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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.

A vertical overhead closeup of a Swiss Meringue Skull with strawberry jelly blood and marshmallow teeth.

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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

The ingredient list:

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works:

With its marshmallowy texture and strawberry puree ooze, this 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 because that’s what Halloween is all about! 🙂

Dinner and the spooky skull:

The night I made this ooey-gooey Swiss meringue skull, I set it on the table at dinner.

He was eyeballing us throughout our meal.

When we 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 firsthand exactly what it tastes like.”

The next thing I knew, we were both digging in with our spoons with gory abandon.

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 they would appear, especially after we’d so mercilessly attacked him. 😉

A Swiss Meringue Skull for Halloween along with a skull candle in the background and some blackberries on the platter.

My first experience with Swiss meringue:

Making this sugary skull was my first time making Swiss meringue, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

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!

How to create a homemade double boiler:

Why Swiss meringue?

I chose to use a cooked Swiss meringue because it’s a more stable meringue and would hold its shape better than French Meringue.

How long will this Halloween dessert recipe take to make from start to finish?

Once sculpted and ready to bake, this meringue skull will take 5 hours in a low 200-degree Fahrenheit oven.

Add to that however long it takes you to make the meringue and sculpt the skull into something you’re happy with.

I fooled with him for quite some time before I was happy with his appearance.

Hopefully, with my photo tutorial (shown below), you’ll be much faster than I was with the sculpting process.

Just remember to have fun making this Halloween dessert, and give yourself plenty of time so you’re not rushing and stressed.

I suggest making this sugar skull at least 1 day in advance of when you plan to serve, and on the day of serving make and drizzle him with the strawberry “blood.”

How to store this Swiss meringue sugar skull after baking?

Wrapped well (plastic wrap works great), this Swiss meringue Skull can be kept at room temperature for up to 7 days.

An overhead closeup photo of the mouth of a Swiss Meringue Skull with mini-marshmallow teeth and  strawberry jelly blood.

The step-by-step photo instructions for shaping and baking:

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

  • 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 sprayed with baking spray to prevent sticking 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.
A vertical photo of a Swiss Meringue Skull with strawberry "blood" that's been partially eaten.

Additional fun and spooky Halloween recipes:

*Boo Berry Pie (shown below)

Hey, Boo! Don’t be scared. This hauntingly delicious Boo Berry Pie is easier to make than you may think, and I’m excited to show you exactly how to do it.

Horizontal overhead photo of a Boo Berry Pie on a grey background with a tombstone.

*Frozen Frankenstein Pudding Pops (not shown)

The kids will think you’re the coolest mom around when you make them these Frozen Frankenstein Pudding Pops! Thank you scary much!!

*Brain Food Jello Salad (shown below and featured in the video)

Can you wrap your “head” around eating gory brain food jello salad for Halloween? Try not to “think” about it too much, and you’ll be just fine. *insert evil laughter here*

Spooning out the brains of a skull filled with brain food jello salad.

*Swiss Meringue Skull (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical image of a Swiss Meringue Skull with fake strawberry blood on a platter along with a title text overlay graphic.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s fun yet creepy Swiss Meringue Halloween Dessert.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Overhead photo of a Swiss meringue skill with berry puree and skeleton hands.

Swiss Meringue Skull

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
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).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert, Dessert – Halloween
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 73 kcal

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
 

  • 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, but not carving completely to the bottom of the meringue. 
  • 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 reserved meringue with a drop or two of black food gel. Stir well to combine.
  • 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 widthwise and press them into his mouth and gum area.
  • Gently brush (i.e. wipe) some of the meringue over the marshmallow 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 – He will be sticky, so spraying the large spatula with baking spray or coconut oil is very helpful.
  • Blend frozen strawberries with a little bit of water until completely smooth.
  • 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.
  • Chill until ready to serve. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 73kcal
Keyword Swiss Meringue, Swiss Meringue Skull
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Recipe Rating




Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

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

Renée

Friday 12th of October 2018

Me too. It's delicious! Thanks.

Christie

Monday 8th of October 2018

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

Renée

Monday 8th of October 2018

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.

Karen

Monday 8th of October 2018

You really created such a fun dessert!

Renée

Monday 8th of October 2018

Thank you so much!!

Beth Lee

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

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!

Renée

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Thank you so much, Beth Lee. I'm thrilled you approve! Happy Halloween!

Tayler Ross

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

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

Renée

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Thank you, Tayler!