Friday, July 18, 2014

Rainbow Meringue Truffle Cones


I've had my serious hat on for a couple of weeks now, mostly due to  deadlines and commitments. I believe that's partly how these rainbow meringue cones came about. I just couldn't take one more day with a furrowed brow. And do you know that rainbow treats are the opposite of a furrowed brow? They are.

Another reason why these rainbow puffs made it onto my baking sheet is because ThinkGeek sent me a Sprinkles the Unicorn Sprinkle Shaker. It's just the cutest thing. I've been waiting for the right  inspiration to use it in a blog post, and I felt something rainbow-themed was in order. This morning while drinking coffee and cloud gazing (I do that sometimes when the clouds are extra puffy), I saw a vaguely horse-shaped cloud illuminated by light, and felt it was a sign to use my unicorn shaker today.


Do you see it too? Practically a unicorn without a horn, right? 
Or maybe a dog. A goat with an abnormally fluffy tail? (smile)


Because the folks at ThinkGeek are so awesome, they sent along another Sprinkles the Unicorn shaker for a giveaway, and I'm opening the contest worldwide. You can enter with the Rafflecopter widget below. Email subscribers, please visit the blog post to enter.




I'd never made rainbow meringues before, but it's really easy. Just fit a piping bag with a decorator tip, and then paint long stripes of gel food color on the inside of the piping bag using an artist's brush. Space the painted stripes out if you'd like some white meringue showing, or if you want a solid rainbow, place the stripes very close together.


Here's my sprinkle shaker in action! I tried all kinds of sprinkles in the shaker, and found that rainbow nonpareils work best. Sprinkle the piped meringues just before you put them in the oven. The sprinkles won't melt away because the meringues are baked at a very low temperature.

I decided to make the meringues into cones because the colorful swirls reminded me so much of these little treats I ate as a kid. They were always stale, but I loved them anyway. I filled the cones with chocolate ganache, which makes the finished dessert taste like exactly four bites of rich chocolate tart. The sugar cone makes a great "crust".


Even though these ice cream cones are the non-melting sort, I think they'd be a cute addition to an ice cream social. It's good to have something a little different and unexpected. Hope everyone is having a GREAT summer!


Rainbow Meringue Truffle Cones
[click for printable version]
Source: Sprinkle Bakes original
Yield: 20 cones
Prep: 30 minutes, 4 hours with baking and chilling

Ganache cones
20 sugar cones or mini ice cream cones
9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped finely
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Rainbow meringues
2 egg whites
Pinch cream of tartar
1/2 cup superfine sugar
Gel food color in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet (I used Wilton brand)

Assembly
1/2 cup melted semisweet chocolate
Rainbow nonpareils.

If using standard size sugar cones, trim about two inches from the top by scoring the cone with a serrated knife. Break the top at the scored mark and save the excess for later use (on a bowl of ice cream!).
The cones will need to stand upright to be filled. If you don't have a specialty ice cream cone holder (who does?!) then cut several X's into the top of the sugar cone boxes with a serrated knife. Place the cones upright into the X perforations in the box. (See pictures in the blog post for clarification.)

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate pieces and heavy cream. If any chocolate  pieces are poking above the surface of the cream, then pat them down with the back of a spoon. Heat at 30 second intervals or until the mixture can be whisked smooth. Allow the ganache to cool at room temperature until slightly warm but still pourable, about 30 minutes. Pour the ganache into the upright standing cones. Transfer the cones to the freezer until set. Meanwhile, prepare the meringues.

Fit a piping bag with a large closed star decorator tip (Ateco 843). Set aside.
Whip the meringues in a standing mixer until frothy and add the cream of tartar. Beat on high until soft peaks form and gradually add the sugar. Beat on high speed until the meringue is thick and glossy, and will hold a standing peak with the beater is lifted from the bowl. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 170F.

Using an artist's brush, paint thick 1/2-inch stripes of each gel food color inside the piping bag, cleaning the brush between colors. If you want a true rainbow effect paint the colors in this order once around the inside of the piping bag: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. Place the meringue inside the piping bag. Don't worry if the colors smudge - it'll all be okay in the end. Pipe the first one or two meringues back into the bowl - these will have no rainbow stripe, and the rainbow colors will intensify as you pipe the meringue. Pipe each meringue in two swirls, one on top of the other, to give it the appearance of soft serve ice cream. Bake the meringues for 40 minutes, then turn the pan halfway and bake for another 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the pans cool. You can leave them overnight if desired.

