Pink Skull and Crossbones Cake

I just want to show you a cut cake I recently made. One of my friends Cydnee(I dare not divulge her age) was having her annual themed Birthday/Bunco Party. This year she choose a Gasparilla Theme.
For those of you who don’t know Gasparilla, it’s a tradition here in Tampa. You can read all about it here.
It’s a very cool story.
But what it really translates into is about 500,000 sloppy ass drunk people, lined up on Bayshore Blvd(the worlds largest continuos sidewalk, almost 4 miles) screaming, yelling and showing their tits to the old perverted drunk men people on the floats for beads. It’s a sight to see. I mean, what people will do for a 5 cent strand of beads is amazing. Believe me, I have had my drunken nights at the parade. I was once even beat up by a man! Seriously beat up. Oh believe me, I kicked his ass right back(the first time I had ever hit anyone). There was no rhyme or reason for it. He just walked up to me and started beating on me like I was a punching bag! I am not white trash nor am I a skank-a-rank-a-saurus. He started it. Crazy, huh? Bastard. Good times.
On to the cake.
Cute. Just a regular yellow cake with the delectable Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Nutella Buttercream FIlling.

The cute skull and cross bones is fondant(sorry Dawn, no fondant video yet, quit your bitchin)
I added some Silver dragees on the eye patch for some bling and Pink disco dust on the bandana.
The morning of her party, I went to place the Skull onto the cake, lifted it up and it slipped right out of my hand and went crashing onto the floor. Broke in 6 pieces. The whole house looked at me in shock, eyes wide and mouths dropped open to the floor. You could tell they were waiting for me to unleash the fury. They stood there in fear. I said, “no one talk to me.” I slowly walked away, into my bed room. I stood there, jumped up and down(like a two year old having a full on tantrum), screaming every curse word you could think of. I again slowly walked out of my bedroom, passed by my husband and two kids(still standing where they had been during the scene of the crime) who were still staring at me like I was going to kill someone. I carefully
 picked up the sad, sad pieces of broken skull and cross bones and glued them back together. No one got hurt.


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    Kitten with a Whisk says:

    This is perfect for Gasparilla! So cute!

    I think I may be skipping the parade this year… too cold and it isn't as much fun if you go every year.

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    Siggy Spice says:

    Holy crap balls, that made me laugh….and I just got back from Zumba, so that was no easy feat!
    Fabulous, wonderful, and brillant!

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen says:

    This is SO great! Awesome job!

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    Ha! This is adorable! I love Bunco, my daughter won the last game we played, she beat all the adults!

    Ummm, I wish there was a slice of this for me…

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    Gasparilla sounds like fun! Except for the fighting part (hope that guy got a good beat down!) Your cake is so cute! Love the bling on the eye patch and the teeth look so real. Great job decorating! And the swiss buttercream I remember from that beautiful ruffle cake you made. Love it!

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    MerciBlahBlah says:

    I love you for this story. And the cake. And the fact that you beat up a man who beat you up first. Sometime I would like to read that entire story….


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    what sort of stinyk man would hit a girl!? i am glad you beat his ass right back!

    i am quite a mardi gras mama, so i feel like i would love gasparilla

    on to the cake… too cute for words! I cannot even imagine making soemthing so gorgeous!

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    Funny post, you calm woman, you! That's the way to stay cool under pressure!

    Super cake, broken or not, who'd know except you? (And now us.)

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    vanillasugar says:

    i want my damn fondant video!! or else!
    when is the next cake testing at your house? i need seconds err thirds

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    LOL, like I said you are so stinkin real! I can't wait to see Dawn's response here! he he.

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    I love it! Will you make me one for my birthday next month?

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    What an impressive cake! I don't know if I would have pulled it together and fixed it… I might still be jumping up and down throwing a tantrum!

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    Uhm – nutella buttercream?! *droool*

    This cake is freakin adorable. I'll take one, please and thank you!

    In the three years I lived in Tampa, I never did get brave enough to go to the Gasparilla parade. Stories like yours are exactly why. Crazy lady!

