I love skulls. My favorite part of Hamlet? When dude clutches on to Yorrick's and gets hella morose. Sitting on my desk at work even as we speak I have one papier mâché skull that I was gifted for Christmas, and hanging from my cube wall I have a poster of the human skeletal system. Just so we're clear, this doesn't mean I mope around in all black listening to the Cure ... often.
Halloween is a great chance for me indulge in all things skull-related without seeming like a total morbid weirdo whose favorite movie in the 1990s was seminal hit The Craft. It's the one time of the year in the States where it's totally acceptable to display any and all things skull-like. It's the one time of the year I can whip out my skull cake pan without frightening small children in a bad, non-festive way.
I know! Skull cake pans ($34.99, Wilton)! I put off buying mine for a long, long time. But I have to say, it's one single-purpose kitchen buy I have yet to regret. The prepared pan I have includes a base-cake and top-cake mold.
The secret to getting perfect cakes out of each is careful greasing of the mold, making sure to let the cakes fully cool before you futz with them, only filling the pans halfway up (AT MOST), and trimming them down so they fit nicely together. Worst case scenario, your cake doesn't look perfect and you have an ugly cake for private feasting.
Just use your favorite cake recipe, and then, once the thing has cooled, get creative. I like to stick to a fairly traditional look for my skull on the outside and then get weird on the inside. This year, I made a traditional white cake stuffed with a strawberry "brains" filling, a pleasant and ghastly surprise.
Skull White Cake With Strawberry Brains
Ingredients for Cake:
Ingredients for Strawberry Brains:
Directions for Cake:
Directions for Brains
Do you have any creepy Halloween recipe traditions?