  19. For more help see the Wilton's site Are You My Mummy Cake.
  20. 3D Skull Pan available on Amazon.

Fondant, Gum Paste and Fondant Tools

Wilton Gum Paste

Vanilla Fondant

Bleeding 3D Skull Cake

Bleeding Halloween Skull Cake

This scary skull cake was made by HestonZuzanthal for a friend whose birthday falls on Halloween. This looks like a lot of fun.

Scary Bleeding Halloween Skull Cake - Video

Scary Halloween Skull Cake

Halloween Skull Cake

Halloween Skull Cake

Bleeding 3D Skull Cake Recipe

These are directions for how I plan on making a version of the Bleeding 3D Skull Cake.

Make sure you take a look at the Bleeding Skull Cake video clip to get an idea of the effects.

Note this video clip is not for the squeamish.

Key to this cake is hollowing out the center of the cake so you can hide some jam and a blinking light. I like the idea of using a blinking light (wrapped in a plastic bag) that I could use again while walking or hiking.

Ingredients

  • 3 D Skull Pan
  • Cake Mix
  • Blinking Red Light
  • Blinking or Candy Eyes (optional)
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Butter Cream Frosting
  • 24 ounces Ivory colored Fondant
  • Frosting or Icing Colors
  • Chocolate Frosting or Crumbled Cookies for Decorating
  • Large Cutting Knife

Instructions

  1. Bake cake according to the directions. Allow to cool completely.
  2. See how the two sides of the cake will align up.
  3. Carefully hollow out a center on both sides of the skull cake. The center hollow needs to be large enough to hold the jam and the blinking light, but not so large that the two sides cannot be put together.
  4. Make a slightly larger opening near the top, so you can pipe or spoon the jam into the center of the cake once it is assembled.
  5. If you want to use a blinking light, the light will need to be turned on and placed on top of the jam, inside the cake. Make sure you have fresh batteries so it can blink for a while.
  6. Place the back half of the skull flat. Fill hollow with jam.
  7. Frost both of the inside halves of the cake.
  8. Be sure that the blinking light inside a plastic bag is placed on top of the jam.
  9. Put the top half of the cake together.
  10. If needed use toothpicks to help hold the cake together.
  11. Cover the outside of the cake with buttercream frosting and ivory fondant if desired.
  12. Use small amount of black or brown-gray icing between the teeth.
  13. Serve on a plate of chocolate frosting or crumbled chocolate cookies.
  14. Cut carefully with a large knife.

The Bleeding Skull Cake Extras

Dia de Los Muertos 3D Skull Cake

Day of the Dead Cake

Day of the Dead Skull Cake

3D Sugar Skull Cake

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Cake

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Cake

Dia de Los Muertos Skull Cake Recipe

This Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead Skull Cake makes a classic addition to any Day of the Dead celebration.

Take a look at some of the calaveras or skull decorations for the holiday to get an idea of the many different ways of decorating, then decide on a pattern to use.

Flowers, leaves and swirls in bright colors of yellow, blue, pink, green, red, purple and black are typically used to ice the cake.

Using the 3-D Skull pan, some fondant and icing you can easily turn the skull pan into a Day of the Dead calavera (skull) cake.

Cook Time

Total Time: 2 - 3 hours

Serves: 12 - 16

Ingredients

  • Cooked Skull Cake
  • Buttercream frosting.
  • 24 ounces of white fondant
  • Assorted icing colors
  • White Decorator Icing
  • Clear vanilla extract
  • Gold or White Pearl Dust

Instructions

  1. Bake cake according to the directions. Allow it to cool completely.
  2. Cut off nose from cake.
  3. Fill in the eye and teeth holes with buttercream frosting to create a smooth surface.
  4. Place the two skull pieces together.
  5. Lightly frost with buttercream.
  6. Cover entire surface with fondant, smoothing into a mask.
  7. Mix icing with colors and vanilla extract.
  8. Paint or pipe designs on skull face, depending on your preferences.
  9. Dust with Gold or White Pearl Dust if desired.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. For more ideas see the Wilton site for Day of the Dead Head Cake.

