Sugar Skull Cupcakes

DSC_1698x900Here is the second of three posts this week featuring Wilton’s adorable seasonal decorations. If you celebrate the Day of the Dead, these sugar skulls would be perfect for you. I made Day of the Dead cookies a few years ago and encourage you to learn more about this Mexican holiday.

Sugar Skull Cupcakes
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You will need:
1 batch of cupcakes (I made vanilla cupcakes from a box mix; any brand/flavor would work — or go homemade!)
1 batch of buttercream icing (I used the white buttercream recipe listed here)
Cupcake liners (I used pink but any color would work)
Pink, neon green, and blue food coloring
A disposable pastry bag
A large star pastry trip
2 boxes of Wilton’s sugar skulls (part of Target’s 2014 Halloween seasonal items)

1. Bake cupcakes according to box directions; allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
2. Divide your batch of buttercream icing into thirds. Dye one third pink, one third green, and one third blue.
3. Fit your disposable pastry bag with the large star tip. Spread pink icing on the inside of a third of the pastry bag, green icing on another third, and blue icing on the final third. This is how the two icing colors will swirl together. If you need a visual, please visit Sally’s lovely tutorial.
4. Frost the cupcakes with the swirled icing. Top with a sugar skull and enjoy!

Makes 20-24 cupcakes.

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