I often go looking for holidays just so I can make desserts for them. I know this sounds crazy but it's really fun! For several years I've made desserts to the Day of the Dead because they have so many fun sprinkles and decorations to use for baked goods celebrating this day.
This year I bought the Dios De Los Muertos Sprinkle Mix from Sprinkle Pop. This mix has awesome sugar skulls and purple, pink, black, lime green, and orange sprinkles. It's the perfect thing to decorate a Day of the Dead Cake!
I wanted to make a new type of cake as well as decorate this cake. I found a recipe for a homemade spice cake that I thought would be great as a Day of the Dead Cake. The base was a basic batter but then it was filled with cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. I knew this combination of spices would really show through in the cake.
Once the cake was cooked I frosted it and then thought about the decorations. I looked through so many pictures online before I decided to make a Sugar Skull on the cake. I used the candy sugar skulls from the sprinkle mix as the eyes and then decorated the sugar skull with the candy beads from the mix. I also had Wilton skulls and used those for the nose, mouth, and to decorate the edge of the cake.
The cake ended up bright and fun. I loved how it turned out and was decorated. I am not an artist so the sugar skull isn't the best but I think it's still a good representation. When I sliced the cake open it looked beautiful.
The cake was amazing. It was rich and full of spices. It's a delicious cake and perfect for the cooler autumn weather which is when Day of the Dead is celebrated. While I made a regular buttercream for the cake I know a cinnamon frosting would be perfect to finish off this cake.
Cake recipe adapted fromCook's Illustrated As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Decorating a Hezzi-D original idea
Cake recipe adapted fromCook's Illustrated
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