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October 04, 2016

Halloween Cupcakes | Ghost Meringue Cupcakes

This is one of my most popular posts, originally posted in 2011.  I get multiple use permission requests every October, so I thought I'd re-share it with you, too.  Emma and I plan to make them for our Pumpkin Carving party this weekend.  I can't wait to see what she thinks of the meringue - it is much like her beloved "Marsh-Marsh".

Have you ever made swiss meringue?  Or used a piping bag? 
Halloween is a great holiday to experiment and try new skills... you can say your failed attempt was supposed to be 'scary' and imperfect!  These Ghost Meringue Cupcakes are so, so simple to make - you can't go wrong.

Ghost Meringue Cupcakes
with Oreo Dirt

Spooky Halloween Treats

24 Chocolate Cupcakes (I use a box!)
1 recipe of Chocolate Buttercream (recipe below)
White or Brown Cupcake Liners

10 Oreo Cookies, crumbled
1 recipe of Swiss Meringue (recipe below)
2 Piping Bags (I use disposable, you can buy here)
Black Food Coloring

I like all of the different shapes and sizes of the meringue 'ghosts' - it makes them seem like they have different personalities.

Swiss Meringue

4 egg whites
1 cup of sugar
1 pinch of cream of tarter

In the top bowl of a double boiler (glass bowl sitting on a sauce pan with simmering water), whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tarter.  Cook mixture in the double boiler over medium low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until sugar has dissolved.  If you rub the mixture between your fingers, you should be able to tell if the sugar has dissolved.

Transfer the mixture to your kitchen aid fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whisk on high for 7-10 minutes.  The mixture will cool and froth into a thick meringue as it whips. 

Chocolate Buttercream

2 sticks of butter, softened
4 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1 teaspoon of vanilla

In a kitchen aid fitted with a paddle attachment, whip together all of the ingredients for 5 minutes until light and airy.  If needed, add more powdered sugar or a tiny bit of milk to achieve desired thickness.

Shop :
- Disposable Piping Bags
- White & Brown Cupcake Papers


  1. these would be too cute for a kids (or adults) party!! they look great!

  2. Anonymous9:33 PM

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but maybe it would be a good idea to round the points and add smiles, lest it remind people of something more sinister....

  3. These are two cute. I love Halloween cupcakes, especially ones I know will taste so good.

  4. Anonymous2:12 PM

    How did you pipe on the meringue?

  5. Anonymous2:14 PM

    You didn't bake the meringue at all, did you? Posting some instructions would be helpful!

  6. Jenny these little ghost cupcakes are so sweet & cute :)

  7. Oh these are so cute!! I love them!

  8. These look gorgeous and you made it look easy to make too! Thanks for sharing (love the photos!)

  9. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Made these and they were AWESOME for kids and adults and they were super tasty! Amazing idea and clever and ingenious and I thank you!

  10. Anonymous9:08 PM

    How long will they stay out?

  11. Anonymous3:04 PM

    Agreed...wish she had shown how to pipe the meringue, what attachment was used, etc. And how best to keep them before a party -- in fridge or out?

  12. I just made these for my son's preschool class. They were a hit! The kids and teachers loved them. Instead of crushed oreos I dipped them in orange sprinkles. Also, I didn't have a large enough tip for my piping bag, so I just cut the end off of a ziplock bag. It worked perfectly. I made the cupcakes the night before, and frosted and decorated the morning of the party. For the previous poster who asked, meringue should never be refrigerated because it will get water droplets. It will keep well for one two two days covered at room temperature.

    Thank you for this wonderful idea!

  13. Geee so cute cupcakes in here! I was browsing for more Halloween recipes and found these Halloween Cupcakes of yours. Thanks for sharing and I do hope I could pin some nice photos on my Pinterest boards. Good day!

  14. How funny!! I am actually making a swiss meringue buttercream today to go on my husband's birthday cake. These cupcakes are adorable. The ghosts are too cute for words!

  15. I love them. Please allow me to add to my 2014 Halloween recipes ideas thanks!


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