Day of the Dead

9 Gorgeous Day of the Dead Cakes

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The Sugar Skull Bakers is a collaboration of cookie, sugar, cake decorators, and artists from around the world honoring the 3,500 year old Mexican holiday – Dia de los Muertos (aka The Day of the Dead).

The group, founded in 2013, by cake artist Berenice “Berry” Rabago, of Berry’s Sweet Studio and graphic artist Yuki Navarro, is comprised of artists who work with edible mediums. Their skills expertise range from hobbyist to professional. Some have competed worldwide and have even appeared on National American television network programs such as Sugar Dome, Cake Wars, and more.

The Sugar Skull Bakers may also be found on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

This week, Between the Pages will be featuring many of these gorgeous creations.

The lovely Day of the Dead Pocketbook Cake shown above was made by Karen Geraghty from Bake Cake Create.  The purse looks so realistic, it is hard to believe it is a cake.

Here is Karen’s description of her amazing cake:

I love handbags and I love painting on cakes, so I combined the two elements. This design is based on that of Iron Fist and while the vibrant colour of the make-up reflects happiness in honouring and celebrating the lives of the dead, the real eyes beneath show the sorrow too, at losing and remembering a loved one. The bag is hand painted with edible paints and the cake board airbrushed.

The Iron Fist that Karen is referring to is not the well known Marvel Comics character, but a clothing company which among other things makes Day of the Dead shoes and pocket books.

 

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Maria Cazarez from Perfect Indulgence Cakes made this lovely Day of the Dead Cake.  With the skeleton hand, black clothes, the black lace veil, and the broach, I get the impression that this cake represents someone older or someone who has passed on. 

 

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Maria did a wonderful job painting the face on this cake.

 

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I love the flowers she is wearing.  They are gorgeous.

Here is Maria’s description of how she made her lovely cake:

I made a bust cake using an internal structure, RKT for the body and cake for the head, covered in modeling chocolate and LMF fondant. Roses were made with gum-paste, and then airbrushed. Used modeling chocolate for the hair, and cake lace for her head piece. Used a homemade mold for the brooch on her dress. Her face was painted with americolors and spirit.

 

Day of the Dead Mask Cake

This gorgeous Day of the Dead Mask Cake was made by Gilles Leblanc from Les Gâteaux de Gilles. Gilles made the mask from gumpaste.  I really like the use of color on the mask.  The top of the mask has five Papaver Rhoeas on it.  The red flower like trim and black centers of the eyes accent the flowers perfectly.  The same color of red is used again on the material which hangs from the two sides of the mask.  The overall effect is striking and really draws your eyes to the red. 

 

Sailor Moon Sugar Skull

This awesome Sailor Moon Sugar Skull was made by Jean A. Rettmer Schapowal from Cakes with Character.

Here is Jean’s description of her Sugar Skull:

Being a huge anime geek I decided to do my love for my favorite japanese anime as a sugar skull. Skull is Rice krispy treats covered in fondant and then decorated with modeling chocolate. Handpainted with cocoa butter and tints/gels!

Jean did a wonderful job blending Sailor Moon and Dia de los Muertos.

 

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull

This lovely Sugar Skull was made by Berenice Rabago of Berry’s Sweet Studio.  Berry is the co-founder of this amazing collaboration – the Sugar Skull Bakers!  Berry made this in loving memory to a dear aunt who passed away earlier this year.  I really like how Berry used vibrantly color
ed accents on the sugar skull.

 

Religious Day of the Dead Cake

Religious Day of the Dead Cake

This terrific Day of the Dead Cake was made by Allison Henry from Let’s Eat Cupcakes.  Prior to Spanish colonization of Mexico in the 16th century, Dia de los Muertos took place at the beginning of summer.  It was moved to October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Roman Catholic triduum festival of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.  I really like how Allison’s cake focuses on the religious side of the celebration.  Her cake features a woman with her face painted for the Day of the Dead.  She is wearing a veil and praying.

    

Day of the Dead Cake crystal gutierrez

This awesome Mother and Child / Day of the Dead Cake was made by Crystal Barela from KITTY CAKES.  I love how the mother, even though she is a skeleton, is cradling her baby in her arms and smiling down at her baby.  Likewise, the baby looks peaceful and is staring at the mother.  It is just a beautiful image of a mother and child’s love.

 

 

Day of the Dead Cake

This stunning Day of the Dead Cake was made by Tina Scott Parashar’s Cake Design.  Both the woman and the butterflies in flight are simply amazing.  Monarch butterflies are associated with the Day of the Dead because Aztec tradition holds that the souls of the departed will return as monarch butterflies.

