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broken shards of glass cupcakes

a recipe by
Melanie Ross
Rumford, ME

For people who are having problems with the glass, it's very important you have a candy thermometer. The sugar should be cooked on low, cooking it too fast or too hot will cause it to carmelize. I start on low and ramp it up to nearly medium over the course of an hour and my glass comes out nice and clear. It's a time commitment, but there's really no way to rush sugar. This a fun recipe that will get you kudos every time though!

serves 24
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For broken shards of glass cupcakes

  • 1 can
    white frosting
  • 1 box
    red velvet cake mix
  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    light corn syrup
  • 3 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1/2 c
    light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    water, or more as needed
  • 15
    drops red food coloring
  • 3
    drops blue food coloring

How To Make broken shards of glass cupcakes

  • 1
    Prepare Red Velvet Cake Mix According to box, line cupcake tins with paper cupcake liners.
  • 2
    Divide cake batter between lined cupcake tins.
  • 3
    Bake according to box instructions. Let cool and frost cupcakes with white frosting.
  • 4
    Make the sugar glass. Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup corn syrup, white sugar, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Use a candy thermometer and boil sugar syrup until temperature reaches 300 degrees (hard ball), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. When sugar reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour onto a metal baking pan. Cool until completely hardened. Break into "shards" using a meat mallet.
  • 5
    Make the edible blood. Mix together 1/2 cup corn syrup and cornstarch in a large bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of water, adding more if necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring.
  • 6
    Stab each frosted cupcake with a few shards of broken sugar glass. Drizzle on drops of "blood" to complete the effect.