In the mood to make a Day of the Dead skull cake? Calaca cakes! If you feel like biting into a skull, but crave a different kind of sugary treat than a full-on “sugar” skull, how about baking mini calaca cakes? It’s as simple as mixing up a batch of cake batter and working that frosting knife. Wilton Cakes sent me some of their favorite “skull” themed cake pans, cookie cutters and molds. We used the cookie cutter to make gorditas, and my sister-in-law was kind enough to make and frost these cakes for me to show all of you!
Bake and cool your cake mix according to package directions. Make sure to use a knife to level the back of each piece. Use buttercream icing on each back side and press them together to form one full skull.
At this point, you can frost these Day of the Dead skull cakes any way you’d like – you can use buttercream frosting in an icing tube with a fancy tip – or just brush on powdered sugar. You can also pick up ready-to-use icing tubes. I think it would be fun to have a party – you bake the cakes first and have everyone decorate them! If you feel really fancy, use fondant!
Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Stacey, for making these calaca cakes! She rocks!!!