Day of the Dead Appetizer - Decorated Sugar Skull made out of Cheese
Prep Time
45 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Cheese ball decorated to look like a Day of the Dead skull
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball appetizer, cheese ball skull, day of the dead food
Servings: 1 skull
Author: Beth Jackson Klosterboer
  • Velveeta Queso Blanco
  • Large sugar skull mold or chocolate mold
  • neon food coloring
  • non-stick baking mat like a Silpat or some large zip top bags
  • optional: rolling pin
  • black food coloring
  • food use only paint brushes 1 fine tip, 1 medium tip
  • small metal fondant cutters and/or plunger cutters
  1. Cut Velveeta Con Queso into small chunks.
  2. Melt in the microwave, stirring often.
  3. Pour melted cheese into sugar skull mold.
  4. Tap the mold down several times to remove air bubbles.
  5. Place mold in freezer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Use your left over melted cheese or melt more to make the colorful decorations.
  7. Divide the cheese into small bowls.
  8. Color with various food colorings.
  9. Set the cheese in between two non-stick mats and rolled it out using a rolling pin.
  10. Freeze your colored cheese for about 10 minutes until it's still flexible but not sticky.
  11. Remove your sugar skull mold from freezer, turn it upside down over your work surface, press down on the plastic mold, releasing the cheese and allowing it to gently fall onto the counter.
  12. Paint black food coloring into the eye and nose sockets.
  13. Use small metal cutters and plunger cutters to cut decorations out of the colored cheese.
  14. Press the decorations onto the cheese skull.
  15. Cut blue stars, pink hearts, green dots, and blue and purple petals out of cheese to decorate your cheese skull.
  16. Use black food coloring to put some finishing touches on your cheese sugar skull.
  17. Serve with crackers.