Side Note: Do not make sugar skulls on rainy or high humidity day. They will not turn out!
MIX TOGETHER WELL IN A LARGE BOWL:
1 TEASPOON Meringue Powder for every cup of granulated sugar used.
Step 1: Mix dry ingredients well.
Step 2: Sprinkle sugar mixture with 1 teaspoon water per cup of sugar used. If colored skull are desired add paste food coloring to WATER.
Step 3: Add one teaspoon of Meringue powder to a cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of water.
Mix well with with hands until every bit of sugar is moistened. If your fingerprints remain when you squeeze the sugar in your hand, the sugar is ready to mold. It should feel like “beach sand.”Meringue Powder is a MUST and can not be omitted. Meringue powder, paste colors and colored tin foils may be purchased from www.MexicanSugarSkull.com courtesy of our friend Angela Villaba.
To mold: Cut the card of skulls apart with scissors, making sure to leave at least a 1” margin around the skulls. Pack sugar mixture FIRMLY into mold and use a straight edge to scrape the back of the mold perfectly flat. Pack down some more. Place a stiff cardboard square (approx. 5” x 4”) over mold and invert immediately. Lift mold off carefully. If all the sugar mixture does not fall out of mold easily, it is too wet. Re-mix a bit more of dry sugar. Tip: Hand wash and dry mold after every 5 skulls to avoid sticking. Also throw away molded sugar “mistakes” back into bowl, stir ant try again. If too dry, spritz with water bottle and re-mix.
To dry: The molded sugar skulls need to air-dry on their cardboard from 8 hours to overnight. When the skull is totally dry and hard, it is ready to decorate. Personalize your skulls with icing, sequins, feathers, beads, even earrings made from soda pop tops. Colored foils, which you paste down with icing, are great for making crowns, crosses, hearts, shiny eyes or even pipes. Labels wrappers, trinkets and shells can personalize a skull in memory of your dear, departed loved one.