Certainly one of the best things about parenthood is having the chance to revisit the pure joy, excitement and anticipation that comes with each holiday. We are big on Halloween in our house, so I’ve been trying to find little ways here and there to embrace the spooky fun with the kids. Amongst the many crafts, games and activities I suggested to the kids, they were most excited about making some sort of Halloween cake. We discussed a few different cake options but the moment the words “Jack Skellington” left my lips, it was decided. (As I’ve mentioned before, as an extension of our love for Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas is also big around these parts.)
I hadn’t originally intended to share this cake with you but we ended up enjoying it so much, I thought some of you might be inclined to make your own. You can, of course, use any flavor of cake you like. I used chocolate cake and filled with alternating concentric rings of black and white vanilla buttercream to achieve a striped effect when sliced. It’s a super easy technique with a big impact and the kids loved this detail. We covered the cake using the glaze from the infamous tunnel of fudge cake and then used the remaining black and white buttercream to make Jack’s face on top. It could be fun to play around with the colors of the stripes in the filling (orange and black, purple and black, etc.) but the kids were set on black and white just like Jack. I should add that if you are so inclined, you can make a much more technically perfect Jack using fondant for the head, eyes and nostrils. We weren’t going for perfection here, so buttercream worked just fine.
Do you have any Halloween traditions? It’s a definite possibility that this cake could become ours.