Intro: Edible Cobwebs
These edible cobwebs are so much fun for Halloween decorating! So versatile and flexible, they can be eaten alone (taste like gummy candies) or they can be used to decorate anything from cakes, to cupcakes to cookies, or even garnish a JELL-O zombie brain (as in my final photo).
3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
6 Tablespoons Water
1 Tablespoon Cream of Tarter
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 pounds Powdered Sugar
2 cups Marshmallow (packed) then melted
8 (84 g) Packages gelatin- I buy a 12 pkg box of Knor gelatin
1 Cup Hot Water
Approximately 1 tsp black gel icing color ( I use super black)
½ tsp – 1tsp of flavouring of your choice (I use natural raspberry flavouring)
Microwave proof mixing bowl
Piping tip #2
Spider web template
Mix 3 Tablespoons meringue powder, 6 Tablespoons Water, 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tarter, 1 tsp vanilla, mix well with whisk until lumps are gone.
. Add icing sugar until it is about twice as thick as buttercream icing (very stiff) may be lumpy. Melt marshmallows in bowl coated with crisco for about 30 second and stir well. Melt for 10 more seconds, if necessary. Add melted marshmallows to mixture.
Pour 8 packages of gelatin into a separate bowl and mix with 1 cup hot water and whisk until smooth.
Add to meringue mixture by pouring gelatin mixture through a seive/strainer, then mix with a wisk until mixture is smooth
Add food gel dye (desired color- I use black) and then microwave entire mixture 20 seconds at a time until very warm and mixture is smooth
Fit tip and coupler on pastry bag and fill with edible web mixture. Place a template cobweb/spider web under parchment paper (printed off from internet photo and reduced or enlarged, as per your preference) .
Pour into piping bag and using a #2 tip and carefullly pipe webs onto parchment paper.This stuff is very messy so be prepared! The mixture will harden as you work so just take the tip off the bag and microwave for 5 seconds and run hot water through the tip until it flows again.When mixture in bowl thickens, just microwave for 20 seconds at a time until warm and smooth again.
You will start to instinctively know what pressure you need to use as you go along and your lines will improve. Your first web may not be as good as subsequent webs, so don't be discouraged!
Let set for about 4-5 hours (minimum) or overnight. Then place on cakes, cookies, use as a garnish (I made a cheesecake ball brain and decorated garnished the serving tray with these webs) and in this photo, I decorated a JELL-O brain with gummy worms and cobwebs for my kids' daycare party. You can make different sized and decorate just about any type of Halloween treat. Or just eat them alone - they taste delicious!.