CAUTION - Do not make sugar skulls on a rainy or high humidity day. They will not turn out.
Mix together well in 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.
Variation: Colored Skulls Most people prefer white skulls the first time they make them, but if you'd like colored sugar skulls, add paste food coloring TO THE WATER. For a 5 pound bag of sugar, use 1/4 cup meringue powder and 10 teaspoons of water. Yield 5 large skulls or 20 medium skulls or 100 mini skulls or any combination.
For a 10 pound bag of sugar, use 1/2 cup meringue powder and 7 Tablespoons water. Yield 10 large skulls or 40 medium skulls or 200 mini skulls or any combination.
# of Skulls
5 pounds of sugar = approx. 10 cups
10 pounds of sugar = 21 cups
3 teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon
Meringue Powder Conversion Table
4 oz. Jar
8 oz. Jar
1 lb. Bag
Meringue Powder is a MUST and cannot be omitted. It is difficult to find, but may be ordered in 4 oz, 8 oz or 1 pound packages. Meringue powder is what makes the sugar and the icing hard. The main ingredient is powdered dry egg whites and starch, but it also includes vegetable gum, cream of tarter, calcium lactate, malic acid and sodium aluminum sulfate. It's totally edible.
Powdered sugar for Royal Icing
1 pound box = 3
1/2 cups 2 pound bag = 7 cups (do not sift Powdered Sugar)
7 Tablespoons (21 teaspoons) of Meringue Powder = 1/2 cup
The sugar skull tattoos will probably keep rising in popularity as people become more involved in other cultures and in a way it is a good thing that there more positive influenced tattoos.
sugar skull photo: http://www.kevincharnas.com/uploaded_images/SugarSkulls-774594.jpg
tattoo one: Brian Simpkins
tattoo two: http://media.photobucket.com/image/Mary%20tattoo%20day%20of%20the%20dead/coeneo/l_1a659b7c696d9d06a8ad8486f9900509.jpg