I bet your little ones would be very excited if you made this fun and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Skull Cake! Better yet, let them help mix this simple cake together. It’s perfect for an afternoon snack, dessert, or any Halloween get-together!! Did I mention how simple this is?? It’s only four ingredients (if you don’t count the pumpkin whipped cream that we served ours with).
I’ll include the pumpkin whipped cream recipe on the recipe card, but it’s as simple as making homemade whipped cream. I used: heavy cream, powdered sugar, a little pumpkin puree, and some pumpkin pie spice.
If you don’t have, or don’t want to invest in the “spooky skeleton” pan, you can bake this in any bread loaf pan or cupcake pan. My grandson saw my skull pans packed in my Halloween bin, and I think he asked me everyday when we could cook with them. Maybe next year I’ll get a little more creative with them, but for now we all enjoyed our Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake!
Here’s the link to the SKULL PAN. This recipe made 6 skull cakes with a little batter left over.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Skull Cake
- 1 box spice cake mix I used Betty Crocker
- 2 large eggs
- 1 14 ounce can pumpkin puree **save 2-3 TBSPs for the whipped cream *NOT canned pumpkin pie mix
- 1 - 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 TBSP powdered sugar *add more for a sweeter whipped cream
- 2-3 TBSP pumpkin puree *reserved from skull cake recipe
- 1/4-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice *start with 1/4 tsp and add more to taste
- Preheat oven to 350˚
- Spray loaf pan (or skull pan). I used Pam Baking Spray.
- In large mixing bowl, add cake mix, eggs, pumpkin puree (minus the reserved 2-3 TBSP if making the pumpkin whipped cream), and chocolate chips. Stir until well combined.
- Gently stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan, cupcake pan, or this skull pan. I filled a little over half way.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (or more, up to 45-50 minutes) depending on the size pan you use. Check in 5 minute intervals until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. This skull pan took approximately 45 minutes.
- Serve with Pumpkin Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Whipped Cream
- Just like making regular homemade whipped cream!
- Add 1 cup heavy cream into deep bowl. Using a mixer on high, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in pumpkin puree, powdered sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.
Here’s another fun and festive idea that is fun to mix up with the kids!
Here are a few other fun Halloween ideas that you might like!