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Edd Kimber's meringue ghosts

Halloween meringue ghosts

These meringue ghosts are perfect to top off Edd Kimber's nutty butterscotch cake.

Makes: about 40 ghosts

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  • Makes40
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare20 mins
  • Cook1 hr 20 mins
  • Total time1 hr 40 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • Black food gel colouring, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Spread out the sugar on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, until warm and light golden.

  2. Meanwhile, using electric beaters, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl, until frothy. Whisk in the warm sugar, a spoonful at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 4-5 minutes more, until the mixture is cool and the sugar has mostly dissolved.

  3. Reduce the oven to 100°C, gas mark ½. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm nozzle and pipe ghosts, about 2cm wide and 4-5cm tall, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, then switch off the oven and leave to cool with the door ajar. Decorate with the gel colouring and arrange on top of the nutty butterscotch cake.


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


58kJ/ 14kcals



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