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Ooey Gooey Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull #HalloweenTreatsWeek

The impact this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will have when you set him out on the table will be one of freight, and delight.

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With its marshmallowy texture and strawberry puree ooze, this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will want to make you close your eyes when you’re spooning this dessert into your mouth.

Of course, that will because you’ll be in a state of bliss, not horror. Well…maybe just a little horror! LOL

**Disclaimer – This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always the opinions I share are 100% my own.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull is available near the end of this post. 

The impact this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will have when you set him out on the table will be one of freight, and delight. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

The night I made this Ooey Gooey Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull I set it on the table at dinner. The spooky skull was eyeballing us all throughout our meal. When we had finished our dinner, I handed my husband a spoon and said, “Just give it a taste!” “I know it doesn’t look all that appetizing, but let’s find out first hand exactly what this thing tastes like.”

The next thing I knew, we were both digging in with our spoons like we’d not eaten for days. The light sweetness and ooey gooey marshmallowy texture of the Swiss meringue combined with the slight tartness and silky consistency of the strawberry puree are 100% more delicious than it would appear, especially after we’d so mercilessly attacked him. 😉

The ingredient list for making this Swill Meringue Skull with Strawberry Ooze is as follows;

  • Egg whites
  • Granulated sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • Salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Vanilla paste
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Black gel food color (I used Wilton)
  • Frozen strawberries

The tools and equipment for making this Ooey Gooey Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull are as follows;

  • A bit of patience and courage to fiddle with the design until you’re happy with the looks.
  • An image of a skull
  • A hand mixer or stand mixer
  • A double boiler, or a saucepan and heat safe bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Blender
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or Silpat
  • Offset spatula
  • Large bowl
  • Smaller bowls
  • Black gel food color
  • Extra large cake lifter or spatula
  • Serving tray
  • Baking spray or Coconut oil

Ooey Gooey Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

This was my first time ever making a Swiss meringue, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The reason I chose to use a cooked Swiss meringue is that I’d read it’s a more stable meringue and one that would hold its shape better than an Italian meringue or French Meringue.

To say I was a little nervous about how this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull would turn out is an understatement! But once I get an idea into my thick skull (see what I did there? HaHa!), it’s pretty hard for me to shake it!

I did fiddle with this design longer than I had anticipated, but I’m hopeful that you’ll benefit from my experience and the will learn from the photos below.

I hope you’ll find the below photo tutorials, along with the written instructions helpful in making this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull;

  • Assemble the ingredients and separate the egg whites from the yolks. Reserve the yolks for another purpose.
  • Add the egg white and sugar to a large, heatproof bowl (I used the bowl from my stand mixer).
  • Whisk the whites and sugar together.

  • Place the bowl over a medium saucepan that has approximately ½” of water in the pan, making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Bring the water to a low boil, whisking the egg whites and sugar continually until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is foamy. *Note – pinch a little of the egg white mixture between your fingers and if it still feels grainy, continue heating until the mixture is completely smooth.

  • Using the whip of a stand mixer, or a hand mixer, whip the meringue base (starting on low and gradually increasing the speed to high) continually until the mixture begins to thicken noticeably (approximately 3 minutes).
  • Add the vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt to the bowl and continue whisking on highest speed until soft peaks form.

  • Using a photo of a skull as a guide, spoon most the Swiss meringue into a general skull shape onto a baking sheet which has been lined with a Silpat sheet. Reserve approximately ½ cup of the meringue for coloring. Set aside.
  • Use an offset spatula or butter knife to gently shape the skull. You’ll want rounded head, square jawline, and pronounced cheeks.
  • Use the offset spatula or butter knife to carve an upside heart for the nose, two large’ish holes for the eyes.
  • Use the offset spatula to carve away some of the meringue to form chiseled cheekbones and an open mouth that will fit his teeth. 
  • As needed, build up his cheekbones and chin with some of the remaining meringue which has been carved away from other parts of his skull.

  • Color the set aside meringue with a drop or two of black food gel. Stir to combine well.
  • Using the offset spatula (or I found that fingers work well for this), gently smooth the colored meringue into the crevices carved for eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cut 4 mini marshmallows in half and press them into this mouth and gum area.
  • Gently brush (i.e. wipe) some of the meringue over the “teeth” if desired.

