Terrifying Teacakes – chocolate biscuits topped with jam and marshmallow ghosts
These Terrifying Teacakes are spooktacular – simply take a chocolate digestive, a blob of jam and pillowy marshmallow to create these fantastic marshmallow ghosts.
Trick or treat! It’s a phrase I heard over and over again as a child but never something I had the chance to say. Whilst my parents were happy for me to get dressed up and give out sweeties to other children who came knocking, I wasn’t actually allowed to go trick or treating myself. They were much happier with me going to Halloween parties or sleepovers rather than walking the streets.
One of my best friends Mum was obsessed with Halloween. She is an incredibly arty woman and really came into her own on Halloween. I remember her making edible eye balls, freaky severed fingers and lots of other tasty treats for us to snack on while watching hocus pocus dressed in our best witches costumes. The things she came up with were the stuff of Pinterest dreams – if only it had existed in the 90’s! I make these terrifying teacakes in homage to her! I hope she would be impressed.
The recipe for these Terrifying Teacakes is quite simple really, with a pack of digestive biscuits, a jar of jam and piping bags of marshmallow you are almost halfway there to having some simple yet effective treats to share at your next Halloween party.
The trick to making these really lies in the organisation, particularly if you want little ones to be able to help out. Assembling the biscuits and jam before making the marshmallow is essential. Once the marshmallow is made, you need to act quickly to get the marshmallow piped into ghoulish silhouettes before it sets too firm. An edible marker or black writing icing is ideal for adding the finishing touches. If you really wanted to push the boat out you could even use chocolate chips!
What I love about these Terrifying Teacakes is not just how easy they are to make, but how GOOD they taste. Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate is a classic combination – only the most devilish guests will turn there nose up at these because these are a real treat. This added to the satisfying squidgy of the marshmallow, the runny jam and the crunch of the biscuit it really is a winner!
Quick word of warning – making marshmallow is not an easy process, you need at least 3 hands or a stand mixer. Always be careful when working with hot sugar syrup. Children can help with the biscuits, jam and piping the marshmallow but it’s best to keep them out of the kitchen for the 15 minutes or so when making the marshmallow mix.
The process of making marshmallow really is magical! Enjoy.
- 16 chocolate digestive biscuits
- Half a jar of strawberry jam
- 8 leaves of gelatin
- 225g caster sugar
- 8 tbsp golden syrup
- Another 4 tbsp cold water
- Pinch of salt
- Another 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- A black edible marker pen or black writing icing
- Layout the chocolate biscuits on to a tray.
- Using a teaspoon place a small blob of strawberry jam in the centre of each biscuit.
- Place the biscuits to one side while you make the marshmallow.
- Cut the gelatin into small pieces and cover with a little water. Leave for ten minutes until the gelatin leaves are soft.
- In the meantime, add the sugar, 4 tbsp of golden syrup and 4 tbsp of water to a heavy bottomed saucepan.
- Heat the pan on a medium flame until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Turn the pan up to a higher heat and, using a sugar thermometer, boil the sugar syrup until it has reached 240F.
- Just before the syrup hits 240F, drain your gelatin leaves and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or until they have melted completely.
- Pour the melted gelatin into a large bowl and begin to whisk with the last 4 tbsp of golden syrup.
- As soon as the sugar syrup hits 240F remove from the heat and begin to drizzle into the mixing bowl, keeping the mixer on a medium/low speed.
- Mix for 5 minutes until the marshmallow mix becomes pale and doubles in size.
- Turn the mixer on high for the final 5 minutes until the marshmallow becomes, thick, glossy and is treble the volume it originally was.
- Once it becomes difficult to mix spoon the mixture into three seperate icing bags.
- Let the mix cool for 5 minutes before cutting the end of the icing bag so that the opening is about an inch wide.
- Pipe a ring of marshmallow around the jam on each biscuit using the first piping bag. Leave this to set for 5-10 minutes until.
- Next, pipe a slightly smaller ring on top the first with the third piping bag. Again let this sit for 5 minutes until firm.
- Using the third and final icing bag, pipe a blob on top of the previous marshmallow ring to create the ghosts head.
- Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and dust over the top of the marshmallows.
- Leave for 5 hours until the marshmallow is completely firm.
- To finish, draw on a ghoulish face.
If you have a stand mixer you will find this a lot easier - alternatively ask someone to help while you pour the hot sugar syrup over the gelatin mix. Being careful to avoid a sugar burn.
On a hot and humid day it might take longer for the marshmallows to firm up, leave overnight if possible and dredge with more of the icing sugar/cornflour mix.
Once the marshmallow has begun to cool work quickly or it will set before you can pipe it!
If you’re after some more fiendish, Halloween inspiration then you can find lots of delicious recipes on my Halloween Pinterest board along with ideas for Halloween decorations and costumes. Why not follow the board as I will be adding lots more ideas as we get closer to October 31st!
If you don’t use Pinterest why not check out these adorable Pumpkin Cake Pops are fun to make with kids of all ages!