Meringue Ghosts

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

Meringue Ghosts are the most fun Halloween treat – ever!! I came across this cute Haunted Ghost Cake on the King Arthur Flour blog after Halloween last year then waited almost a year to make these spooky guys.

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

King Arthur’s recipe for the Meringue Ghosts was originally posted on the Joy of Baking website – a food blog I have followed and trusted for years, so I went to that site to do a little research. The video and instructions found here were so helpful and made my efforts at Meringue Ghosts making foolproof.  I highly recommend watching the video before making your own ghosts.

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

Meringue Ghosts are relatively easy so please don’t be deterred. Instead, face your fears and be confident – these are just too adorable not to try.  As an added bonus they can be made several days before you need them, can be used as cake and cupcake decorations or as a delicious treat.  Even the accidental meringue slug seen below on the far left turned out darling.

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

Come back in a few days to see my friend Callie’s and my Halloween Glow Cake. We love it and hope you do, too.

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

Have fun and let me know how your Meringue Ghosts turn out.

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated

Enjoy!

Meringue Ghosts - adorably scary Halloween dessert and/or cake and cupcake decorations. simplysated
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Meringue Ghosts

Meringue Ghosts are great for using as cake or cupcake decorations or served as individual treats. Inspiration: King Arthur Haunted Ghost Cake (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2013/10/22/haunted-ghost-cake-fantastically-frightening-frosting/)
Course Dessert, Edible Decoration
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 18 -24 ghosts
Author Susie Gall

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites 120 grams – room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup 200 grams superfine or caster sugar (If you don’t have superfine sugar, you can to make it by taking regular granulated sugar and processing it in a food processor for 30 seconds or so. (Do NOT process the sugar too long or you will make powdered sugar.)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or white vanilla flavoring
  • Miniature chocolate chips for eyes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200F.
  2. Place the rack in the center of the oven.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Prepare a pastry bag by fitting it with a 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) plain tip.
  5. Place the egg whites in a completely clean bowl or an electric mixer.
  6. Using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer and beat the egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy.
  7. Add cream of tartar and continue beating the whites until they hold soft peaks.
  8. Add sugar slowly while beating continually.
  9. Beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  10. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  11. **To test if the meringue is done, rub a little between your thumb and finger. If it still feels gritty then the sugar has not fully dissolved; continue beating until it feels smooth.
  12. To secure the parchment paper on the cookie sheet, place a dab of meringue under each corner.
  13. Spoon the meringue into the pastry bag and pipe 2-3 inch high mounds of meringue on the parchment paper.
  14. Add the miniature chocolate chip eyes and bake meringue ghosts 1 ½ hours. They should be dry and crisp on the outside.
  15. Turn off the oven, crack the oven door open and leave meringues in the oven several hours or overnight to dry.
  16. The Meringue Ghosts will keep up to seven days at room temperature.
  17. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Meringue Ghosts can be made 1-4 inches tall, but when cooking, all ghosts on the cookie sheet should be relatively the same size.


 

 

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    Becky (The Cookie Rookie)
    I LOVE these!!! So cute!!! One of my favorite things that you've posted :)
    Angela
    I am loving these!!! How fun, cute and my kids would love them!!!
      Susie Gall
      Thanks Angela - I agree that kids love these and hope to make them with my granddaughter soon. Thanks for coming by Simply Sated!!!
    Linda
    These are so adorable....love the ghosts. AWESOME!!!
      Susie Gall
      Thanks Linda!!! I do love these little guys and should have given each one a name. I like "Boolio." Thanks for taking time to comment - sending lots of love & hugs!!
    Bren
    So cute!! I love the scary hands around the bottom of the "ghosts"! Is that handmade or a "film" you can wrap around? Very clever!
      Susie Gall
      Thanks so much Bren. The hands around the bottom of the photo is an option on PicMonkey. http://www.picmonkey.com/ - then go to edit - choose your photo - choose the Pumpkin icon down the left side of the page - choose Trick or Treat - choose Scary Silhouettes. Ta-da:-) Have fun with it. Please come back tomorrow to check out the Halloween Glow Cake - it was so much fun to make. Thanks for stopping by today!
    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    These are absolutely adorable! So creative! Pinned, sharing and I am going to stumble them too! They're too cute not to share!
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    Even though isn't that big here in Australia, you can definitely consider I will be recreating the recipe.. any excuse for a themed celebration! Love these meringue ghosts!
    Cecilia W.
    U said that it can be made a couple days ahead. How can u store them, does it need a tupperware like container with a lid, and also does this need to be put in fridge or a cool place like a cupboard, I would like to make these for a halloween potluck, so i would greatly appreciate your info.

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