Hey there, Jack Skellington lovers! I am super excited to share my Jack Skellington Surprise Cake with you today. It may look simple and colorless on the outside . . . but inside is a a festive orange and black surprise! A perfect way to make a simple but impressive cake for a Halloween party!
Before I show you how I made this cake, let’s take a look at the other fabulous black and white Halloween ideas that some of my friends cooked up for today. Such a talented group of ladies! Be sure to hop around to their sites and check out their projects in detail.
The first weekend in October I wanted to have a festive Halloween dinner followed by a viewing of The Nightmare Before Christmas, so it was only appropriate that I make a Jack Skellington cake, right?! Plus, I knew it would be easy. I’m lazy like that. 😉
To make the cake I whipped up two cake mixes. (That’s right….cake MIXES — I told you I was lazy! When it comes to kid food I totally take shortcuts like this. They care way more about the cute factor than the taste factor!) I used vanilla cake mixes and dumped about a third of it into a separate bowl. Next I added a ton of orange gel food coloring into the smaller bowl and a ton of black gel food coloring into the larger bowl and mixed both well until the colors were deep and rich. I poured them into round cake pans: two black, one orange.
Because I used two mixes but only three pans they did rise above the rim of the pans, so I used a bread knife to carefully saw off the tops of the cakes until the were level.
Next I simply frosted in between the layers and stacked them up. Yep, that’s canned frosting you see. I have no shame. 😉
Finally, I frosted the cake! I made the face by drawing it on freehand with a Betty Crocker Cake Icing can of black frosting. It looks like a whipping cream spray can and can be found in the baking aisle at most grocery stores. This would have been SOOOOOO much cuter with fondant, of that I am aware, but I have never used fondant, and I hate the taste anyway. Plus, I think the “rough” look of this frosting is in keeping with the claymation of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. I like it as it is. 🙂
Check out that surprising center! I love it! All of the kids were very impressed with my mad skills. Heehee.
If you like the idea of a kid-friendly, simple cake but you don’t adore Jack the way that I do then maybe my Graveyard Cake will be more up your alley.
If you love The Nightmare Before Christmas as much as I do then you should check out all of my other Jack Skellington inspired projects!
Don’t forget to also follow along on my Pinterest Halloween board for more Halloween inspiration!
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