Halloween Skull Cakes: ghoulishly good!

It’s time once again, ghouls and boys. Our very favorite time of year: Halloween baking time! And don’t we have a spookily, delightfully, crazily (OK, a stretch) oh-so-easily made treat for you. Halloween skull cakes — so easy to make, your mummy will have everyone joining in on the fun.

And to make these hauntingly detailed little delights, may I introduce you to my one-stop shop for all future Halloween baking endeavors… the Haunted Skull Cakelette Pan.

How to make Halloween Skull Cakes via @kingarthurflour

Here’s the thing. I’m not maybe the best decorator at King Arthur Flour. Far from it. I’m also one of those people who doesn’t like a ton of one-use pans taking up space in the pantry.

But as a new mama (who makes baked goods for her daughter’s daycare often, but has no actual free time. You get me, moms?!) this pan was SUCH a good purchase and one I’ve been using all month!

The Haunted Skull Cakelette Pan imprints clearly defined skulls on my little cakes; they look so striking that they need no decoration at all. But for those moments you’re feeling the urge, here are some of our favorite ways to jazz them up. So much fun for the kids to be a part of, or even to have as a decoration station at a party!

My Halloween partner-in-crime, Annabelle, went on a little baking spree and decorated all of the cakes in this blog post. But since you all don’t have a baking wizard in your corner like I do, we both came up with some simple ways you can transform your skull cakelettes into some truly spooktastic delights!

How to make Halloween Skull Cakes via @kingarthurflour

Ideas for decorating:

  1. Make vanilla icing and color it orange with food coloring or gel paste. Frost the face however you’d like.
  2. Colored sprinkles make for fun textures.
  3. Bake vanilla, chocolate, or even pumpkin cakes for different looks! Just picture that dessert table. Yum!
  4. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Simple, yet stunning.
  5. Dip in white glaze and allow it to harden. Let your kiddos decorate with food-safe markers or paints.
  6. Leave as is! After all, they’re perfect on their own.
How to make Halloween Skull Cakes via @kingarthurflour

Decorating is a great way to get the kids involved. Let the frosting and sprinkles fly!

Let these ideas give inspiration to even more amazing and tasty skulls. And have fun with it. After all, even mistakes can be played off as “intentionally scary” during this holiday!

How to make Halloween Skull Cakes via @kingarthurflour

Left to right: chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin cakes. We used our mixes, which made it even easier!

Some tips for the pan:

  1. Give the wells a light coating of cooking spray before filling. The pan’s non-stick, but it does have a lot of detailed nooks and crannies. Best to err on the side of caution.
  2. Gently tap the pan on the countertop a few times before baking to remove any air pockets in the batter. This way, your skull looks just as intended.
  3. Fill each well about two-thirds of the way to the top (a scant 1/2 cup batter). The cakes will dome slightly, but will flatten out when you flip them out to cool.
  4. All those nooks and crannies make the pan a little tricky to clean, which is common with most intricate pans. A toothbrush (or better yet, a Bundt Pan Cleaning Brush) works wonders here.

Looking for more Halloween baking ideas? Every year, we like to show you that making show-stopping Halloween treats can be oh-so-easy. We’ve done Spider Bundts, Mummy Hand PiesHaunted Halloween Houses, and more. Check out our other blogs for even more inspiration!

How would you decorate your Halloween skull cakes? Let us know in comments, below.

Halloween Skull Cakes via @kingarthurflour

Happy Halloween baking!

Thanks to Liz Neily and Anne Mientka for the photos in this post.

Gwen Adams

Gwen Adams grew up in northern New Hampshire, on top of a mountain, surrounded by nature and not much else. After graduating from Lyndon State College in 2010, Gwen sought a career that combined her passion for writing with her love of baking. She found ...


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Janet, we think they’d be delightful made with Lemon Bliss Cake! You could pipe grass and flowers around the bottom and arrange some chocolate eggs nearby to create a whole scene if you wanted to get fancy, too. Happy baking! Kat@KAF

  1. Lisa Milano

    Used this for this year’s Halloween social for my 7 year old son. A few of his friends came over and decorated both chocolate and vanilla skull cakes. I taught them how to color and pipe icing and also provided maraschino cherries, candy eyes, sprinkles, chocolate molded in the shape of crowns, etc. to use as decorations. After eating pizza, they got to eat their creations for dessert. The kids and their parents loved it!

  2. H Neil Morris

    What a great idea for Halloween!
    Why did you wait until two days before Halloween to promote it?
    Maybe next year…

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Sorry to hear this came across your plate a bit too late, Neil. We hope you order the skull pan soon so that you’re prepared for when the next spooky baking occasion hits! Kye@KAF

  3. Viv

    Frankenstein green with juju candies on the sides and white icing to hold raisin eyes, pretzel sticks for scary hair and some licorice teeth and some white teeth made from gum pieces or white chips


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