A tombstone cake just sets things
right for a Halloween banquet table. You can make one using the Wilton
"Over the Hill" tombstone pan if you are lucky enough to find one or you
can make a tombstone shaped cake yourself, using a large square or
rectangle cake pan and cutting it to shape yourself.
Below is the tombstone cake
pan we spoke of, which we've used for many occasions over
the years, like my brother's 50th birthday and Halloween as
the Hill Tombstone Cake Pan
This aluminum cake pan is perfect for making
tombstone shaped cakes with. It measures 12 inches
by 9 inches by 2 inches deep. Holds one box of cake mix.
It also includes easy to follow decorating instructions.
If you are handy with cake decorating tools, it
takes some time but looks great when finished.
This cake pan
has the words "Over the Hill" pressed into it, so
if you are using this for Halloween, you'll
need to scrape the words off the cake. This
can be done with a sharp knife but we've tried using
a pasta & dough cutter, one of those flat, square
things with a sharp edge on the bottom and a rubber
handle across the top, will cut right through it at
an angle and remove the words to make a flat cake.
Decorate accordingly, the instructions used to tell
how to do it for Halloween as well. Use paste food
color in your frosting mixture so it doesn't water
it down. Wilton paste food color works best for just
about any job that needs color to it since it's a
paste, it won't water down any mixture like the
liquid food color does. If you do have to use liquid
color, make sure and allow for the extra liquid in
your recipe. That was the simple way
to make a tombstone cake. Now we'll show you step by
step how to make your own using nothing but your own
craftiness! Pictures to be added soon!
Mix and bake the cake, then let it cool.
Step 2. Decide what
shape you'd like it to be and "draw it out on your
Step 3. Start cutting!
Don't throw any cut piece away because you might
need them for your design. This is the way
professional cake makers do it. You may need some of
the corner or other cut pieces to fill in an area,
make a raised area or just frost and eat when you
take a break!
Step 4. Frost the cake.
Decide if you are going to use butter frosting or
fondant to cover your cake. While fondant looks
great, it's a pain to work with unless you know what
you are doing. Fondant is a sugar frosting that is
hard like dough. You can mix color into it by
kneading it until completely blended or a marble
like color has been made. Personally, even though
I've taken cake decorating classes, I'll go with
butter frosting any time! To me it tastes better,
it's easier to work with and you usually spread a
coat on the cake before you lay the fondant so why
no just do the butter cream?
Step 5. Simple
decorations or more difficult? If you have any
knowledge of cake decorating it does make it easier
but you can still do a beautiful job if you've never
decorated a cake before. Wilton makes decorating
tubes of frosting in black, orange, purple and green
for Halloween. You can buy the plastic decorating
tips that screw on the tubes. They also make paste
food coloring, Halloween sprinkles, sugar and just
about any thing that you would need for decorating
your tombstone cake or any of the other cakes that
we talk about in this section.