UPDATE: Tutorial here

One of my favorite cake decorating seasons is Halloween.  I think it’s tied into my deep love for fall and all things orange, yellow, and white!  But I feel as if I must be very clear.  I am a Charlie Brown’s Halloween girl, not a Halloween: The Return of Mike Meyers kinda girl.  I like things PG.

So this cake is a bit of a stretch for me!  But when the idea came to me, it just wouldn’t go away… and I knew I needed to make it come to fruition.  So it’s silly.  It doesn’t make much sense.  I made it, decorated it, took pictures of it… all in a very short time.  And almost didn’t share at all!

Skull Cake with a Surprise Inside

Why not share?  Cause it’s weird!  Odd.  I couldn’t even bring myself to make a real skull and crossbones!  (not because I can’t pipe a skull, but because I think they are gory)  So I faked it.  With an open star tip!  A STAR TIP for a SKULL and CROSSBONES.  So this is my attempt to classy up the skull and crossbones.  Don’t laugh.

But then I went ahead and called it a skull cake anyway.

Because “Fake Skull Cake” sounded really lame.  And so did, “Kinda Skull Cake”.  “I am a Scaredy Cat and Don’t Like Real Skulls Cake” was even worse.

Please don’t call the crazy police on me.


Skull Cake with a Surprise Inside!

Moving on.

This cake does have a fun surprise inside!

Surprise Inside Cake! The PERFECT #Halloween #cake!


I spelled out BOO with chocolate cake!  And am putting together a mini tutorial for later this week, so keep and eye out if you want to make one of these yourself.

#surpriseinsidecakes Skull Cake with BOO written inside in chocolate frosting! #halloween

At the end of the day, this cake was pretty fun.  My kids love surprise inside cakes and this was was no exception.  I will never get tired of seeing their expressions when we cut into a surprise inside cake!

Skull Surprise Inside Cake! #halloween #cake #surpriseinsidecakes

Thanks for putting up with my weird warped “skull inspired” view of Halloween!


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Reader Comments

  1. I’m totally with you about the PG/non-scary Halloween stuff. I’m a total scaredy cat. Looking forward to the tutorial!

  2. I love the BOO inside! I am just like you with Halloween. I like the cute stuff not the scary. I can’t wait to see how you make the surprise inside.

  3. Love it! I don’t like icky things for Halloween, either. In fact, I don’t even make cookies or anything for Halloween. But I really got a laugh reading about your title selection! 🙂 I’m surprised you were able to put in bold letters “keep an eye out” (for the tutorial), because that even seems kind of gory in this context. 🙂 Seems like “Boo” could be for any occasion, though, since it’s a surprise. I can hardly wait to see the tutorial!

  4. I’m not a fan of gory Halloween either. I like cute and spooky, not bloody and gross. Love the surprise message inside!

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