NERDIWEEN Week 3: Ofrenda de Nerd•ily (Moderate)

We all want to honor our dead, especially our favorite pop culture figures. From Snape to Sam Winchester (season 5), the death of a beloved fictional character can be hard. But hey, that’s what Day of the Dead is for: it’s a time for rememberance.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you a great way to honor those long gone with special nerdy-themed calavera de azúcar, or sugar skulls.

Watch the tutorial here:

From your utility belt, you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Meringue powder
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Decorating icing or royal icing
  • Candy skull mold (I bought a Wilton mold off Amazon for around $4)
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpicks

Pro-tips before you begin: 

The main recipe came from the Mexican Sugar Skull website, but I used a conversion since I was making a much smaller batch. According to the latter site, the mixing ratio is as follows: 1 cup of sugar per 1 teaspoon of meringue powder per 1 teaspoon of water.

When I first mixed the water into the dry mixture, I initially added a teaspoon, and added another 3/4 of a teaspoon gradually as I continued to mix.

Also, if you are so inclined, you can make your own royal icing for your sugar skulls. I didn’t want to dirty up more dishes, so I bought some Betty Crocker decorating icing tubes. For more precise decorations, I used toothpicks dipped into this icing.

I hope you like the first video on the new Nerd•ily channel! Catch me on Monday for the fourth—and final—week of NERDIWEEN. Since it’ll be the week of Halloween, the posts will be running amok, amok, amok with a Hocus Pocus theme! See you then!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. depepi says:

    Cool!!! Now I know what to do with the sugar I’m never going to use at home! Since I went on the sugar-free life, I have some sugar… and have no clue what to do with it. Your skulls came in handy!!! 😀

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  2. Leisel says:

    Are you joking. Where in the hell do you find meringue powder?! I was looking in the store for this WEEKS ago and found NOTHING.
    Also, those look ridiculously adorable.


    1. mckelodeon says:

      My mom is a baker and she gets baker grade meringue powder. I only needed about a teaspoon so she was okay with letting me use some. And thank you! I can totally see you doing these.

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      1. Leisel says:

        Bollocks. Bollocks, bollocks, bollocks!
        Fair enough; I do the exact same thing with my family owning a pizzeria. I can’t even be mad at that.


      2. mckelodeon says:

        She orders hers online. The brand is called Sunny Side Up Bakery, if that helps :).


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