I’m super excited to share my Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Candy Stuffed Sugar Skull Cakes with you! It’s the first time I have made it, and I’m so proud of how everything turned out. I do admit, it took a while, but it’s only because I’m learning how to use fondant. I’ll get faster the more I learn.
Okay, let’s get started on this awesome oh so sweet Day of the Dead recipe:
For the white cake you’ll need the following ingredients:
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup milk
- Coconut Oil
- Flour to prepare pan
- 3D Skull Pan
For the sugar skull you’ll need the following:
- Edible Adhesive
- White Fondant & other colors of your choice
- Fondant tools & plungers
- Eatable writing pens
- NERDS® Fun Size Candy
- NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Fun Size Candy
- NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Fun Size Candy
White cake instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare your 3D Skull cake pan using grease and flour to keep the cake from sticking. Make sure to cover generously, so nothing sticks to the pan. Set aside for later.
- In medium bowl cream sugar and butter beat in eggs, add vanilla and mix. Add flour and baking powder and mix. Add milk and mix thoroughly.
- Fill each of the skulls in the pan about 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick done.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Once the cake has cooled, you should be able just to dump the skull cakes out.
How to make Candy Stuffed Sugar Skulls:
- Trim skulls so they fit together nicely.
- Use a spoon to dig out a hole in the back of the skulls head for the candy. (optional)
- Load your skull up with anything you’d like. My kids love Nerds so we decdied to go with that.
- Use an edible adhesive to glue the front of back of skulls together and allow to dry thoroughly.
- If needed trim the tops of the heads, so they are even and add extra adhesive if needed.
- Next, roll out a small strip of fondant and lay it over the top of the skull to cover where you glued the front and back of the head together.
- Roll out your fondant. I found it easiest to roll it into a thin circle.
- Sit skull in an upright position and lay the fondant on top of the skull so you can work down using your fondant tools.
- Draw the mouths using your edible markers and color in the eyes if you choose to go that route. My sister and I found it easiest to start with the mouths and then coloring in the eyes.
- Now it’s time for the fun part and where you can get creative! Using your edible markers and fondant tools decorate your Day of the Dead Skulls however you like.
Enjoy and have fun!
Most importantly have fun and if you’re not sure what the Sugar Skull represents I suggest reading about it before making your own Sugar Skulls it might influence the direction you choose to go when making your Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Sugar Skull Cakes. Plus, the meaning behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Sugar Skull isn’t often what people think, it’s a beautiful celebration.
The pink and black sugar skull is my personal favorite.
My sister likes the pink and green sugar skull, but they are all amazing, and I can’t wait to make them again for the upcoming celebration.
This was our test round to see if it was something we wanted to do for Dia de los Muertos this year and my sister and I both agreed we were going to do it again this year as part of our Dia de los Muertos celebration that is of particular importance to us this year because of a family event that happened last month
Which do you celebrate – Halloween or Day of the Dead? I think my family is lucky because they get to celebrate both because my husband and I grew up differently and both want to carry our family traditions on with our children.