Dip the set cones into the melted chocolate and then dip the edges in the multicolor nonpareils. Up to one hour before serving, dip the bottoms of the meringues in a little chocolate and set them on top of the chocolate-dipped cones. Allow them to stand until the meringue is stable. Serve immediately.



A few tidbits before I end this post!

I'd love for my puppy-loving pals to check out my Ice Pops for Pups post on the Etsy blog. Biscuit was on
Etsy's front page - what hoot!


Check out a recipe round up for summer cookout fare on TripAdvisor's FlipKey blog (you'll see a familiar watermelon cake there!).
Check out my latest article for Betty Crocker, it's a sprinkle-coated Confetti Cake Roll!





115 comments:

Kara Brown said...

Cupcakes. Always cupcakes!

Mrs. Mac said...

I put sprinkles on everything. I go overboard sometimes!

Amalynd said...

Cupcakes, of course!

sydney85 said...

When I was a child we had sprinkles on mini cupcakes and lightly buttered bread. These were called fairy cakes and fairy bread. My daughter was into fairies when she was little and we made these all the time. I make them now for the grandchildren and they love them just as much.

Heather said...

We sprinkle everything! Yogurt, pancakes, the rims of our milk glass - you name it, we sprinkle! Call us fans if you like ;-)

Brandy said...

Cupcakes :)

פנפן said...

Gorgeous

AshleyOutland said...

I am a sprinkle addict! I sprinkle cookies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered strawberries, anything!!

Natalie said...

Beautiful and very inspiring!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Extremely pretty! And your dog is irresistibly cute.

Cheers,

Rosa

'Red' said...

Ooh I know just the group of young ladies who would love these beautiful cones! I'll surprise em at their next meeting with them!

des papi said...

Cupcakes!

Anonymous said...

That sprinkle shaker is adorable.

Jasmine Griffin said...

Sprinkles are fun for everyone, especially cupcakes and cake batters.

Kathy said...

I like rainbow sprinkles in my blueberry pancakes. Funfetti Blueblerry Pancakes!!!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Love those! I shake sprinkles on cookies, cupcakes, blondies, and ice cream.

Babitha costa said...

lovely

Melisa said...

Cupcakes and cookies, usually.

Temporary:Secretary said...

Amazing! Love your site so much! x

SarahO said...

Ice cream & cakes!

Karey said...

Cute cones! I'm a sucker for rainbows! I love sprinkles on my ice cream!

C. said...

I especially enjoy to put sprinkles on ice cream and cupcakes :-)

Samantha Cordero said...

I shake sprinkles on everything I can, but mostly cupcakes

Anonymous said...

I have to show these to my friend - they would be great for pride events! And you can never have too many sprinkles :)

TheresaSea said...

Cupcakes, popcorn, cookies, ice cream...you name it. I'm sprinkle-obsessed.

IDLE AWHILE said...

Everything! Sprinkles rock!!

IDLE AWHILE said...

Everything!! Sprinkles rock!!

ohthatgirlsiobhan said...

I will literally put sprinkles on anything. I even make my own flavored ones!

MsBayer816 said...

Love the rainbow colors and the sprinkles. My granddaughters would love these! :)

Teagan Norseth Nash said...

I put sprinkles on pretty much everything - sometimes even cinnamon rolls!

Lisa said...

What don't you sprinkle sprinkles on? I put a few sprinkles in my protein healthy smoothie to pretend like I'm drinking a milkshake.

Ελπίδα said...

cupcakes and doughnuts and cake pops !!! love them sprinkles!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This is so cool!! I absolutely love this idea!

Rieneke said...

I use sprinkles on cookies!

Anonymous said...

I like to put sprinkles in my cakes!

Agos said...

Donuts, for sure! And cupcakes too.

My Inner Chick said...

Magical cones.
absolutely delicious looking.

Amy said...

These are amazing! Sprinkles on everything, especially ice cream.

Kristen said...

