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Skull Cakes and Skeleton Cupcakes

Updated on September 11, 2014

Make a Skeleton Cake and Skull Cupcakes

Skulls and Skeletons cakes and cupcakes are a fun way to add a bit of scary bones to Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos or any other occasion where skulls and skeletons play a role.

What you will find here are a collection of links, ideas and products to help you make your own skeleton or skull cake or cupcake. I've pulled together a lot of quick and easy ideas for making last minute skull cakes and skeleton cupcakes.

The idea for a skulls and skeletons cake and cupcake lens came to me when I was writing a new lens on Teaching with Skeletons at Halloween. Having a cake or a cupcake as part of teaching with skeletons would be a yummy way to reinforce the lesson so the kids might even learn more about bones.

Skull and Crossbones Cupcakes would be the perfect cupcake to serve at your next Pirates of the Caribbean Party.

Image by Clevercupcake

Skull Cake

Image by Rochelle
Image by Rochelle

Day of the Dead Skull Cake by Rochelle.

Baking Skull Cakes

Image available on Amazon
Image available on Amazon

Making Skull Cakes

With a Skull cake pan or cupcake pan, one can easily create a skull cake. A light dusting of powdered sugar is all that is needed to finish the skull cake.

An easy way to create a skull cake is to take a round or sheet cake and add a plastic skull on the top of the cake. The skull may not be edible, but it is very quick and very effective. For an even more elaborate look check the Halloween Skeleton Cake by Skip, using several skulls as decorations.

There was a very realistic 3-D skull mold made by Wilson this year which is now back in stock.

Last year I saw one at Michael's before Halloween and am now wishing that I'd picked it up. Thankfully this year, they are making making more of the 3-D skulls again. Be sure to order one below before it is no longer available for this Halloween.

Clear Skull available on Amazon.

3D Skull Pan

I am so glad that these are going to be back again this year for Halloween. I'd looked all over last year and they were all out of stock. Get yours before they stop making them for this Halloween season.

Wilton Dimensions Nonstick 3D Skull Pan
Wilton Dimensions Nonstick 3D Skull Pan

Bake your own 3-D Skull Cake

10 cup capacity

Finished cake 6.5 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches


Skull Baking Pan

Wilton Haunted Manors 6-Cavity Pan
Wilton Haunted Manors 6-Cavity Pan

Wilton Haunted Manors 6-Cavity Pan lets you bake 6 mini skull cakes (also known as cupcakes).


Skeleton Cake Ideas

Skull Cake and Cupcakes

Image by gojeffrey
Image by gojeffrey

Skull Cake with Cupcakes by GoJeffrey.

Skeleton Cake Ideas

Some of the links have recipes and directions, others are just pictures to give you more ideas.

Easy Skull or Skeleton Cake Decorations

Skeleton Cake Topper

One of the easiest ways to create a skeleton cake is to take an ordinary cake, round cake, cake sheet or in this case a pound cake and top it with a skeleton decoration.

I've included several skeleton and skull decorations that can be used to decorate the cake.

Note: For plastic items, you may want to put a layer of wax paper or parchment paper down before putting on the plastic skeleton or skull.

Skeleton Impression Decoplac - Cake Topper
Skeleton Impression Decoplac - Cake Topper

This plastic skeleton cake topper measures approximately 6 inches tall and made of plastic. It makes your cake look like there is a trapped skeleton trying to escape.


More Skull and Skeleton Toppers

An assortment of skulls and skeletons that can be used to quickly create cakes or cupcakes. Several of these will double as a party favor.

Baking Skull Cupcakes

Nomskulls Cupcake Mold

Fred NOMSKULLS Baking Cups, Set of 4
Fred NOMSKULLS Baking Cups, Set of 4

From Fred & Friends these Nomskulls are a set of 4 silicone cupcake molds to create Skull Cupcakes.


Silicone Skull Pan

Wilton Scary Skulls 6 Cavity Silicone Mold
Wilton Scary Skulls 6 Cavity Silicone Mold

The Wilton Scary Skulls 6 Cavity Silicone Mold will let you easily make skull mini cakes or cupcakes. Add a light dusting of powdered sugar to finish off.


Scary Skull Cupcake

Any from My Texas Today shows how to make some scary skull cupcakes.

Scary Skull Cupcakes

The recipe for the Scary Skull "Cakes" done by Amy in the video above.

Skull Cupcake Ideas

Links with ideas and some with recipes for making skull cupcakes.

