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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I giggled out loud at “sorta skull cake” and my smile just got bigger when I saw the suprise. SO cute, Amanda!

  2. Great idea Amanda!!! Lovely as it is, I would havenever thought of these skulls, amazing as always! Would love to read the tutorial (so would my little ones), thank you!!!

  3. It so great!!!! I am obsessed with Halloween too and first fell in love with your blog with your little ghost cake 🙂 I think that the skull and bones made with a star tip is elegant and incredibly creative. I love your Boo inside too! You never fail to impress with your beautiful imagination Amanda!

  4. Oh my gosh, I love this! I kept wondering how you were going to put a skull inside the cake if you couldn’t pipe one (I’m with you, I wouldn’t be able to do that either!), and I was so pleasantly surprised by the “BOO”! I love that so much more than a skull, haha. So cute! 🙂

  5. I love everything about this cake! especially the surprise “BOO” inside
    the cake you are my kinda gal fall lover and a very creative,cleaver baker.

  6. I love that you are you, that’s why I read your blog! This cake is terrific! I have a teacher’s luncheon to cook for next month and those teachers will be having this cake, exactly as you have presented it!!! It is perfect! I think we all enjoy Halloween, and this is a classy, adult way to show we can still have fun!

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