Here is Tina’s description of her lovely cake:

For my piece I wanted to depict the bust of a beautiful woman whose body is disintegrating into a burst of butterflies. I wanted my piece to be dramatic, hence the use of black and red, and for the face makeup, blue and gold. The flower and butterflies are made with wafer paper and the bust is made using modeling chocolate.

 

 Monarch butterflies

I love the butterflies.  The way they are in flight is simply stunning.

 

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The detail on the face and hair is amazing and the Papaver Rhoeas in her hair is beautiful.

 

Day of the Dead Necklace

In his house, my brother has an old picture.  If you look at it one way, it is a young beautiful woman sitting in front of a mirror.  If you look at it another way, it is skull.  This necklace reminds me of that picture.  It is both a monarch butterfly and two skulls.

 

Day of the Dead Cake

Day of the Dead Cake

Day of the Dead Necklace

This lovely Day of the Dead Cake was made by Anna Marie Matos from AnnieCakes.  The flowers scattered around this cake are beautiful.  I really like the intricate detail on the necklace and dress. Anna’s painted background for the cake is gorgeous.

Here is Anna’s description of her terrific cake:

Familia. The lady is my mami and on left shoulder is mi abuela, on the right mi tio Rafa, and on her head is my primo Rafi, and in her hand and surrounded by flowers is mi Nomar. The five of them are my strength and passion for life and love. For each one of them celebrated their lives different yet beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Day of the Dead Cakes Are Simply Stunning

Day of the Dead Cake

Day of the Dead Cakes

Little girl with her face painted for the Day of the Dead

The Sugar Skull Bakers is a collaboration of cookie, sugar, cake decorators, and artists from around the world honoring the 3,500 year old Mexican holiday – Dia de los Muertos (aka The Day of the Dead).

The group, founded in 2013, by cake artist Berenice “Berry” Rabago, of Berry’s Sweet Studio and graphic artist Yuki Navarro, is comprised of artists who work with edible mediums. Their skills expertise range from hobbyist to professional. Some have competed worldwide and have even appeared on National American television network programs such as Sugar Dome, Cake Wars, and more.

The Sugar Skull Bakers may also be found on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

This week, Between the Pages will be featuring many of these gorgeous creations.

The gorgeous cake shown above was made by Barbara Regini from Barbie lo Schiaccianoci – SugarArt.  The figure of the little girl and her doll are wonderful.  I love how the shadow the little girl casts is her mother.

Barbara wrote the following beautiful description of her cake:

Tells the story of a little girl, scaring of her shadow, scaring about everything. But her shadow reveals that her mum (that is dead) is always with her, talking with her. Always between her and her fear.

 

Day of the Dead Sculpture

This vibrant Day of the Dead sculpture was made by Chef Sam.  I love the use of color on this sculpture.  The base is red roses with blue leaves.  The red matches the heart she is holding out  and the flower in her hair, while the blue matches her hair.  The rest of the figure is lighter shades, so the red and blue really pop out and make this looks so colorful.

Sam description is wonderful – ‘An offering of love to her lost but not forgotten lover. Reunited in happiness on this day.’

 

Little Red Riding Hood / Day of the Dead Cake

Little Red Riding Hood / Day of the Dead Cake

Little Red Riding Hood / Day of the Dead Cake

This great Little Red Riding Hood / Day of the Dead cake was made by Linasari Sunyoto from Sweetlin.  Lin’s hand made Little Red Riding Hood and made her face look like a Blythe doll.  She the fox look cute rather than scary.  She handpainted both faces.  There is a monarch butterfly on Little Red Riding Hood’s head because Aztec tradition holds that the souls of the departed will return as monarch butterflies.

 

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This lovely Day of the Dead sculpture was made by Anna Bananna Quisumbing from Anna Banana’s Bake Shop.  The figure of wife in her dress is wonderful.

As someone who has been blessed with a happy marriage, I love Anna’s description of her sculpture.

I made this piece with my late Mom and Dad in mind. It depicts my mother’s pure and unending love for my father, not only “until death do as part” but “until life after death”.

Day of the Dead Fairy Cake

This delightful Day of the Dead fairy cake was made by Danielle Vega from A Piece of Cake.  Rosalia the fairy was inspired by a graphic image Danielle found online (artist unknown). She tried to capture the dramatic yet innocent look that she sees in her own daughters while making her.  She stands 18″ tall with a wingspan of 15″.  Her head was carved out of cake then covered in Satin Ice fondant.  Her hair is modeling chocolate hair.  Her body was sculpted out of Rice Krispies Treats and covered with modeling chocolate.  Her clothing was made of f
ondant. Her gloves were made of Sugar Dress. Her rose and wings made from airbrushed icing images paper.

