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"Death By Chocolate" Skeleton Surprise Cake

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This is a unique halloween theme cake "Death By Chocolate" Skeleton Surprise Cake. The outside looks really cool but inside there's a surprise... a giant Rice Krispie cake with mint chips in the center, all covered in a rich chocolate ganache.

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!

I have moved all the directions and to my blog which you can find here. Petite Allergy Treats Sorry for the inconvenience!

 
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Step 1: Ingredients, quick overview and skeleton prep

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Ingredients
-gluten free rice krispies
- Marshmallows
-butter
-canola oil
-cocoa powder
-chocolate chips (layers)
- cup mint chips

Topping
-cup frosting
Ganache
- heavy cream
-bittersweet chocolate

Full recipe, directions and more photos at Petite Allergy Treats
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.

Step 2: The Surprise Cake

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line pans with parchment paper first
Cake
Plain rice krispies first:
Directions and photos at Petite Allergy Treats

Step 3: Ganache topping

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Ganache
Directions and more photos at Petite Allergy Treats

Step 4: Placing the skeletons

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Directions and more photos at Petite Allergy Treats

rubyblaze19 months ago

awesome cake

Love this!!!! What an awesome idea! <3 <3 <3

eddevine10 months ago
I love your creativity
kimhill1 year ago
amazing
petiteallergrytreats (author) 1 year ago
Thanks! I saw a skeleton pirate ship on the Food Network years ago and always loved the "skeleton crew". I have a background in sports medicine, so I wanted to find a pre made skeleton that were anatomically correct (or pretty close). I found these and came up with a bunch of ideas. I had a lot of fun making this and it was delicious. Thank you for your votes!
Very creative! how did you come up with such an awesome cake theme? voted and favorited!
10141199371 year ago
I am a Chinese, I want to make friends with you
:D
I love how cute and spooky this is - very creative.

I'd be a bit concerned about the toxicity of super glue and dollar store quality plastic/paint touching my food though (even after washing or curing)... It would take longer but I think this cake could be made with moulded candy instead of toys and be even better!

You could use chocolate or make sugar skeletons. 
I think kids and adults alike would have fun crunching on the bones.

http://wanelo.com/p/2222646/skeleton-fondant-mold-skull-and-bones-food-mold-candy-skull-mold-isomalt-skeleton-mold-food-safe-silicone-mold

http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=389A1FB8-1E0B-C910-EA78B7B1A9A8E801

Hi Alanna,
Thank you so much for your comment. I completely forgot to mention the cleaning part and removal. I've add a side note about cleaning and a picture with the skeletons removed.
My original inspiration was to create gum paste skeletons. The problem is I have no idea how to sculpt anything with and was afraid I couldn't achieve the poses I created here.
Love the links! Where were you when I needed theses? :)
Tiagix1 year ago
Nice cake
ahamid21 year ago
awesome cake!
jbass61 year ago
I love it!
ecsaul231 year ago
this is epically awesome!