Happy Halloween Skull Cupcake

Image by Shimelle
Image by Shimelle

Happy Halloween Cupcakes by Shemelle with printable available at her website.

Skull Cupcake Toppers

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Easy Skull Cupcakes

Making skull cupcakes can be very quick and easy using several pre-made items. Start by baking the cupcakes in skeleton or skull baking cups and once cooked you have an easy skull cupcake.

Cupcake wrappers make it almost instantaneous to turn a regular cupcake into a special cupcake.

Cupcake toppers, cupcake picks and pre-made icing decorations are other ways to quickly make skeleton or skull cupcakes.

Using skull or skeleton rings, bracelets, and other party favors, punched or printed paper to decorate the cupcakes makes them festive without adding in any additional calories.

Image Skull cupcake sleeve available on Amazon.

Skull and Bones Icing Decoration

Wilton 710-234 Halloween Skull and Bones Icing Decorations
Wilton 710-234 Halloween Skull and Bones Icing Decorations

The skull and bones icing decorations are all set and ready to use for decorating a skull cake or cupcake.

12 decorations in the package.


Skull and Cross Bones Punch

Paper Shapers Medium Paper Punch: Skull 'N Bones
Paper Shapers Medium Paper Punch: Skull 'N Bones

Another easy way to make a Skull cupcake is by punching out a skull using this skull punch and then putting it on the top of the cupcake or turning it into your own cupcake topper by taping it to a toothpick.


Skeleton Cupcake Picks

Skeleton Hand Cupcake

Another simple way of creating a skeleton cupcake. Using the skeleton handpicks (available from eBay or Oriental Trading) you can create a look like the skeleton is trying to escape from the cemetery.

Take a cookie and write in black letters RIP. Then put the cookie and the skeleton hand in a chocolate frosted cupcake. You might want to crumble some chocolate cookies or chocolate cake to get the effect of dirt.

To further enhance the look, use the Haunted Manor Cupcake Wrap to get the effect of an old style fence around the cemetery.

Skeleton Hand Cupcake Picks

Skeleton Hand Cupcake Picks (6 dz)
Skeleton Hand Cupcake Picks (6 dz)

Make creepy looking cupcakes with these skeleton hand picks.


Skull Cupcake Wraps

Paisley Skull Cupcake Wrapper

Bella Cupcake Couture Cupcake Wrappers Pirate Paisley Skulls, 12-Pack
Bella Cupcake Couture Cupcake Wrappers Pirate Paisley Skulls, 12-Pack

For a more adult theme use these Bella cupcake couture wraps in a subtle paisley skull print.


Cupcake Wrap

Wilton Haunted Manor Cupcake Wrapping Kit
Wilton Haunted Manor Cupcake Wrapping Kit

These haunted manor cupcake wraps can be used to create a cemetery feel for the cupcakes. Add a skeleton handpick to make it look like a skeleton is trying to escape from the cemetery.


Skull Cupcake Baking Cups and Wraps

Skull and skeleton baking cups are another easy way to turn regular cupcakes into skull cupcakes or mini cupcakes.

Skull Cupcake Displays

Skull Wedding Cupcakes

Image by Clevercupcakes
Image by Clevercupcakes

Skull Pirate Themed Wedding Cake by CleverCupcakes.

Haunted Treat Boxes

Wilton Pick Your Poison Cupcake Boxes - Poison - Holds 4
Wilton Pick Your Poison Cupcake Boxes - Poison - Holds 4

These Wilton treat boxes will hold 4 cupcakes. A fun way to send home some skeleton or skull treats.


Cake and Cupcake Stands

Cake and cupcake stands for displaying your skull and skeletons cake creations.

Do you think you might try making a skull or skeleton cake or cupcakes?

© 2010 Kirsti A. Dyer

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      5 years ago

      nice and great as visit.

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      5 years ago

      nice as visit

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      6 years ago

      Very creative ideas. Thanks for sharing these.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas. Even being in the magic shop business most of my life, a lot of these ideas are new to me.

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      6 years ago

      Skull themed cupcakes for weddings? Still looks cute when it comes to cupcakes.

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      6 years ago

      It intrigues me how much Americans are fascinated with scary things and trying to scare people. This is something we don't normally think about in Australia. Nice lens though. Blessed, hugs

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      7 years ago

      Very nice ideas :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I love all spooky cakes and cupcakes! These are totally awesome. I love the skull cupcake sleeves.


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