Sugar Skulls Recipe

Here’s a signature recipe for the Day of the Dead that you definitely can’t afford to miss! The skull is the most iconic symbol for Day of the Dead and can be seen everywhere on the holiday. These sugar skulls are candied treats that often are either sugar or chocolate based and are often put on the Ofrenda. Sugar skulls recipe are an avenue for you to showcase your art skills. So, get creative!

Prep time: 1 hour

Total time: 3 hours


  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Royal Icing
  • 7 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder
  • 6 teaspoons water
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • food coloring


  1. Starr by mixing the basics - meringue, sugar, and water. Ensure that the sugar remains firm when squeezed. Add a little water to the mixture of loosed.
  2. Fill both parts of your skull molds with the wet sugar mixture. Ensure the iops are flat by scraping off the excess.
  3. Place some parchment paper over the mold, and place aardboard over it. Hold the mold and cardboard, and gently flip them over.
  4. Now, gently lift the mold off the sugar skulls. If the mold doesn’t come off smoothly,clean it out, and add some dry sugar to the mixture. Mold again until you achieve the desired result.
  5. Let the sugar skulls dry for at least 6 hours before flipping them over and drying them for another 6 hours.
  6. Prepare royal icing by using water, almond extract, powdered sugar, and meringue. Whisk the mixture until it’s loose and shiny.
  7. Using a spatula, spread a thin layer of this mixture on the back of each sugar skull. Press both sides together, and wipe off the excess icing that sticks out between the two sugar skull sides. Let it dry before decorating the skull.

Nutrient Information

Per Sugar Skull: 270 Calories; Carbohydrate: 65g of sugar; sodium: 10mg.