vegan sugar skulls


  • Skulls:
  • 6 cups sugar, granulated
  • 4 tbsp. aquafaba (liquid from the chickpea can)
  • bitumen for decorating:
  • 89 ml. () Tza) aquafaba
  • 5 tzas sugar glass
  • Dyes
  • equipment:
  • Skull molds
  • Cardboard parts (11.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Disposable pastry sleeves
  • Sequins



In a large bowl, whisk the aquafaba until it begins to bubble.

Pour the sugar into the bowl and use your hands to mix well and incorporate the sugar into the aquafaba. It should have the consistency of wet sand, as if you were building a sand castle.

Make sure your mold is clean and dry. Fill the mold with the sugar mixture and press to fill it well. Scoop out some of the sugar filling from the back of the skull with a spoon, so it’s not too heavy (see video).

Hold a piece of cardboard over the back of the skull, Flip the mold over so the skull is on the piece of cardboard and remove the mold. Carefully place the skull on a tray.

Repeat this process with the rest of the sugar. If you want to make a full skull, use the same process with the mold for the back of the skull.

Let dry at room temperature for at least 24 hours.

Icing to decorate:

The next day, in a large bowl, whisk the aquafaba until it begins to bubble. Add the icing sugar and mix well. Do a test to see the consistency of the shoe polish. Put some bitumen on a plate and see if it slides off very easily when you move the plate. The bitumen should not slide off easily. Add more powdered sugar if necessary.

Divide the icing into 4 small bowls. Add the colors you want and mix well.

Pour the bitumen into 4 duyas. (When I decorate the skulls with the kids I make sure to tie the bottom of the duya with a rubber band.) Cut a very small piece off the tip of the duya and test to see how much bitumen comes out. Cut off the larger tip if necessary.

Decorate your skull according to your own inspiration. I like to use sequins for the eyes. Let them dry for 24 hours.

Full Skull:

If you are going to make full skulls, set aside a small portion of shoe polish before adding the colorant.

Take both sides of the skull, after they have dried for 24 hours, and use the shoe polish as a glue to join the two parts together. Let dry a little more before decorating.

Notes: We don’t eat the skulls but you can eat them if you want. I bought my mold at, but I imagine that in Mexico it is not difficult to get them. If you live in a humid place it will take longer to dry and you will have to add less aquafaba.

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