Friday, October 30, 2009
"Mooooooo!" Says the Vampire Cow.
I've been dying to make sugar skulls for a couple of years now, but how to substitute that tricky meringue powder? I was all set to try this year using Angel Food's vegan meringue cookie mix, when my friend Katie came to my rescue. She's had luck subbing Ener-G Foods Egg Replacer, and told me to give it a go. So I popped on over to this awesome Day of the Dead shop on Alberta and invested in a mold and just now, I have seven pink sugar skulls drying on my ironing board.
They're all firm and stuff! I was able to pick them up! No crumbling!
To those that have asked for a tutorial, the instructions that come with the mold are extremely detailed. Simply sub the egg replacer 1:1 for the powdered meringue. Tomorrow I'll try subbing it in the royal icing I use for decorating them, so expect a report back on how that works, too.* The instructions recommend not dying the sugar for first timers, but I disagree. Since I went ahead and added some rose colored Wilton paste to my water, I felt it made it easier for me to make sure the water was evenly mixed with the sugar. Personally, I won't mind a different colored seam connecting the front with the back of the skull, but if this bothers you, you can leave the step out.
*ETA: I used the powdered egg replacer in the royal icing recipe as well, and it was perfect. I doubt it would be tasty to eat, but it dried on rock hard, which is what's wanted here. For small color batches, I used 1 cup vegan powdered sugar, 2 heaped tablespoons powdered egg replacer, and 1/6 cup water (half of 1/3 cup) mixed with Wilton color paste. If your mixture is runny, add more powdered sugar until you get something pretty thick and sticky.
P.S. gwgjoan is getting a Primal Strip. I have one left, so leave me a comment if you want it!