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Just in Time for Halloween: Rice Krispie Treat (RKT) Skulls

Monday October 1 2012

I love me some skull cake! …and not just for Halloween.  You can check out the ones I’ve created on my Jen’s Just Desserts Facebook Page.  I’ve been lucky enough to own the “Wilton 3D Skull Pan” for a few years now, but I know how irritated peeps are by the limited quantities of these specialty pans here in the UK & Europe (& other geographies) AND how expensive they are – I’m pretty sure mine was only $25 on sale.

But everyone should be able to enjoy skull cakes, right? Especially at this time of the year with Halloween & Día de los Muertos approaching (ooh sugar skulls!!)  So I thought I’d share at least one way that I have found to make edible skulls out of Rice Krispie Treats (RKT).  It’s a bit less expensive, and these are small, about 4 x 3 inches, so they’re light enough to put on top of cakes, or even big cupcakes. You could do this in the largest skull cake pan, too, if you want to have a non-cake-filled version, if that makes sense?

I found the larger-sized one of the 3D plastic moulds here in the UK on Ebay, as well as a medium-sized one. Just do a web search on “Skull Mould.” Otherwise, the one I am using here is Wilton‘s 3D version (Wilton 2115-2164 Halloween 3D Skull Candy Mold), but their site is showing SOLD OUT.  Just search Amazon & you’ll find the metal skull pan AND this mould for sale. But even if you cannot find the moulds, with this RKT technique, you could just freehand the skull shape, as you will eventually decorate it with frosting, or fondant cover, or chocolate, right?

So, you start with the basic RKT recipe – seriously, I’ve used this a few times now when making odd-shaped cake toppers… it works a treat & I’m sure a number of you will be converts/addicts, too!

Start by crushing your cereal in a freezer bag. This will make smaller pieces that you can cram into detailed crevices.

Follow the recipe & melt your butter & marshmallows. I used my big ol’ wok, just coz it’s nice & wide for stirring.

Once your butter & marshmallows have melted together, pour in your crushed Rice Krispies and mix well. If you’ve ever made “normal” RKT, you’ll notice that this is a bit more wet & dense, but that’s what you want…

Once thoroughly mixed, pour your RKT onto a baking sheet/pan covered with parchment paper.

Let it cool for a minute or two, then use the parchment paper to squish the mix as tightly as you can.

Spray your skull mould.

Take your RKT and cram it tightly into the mould. Good thing they’re clear so you can see if you’ve reached all the nooks & crannies…  With the cake release spray, they should just pop right out.

Then, you take both halves and push them together with your fingers until the seams are no longer visible and then you have a full skull. Voila! I would pop this into the fridge for about an hour to set completely before covering with your frosting &/or fondant of choice. The fun part is the decorating!

But as I said above, you can actually just shape your skull by hand, now that you can see the shape below…

I’ll be decorating my skull later, and I can’t wait to see what you do with yours!


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