How to Make a Skull Cake

How to Make a Skull Cake

How to Make a Skull Cake

The ornaments on this skull cake were made from modeling chocolate. The cake was also covered in a incorporation of white modeling chocolate and fondant; some fondant was required in this case for its flexibility because of the highly contoured nature of the skull form.

In terms of structure , the skull form begins out very simply as a half sphere cake.  I only engrave the top portion skull, then constitute the lower jaw bone later out of modeling chocolate. It’s easier to make a skull cake that way. 
How to Make a Skull Cake

The main ingredients 
half sphere of cake, baked, filled, & chilled.
3 cups vanilla buttercream
1 batch white modeling chocolate
small balls of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, & bittersweet  modeling chocolate
1 cup of fondant
piping bags with melted white and dark chocolate, for piping
toasted whole almonds
rock candy
cocoa powder
How to Make a Skull Cake

Tool required 
12” round corrugated circle
modeling chocolate tool 
daisy plunger cutters, set of 4
vine cutters
round cutters, diverse 2” through 3 ½” diameter
huge sphere veiner, two piece, for the round flowers
petunia cutter & veiner set (or equivalent set with 3 cutters for tri-toned flowers)
medium silicone molds, for storing flowers
How to Make a Skull Cake

1. Starting engraving the skull by shaving the sides off the half sphere then putting the extra pieces on the top and back side of the cake to constitute the frontal and parietal bulges.

How to Make a Skull Cake

2. Plunge a 2” round cutter into the face to strip chunks to form eye orbits (if you happen to have a huge melon baller, that would also work well). Carve out the nasal cavity and hollow the cheeks. Finish the cake at the maxilla, deleting the mandible (it’s easier to make the lower jaw completely out of of modeling chocolate later on).

How to Make a Skull Cake

3. Crumb coat the skull with buttercream freeze and put the cake in the icebox to set (at least ½ hour).
How to Make a Skull Cake

4. Add a second clean coat of buttercream and smooth it with a gloved hand. Permit that to rest in the icebox until it’s entirely firm – about one hour. 
5. Blend one portion white fondant with one part white modeling chocolate and knead them until they are mixed . Here, the fondant supplies the flexibility required to cover such a contoured form while the modeling chocolate develops the flavor of the finish. However if desired, fondant alone would work well for covering this design. Roll the mixture out to a thickness of 1/6” and pull it over the frosted skull (cake must be cold), extending it into the eye orbits and nasal cavity. If it tears inside of the cavities, that’s okay because those portion will finally be hidden anyway. Trim the excess chocolate/fondant from around the basis of the cake.

How to Make a Skull Cake

6. Seal the cake in plastic wrap the press and pinch through the plastic with two fingers to grant more shape and contour to the skull. The usage  of plastic here assists to manipulate the cake without disturbing its finis
How to Make a Skull Cake


7. Remove the plastic cover and dust the skull lightly with cocoa powder then rub it with piece of clean, damp paper towel to grant it an aged bone look. Store the cake in the icebox cover in plastic wrapped  when not in use.
How to Make a Skull Cake

See this book for tutorials on how to constitute multicolored blanket flowers and tri-tone petunias using silicone veiners.
How to Make a Skull Cake


8. To make vines, join different shades of green and yellow modeling chocolate to fullfill three different hues of green. Roll the three greens out into 1/16” inch thick sheets. Cut the sheets with vine cutters.
9. Roll out the remaining colors of modeling chocolate to 1/16” thickness then cut small flowers using small plunger molds.
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10. Create a lower jaw by curling a rope of white modeling chocolate around the base of the cake such that an open mouth cavity is formed.  Insert the lower row of teeth into the modeling chocolate and the upper row of teeth into the cake.

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Using a small knife, whittle the nut meats down to the desired tooth form. For aged, brown teeth, toast the nuts in advance and permit them to cool. For newer, whiter teeth, don’t toast the nuts.
How to Make a Skull Cake

11. Put the flowers and foliage on and around the cake. Pipe white, dark, and colored chocolate to add detail and design. For more info on piping, . Fill the jaw opening with melted chocolate and the nasal cavity with rock candy. Fill each eye orbit with a mold chocolate petunia. Add foliage to evoke the look of an overgrown relic.

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