Bloody Broken Glass Candy Cupcakes for Halloween
This is best as a 2 day project for cooling and futzing. It will take a few hours to do right. You can save time buying the cupcakes and icing, but the candy glass you will have to make (but it is really fun) chemistry is like magic. The last page has the ingredients and short version on one page to refer to while making everything.
1 Can white frosting ( or make your own from icing sugar, a bit of crisco, and water)
1 Box Red Velvet Cake Mix (or other flavour)
2 cups water
1 cup light corn syrup (the clear white one, not golden)
3 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
(some sort of grease or spray to grease the cookie sheet)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water, or more as needed
15 drops red food colouring
1 drop blue food colouring
Various measuring cups and bowls
Candy Thermometer that goes to 300F (or bowl of cold water to do it the risky way)
Cupcake pans and cups
Hammer or heavy implement
Whisk or wooden spoon
Large sauce pan
White tray for display
Toothpick or pin to pop bubbles in the hot candy glass
Spatula to scoop out corn syrop from measuring cup
Tongs ideally to avoid fingerprints in candy
Step 1: Making Cupcakes
You can buy ready made cupcakes to save time or make them from a box or scratch. My partner and I bought a red velvet cake mix at the store and just followed the instructions. Box made 20.
Fill the cups 1/2-2/3 full to get cupcakes that just fill the paper cups without making "muffin tops" overflow. White cups work the best as they show the red cake through and look more medical. The drips look better on them too.
We just used a can of frosting..but it would have been a bit better thicker. Next time I would make it from scratch and thick. It kind of melted being beside the warm oven. Best to do the next day, on a cool day.