For my daughter's 8th Birthday she told me she did not want cakepops.
She wanted a cake.
(And of course she wanted a cake that has no Wilton shaped cakepan that would have made it easy on Mom.)
But me, being the excellent Mother I am, told her I would make her the "Monster High" cake she was wishing for!
Monster High is a line of fashion dolls that are monster teens (think Barbie meets Halloween). Not only is it dolls, but they have online games, webisodes & have had a cartoon movie for Halloween.
After scouring the internet for a shaped cakepan (no such luck,) I got some ideas from other cake photos posted. I used my daughter's Monster High t-shirt as a guide. I knew I wanted to do the skull with a bow- I figured it shouldn't be too hard...
So first I baked my cakes... since the skull was relatively small (for a party of hungry kids) I decided to make a double decker cake with a layer of frosting in the middle, so it would serve more peeps. I just used the confetti (boxed) cake, then spread some (store bought) chocolate frosting in between the 2 stacked cakes.
Next I traced the skull from my daughter's shirt, cut it out & used it as a guide to carve the cake.