I am an impulse buyer. Magazines, candy, and snacks call my name as I approach checkout lines. During one of my recent trips to Target, when I was in search of Halloween candy, I made the mistake of looking at all of the Halloween decorations and accouterments.
After picking out two rather large bags of candy and a bag of plastic bones to burry in my garden, I wandered into the Halloween baking aisle. The Wilton stocked shelves called to me. Cupcake wrappers and edible cake toppers were enticing, but what I really wanted was the skull shaped cake pan.
I caved and bought it.
The cake pan necessitated a Halloween party. Prior to the cake pan, I didn't have any exciting Halloween weekend plans. When I got home from Target, I made it happen. The Saturday before Halloween, friends would join me for Halloween shenanigans and eat a cake that was painted like my face.
I opted for the blackout cake from Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking.
The Blackout Cake
2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coconut milk
12 cup hot water
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Grease the skull pan really well. Make sure to get all of the sides.
Whisk together the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Pour cake batter into skull pan and bake for 25–30 minutes (you will have too much cake batter for your skull pan, so make a few cupcakes).
Allow your skull cake to cool for 10 minutes before you remove it to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Frost the cake with dairy-free buttercream and decorate it with multicolored royal icing.
The first piece I ate was the lower jaw. It was a bit dense. Since this is a new chocolate cake recipe for me, I wasn't sure if it was the whole cake or just the jaw. Overall, the cake was a bit heavier than I would've liked, but it wasn't bad.
The cake and the face paint were a success! The purchase of the skull cake pan might have been a bit frivolous, but the cake came out so well that I can see myself making many skull cakes over the years.