This pirate skull birthday cake was made for a little lad of one of my husband’s colleagues, he is made about pirates. I made a rectangle cake and iced it. I then cut out a skull shape and used some molded lumps of icing underneath to shape the eyes, cheeks and mouth and place the cut out over them.

I used some black food colour powder for shading and for the crossbones, I covered some wooden dowels with the icing, leaving a couple of inches uncovered to go into the cake and shaded in the same way as for the skull. I let these dry thoroughly before I put them in.