How to Make Skeleton Cakes

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How to Make Skeleton Cakes
Create a skeleton cake for someone in your life. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A skeleton cake could be appropriate for all sorts of occasions, such as an X-ray technician's birthday, a medical school graduation or a Halloween party. Making your own skeleton cake does not have to be difficult and is made easier when you make the skeleton using fondant. Looking at a picture of a skeleton could help you make the cake look more authentic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rectangular cake
  • Black frosting
  • White fondant
  • Icing sugar
  • Picture of a skeleton
  • Toothpick

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  1. 1

    Place your rectangular cake on a clean, flat surface.

  2. 2

    Frost your cake with black frosting. Ready-made dark chocolate frosting would work well. Make sure to smooth the frosting out completely so that it does not have peaks. Smooth frosting will make it easier to apply the bones to the cake.

  3. 3

    Place your ready-made white fondant on an area that you have sprinkled with icing sugar. Apply icing sugar to your hands as well. The icing sugar will help make sure the fondant does not stick when you work with it.

  4. 4

    Look at a picture of a skeleton to help you create the skeleton using the white fondant.

  5. 5

    Take a handful of the fondant and begin shaping it into bones with your hands. Make the skull by creating a flat egg shape with the fondant. Use a toothpick to create holes in it for the eyes and nose.

  6. 6

    Place the skeleton head onto the upper centre of the cake.

  7. 7

    Create the skeleton's backbone by rolling fondant between your hands to create a long tube. Score the tube with the end of the toothpick to create the look of vertebrae.

  8. 8

    Apply shorter tubes to the cake horizontally to create the skeleton's ribs. Continue making the tubes in appropriate lengths to create the skeleton's shoulder bones, arm bones and hand bones.

  9. 9

    Create the skeleton's pelvic bones by moulding 2 pieces of fondant into half-moon shapes and placing them facing each other at the base of the backbone.

  10. 10

    Make more tubes to create the skeleton's leg and foot bones. Place them onto the cake to complete it.

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