 

Mother / Daughter Day of the Dead Cake

This lovely Mother / Daughter Day of the Dead Cake was made by Loraine Cox from Devoted to Cakes.  Loraine decide to focus on the community and family aspects of the festival.  She decided to incorporate a little girl to represent her love for her daughter. There is a clear unity and independence evident in both characters, and this is what Loraine desires for their future together: two strong and loving ladies.

 

 La Catrina Cake

This gorgeous La Catrina Cake was made by Tara Otero.  The colors on this cake are absolutely stunning.  I really like the second layer which mixes a black and white chalkboard design with colored flowers.

Tara wrote the following description of her beautiful cake:

I decided to honor La Catrina because to me she symbolizes the fact that no matter who you are in life, we are all the same in death. Empower each other… that is how you will empower yourself.

 

Tijuana Lady Cake

This Tijuana Lady Cake was made by Sandra Stokes McCullough from Little LADY Cakes.  The cake was inspired by the song Tijuana Lady from the band Gomez.  The figure of the Tijuana Lady was created from modeling chocolate.  She is wearing a red and black Victorian era dress.  Her face is painted for Day of the Dead.  She has curly brown hair with a red flower in it.

 

Day of the Dead Figures

 

Michelle Monaghan from Cácalicious made these terrific figures that honor our lost pets. Michelle’s piece depicts a young girl embracing her beloved bulldog.  The faces on the girl and bulldog are terrific.  I really like the peaceful expression on the girl.

 

6 Gorgeous Black and White Day of the Dead Cakes

Sugar Skull Bakers

The Sugar Skull Bakers is a collaboration of cookie, sugar, cake decorators, and artists from around the world honoring the 3,500 year old Mexican holiday – Dia de los Muertos (aka The Day of the Dead).

The group, founded in 2013, by cake artist Berenice “Berry” Rabago, of Berry’s Sweet Studio and graphic artist Yuki Navarro, is comprised of artists who work with edible mediums. Their skills expertise range from hobbyist to professional. Some have competed worldwide and have even appeared on National American television network programs such as Sugar Dome, Cake Wars, and more.

The Sugar Skull Bakers may also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For the next few days, Between the Pages will be featuring many of these gorgeous creations. 

 

Skeleton Cake

Skeleton Cake

This amazing skeleton tipping his top hat was made by Daniel Dieguez from Fogar 12 Fogar.  The detail on the skeleton is stunning.  Something about the skeleton and his clothes makes me think of New Orleans.  He’d be the perfect host for a Dia de los Muertos celebration in the French Quarters.

Daniel had a very different idea about this fellow and wrote the following delightful description of his cake:

Nobody knows the name of this European handsome fellow, but it seems that in the 19th century he was a smart rogue until he decided to accompany his wife in a trip to Mexico. Intoxicated by the beauty of the Mexican women, he was never stopping flirting, until it disappeared mysteriously. Every September 2 it gets up to enjoy the beauty and the happiness of the All Souls’ Day.

Completely decorated with modeling chocolate, fondant satin ice, wafer paper and chocolate. The structure has been the whole challenge… Happy All Souls’ Day!

 

Dia de los Muertos Wedding Cake

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This stunning two layer Dia de los Muertos Gothic Wedding Cake was made by Christy Duffell Seguin from Cakes ROCK.  The two layers and matching cake board are covered with images of skulls.  The cake is adorned with black gumpaste morning glories.  There is a black sugar skull with white jewels on top.

 

Hello Kitty / Day of The Dead Cake

This awesome Hello Kitty / Day of The Dead Cake was made by Alessandra Estrada from Cake me Baby.  The detail on this cake is amazing.  All the little white beads and the white ruffles are simply stunning.  Hello Kitty’s gorgeous dress is made out of rice paper.

 

Hand Painted Dia de los Muertos Cake

This terrific hand painted Dia de los Muertos Cake was made by Gloria Pilar Villarreal de Siller from Postres Don Fede.

While searching on the Internet for inspiration, Gloria came across a work by digital artist Millie Cieslik (Zyan Art – Melbourne, Australia). The boldness of its lines made her think of the great illustrator and political cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada, the creator of the original “Calavera Garbanzera” which eventually became “La Catrina”. This piece is a homage to graphic arts, old and new, and the powerful message they can convey.

I really like how the top layer of the cake is larger than the bottom layer.  It gives the cake a really eye popping design.

