Dia de los Muertos Cake

Happy Halloween!

Today’s recipe looks perfect for Halloween, but it’s actually in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday translated to Day of the Dead.

I first learned about Dia de los Muertos when my kids took Spanish class.  It was shortly after the stillbirth of my daughter and I took solace in the whole idea of Dia de los Muertos, which is a time of celebration and remembrance.  I’ve always appreciated the celebration aspect since so often we remember our loved ones who have passed on with sadness.  I cherish the idea of remembering the good times and thinking of those loved ones who have passed on with a smile.

So what to make for this year’s Dia de los Muertos?  We’ve two more loved ones to remember and honor this year.

In my research, I found references to many foods I’ve already made on this blog: Conchas, Chicken Mole, Pan de Muerto, Churro Cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Guacamole Skull

As it so happened, one of my friends ordered cupcakes from me and I had just enough batter left over for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (our favorite!)

I decided to roll out a spare piece of fondant and make a glamorous sugar skull topper for my cake in remembrance of all the loved ones we’ve lost this year (plus my daughter - who would’ve already been 8 this year!)

Look here for more Dia de los Muertos inspiration:

  • Atola- East Indian by Sneha's Recipe
  • Caldo Tlalpeño by Food Lust People Love
  • Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Cake by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
  • Enfrijoladas de Pollo by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Fiambre Rojo for Día de los Muertos by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
  • Pan de Muerto (Mexican Day of the Dead Bread) by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Pan Seared Tilapia with Shrimp by Palatable Pastime
  • Taco Casserole by Making Miracles
  • Vegetarian Tortilla Soup by Mayuri's Jikoni

  • Comments

    1. That is a stunning cake, Amy! Thanks for joining us this week for Sunday Funday.

    2. 8 years....Dear Sarah has her great grandpa and her grandma with her this year and all are smiling down upon you as we remember them this day.

    3. Your fondant skull is lovely! I've never worked with fondant.


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