Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Molding Sugar Skulls

My friend Sage and I got together yesterday and made sugar skulls! We've both wanted to do this for a long time and yesterday was the day. (Actually, I was so excited about doing it that I got the day wrong and accidentally showed up at her house an entire 24 hours early, but that's another story...)

The supplies-- sugar (but of course!), meringue powder, plus water and mixing bowls, measuring cups and three sizes of sugar skull molds. The molds and recipe we used came from the most excellent mexicansugarskull.com website.

Packing the molds nice and full.

Scraping off the excess for a nice flat back...

The mold after a piece of cardboard was laid over top of it and it has been flipped over.

Tapping the mold to release the skulls.

Large skulls!

Two types of the medium skulls-- the above are Traditional...

... and these are Oaxaca, a more whimsical style...

Cute little mini skulls!

An entire table full of skulls-- 5 large, 24 medium and 37 minis! They were so much fun to make and not hard to do at all. I think the biggest problem Sage had was finding a good meringue powder to use-- good meringue powder and using enough of it is the key. We don't think we got quite enough in our second batch of sugar mixture and we could see a difference in how it molded.

Now they need to dry for at least 24 hours (medium and mini) and longer for the large. Ours will get to dry until Sunday, and then-- we decorate!


Robin Larkspur said...

A very cool project, looking forward to seeing them decorated.

Franni said...

awesome cant wait to see the end result!

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Birgit said...

May I ask where you found the molds? Your sugar skulls are awesome!

Greetings from Germany,

Sage BrightHeart said...

We used the molds from this vendor - excellent instructions both online and with the molds (reverse side of colorful mold backings you see under the molds at the beginning of the project).