I made this cake for my daughter and her friends that were in a pirate musical at their school. I found it in my Family Fun magazine, and just had to make it when I saw it! For the original recipe and directions click here.
I made two round cakes with this recipe. A box mix would be fine too, I just didn't have one on hand :)
Next, I used a pre made vanilla frosting to put between the two cakes.
Then I cut them like this.
Next I covered a rectangle skillet with foil, and set the cake pieces up like this,
Next comes the frosting! The edges were a little difficult to frost, so I added a little milk to the frosting and used a hand mixer to mix it up a bit. This process softened it up so that it was very easy to spread. (be very careful if you decide to add milk, just a tiny bit at a time till you get the desired consistency)
Here come the details... I used the Betty Crocker Decorating Cupcake Icing that comes in a can (sort of like easy cheese) I love this stuff because it comes with several different tips and is very simple to use.
Then to make the skull and cross bones I took a tooth pick and traced what I wanted onto the cake. I messed up a couple times and it was easy to smooth over and try again. Once I was happy with my picture, I very carefully traced it with the decorating icing. Last, I switched the tip on the icing can and added a little decoration around the entire bottom of the cake.
The kiddos loved it!