Skeletons and jack-o-lanterns are everywhere as Halloween approaches and people get in the mood to make and eat some creepy treats. Nordic Ware released a Skull Cake PanÂ that is a great way to blend your desserts with Halloween decorations by turning a cake into a spooky centerpiece. The cake pan is made of heavy duty cast aluminum and has a nonstick interior, so your cake will come out with the eyes, teeth and jawline of the skull intact. It comes with a recipe, but you should be able to adapt a recipe for a favorite bundt cake to work in this pan by extending the baking time a bit. The pan has two cavities for both the base of the skull and the front of it, and the two pieces can be “glued” together with frosting for a creepy three dimensional effect. Domed portions of the cake can be trimmed off for a tighter fit.
Nordic Ware isn’t the only cake pan maker to come out with a skull pan. Wilton has also had one for a while now. The Wilton pan is lighter weight and might be slightly less expensive if you shop around, but the skull also has a different shape than this one. That skull is not completely skull-shaped when baked. Instead, the base of the skull is slightly more like a stand for propping up the skeleton face. Â The back of the Nordic Ware pan is more rounded and skull-like, though both pans still bake up a creepy cake that is absolutely perfect for any Halloween celebration.