Sugar Skulls are a prevalent tradition in Mexican history, especially on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The iconic skulls are decorated with bright flowers, sequins, feathers and more and placed on altars honoring deceased loved ones.
The Museum that I interned at over the summer is having a Dia de los Muertos event, in partnership with the Appleton Public Library’s Children’s Department. I volunteered to make sugar skulls for the children to decorate during the event. I thought I would share the how-to here, so you can celebrate too! The recipe provided makes approximately 5 sugar skulls, depending on the size of your mold!
For more information on the event, visit this link!
5 cups of white granulated sugar
5 tsp. meringue powder
5 tsp. water
Small/Medium Sugar Skull Mold : Available Here
1) Combine sugar and meringue powder in a large bowl.
2) Sprinkle water on top of your sugar/meringue mixture.
3) Using your hands, mix until you have the consistency of beach sand.
4) Place a heaping handful of this mixture into your mold. Press firmly to pack in.
5) Using a straight edge, scrape the excess sugar of the back. Press down on the remaining sugar firmly.
6) Place the back of a paper plate behind the mold, it should slip easily on to the plate.
7) Let dry for 6 hours and scoop sugar out of the back, leaving a 1/2 in. width on all edges of your skull.
8) Decorate as you wish!