Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

Yes, I know Halloween is over but I just had to add a post about the cupcakes I served for dessert that evening.  After assembling the cupcakes, I have to admit I was quite impressed with myself.  The glass looked so real which made for a fantastic presentation.  There was even a conversation in my house that went something like this:

"Is that glass?"
"Is it real?"
"Is it edible?"
"Ummm....sure.....go it."


This is what I did:

1.  Baked the cupcakes (Devil's Food from a mix) and topped with vanilla frosting (from a can).

2.  For the glass:  In a large saucepan, mix:

 2c water
1c corn syrup
3 1/2c white sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

Boil, stir continuously, until mizture reaches 300*
on a candy thermometer.
Pour onto a parchment-lined jelly roll pan;
allow to cool completely.
Remove "glass" from pan by lifting it out with the paper.
Cover with another piece of parchment paper
 and hit it with a hammer.  It will shatter like real glass!!               

3.  For the blood:  In a small bowl, mix together:

1/2 cup corn syrup
1 TBSP cornstarch 
15 drops red food coloring
1 drop blue food coloring
4. Top cupcakes with broken glass and drizzle with blood.


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