Need a nifty dessert for your Halloween party? How about a cake shaped like a tombstone? With a little imagination and some icing, you can make a tombstone cake that the Grim Reaper would be proud of. You can purchase a tombstone shaped cake pan at most cake decorating supply or large craft stores. If you can't find one, you can bake a sheet cake and cut the shape out yourself.
The original tombstone cake pan we have was made by Wilton, the Over The Hill Tombstone cake pan. It does have "Over The Hill" in raised letters on the finished cake, we would usually take an angled frosting spatula and remove the lettering, then frost over it so we had a smooth surface to write something else on.
This cake pan is still listed on the Wilton web site but does not say if it is still available.
If you can't find a cake pan like this, you can use a 9x13x2 inch baking dish and once the cake is baked and removed from the dish, cut the top edges to resemble a tombstone.
Mix and bake cake according to directions on cake mix box. Let cool. Remove from cake pan and lay on a flat cake board. A little trick is to cover the board with aluminum foil or parchment paper and you can take the slices off easier.
Decorate according to direction that came with the cake pan. Using disposable pastry bags for frosting makes clean-up easier. Using a frosting spatula, available at craft and cake decorating stores, makes applying frosting easier. You can use canned frosting or make a frosting like this one below, used by professional cake decorators:
1 cup of shortening
2 cups of powdered (confectioners) sugar
1 teaspoon meringue powder
1 tablespoon cold water