Halloween is simply a whole bunch of fun. Kids of all ages look forward to a special night filled with treats of all kinds. There is the treat of putting on a costume and going out looking very different than usual. I typically go for something funny or unique and make homemade Halloween costumes. There is the treat of celebrating and spending time with family and friends. One very special treat is the food prepared for the occasion. I had such fun baking this Chocolate Potato Skull Cake as it was an adventure all its own.
How did this cake adventure begin? The Idaho Potato Commission reached out to Sunday Supper and invited us to make fun and spooky Halloween potato recipes. I was all over it. For whatever reason, a sweet treat popped into my head first. I looked for cookies made with potatoes but the only ones I found were savory and would not be a good candidate for cutout decorated cookies. Then I discovered this awesome skull cake pan, ordered it, and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
The adventure was going well until decorating time. The cake popped out of the pan flawlessly. My husband suggested I use a vanilla frosting and I agreed. So I whipped up a batch of frosting and went to it. That is when the adventure took a challenging turn. The face kept sliding down. The angle was too much. Multiple bamboo skewers would not hold it in place. A little of the jaw in front broke off. I finally had to slice off a wedge from of the back to make it less of an angle. That did the trick. Frosting patched and covered up the broken jaw. I used a dollop of frosting to secure eyeball gumballs in the eye sockets. I put it on a platter and surrounded it with crushed chocolate graham crackers to look like dirt and scattered more gumballs around it. Total success in the end.
You know what is funny? It almost looks like this cake is covered with mashed potatoes. The Idaho® potato is in the cake and not the frosting. Vanilla buttercream frosting gives an imperfect aged look of a skull and it is also happens to be bone-colored. The cake is moist, rich, chocolate-y and no one will know it has potato in it unless you tell them. I think the potato contributes to the cake’s moistness along with buttermilk.
What food do you make for Halloween? Do you decorate it for the occasion? You have got to check out all the fun and spooky potato recipes my fellow Sunday Supper contributors are sharing. Scroll down to find the list and be prepared to smile and get hungry when you see them. Also look at our Fun and Creepy Halloween Recipes Pinterest board. A very special thanks to my friend Terry who graciously let me borrow her beautiful black platter for the photos.
Recipe adapted from Chocolate Potato Cake on Taste of Home
It’s time to get ready for Halloween! Check out these recipes using Idaho® potatoes you can make for your celebration:
Fun and Spooky Potato Savory Bites:
- A Bowlful of Creepy Crawlies by kimchi MOM
- Bloody Mary Potatoes by The Messy Baker
- Devilish Potato Mummies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Jalapeno Chili Stuffed Potato Mummies by Feed Me, Seymour
- Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole by NeighborFood
- Mashed Potato Grave by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mashed Potato Monsters by Ruffles & Truffles
- Monster Mash Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
- Roasted Potato Eyeballs by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Potato Graveyard by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Spooky Halloween Potatoes Graveyard by Clarks Condensed
- Spooky Spiderweb Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes by Rhubarb and Honey
- Stuffed Potato Spiders by Family Foodie
- Twice Baked Potato Graves by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Twice Baked Potato Mummies Covered with Roaches by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Fun and Spooky Potato Sweet Treats:
- Chocolate Potato Skull Cake by Magnolia Days
- Potato Candy Spiders by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Raspberry Ghoulash by Desserts Required
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Disclosures: This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (skull cake pan).