Halloween Skull Cake

My good friend and long-distance assistant, Julie from The Little Kitchen, came over a few weeks ago for a visit. I’m not a very good baker, thus the lack of fancy cakes and sweets on this blog. But Julie is. So I roped her into helping me bake a Halloween themed cake using a skull pan from Wilton.

Nathan wanted scary scary Skeletor.

Instead of baking from scratch, we opted for cake mix from a box – red velvet!

First things first, grease your skull cake pan thoroughly…you can use a cooking spray that also has flour like Baker’s Joy. We didn’t have any so we used the old fashioned method of shortening and then added flour. Don’t forget to flip the cake pan over and tap and shake to remove the excess flour.

Preparing Skull Cake Pan

We used these measuring cups, little piggies, aren’t they so cute?

Piggy Measuring Cups

I can’t say enough how fortunate I feel that we get farm fresh eggs from our wonderful chickens every day! Ahhh but we didn’t have enough that day, I made Julie and I scrambled eggs that same morning. We added a little bit more oil and water to the cake mix and all worked out.

Julie making cake batter

Working on cake batter for the skull cake! We used two boxes of regular sized cake mix for this recipe. You’ll have some leftover because the cake pan only requires 10 cups of batter (2 cake mixes equals 12 cups)…I’ll show you what to do with the leftover batter at the end of the post.

Isn’t she pretty? My new favorite countertop appliance, the KitchenAid 7 Quart Stand Mixer in white. It’s a workhorse.

Look at that bloooood red batter!

Pouring cake batter

Fill the both cavities of the cake pan 2/3 full. Put it on a cookie sheet before putting it in the oven…just in case you accidentally overfill it, the sheet will catch it.

Getting ready to go into the oven

Bake for 65-75 minutes at 325 degrees.

After removing the skull cake from the oven, allow the cake to sit for 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Then, place that same wire rack on top.

Getting ready to flip

Then, flip it over.

Flipping the skull cake

Julie used oven mits because the pan is still hot. The skull pan has easy little tabs so you can hold onto it while flipping.

Flipping the skull cake

And then brace yourself!

Almost done flipping the skull cake

It comes off so easily!


Julie decided to cut the tops off of the cakes to make it flat for putting them together.

While the cake was baking, we made frosting. Julie made her favorite recipe called Buttercream Dream.

Use a little bit of frosting as glue to put the frosting together. Can you see Nathan is supervising. 🙂

And there you have it…creepy and perfect…isn’t it?

Julie brought over her decorator (icing) bags, couplers and tips. She dyed some frosting in red and green and taught Nathan how to do shells and borders.

We heated up some raspberry jelly in the microwave for oozy, bloody eyes.


He’s quite the little expert now…he loved it!

Oooh scary right? This cake looks perfect even without decoration. He looks like Skeletor from He-Man.

Here are some more great ideas on how to decorate your skull cake!

What to do with leftover cake batter

Leftover cake batter


Microwaving leftover cake

You won’t believe how easy it is and how moist it comes out.


Microwave it for 9-ish minutes at first. Check and add a minute or so until the middle of the cake is cooked through and the sides pull away from the edge of the pan.

Comes out perfectly “baked”. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

Look, see how perfect it came out?

They DEVOURED IT. That’s Nathan and his buddy, Jake.

The boys eating cake