I’ll start by stating the obvious: this mummy cake is nothing new under the sun. What is a teensy bit different is using the gingerbread man cake pan as your base. It makes life SO much easier!
After making my Voodoo Doll Cake I thought it would be fun to whip up two more fun Halloween projects using the same pan, this little guy and my skeleton cake. I had ideas for so many more, but just didn’t have the time – a scarecrow, vampire, Frankenstein, a witch, etc. I’m not usually a fan of shaped pans, but this one is pretty versatile.
I’m also going to go ahead and classify this mummy cake as an #easyassheetcake project along with the Voodoo Doll and Skeleton. No carving, minimal piping, and the pan does most of the work. I’d say it qualifies!
How to Make a Mummy Cake Using a Gingerbread Man Pan
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- Gingerbread man cake pan
- Half batch of Black Velvet Cake batter (or any half batch cake batter recipe)
- Cooking spray
- Extra all-purpose flour for the pan
- 2 batches American Buttercream
- Black gel food coloring
- Offset icing spatula
- Piping bag
- Large cake icer tip (optional)
- Basketweave piping tip
- Candy eyeballs
Make the Cake
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray and flour the sides and bottom of the gingerbread man pan.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake, rotating the pan’s position halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs clinging to it, about 25-30 minutes. Bake times may vary depending on your oven. Always check for doneness first.Transfer the cake to a rack to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes. Turn the cake out onto a cake board or platter. Let the cakes cool complete before frosting, filling, or storing. You can make the cake up to a day in advance and store it wrapped at room temperature or in the fridge.
Prep the Cake
When the cake has cooled, apply a thin crumb coat layer of the vanilla buttercream. Don’t worry if any cake shows through. It’ll all get covered up later.
Scoop about a cup of buttercream into a small bowl and tint it with the black gel coloring. It doesn’t need to be pitch black. Just dark enough to provide a contrast to the candy eyes and white mummy wrap.
Spread a layer of black butter cream over the top of the cake. Don’t worry about covering the whole thing. Just make sure the face area has a solid coat. Plop two eyes on your monster in a somewhat wonky fashion.
Pipe the Mummy Wrap
Fill a piping bag fitted with the basketweave tip with vanilla buttercream. Position the bag so the flat side of the piping tip is facing up. Pipe random strips of buttercream over the cake. Start around the eye area, finished the head, then work your way down the body and limbs. Make the strips as neat or as messy as you like. Is it any surprise I prefer a messy mummy? Don’t worry about piping on the sides of the cake unless you have lots of time to kill.