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    That's the most amazing cake I've ever seen. And Nutella filling? Brilliant.

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    Another amazing cake! Love the eye patch bling — it's the perfect touch. I think I need to get some pink disco dust in my life.

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    Leslie M. says:

    You are amazing and the cake is gorgeous. You should write a book Les!!

    FABU again!
    The Other Les
    Leslie Loves Veggies

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    Ha…………! Holy moly I had to laugh out loud reading your post. I have SO been there girl, but I usually don't politely excuse myself before the tantrum, but I have BEEN THERE! Okay, and I'm also glad to read you are not a skank-a-rank-a-saurus.

    Adorable cake! It turned out to be super cute!

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    Sounds like I could avoid being beat up by a man – but I would love to indulge in your GORGEOUS cake!! Love this. Great decorating 🙂

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    thrasherswife says:

    Boy you handled that much better then I would have.. much much better… Darling cake – way way too cute!!! Lucky friend!!

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    Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share says:

    Nutella butter cream?? Ya that sounds amazing!!

    It is so amazing what people will do for flippin beads!!

    This cake is perfect! Because you are amazing at all things…BITCH! lol

    Seriously the frosting is so smooth (and SMBC which is the best tasting frosting on the planet!)

    Oh ya and skank-a-rank-a-saurus that is my new favorite word!

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    oh, this looks so delicious! I`m absolutely sure that`s really tasty!

    Have a great time,

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    …and the cake still was delicious:-). I've never seen the parade but wouldn't miss it for the world if I were there. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    freaking adorable!! you're so talented, i love it. it also sounds like a very delicious cake!

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    Ohmygosh, skank-a-rank-a-saurus!!! You're a freaking hoot!

    Cute cake-I have no cake or cookie decorating skilz at all 🙁

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    Love the dragee eye patch. Very clever. It's like you bedazzled your cake!

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    for once, i find a skull and crossbones fun and festive–whoda thunk it? 🙂

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    ♥peachkins♥ says:

    So cute!

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    My husband is in Tampa, you know. And he mentioned that it's rather strange that there are two "conventions" going on this weekend–the pirate thing and hundreds of accountants. My husband is an accountant (professor), just in case you were thinking he's a pirate. 😉
    He's certainly thought it was an interesting sight to see.
    I'll have to tell him about you being beat up.
    And the cake–awesome as always. And huge bummer on the little dropping incident.

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    Healthy and Homemade says:

    My goodness that is AMAZING Leslie!! I forget how amazingly talented you are with cakes =)

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    You make a funny point about the cheap necklaces. I bet if you walked up to 99.5% of the flashers on any other day of the week and offered them $5 to do it, they would be horribly offended.

    I can imagine the terror in your families eyes! I am just surprised they didn't take the opportunity to scramble out of there once you left for a minute.

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    Never heard of Gasparilla! Sounds like a rollicking good time, though. The cake is awesome–a girly Jolly Roger! I love it.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks says:

    Another gorgeous cake! The Nutella buttercream sounds delicious!

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    Olga @ MangoTomato says:

    it looks beautiful! love how it's girlie and kick-ass at the same time 😉

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    You really did it – Changed the black background of your blog. Oh how I wish I could have been with you that night that man attacked, never a dull moment in your life – huh? I love your cake, I'll have to think of someone I could make it for.

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    pigpigscorner says:

    Oh wow, it's beautiful! and you got me at Nutella buttercream filling.

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    You really (I MEAN REALLY) should start your own cake decorating business – you've got mad skills woman!

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    cookies and cups says:

    What a cute cake!
    I will never mess with you, promise 🙂

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    I LOVE your cake! Great minds think alike as I made one very similar for a little girls bday! I am your newest follower : )

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    Random musings of a cluttered kitchen says:

    LOVE it!!! What a cute cake! I do cakes here and there & am VERY impressed in your clean sharp edges at the top. I can never get mine that sharp. KUDOS to you!!!

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    This cake is adorable! Thank you for the idea. I’m making a “boy” version of this cake for my son’s 6th birthday party tomorrow. Wish me luck!!! :):):)