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Make your own Mexican sugar skulls
Having a mexican night, Cinco de Mayo or day of the dead party? Now you can make your own sugar skulls for the night. Or even better have a sugar skull decorating party then have you other party afterward... Either way hope you have fun making them.

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  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 1
    Step 1

    Have all you ingredients for skull bases together and make sure you've got space somewhere warm to leave your skulls to dry for 24hours. The amounts here are enough for 5 large, 20 medium, or 100 mini skulls.
    Mix together granulated, water and meringue powder, rub together thoroughly for around 5mins.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 2
    Step 2

    After 5 mins or so of mixing, the sugar mixture should have the feel of slightly damp sand and hold together when squeezed between you hands.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pack the sugar mix tightly and firmly into your moulds, press into all the edges.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 4
    Step 4

    Scrap off the excess sugar, with a ruler, back into the bowl.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place a piece of card over the back of the moulds and turn out the sugar cast, leave to dry somewhere warm for around 24 hours.
    Any skulls that don't come out perfectly can just be added back into the bowl and re- moulded.
    Repeat until all the sugar is used up.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 6
    Step 6

    If you’re making larger skulls after 12 hours of drying turn the skull over and scoop out some of wet sugar – this helps the skull to dry completely and stops it being so heavy – the scoped sugar can be used to mould more skulls

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make your icing by mixing together the water, meringue powder and icing sugar, first by hand and then when full incorporated with an electric stand mixer, or hand whisk.
    You need to whisk the icing for about 10 minutes until it is airy and light. Then you can separate the icing into different cups to colour it with food colouring. I like to put the icing into sandwich bags and use them like little piping bags.

    Remember to leave some icing white to stick your 2-part skulls together. The meringue powder in the icing will make it dry rock solid.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 8
    Step 8

    When all your skulls are dried and stuck together, then the fun begins. Get as many different hundreds and thousands as you can and start to decorate, use the icing like colourful glue to stick your decorations to your skulls, this is when tweezers can come in handy! The icing can dry quite quickly so keep an eye on that when your decorating.

  • How to make a sugar skull. Sugar Skulls - Step 9
    Step 9

    Just a few notes -
    Skulls are for decoration only, even though all the ingredients are edible, I would not recommend eating them!
    the meringue powder is really important if you don't have it your skulls won't work. It can be a bit of a pain to get hold of in the UK but I've found a brand called Meri-White which you can buy online.
    You can also find sugar skull moulds online too.
    The mix should work in any ridged plastic mould not just skulls.
    Any questions just get in touch.

    Happy Making.

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