Who’s ready for a little spooktacular Halloween fun this year? I keep telling myself that one of these years I will get my act together and finally throw an awesome (more sophisticated) Halloween bash for all of my friends. but clearly, that hasn’t happened. However, this year I do have a few excuses. Our friends got married a week and a half ago, YAY!!! We celebrated our 10 year anniversary and in a few days, it will be my brother’s birthday. It’s been a busy month, therefore a Halloween Party will have to wait. What could not wait was at least celebrating a tiny bit with this rich, really dark chocolate Halloween Skull Cake! It’s all of the things I could want in a Halloween party if I was to ever throw one; a little bohemian vibe, mixed with a sort of Alexander McQueen style. Romantic, sophisticated, and dark all in one.
So in all honesty, this cake haphazardly transforming into what it is now, but I’m so madly in love with it that I don’t care! Originally I planned for the round base to be SUPER black and completely covered in frosting. The center of the cake would bleed bright red when cut into it. The skull was supposed to be cake as well.
I even had the skull mold, then I baked the skull cake, and spent a full day frosting thin layers and carving out frosting until it resembled something like a skull (it actually looked more like the skull of a gorilla if you asked me.) When I was finally ready to cover the skull in fondant I googled a bunch of tutorials; got inspired from my new favorite cake lady, Yolanda Gampp of How to Cake It; rolled out the fondant pretty close to how they instructed; placed the fondant on top of the skull and slowly started smoothing it onto the cake.
What I didn’t plan for was how hard it is to cover such an oddly shaped cake with fondant. It does not smooth out the way you would expect and bunches up as you get toward the base. I didn’t even attempt the face itself as the fondant was already a sad disaster. This was a rough and mortifying moment for me. Everything in me was prepared for a personal meltdown, haha! In my mind, I was ready to scrap the whole cake altogether and go into hiding! Or maybe I would become a barista and forever work in a coffee shop, forgetting cooking, designing and blogging for the rest of my life. It got dark ya’ll and I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. But hey, this was my second time ever attempting fondant on a cake – the first one had been simple and round. This one not so much. So I convinced myself the pan would not go to waste, there’s always next year for an even more elaborate Halloween cake (after I’ve spent time practicing.)
I grabbed my keys and started hitting every store I knew that would have a decent Halloween selection, in order to find a replacement skull. I checked Michael’s (twice), Pier One Imports, Marshalls, and Target. My best luck was Target in which I picked up 3 options; one being the final Copper Glass Skull. When I set it on the cake my heart melted! I was in love! It was more beautiful than the skull cake wrapped in fondant I was originally attempting. Not to mention so much easier! This adjustment gave way to having the cake look more soft and romantic rather than a typical black and white Halloween type cake, with oozing blood from the center.
So I guess it’s a great lesson I most likely needed to learn, again… if something doesn’t work out, or go, the way you planned, stay calm and make some adjustments. Be flexible, because you never know how it will turn out. It could very easily be much better than your original plan 🙂
With love from my kitchen to yours,