Sam’s Sugar Skull Fiasco

IMG_7778“Make Sugar Skulls,” has been on my bucket list for several years now. I’ve never seen a sugar skull in person (gasp!) but I know that quite a few people in my city make them every year as a family tradition. I think they’re beautiful and decided that this year is the year the sugar bomb will go off in my kitchen.

I picked up the Wilton sugar skull mold and meringue powder from Michael’s and followed the instructions for both the skull and IMG_7781the royal icing. It took me a couple days to get the skull right, because you’re supposed to let them sit and dry for 24 hours and I couldn’t seem to keep my paws off. Hey, I’m a Gen Y child… the generation of instant gratification.

I was able to successfully make and not break a skull, and decided to make another for back up. Y’know, in case I touch it and break it again. Finally, it was time to tackle the royal icing and decorate this bad boy!

Decorating is supposed to be the fun part, but my plan of attack was poorly executed. First, I couldn’t find my piping bags so I used ziplock bags. I colored the icing with gel icing colors (also by Wilton) and then dropped the orange one into the sink of dishes. Yes, I threw it away. Then I couldn’t find my piping tips… so I was equipped with a handful of ziplock bags with tiny holes in them. Hey, it worked…somewhat.

This is what I ended up with! I gave the good man a head of hair, orange freckles and a lightning bolt on his forehead! IMG_7788

Will you be making sugar skulls this year? Please for the love of all things holy… prepare, follow instructions and try to resist touching the skull before it’s dried! This would be a super fun family thing to try with your kids if you’re wanting to give it a go! 🙂



October 8, 2015


  • Melissa Chee

    WOW! That looks cool. 🙂

  • How cute! Love it. Such a fun activity for Halloween!

  • So fun! Perfect for this time of year!

  • Patricia Conte

    What a great project! I LOVE everything sugar skull that I see! I may have to give these a try myself this year!

  • I love your Harry Potter sugar skull! I’ve never made them yet either, but they’re on my list too!