I've written the number 1-9 in the title, just after the abbreviation for resize. So if you want to see them in order, look for rsz1, rsz2, etc. (I'm not always successful getting my pics to load in order.)
This pan is WELL WORTH PURCHASING! You MUST get it now or it will be gone for another year. You can get the pan at your craft store with a coupon. If the pan came out this well with my first use, then the possibilities are awesome! (Ice for punch bowl, rice crispy treats, jello mold, chocolate 3-D mold, fondant corpse head, Dia de Los Muertos, etc.)
I used the scratch recipe for Pumpkin Spice cake that Wilton printed on the instructions. As you'll see, it ended up making something that was MUCH closer to a pumpkin spice quick bread than cake. It still tasted good, but it did not have the texture/lightness of cake. I'll use the recipe again, but only to make loaves of quick bread.
It took 80 minutes to cook fully, but that may have been because of the density of the scratch recipe. You also have to let the buttercream "set" when you join the 2 halves or the front will slip downward. The scratch recipe made approximately 7-1/2 cups of batter. It says 10 cup capacity, but that would probably result in over-fill. Wilton says this serves 16, but it may actually serve 8-12 party slices.
Here are links to two other skull cakes by dittomom:
- rsz-1_wilton_recipe_that_came_with_skull_pan.jpg ( 125 KB)
- rsz-2_cooling_3d_skull.jpg ( 138 KB)
- rsz-3 skull_side_back_after_trim.jpg ( 96 KB)
- rsz-4_skull_opposite_side_back_after_trim.jpg ( 86 KB)
- rsz-5_skull_top_close-up_after_trim.jpg ( 106 KB)
- rsz-6_foil_to_cover_eyes_nose.jpg ( 85 KB)
- rsz-7_3d_skull_decorated, powd. sugar, front1.jpg ( 103 KB)
- rsz-8_3d_decorated powd. sugar, skull_right_side.jpg ( 113 KB)
- rsz-9_3d_decorated powd. sugar, skull_back_view.jpg ( 93 KB)
Topofthehill--I love your cupcake avatar. Any chance you could post a larger picture on this thread with some how-to pointers? (By the way, you MUST buy the pan now or it will be gone until next year.)
THINGS I'VE LEARNED THE HARD WAY:
Turn your pan around at 30 minutes.
The scratch pumpkin spice recipe that comes with the pan instructions (I got 7-1/2 cups of batter) took 80 minutes to bake at 325 degrees and did not come all the way to the top of the pan.
The doctored red velvet took about 65 minutes. Keep checking at 55 minutes or you'll overcook the bottom!
The pan requires TWO box mixes, with about 3-5 cups left over. I used 2 doctored Red Velvet recipes which made a total of 12-1/2 cups of batter. I made cupcakes with the leftover batter.
Overfill your pan slightly so the cake finishes ABOVE the rim. (I used 8 cups to fill both sides, intentionally overfilling)
IMPORTANT: Level both pieces while still in the pan by cutting off the cake dome so the cake is level with the top of the rim. THEN take out to cool for a minimum of 2 hours.
After the bottom is cooled, cut along the line provided by Wilton in the bottom part of the pan. Don't cut any more off the face part.
IMPORTANT: You are going to have to create a 'shim' out of your cake dome scraps. Even with frosting to glue the face to the back, it WILL slide!!! You will end up with about 1/4" difference and the back piece will be 1/4" HIGHER than the face. (This happened with BOTH of my 1st cakes.)
The shim needs to be under the chin. A little bit too high is better than not high enough.
You can make really cool looking spiders and centipedes out of buttercream to put on the cake board. I've attached a photo of my practice ones, and two that are just started. You MUST have the eight spider legs coming off the smaller, front, cephalothorax. Use a round tip 2-3 times larger for the body, and 2-3 times smaller for the legs. I used a tip 5 and tip 2 on these.
For the skull, I cut a piece of cake to fit the bottom of the "chin". It was about 3" x 1" and about 1/2" high. I glued it on with buttercream. My 3rd cake with the shim turned out perfect (FINALLY!!!!!).
Whew......I need to make 2 more skull cakes for Dia de los Muertos, then I'm done with skulls until 2012.
Amazingly, the photo posted by Wilton here is EXACTLY what I encountered with the back half being about 1/4" higher than the front half:
I've read down thru your thread and it caused me to think.
I don't have the pan, and I've never done a skull cake. I have used wooden dowel rods to hold cakes together before. Could you use a dowel to keep the cakes from sliding when you put them together? Just a thought...
I miss my friend!!
If you covered it with royal icing, fondant, marzipan, or buttercream, you wouldn't have to worry about the 1/4" difference because the icing/fondant would hold it together just fine and it wouldn't slip. I liked the look of the undecorated skull, so that's why I HAD to get it right.
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