  • Preheat the oven to 200-degrees and bake the Swiss meringue skull for 5 hours.
  • Turn off the oven, keep the door closed and allow the skull to cool completely inside the oven.
  • When the skull is completely cool, remove him from the oven and gently and carefully slide a large spatula under the skull and lift him to a serving platter. *Note – His underside will be sticky, so spraying the large spatula with baking spray or coconut oil is very helpful.

  • Blend frozen strawberries until completely smooth.
  • Pour the strawberry puree around the Swiss meringue Skull and drizzle some of the strawberry puree directly onto the skull itself.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

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Ooey Gooey Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 30 mins
 

With its marshmallowy texture and strawberry puree ooze, this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will want to make you close your eyes when you're spooning this dessert into your mouth. Of course, that will because you'll be in a state of bliss, not horror (well...maybe just a little horror). LOL

Course: Dessert, Dessert - Halloween
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Swiss Meringue, Swiss Meringue Skull
Servings: 12
Calories: 73 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • black gel food color
Instructions
  1. Assemble the ingredients and separate the egg whites from the yolks. Reserve the yolks for another purpose.

  2. Add the egg white and sugar to a large, heatproof bowl (I used the bowl from my stand mixer).

  3. Whisk the whites and sugar together.

  4. Place the bowl over a medium saucepan that has approximately ½" of water in the pan, making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.

  5. Bring the water to a low boil, whisking the egg whites and sugar continually until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is foamy. *Note - pinch a little of the egg white mixture between your fingers and if it still feels grainy, continue heating until the mixture is completely smooth.

  6. Using the whip of a stand mixer, or a hand mixer, whip the meringue base (starting on low and gradually increasing the speed to high) continually until the mixture begins to thicken noticeably (approximately 3 minutes).

  7. Add the vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt to the bowl and continue whisking on highest speed until soft peaks form.

  8. Using a photo of a skull as a guide, spoon most the Swiss meringue into a general skull shape onto a baking sheet which has been lined with a Silpat sheet. Reserve approximately ½ cup of the meringue for coloring. Set aside.
  9. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to gently shape the skull. You'll want rounded head, square jawline, and pronounced cheeks.

  10. Use the offset spatula or butter knife to carve an upside heart for the nose, two large'ish holes for the eyes, but not carving completely to the bottom of the meringue. 

  11. Use the offset spatula to carve away some of the meringue to form chiseled cheekbones and an open mouth that will fit his teeth. 

  12. As needed, build up his cheekbones and chin with some of the remaining meringue which has been carved away from other parts of his skull.

  13. Color the reserved meringue with a drop or two of black food gel. Stir well to combine.

  14. Using the offset spatula (or I found that fingers work well for this), gently smooth the colored meringue into the crevices carved for eyes, nose, and mouth.

  15. Cut 4 mini marshmallows in half widthwise and press them into his mouth and gum area.

  16. Gently brush (i.e. wipe) some of the meringue over the marshmallow teeth if desired.

  17. Preheat the oven to 200-degrees and bake the Swiss meringue skull for 5 hours.

  18. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed and allow the skull to cool completely inside the oven.

  19. When the skull is completely cool, remove him from the oven and gently and carefully slide a large spatula under the skull and lift him to a serving platter. *Note - He will be sticky, so spraying the large spatula with baking spray or coconut oil is very helpful.

  20. Blend frozen strawberries with a little bit of water until completely smooth.

  21. Pour the strawberry puree around the Swiss meringue Skull and drizzle some of the strawberry puree directly onto the skull itself for a creepy effect.
  22. Chill until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Nutrition Facts
Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Sodium 51mg 2%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 16g
Protein 1g 2%
Calcium 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull for #HalloweenTreatsWeek as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

The impact this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will have when you set him out on the table will be one of freight, and delight. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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The impact this Spooky Swiss Meringue Skull will have when you set him out on the table will be one of freight, and delight. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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12 Comments

  1. This is so seriously fun and festive! I absolutely love how it turned out. I want to try!

  2. Tayler Ross

    This is such a fun treat for Halloween! The kids will love it!

  3. OMG! There are so many fun ideas in the Halloween posts. You have outdone yourself with this one. Low calorie and super scary and appropriate for a Halloween party. Bravo!

  4. You really created such a fun dessert!

  5. Those marshmallow teeth are super cute. I always fail at Swiss meringue. I am definitely trying your step by step instructions.

    • This was my first time with Swiss meringue. I fiddled with the skull quite a bit, but the meringue was forgiving and easy to make. Try it.

  6. This is such a fun treat! I love anything with meringue!!

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