Making the sugar skulls isn’t hard if you follow these easy steps. Having the right sugar skull ingredients is the most important step . You can find the best sugar skull supplies at El Burrito Mercado in the grocery section, you can also find pre-made Sugar Skulls
Ingredients you will need sugar skulls:
- Granulated Sugar (adjust amount depending on how many sugar skulls you will be making. Approximately 1 cup per 6 small sugar skulls, 4 medium or 1 large whole sugar skull.)
- Large bowl
- Sugar Skull molds (shape and size of your preference. (Some are faces only and some include two parts that you put together to make a whole skull.)
- Meringue powder, 1 teaspoon for each cup of sugar. (Helps to hold the sugar together.)
- Powdered sugar for the sugar skull decorative icing.
- Paste food coloring to color the icing.
- Icing decorator bags
- A large, dry area for the sugar skulls to dry in. (Once for the sugar to dry in the mold, and once for the icing to dry.)
- Any other decoration you like such as foil, beads or feathers.
What are Sugar Skulls?
Sugar skulls are exactly that- skull-shaped sugar. Traditional Sugar Skulls are made from a granulated white sugar mixture that is pressed into special skull molds. The sugar mixture is allowed to dry and then the sugar skull is decorated with icing, feathers, colored foil and more. While the ingredients of Sugar Skulls are edible (with the exception of the non-edible decorations you may add) the skulls are generally used for decorative purposes. However some small sugar skulls that are made with basic icing are intended to be consumed.
How are Sugar Skulls used during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) today?
Sugar Skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos which is November 1st and 2nd.
Smaller skulls are placed on the ofrenda on November 1st to represent the children who have deceased.
On November 2nd they are replaced by larger, more ornate skulls which represent the adults.
These decorative skulls have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with stripes, dots and swirls of icing to enhance the features of the skulls.
These designs are usually whimsical and brightly colored, not morbid or scary. Feathers, beads or colored foils are “glued” on with the icing to create highly ornate skulls.
At El Burrito Mercado we sell small, edible skulls to be eaten during the holiday these Sugar Skulls are made by various artists who sculpt, paint or create beautiful skulls to be used as decorations, jewelry and more.