Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sugar Skulls

Awhile back, I ordered all the stuff necessary to make sugar skulls for a Day f the Dead celebration. The kids and I attempted to make them a few weeks ago thinking it would be a "trial run" before we made the "good" ones that we would use as decorations around the house. But we never got around to doing it again, so I guess we're stuck with what we made--and they weren't very good!

As with so many things in life--making these sugar skulls was not as easy as it looked. There was a lot of mixing of sugar and water and something called meringue powder which was--as you can probably imagine--sticky!!

The basic premise seemed simple--mix the concoction and press it into the skull molds, then gently ease out of the mold.

They. Wouldn't. Come. Out

I think we spent at least an hour tinkering with the sugar to water ratio to get it sticky enough to bind together, but not so sticky that would cling to the mold.Somehow,we managed to get some kind of a system going and we churned out some skulls and "candled" them in the oven so they were slightly hard and ready to decorate.

Now the "fun" started!

You know how decorating cookies always sounds like a fun idea, but it's harder than you remember and your hands are screaming in pain from squeezing the frosting and you're covered in sugar? Decorating the skulls was just like that.

Only worse.

And stickier!
I exaggerate--it was kind of fun once we got the swing of it--and we made some halfway decent ones for our first time.
I like Gooser's minimalist skull:
And Patrick's happy one:
And I think Don wins the prize for most artistic!
I can't remember who did this one--but it's pretty good too!
So the plan was to make them again, but we just haven't and I doubt we will before November first! Of course, by next year we'll have forgotten what we're doing and will be back to Square One again...

Bunny of the Day pic:

Me and the bunnster.

Oh, here's one more!
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28 comments:

Ronda's Rants said...

That does look hard...I can barely do sugar cokkies! So hats off...er skulls off to you! Can you eat them?

Becky said...

That freakin bunny is too stinkin cute. Keep showing me pictures and I will be going to the petstore to get one!!!

I think Gooser's is the total best!!! It looks like a bleeding face....ewww!

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

Looks like fun and they came out really good. I not making anything until next weekend. Ihave to make my sister's wedding cake -- keep you fingers crossed on this one.

Hugs

Jo-Jo said...

I think they look great! What fun!

Aleta said...

Could you have put the molds into the refrig to make them come out of the molds a little easier? Sometimes that works with chocolate molds and such.

They did a great job with decorating! Looks like fun, but a lot of work. Lol.

LOVE the bunny pictures!

Z's Mom said...

I bet that would be hard and time consuming to do. They did look good though!!!

Yep, Dr. Hoppy is still cute. He looks soooo soft....

Ann said...

That does sound like hard work, however the skulls turned out great! I think.
I love the colors.

I just love your bunny!!!!!!
I come here every day to get a look at him/her.

CaraBee said...

That looks like so much fun! I'll bet your kids remember that experience for a long, long time!

Kori said...

Aaaaagh, I don't LIKE you any more. Because I am jealous. Those look cool and fun, but I totally don't have the patience!

Jennifer said...

Those sugar skulls are pretty cool looking!

Awww- Dr. Hoppy looks soooooo snuggable. :)

noble pig said...

Those are so cute, I think you guys did a great job!

I want to squeeze that bunny too.

Susie said...

Those are great!! I want to work with sugar art...that's my next goal:-)

Jen B. said...

Great job on the skulls! They look really good!

Annikke said...

Brave woman you are! They came out great!

I am laughing at the comment "Bunny pic of the day". I think I can speak for us all, we think the bunster is way too cute!

kari and kijsa said...

They look great~ Have a safe and happy Halloween!
smiles,
kari & kijsa

Aubrey said...

Wow. Gooser has got it going on. First with your lovely portraits and now the skulls. Too cute!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Those skulls look great but I don't think I'd be brave enough to try to make them!

steenky bee said...

Um, fabulous as always. And Sugar Skulls is the name of my next band.

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

You've been BOO-ed come on over and pick up your Halloween Treat -- Just Scroll down to get it.

Hugs

Kelly said...

I think they turned out great!! Such fun!

BTW, you've been Boo'd...come by and see what I am talking about...

Tenakim said...

you will be 'booed' on my Friday post- beware!

Mamahut said...

Those a too cute! My youngest would flip over that idea.


Can I just say...I love your bunny~

Jaime said...

Love love love hte picture of you and Dr. Hoppy!
I think the sugar skulls came out great! Which one did you make?

Shannon said...

They look good to me! Pretty cool project...

DysFUNctional Mom said...

They turned out totally cool.
I love the bunny of the day pic, what a great idea!

~~tonya~~ said...

Love the bunny!! Cute.

Outnumbered2to1 said...

I think they looked awesome. I tried to do the chocolate pretzels that looked like witch fingers, etc. Totally blew them.

Head Nut said...

OMG that looks like so much fun!! i bet the kids had a blast!! i bet the clean up was a total PITA!