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. The only thing cuter than the “kinda skull cake” is you!!:-) So funny, and as always-you blow me away! Can’t wait for your next idea!

  2. It’s wonderful! how DO you come up with these?!

    I’m with you…LOVE Halloween, but in a vintage kitschy sorta way. I think your “fake” skulls are just perfect for the surprise inside. It’s a sweet, cute surprise. If there had been real, scary skulls on the outside, one would expect something scary on the inside. And, believe me, my mind is running rampant! Eeeek! Your surprise is very tasteful, pun intended. 😉 I can’t wait for your tutorial! I have been looking for a Halloweenish cake for my daughter’s late October birthday!

  3. I am the same way about skulls and crossbones! I won’t buy anything with them on it. I guess maybe it’s because I also am not a Freddy Krueger, Michael Meyers kind of girl either. I love the cake, it kinda looks like a casket with elegant “skulls & cross bones”. I think I might try to get up the courage to make this!

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