This cake is truly easy to make and will impress any crowd. If you've ever made rice krispie bars it's that simple. The only prep work that takes time is the skeletons. You may chose the variety of poses and number of skeletons. The main skeletons I created were: Drowning, the Helper, Tantrum, Escape and the Eater. I randomly placed hands and body parts throughout the cake. I just happened to have purple statice flowers for some color.
Make this cake for any occasion, everyone loves surprises. Keep the skeletons and use again next year. Best part of this cake is it's gluten free!
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Step 1: Ingredients, quick overview and skeleton prep
-1 box (12oz) gluten free rice krispies
-1 bag (24 oz) Jumbo Marshmallows
-4T canola oil
-3T cocoa powder
-1/2 chocolate chips (layers)
-3/4 cup mint chips
-1/2 -3/4 cup frosting
-1cup heavy cream
-8 oz bittersweet chocolate
Things you'll need
-8 to 10 mini skeletons
-2 9inch pans
-statice flowers (optional)
Tips and side notes before you start:
You can make the cake ahead of time and pour the ganache another day to save time.
If you really don't have time to make them both, use a pre-made cake! Or just make a pan of plan rice krispie bars. The skeletons should work fine in regular frosting. The skeletons need time for the glue to set. Instead of waiting 2 hours, prepare them at night before you go to bed.
I'm only going to give general instructions for the skeletons because these were the poses I chose. Feel free to change the story and have fun with them!
*I forgot to mention that it is very important to first wash and dry the skeletons. Cheap plastics can be laced with tons of chemicals. The super glue is not meant to be touching the frosting either. I ended up removing the frosting that touched any of the skeletons. You don't need to follow these instructions, just a healthy suggestion :)
I bought my skeletons from the dollar store, 4 to a pack. Decide on a pose for your skeleton. Always gently bend the limbs into the desired pose first to see how it will look. Once you've figured out the pose, then add glue to the joints and tightly tape them into place. Details are so important. Be sure to bend each finger and check the pose before adding glue.
I used E6000 glue to make the joints stay where I bent them. Any superglue will work. Use tape to hold poses in place. You will be using A LOT of tape. It's much easier to get a bunch of strips ready in advance. When you decide on a pose squeeze a tiny amount of glue in the area. Heavily tape and support to maintain desired pose. It's best to let them set overnight or for at least 3 hours.
Some poses will be more difficult than others.
The Helper skeleton ended up being the most difficult. It was hard, because it balanced on one knee. The center of gravity was a little off so it ended up tipping even though the joints were correctly bent. I ended up having to build the hill to make it work.
The Eater skeleton- I bent the knees to 90 degrees first and taped them. Then I flexed the hip joints forward and glued those. Lastly, I crossed the ankles and taped and glued those. I curled each finger and wrist and bend the elbows toward his mouth.
I also wanted to make it look like the skeletons were climbing out of the cake so I cut most of the Drowning's lower chest and body off. That way it looked like he was really sinking into the cake.
The Tantrum was more of an after thought. I added him this morning after the ganache had already hardened. I think it still works because you can see the details of his fists. (This was inspired by my 23month old son:) )
Make the pose with all the details you can think of, details really make this cake.