We understand this is a holiday (mostly) for the kids, but we like to have some fun here at the office too. So when one of our team members brought these scary (but sweet!) treats in to the office, we figured it was only fair we shared a peek … And the recipe!
We hope you all have a very happy and safe Halloween!
Scary Halloween Cupcakes
This recipe was originally seen on Just a Pinch. Makes approx. 24 cupcakes
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 1 can white (or cream cheese) frosting
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 3 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water (more as needed)
- 15 drops red food coloring
- 3 drops blue food coloring
- Prepare the red velvet cake mix, following the directions on the box. Line cupcake tins with paper cupcake liners.
- Divide the batter evenly in the cupcake tins. Bake according to the instructions on the box.
- Let the cupcakes cool, then frost with the white (or cream cheese) frosting.
- To prepare the sugar “glass”, mix the water, corn syrup, sugar, and cream of tartar together in a large saucepan. Bring this mixture to a boil.
- Using a candy thermometer, let the syrup boil until the temperature reaches 300 degrees (hard ball). Make sure to stir constantly! The mixture will thicken as the water evaporates.
- Once the sugar mixture reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour into a metal baking pan. Let the glass cool until completely hardened. Break it into “shards”, using a meat mallet.
- To prepare the edible “blood”, mix together the corn syrup and cornstarch in a bowl. Slowly stir in the water, adding more as necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Add the red and blue food coloring and stir until mixed thoroughly.
- To prepare the cupcakes for the full effect, “stab” each of the cupcakes with a few shards of the broken sugar “glass”. Drizzle the edible “blood” over the “glass” to complete your treats.