I am SO making these! Thanks for all your inspiration!!

colleen said...

That cloud looks like a My Little Pony. I put sprinkles on cupcakes, sweet pretzels, cookies, ice cream, fruit pizzas pretty much any sweet treat that needs a little color to "happy" it up :)

Cathy Perez said...

You have the coolest goodies, love this idea, love the blog.

Pigtail Goddess said...

Cupcakes and cookies!

Paige Reeves said...

I sprinkle sprinkles on anything! :)

Roshini said...

Cupcakes (mostly), marshmallow, doughnuts, mini cakes

kate w. said...

sprinkles go on everything!

Janepatience@yahoo.com said...

Awesome! On cupcakes and cake pops!

keshakeke said...

Cupcakes and cookies! And fairy bread

Cheryl Ong said...

What are cupcakes without sprinkles? :) So cupcakes, of course!

Kristel said...

My sister sent this to me because she knows that I love rainbows, unicorns, meringue, sprinkles, and just about everything in this post.

Kristel said...

My sister sent me this post because I love rainbows, unicorns, sprinkles, meringues and just about everything in this post.

I sprinkle standard sprinkles (jimmies) on my ice cream. Cupcakes often get sanding sugar. Frozen yogurt gets chopped almonds.

Danielle Toscano said...

I love sprinkles on mini cupcakes!

Jessie said...

Clearly everything is better with sprinkles!!

Denise said...

Cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, meringues, birthday cakes, trifle,strufoli,everything I want tot make special!

Melissa said...

Cupcakes and frosted brownies seem to get most of my sprinkles.

Thalia @ butter and brioche said...

these are almost too pretty to eat.. i think you've stumbled onto an awesome idea here! love it.

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this. Sprinkles on cupcakes are my kids fav :)

Julie Wood said...

I'm never fussy about what I put sprinkles on: cookies, birthday cake, ice cream, doughnuts... It's all good :)

Emma said...

Cupcakes <3

Yuchie said...

Cupcakes & Cookies!

Anonymous said...

Cupcakes. And Chocolate Apples! But they go with anything, right? :)

JudyR said...

I love sprinkles and put them on everything!

We Are Not Martha said...

These are SO gorgeous! Perfect for any celebration for kids or adults. I'm obsessed :)

Sues

Elanne said...

I almost never use sprinkles to be honest, but they do look awfully pretty when I see other people use them.

Carmen said...

I had my bridal shower this past weekend and I received some unicorn pint glasses and a unicorn cork screw. Obviously I need this unicorn to complete my collection!

Bianca said...

anything with frosting!

Bianca said...

anything with frosting!

Kerry said...

This is so amazing! They actually look really tasty and sooo pretty too. As I'm super partial to rainbows I hope you don't mind if I share these in my next round up post on my blog kerry cooks? I'll link back of course!

Danielle Doerr said...

I put sprinkles on cupcakes!

~cindel said...

I need to try this recipe for the birthday party of my friends daughter! The unicorn is cute :)

Kayly Srsich said...

Sprinkle remind me of everything happy and summer.

Kayly Srsich said...

I put sprinkles on donuts and milkshakes!

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! :D definitely will try this week.

Ellen said...

Those are so cute! Sprinkles can go on top of everything! Xx

Katy said...

Everything!!!

lorikorpela said...

They look almost but not quite too good to eat!

AlishaHB said...

Sprinkles were made for Fairy toast weren't they? Cakes too. ;)

Danya Pollack said...

I'd put the sprinkles on cake for sure. Perhaps your fairy bread cake?

Mor said...

I shake sprinkles on pretty much anything, including a cup of coffee a couple of weeks ago..

Lauri Marie said...

Doughnuts!

Anonymous said...

I put sprinkles on top of milkshakes!

Casey Bahr said...

I'm not a big sprinkles fan, that being said, funfetti icing or a funfetti cake is my absolute FAVORITE. So yummy!!!

Mackenzie said...

Doughnuts, cake, brownies, cupcakes, or anything that I can possible make funfetti!

Michelle said...

Love the sprinkle shaker!

Rachel p. said...

Ummm...what don't I put sprinkles on?!? Cupcakes are probably my favorite though ;)

Catriona said...

These look like so much fun to make!

