|Day of the Dead sugar skull cookies, as baked by EJ|
I've been wanting to make some kind of sugar skull cakes or cookies for while now and a Halloween bake sale at work this week gave me the perfect excuse. My original plan was to dabble with royal icing, unfortunately, being in-between living situations and not having a kitchen on my own has made keeping up with my baking plans tricky - but as soon as I have my own kitchen again I will be experimenting with royal icing to the MAX.
I found these ace cookie cutters at the cakes cookies and crafts shop ( on special offer - 4 for 3):
and baked some sugar skull cookies using this Martha Stewart recipe - which was brilliant, the cookies kept their shape perfectly while they baked (always go for a sugar cookie recipe for this kind of bake- and always chill the cut shapes before baking so that they don't spread too much).
I used the same skull cutter to cut skull shapes out of ready to roll white icing (dust the surface and your rolling pin with a little icing sugar to prevent it sticking):
Then glue the icing to the top of the cooled biscuits using a little writing icing:
I used these fantastic cake decorators pens to decorate the surface of the icing skulls:
As I had just rolled out and cut the icing, it was still quite soft, so I had to be very gentle with the pens. (I'd recommend leaving the icing skulls to sit out for a while so that they harden slightly before you start drawing if you can).
I started each skull by drawing the eyes, nose and mouth and then added the detail around these features.
I'll definitely be attempting the royal icing version of these soon, but I'm impressed at the results from the cake decorator pens and will be using them again.