“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
-William Shakespeare, Macbeth
It’s finally Hallow’s eve!
This post is quite accidental to be honest. I hadn’t planned on doing a Halloween special this year what with being swamped with college stuff, cake orders, and buddy nonsense.
I had an ignored Chocolate Cake lying in my fridge; plain top, frosted with chocolate buttercream, and chocolate drips on the sides. If you have ever tried my classic chocolate cake, you’d know that you end up with one lone egg white because the recipe calls for 2 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk.
And that one egg white is the reason why we have a Halloween post this year! 😀 It’s nothing like last year’s grand spectacle where we murdered a Red Velvet Cake and loved every minute of it. :3 But its awesome nonetheless!!
That one egg white has been used to make ghosts to adorn the cake with. Cute little meringue blobs together with their chocolate ball eyes made for adorable ghost toppers. The whole idea came out exactly as I had pictured.
The meringue ghosts were super easy to make; just three ingredients, four if you want to stretch it. The only thing I’d impress upon is ‘patience’. Patience when:
-beating the meringue to make it stiff and glossy, takes 3-5 minutes.
-baking the meringue till it easily peels off the parchment paper, round 60-90 minutes
-letting the meringues dry, round 2-3 hours
Other than that, they’re a breeze to make. This recipe only makes 10-12 meringue ghosts, just enough to top a cake with. But you can easily double the recipe to make more. Just remember the meringue code; for each egg white, use 1/4 cup caster sugar.
That is, if you’re using:
1 egg white: ¼ cup sugar
2 egg whites: ½ cup sugar
3 egg whites: ¾ cup sugar
4 egg whites: 1 cup sugar
And so on…
Do give these tiny ghost buddies a try. They’re crunchy on the outside, and soft and mallowy on the inside.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Yields: 10-12 cookies
Cook Time: 60-90 minutes
· 1 large egg white
· Pinch of cream of tartar, optional
· 1/4 cup caster sugar
· 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
· Mini chocolate chips