It is full on Fall already. Of course in lovely California, it is a perfect mixture of cool, crisp, apple cider sippin' weather and day in the park, super warm weather. Fall is my favorite time of year. It is my favorite time to buy new clothes, leaves are changing colors, pumpkins, figs, grapes and apples are here and of course, Halloween.
Not too long ago, I saw the first house on the block completely decorated for Halloween, complete with zombies popping out of the front lawn. Since watching the first episode of The Walking Dead the other day and being super creeped out by zombies already, I thought to change my focus from scary dead things this year to honoring the dead.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico to honor loved ones who have passed. They decorate sugar skulls and leave them along with flowers and possessions of the deceased at altars to celebrate their life. I think it is a beautiful holiday that I have celebrated for many years and this year, well I made some cupcakes.
Skulls, roses and hearts all formed by hand with fondant are used as decoration for these cupcakes. They are all different. I sat for almost an entire Sunday making these cupcakes and I did so with love.