Today we celebrate el Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. Is a very important celebration because we remember and honor family or friends that are already enjoying heaven. Most people visit the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and decorate their graves with ofrendas or altars that are rich in symbols and are a welcoming gesture for the souls that will be visiting during the festivity. The altars or offerings can also be built in their homes. Because I live far away from my family I just make these cake and cookies to celebrate my Mexican traditions and to share them with all of you.
I tried to incorporate as many symbols as I could but “3 little kids” time constraints limited my expectations. But lets start with the female skeleton in the top, she is “La Catrina”, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations. I use gumpaste for some parts and fondant for others.
The 2 tier cake is intended to represent a two level altar meaning Earth and Heaven. The arch on top of the cross is the door to the world of the dead. Of course the cross is the religious element for the Catholic origins of the celebration.
The “flor de cempasuchil” (marigols flowers) are thought to attract souls of the dead to the offerings. I don’t have a special cuter for the flowers but I use a 5 petal one to form them.
OK enough bla, bla, bla I promise no more pictures or details after these; candles are the light the will guide them back to the world of the dead, and water and fruits to feed them.