Over this past weekend, I was invited to an (early) Day of the Dead party which I couldn’t refuse — not that I wanted to. Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on November 1st & 2nd. Clearly I need to get out more because it was my first exposure to decorating sugar skulls. Through the experience I learned a couple of things. The chief lessons being that decorating with icing isn’t as easy as it sounds and that it can take a lot of time and patience (toothpicks don’t hurt either).
According to this Web site, sugar skull decorating in Mexico dates to the 18th century. Below is a picture of the two skulls that eventually made their way bake to my house.