Allison L said...

Home made donuts (like the Homer Simpson variety)!

Malene said...

I loooove rainbow cakes, cookies - everything! I would put my sprinkles on this really fancy cake with a Danish flag inside that I'm about to make for my mom's birthday (surprise - I'm from Denmark!)

Kristin said...

Ice cream!

BECA Hawkette said...

Sprinkles make everything better! Esp. Cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates.

Julie Mitchell said...

I haven't done it in years (probably when I was still in elementary school), but I used to put sprinkles on my vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. It was heavenly!

My mom and I make shortbread every Christmas in the shape of stars and we always decorated them with sprinkles. They were one of my favourites when I was little (still are)!

And Funfetti cake/cupcakes are one of my favourites...no one has made that for my birthday yet, but I do love ice cream cakes for my birthday (even though it's in January lol!) and they sometimes have sprinkles. Not quite the same though lol.

Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking said...

These are so precious! The colors, the swirls, the chocolate ganache... I'd order a dozen and keep them all to myself! :) As for shaking sprinkles, I usually do that with frosted sugar cookies and baked glazed donuts. They make everything cuter!

Desiree said...

These are the cutest desserts!

Amanda R said...

I'm a rainbow sprinkles person my self, for everything!!

lexibrekke.com said...

Ice cream and cupcakes!

Ali Mumm Klein said...

cupcakes, cakes, cookies... anything is better with SPRINKLES! And a unicorn sprinkle shaker??? {GASP!}

Anonymous said...

I love sprinkles!! Ekkkk, just too adorable!

Geri said...

I am so making these!!! My seven-year old is the unicorn, rainbow queen!!

Anonymous said...

EVERYTHING!

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Mary Frances said...

These are so fun!

Anonymous said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I've been here for several hours now - I discovered you via a Pinterest pin. You have a fabulous blog with fantastic recipes - thank you. I also wondered if you are a writer? Call me a nerd, but I noticed your immaculate grammar and punctuation. lol Annie (I can't figure out how to comment with my name - I don't have a blog to link to).

Raffaella Armillei said...

Bellissime !!!!

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who grew up calling "Sprinkles" "Jimmies". It might just be a mid-west thing.

Saira said...

wow, these look amazing. I mean this is seriously like art, not just baking! -Saira @ www.thecookiethatgives.com

June Baby said...

Oh my gosh those look incredible! I can't believe they are desserts, almost too pretty to eat :)

Nicole @WonkyW said...

These ARE the most adorably fun treats! I've had a furrowed brow lately too. Maybe I need a batch of these!

SS Felton said...

So pretty! #omg

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COCO JZ said...

Your pup is just too cute!
And these meringue ice cream cones are just too pretty. Bet they taste like heaven, too.
Mmmmmm truffle.....

Maria Lopez said...

Pretty and creative..:) thank you for the tips and sharing this idea..:)

Lee H said...

These are so pretty! Love :)

Jennie said...

I made these for my son's birthday today, and was very sad to notice that within an hour of being filled, the miniature cones had gone chewy. I'm wondering if you had this problem. They still look beautiful, but I hate eating cones that taste stale. Any suggestions for keeping them crisp?

Heather Baird said...

Hi Jennie,
Thanks for the feedback. My cones were chewy the second day but we didn't mind that. To avoid the cone getting stale, you could coat the inside of the cone with melted chocolate (paint it on with a kitchen-dedicated paint brush) and then let it harden at room temperature. Then, pour in the ganache. Let the ganache set up at room temperature instead of putting them in the freezer or refrigerator. This will take longer, but the cones will not be exposed to moisture in the refrigerator. I hope this helps! I'm sorry they weren't perfect, but it sounds like they were pretty.

xo

Nikki B said...

Heather, what happened to you? i have been checking your site for over a month (almost every day..) and there is nothing. I am worried you are not going to do this any more. My favorite site.. have pity on my poor husband, he needs to have something sweet every day, and i have not been baking because i don't have my inspiration! Please come back

Marisela @NomNom Kingdom said...

These are great! Our rainy weather this summer has brought us tons of rainbows, this is a perfect way to bring the beautiful rainbow indoors. :)

Marcela said...

Oh! I can't believe! They look so insane!

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