Ingredients to Decorate the Day of the Dead Cake

More 3D Skull Cake Recipe Ideas

Additional 3D Skull Pan Ideas

3D Skull Pan Ideas

3D Skull Pan Ideas

Many 3D Skull Cake Recipes from Wilton

I've included links to many of the ideas for using the 3-D Skull Cake found on the Wilton website. On their website you can find recipes for turning the 3D Skull into a mummy, a vampire and for celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Just look in their Ideas, Recipes and Inspiration section for Skull Pan. Here are a list of the some of the different skull cakes:

  • That Glazed Look Skull Cake
  • Skull Pound Cake (Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake)
  • The Creepiest Cranium Cake
  • What Beautiful Eyes Cake
  • At the Heat of the Table Cake
  • Powdered Face Cake
  • Are You My Mummy? Cake
  • Mischievous Monster Cake
  • Nosferatu Vampire Head Cake
  • Day of the Dead Cake

3-D Skull Cake Ideas on Youtube

Take a look at some of the creative ways that people are creating 3-D Skull cakes with the skull cake pan or from scratch. They may give you some inspiration to create your own custom Skull cake. Videos from GlendaMarx, Ktscakes, Heidi Dahlenburg (Picakeso), CakesbyReaper, a two part by fairytalecakes and ashleetoo (starts at 2:15)

Skull Cake - Video

Rose Skull Cake - Video

3D Skull Cake

Flaming Skull Wedding Cake

Princess and Skull Cakes - Video

Sugarveil on Skull Cakes

Sugarveil Icing Roses and Skull Cake - Video Tutorial

Sugarveil Icing Roses and Skull Cake - Part 2

Sugarveil Products on eBay and Amazon

Here are some sugarveil products on eBay in case you want to make the spider web to go with your Skull Cake in the last video clip.

Sugarveil Confectionery Icing

More Skull Cake Recipes and Ideas

These are more links to other 3D skull recipe ideas that I was able to find on the Internet.

Does this Skull Cake look like fun, or is it too scary?

Share your thoughts in the Comment section below.

Comment on the Skull Cake

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

nice as visit

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on January 15, 2013:

@GregoryMoore: They are a great way to reinforce an anatomy lesson too.

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on January 14, 2013:

I think these would be great for any boy any time of the year, not just for Halloween!

Rose Jones on October 24, 2012:

And of course - thanks for adding pumpkin to the cakes to make them healthier, and cocoa and cinnamon to the chocolate cakes to make them wonderful. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on October 24, 2012:

@Gypzeerose: Thank you for the kind words. It is the fun stuff that I get to do with my kids (like making Halloween cakes) that helps keep be grounded.

Rose Jones on October 24, 2012:

Some people are MD's, help the grieving, write proficiently and have time to make 3D skull cakes. And then there are the rest of us. :) Still, you made this seem easy enough to try out - and the Wilton Cake supplies seem like they would make it easier. I LOVED the bleeding skull cake video, with the light and all. And of course Dia De los Muertos is amazing, and those cakes are beautiful. Facebook liked and pinned to my Halloween board, and blessed of course.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on August 17, 2012:

@piedromolinero: The 3-D Skull pans really allow you to make a lot of fun and even scary cakes.

Alana-r on August 17, 2012:

I love Wilton Cake Supplies, these cakes are amazing

piedromolinero on August 17, 2012:

What a great idea for Halloween. I haven't seen these skull pans before.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on August 16, 2012:

@anonymous: They are fun and kind of creepy at the same time.

anonymous on August 16, 2012:

Very cute - I especially love the Dia de los Muertos cake!!

GypsyPirate LM on September 09, 2011:

What a fun idea - the bleeding one is so delightfully gruesome!

elyria on September 08, 2011:

Wow, so creative!

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on September 07, 2011:

@EMangl: EMangl Thanks for the suggestion. I don't know if people find the polls if they are lower in the lens. I may experiment and see what happens.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 07, 2011:

Wow! I know a few people that would love a skull cake or two for their Halloween parties. Great lens.

EMangl on September 07, 2011:

suggestion: move the poll (vote) down since you ask first but we have not seen them all

mockingbird999 on September 06, 2011:

I really like the mummy cake.

Cinnamonbite on September 06, 2011:

Love it! I have a pair of Dia de Los Muertos pajamas. How weird is that? Those sugar skulls are so pretty, yet so gruesome.

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on September 06, 2011:

All the skull cakes look like fun but the Day of the Dead Skull Cake is really pretty!

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