Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

October 26, 2011

In Mexico instead of celebrating Halloween, they celebrate Day of the Dead or Día de los Muerto.  On November 1st and 2nd, family members and friends gather to honor the deceased with their favorite foods and beverages and gifts. Traditionally, sugar skulls, marigolds, tamales, and pan de muerto (Mexican sweet bread) are usually brought to the private altar or grave.

On Bread and Honey, shares her recipe for these brightly colored sugar skulls.  You will learn everything from the molds, to creating the skulls themselves, and how to decorate them. 

Even if you do not celebrate Day of the Dead, these adorable sugar skulls make great Halloween decorations.  For more information or recipe instructions, click here.

What you will need:

Ingredients:
granulated sugar
meringue powder
powdered sugar
dye coloring paste
water (you can find the dye paste + meringue powder at Michael's)

 

Tools:
sugar skull mold (I used the medium sized "Oaxaca Style" mold)
a large metal mixing bowl
an electric mixer or food processor
cardboard cut out to the sizes of the mold pieces
pastry bags for frosting
colored foil for decorations

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