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Over the years we've collected dozens of Halloween cake and cookie pans. You can find them anywhere from high end stores to dollar stores. We usually hit a mass market retailer like Wal-mart or Target because they get a good variety of what we are looking for. We have pumpkin cake pans, Jack O' Lantern cake pans, tombstone cake pans and these, our favorite, skull cake pans!

Halloween Skull Cake

These skull cake pans we found a few years ago at Wal-mart. They had no name brand on them so we don't know who made them but they were made in China.

These cake pans are about 10 inches by 8 inches and about 3 inches thick at their thickest point. They aren't very big, one cake won't take care of a party so we usually make two. We can fit them side by side on a large cookie sheet to keep them stable.

Use the color and flavor of cake mix of your choice. We like to use red velvet cake mix because it has that blood red look to it. We frost it using white frosting with a touch of brown food color paste mixed in to give it an aged color to it. Use black to color in the eyes and nose holes and to outline the teeth.

You can either use tube decorating frosting and a line tip or make your own butter cream frosting and a tip and pastry bag. It depends on how adept you are at cake decorating out anyone can do it now days with all the ready made products available. Check out our page on tips for decorating, recipes and info.

These are also great for the Hispanic festival Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. It's a Mexican holiday, celebrated in Mexico, on November 1st and 2nd. It is done in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2), two holidays that originally sprouted from Samhain (Sow-Wain), the Pagan Celtic festival held for New Year, when the Catholic church was trying to convert the Pagans to Christianity. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Our county now has  high Hispanic population and, as with other traditions like Halloween which was brought here by the Irish, Día de los Muertos is being celebrated here, too. Usually in small family groups or neighborhood parties, Mexican Americans will find these skull cake pans handy for making cakes or giant sugar skulls.

The decorations for Día de los Muertos are very colorful and full of skulls, skeletons and lots of sweets. We've seen some of the most beautifully decorated sugar skulls at a friends in Los Angeles, California when we went for his party. It's a nice way to honor the dead and a beautiful way to extend our Halloween spirit!

Check out our article on making Sugar Skulls, too!


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