|Bloody Broken Glass Cupcake|
Halloween is my favorite holiday of all time. I actually think that it should be a national holiday that gives people that day off from work. That way we can spend our day putting on costumes and hosting lengthy themed parties. Parents will easily be able to take their kids trick or treating mid-day rather than rush home after work. We get time off for religious observances, right? Can Halloween be my religion?
This year I decided that I was stepping my Halloween cupcakes up a notch. I always stick with cupcakes, since they're easy to grab at parties. There can be individuality to each cupcake as well. Usually I do frosting-and-candy based monsters and creepy creatures. But this year, I came across a pin on pinterest that took my breath away. Bloody shattered glass stabbing into a perfectly pristine white cupcake. Gruesome.
Not only do they look impressive, but easy on an effort scale. I mean, individual monsters actually cost me more time than bringing sugar to the hard crack stage, and whipping up a batch of syrupy blood.
I consulted multiple sources for the concoction of realistic looking blood and the easiest, clearest sugar glass recipe. In the end, I adapted a Martha sugar glass recipe for similar cupcakes and followed a great tutorial on edible fake blood from the Clockwork Lemon blog.
Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes
Classic buttercream topped vanilla cupcakes
This is all up to you. Homemade, box, whatever. Just put together your classic white cupcakes. White so that the blood shows in stark contrast. I also recommend picking up some black cupcake liners, or thick premium white liners. The regular store bought white liners tend to discolor with the cupcake.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup corn syrup
For the sugar glass, combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan set to medium-high and clip your candy thermometer onto the side. Bring the mixture to a boil, drop the stove temperature down to medium and simply stir. And stir. And stir. Seriously, stir for like 45 minutes until the water evaporates off and your thermometer reaches 350F. Once your sugar reaches temperature, remove it immediately from the heat and pour it in a thin layer into a greased baking metal baking pan. I used butter to grease mine with, which was a poor plan. It turns your glass yellowish. So make sure to use something clear like shortening to avoid yellow swirls and cloudiness in your sugar glass. Allow to set until hard. Twist the pan to pop out the sugar glass and crack as desired.
Edible Fake Blood
1/4 cup corn syrup
Wiltons no-taste red gel dye
Wiltons black gel dye
Hot cocoa powder
You don't really need much of this, so my recipe creates only a small amount of this fake blood. I found that the Wilton gel dyes created a much stronger color. Make sure to mix the dyes and syrup in Pyrex or other glass because it will otherwise stain plastics. I used the tiniest dot of black (it goes a looooong way) and quite a bit of red. Experiment. You can use the cocoa powder to create opacity in the blood. Just make sure to mix well so that it doesn't look gritty.
The final product can be styled in a most gruesome fashion to wow all of your friends and coworkers!