Experimental Sugar Skulls

The plastic skull moulds I got from the museum looked like this…

The mould (which originally came from www.mexicansugarskull.com) had instructions on the back, to make sugar skulls, but one of the ingredients was ‘meringue powder’, which I had never heard of, and I would assume we are unable to buy in Sweden. I did toy with the idea of mixing egg whites and sugar, and leaving them in the moulds to freeze, but the idea of using uncooked egg worried me a little…

Then, Leon and I remembered once making ‘coconut sugar mice’, and so we decided to take a risk, and experiment with this recipe. We mixed condensed milk, icing sugar and coconut, making a firm dough-like texture, filled up the moulds, and left them in the fridge to harden for a few hours. When i checked them, they were firm, but I could see the shape would be ruined if I tried to pop them out – so I decided to leave them in the freezer overnight.

This morning, by pouring a little hot water over the moulds, and easing them out carefully with a knife, we finally were able to take out our sugar skulls – and decorate them with coloured icing pens, sprinkles and silver baubles!


Leon’s happy skull…
… and what looks like a slightly sadder one, by Maya!

They had to be decorated quickly as the icing didn’t take long to run, and now they are hardening up in the fridge. I don’t think the kids will be eating them, as in fact the ‘real’ sugar skulls are mostly for decoration and gifts for the dead, but this was a fun, and unusual activity to do!


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