This is a Mexican chocolate cake (antique recipe), covered in white chocolate fondant and hand painted with edible black gel color.

 

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull

This classic Sugar Skull was made by Michelle Borne from She Bakes Mudpies.  The intricate designs on this skull are amazing.  The skull was made from hand tooled modeling Chocolate and gum paste overlayed onto fondant. It was inspired by vintage lace and Day of the Dead masks.

 

Marilyn Monroe / Day of the Dead Cake

 

This gorgeous Marilyn Monroe / Day of the Dead Cake was made by Mimi’s Mocha Treats.  It features Marilyn with her face painted for Dia de los Muertos and with a flower in her hair.  She is sculpted from rice cereal treats and covered in Choco Pan modeling chocolate. Mimi then covered the entire piece with a thin layer of Wilton fondant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With The Sugar Skull Bakers, Even Death Tastes Sweet

Sow White Cake

Snow White Sugar Skull by Sweet Janis

The Day of the Dead is a holiday in Mexico, that uses art, music, cooking, and storytelling to celebrate the memories of family and friends who have died. These stories focus on remembering how the person lived and include family adventures, fun times, and lessons learned.

Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. It was moved to October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Roman Catholic triduum festival of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.

Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves. 

As a tribute to the Day of the Dead, over 120 bakers and cake decorators have created their own artistic sugar skulls.  I’ve selected a few to spotlight.  To see the whole collection, please visit the

Sugar Skull Bakers

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Snow White Sugar Skull

This Fabulous Snow White Skull Cake was made by

Sweet Janis.

  This cake was modeled by hand and based on a design by Darlin Design. Snow White is sitting on the poison apple that has a white skull on the side. Piping gel was used to represent blood.

 

Snow White Sugar Skull

Snow White’s face
 

Snow White Cake

Snow White holding a black bird.
 

Snow White Cake

Close-up of the poisoned apple with the white skull image.

 

Princess Leia Sugar Skull

Jean Schapowal of Cakes with Character crafted this Princess Leia Sugar Skull. Leia’s hair buns are on either side of her skull. A green and red light saber are positioned just below the skull. Like me, Jean is a Huge Star Wars geek. She did a great job combining Star Wars with Dia de Muertos to create this magnificent Leia Sugar Skull.  Jean hand painted the cake board.  The skull was sculpted using Rice Krispies Treats and hand painted.

Below are some pictures of the cake in progress.

 

Princess Leia Sugar Skull

Princess Leia Sugar Skull

Leia in progress

 

 

Maleficent Cake

This magnificent Maleficent Cake was made by Cakes by Timbo. Maleficent has her classic headdress. Her eyes and the area around them are black.  Her face is tattooed in a manner associated with the Day of the Dead.

 

 

Unicorn Cake

Gonzuela’s Cakes made this gorgeous Unicorn Cake. The unicorn is black with white bones painted on it.  The unicorn is wearing a mask.  The wings and tail are rainbow colored. The cake board has a massive spider web and skulls drawn on it in such a way that it looks like chalk.  Near the skulls are candles.

 

 

Borg Sugar Skull

Caking It created this Science Fiction version that looks very much like a Bo
rg Sugar Skull.

 

 

 Borg Cake

Star Trek Cake

 

Minion Skull Cake

The Violet Cake Shop created this marvelous Minion Sugar Skull.  The Cake is on top of a hat box that says “The Best is yet to come”. This Minion is wearing a red rose hat and gray glasses. The mouth is made of stitches.

 

 Minion Cake

Minion’s face

 

 

Minion Cake

Minion’s skirt and shoes

 

 

Minion Cake

Minion Cake with a slice missing

 

 

Marilyn Monroe Sugar Skull Cake 2

Allison Henry of Let’s Eat Cupcakes made this magnificent Marilyn Monroe Sugar Skull. Marilyn has white hair, red lips with stitches on either side, and white teeth. Black and white roses are at the base of her head.

 

 

Marilyn Monroe Cake 

 

 

Nightmare Before Christmas Cake

This stunning Nightmare Before Christmas Cake was made by Splendor – Cakes and more.  The idea of featuring Jack Skellington on a Day of the Dead Cake is brilliant. 

 

 

Day Of The Dead Cake

I love the dichotomy of the top and bottom layer.  The top layer is bright, colorful, and has beautiful flowers.  The bottom layer is black and white and features tattooed versions of Jack and Sally.

 

 

 

Flowers

 

 

 

If you enjoyed these awesome cakes, please visit the rest at Sugar Skull Bakers.