Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day is a cheerful and colorful holiday where the death of loved ones takes a lively, friendly expression. Family and friends gather together in joyful remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. Brightly decorated sugar skulls are a common part of this celebration and are a way to memorialize loved ones.
We recently held a focus group to see how a few Wilton employees would decorate their sugar skulls using our products. These women did such a wonderful job and the results were simply amazing! You can learn how to make one of these too at the end of this blog!
Several blank sugar skulls just waiting to be decorated.
Color Mist™ looks fabulous on the sugar skulls!
Sparkle Gel works well for making eyes!
FoodWriters™ provide the perfect detail for intricate designs.
And here is the whole group. They turned out great, right? So what are you waiting for?
Here is how you can make your own Sugar skull:
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Wilton Meringue Powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons water
In a small bowl, stir together granulated sugar and Meringue Powder. Add water and stir until mixture is evenly moistened and feels like wet sand.
Press firmly into both sides of the mold, using a spatula to pack the mixture as tightly as possible all the way to the top. Place a cake board on top of the mold and invert to remove the skulls. If some of the sugar stays in the mold, the mixture is too wet. Pack it full again and repeat.
Let the skulls dry for 24 hours. Makes one skull. Ingredients can be doubled or tripled successfully.
- 3 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tablespoons warm water, plus additional for sealing the skull
- Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
Makes about 3 cups.
Spread a thin layer of royal icing on one side of the skull. Sandwich the skull together, wiping away any excess royal icing that seeps out with your finger.
Return remaining royal icing to mixer and thin to a painting consistency by adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time and beating until the icing is wet enough to paint on the skull without being gloppy or leaving brush marks. (I added about 5 tablespoons of water to my remaining royal icing, but if you sandwich more than a single skull before thinning down the icing, you might need less.)
Apply the thinned royal icing all over the skull with a brush to seal the sugar. After the coating dries (between 30 minutes and 1 hour), the surface will be smooth and ready to decorate!
Then the fun begins! Sugar skulls are easily decorated with Color Mist™, Sparkle Gels, Ready-To-Decorate icing, sprinkles, FoodWriters™ and many other Wilton products.