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Easy Sugar Skull Cakes

These mini sugar skull cakes are the perfect activity to do with the kids to celebrate Dia de Muertos. They are easy to make and super fun to decorate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 cakes
Calories 835kcal
Author Dora S.



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cake pan.
  • In a small bowl combine the chickpea flour and 6 tbsp. of water and mix well. Place the Duncan Hines cake mix in a large bowl and add the chickpea flour mixture, vegetable oil, and water. Mix well with a whisk until combined.
  • Pour cake batter into cake pan and bake for 20 to 25 min. or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove cake from over and let cool for 5 minutes in pan. Invert cake pan onto a rack and let cakes full off completely.
  • Roll your fondant into 6 small balls about 3 inched wide. Sprinkle your counter with cornstarch and roll out fondant until ¼ inch thick.
  • Spread a thin layer of icing on the skull cakes and place fondant on top. Use your fingers to smooth out the fondant and fill the crevices of the skull. Tuck the fondant under the cake. Repeat this process with the rest if the cakes.
  • Place 1/8 tsp. of your favorite gel food coloring in small bowls dilute with about 1 -2 tsp. of water.
  • Now comes the best part!! Paint your skulls with a paintbrush and the gel food coloring or with icing writing pens. Let icing paint dry then eat.


I used a skull cake pan, but you can also shape the cake with a skull cookie cutter. I used chickpea flour as an egg substitute but you can use any egg substitute you like. I covered the cake in a thin layer of fondant. Just make sure to dust your counter with cornstarch so it doesn’t stick when you’re rolling it out.To decorate the skulls I diluted gel food coloring with water, then used this as paint, but I also bought icing writing tubes to make it easier for the kids


Calories: 835kcal | Carbohydrates: 123g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 749mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4mg