Halloween comes once in a year only that’s why moms try their very best to make the event memorable for their kids. Creating themed treats may be a bit challenging but seeing the appreciation in the little ones’ faces is a gratifying feeling. If you want such feeling, then try the broken glass- themed cupcakes. Warning, though—be ready for the resounding “oooh” and “aaaah” from the kids.
For the cupcake:
- 2 ¼ cups of cake flour
- 1 tbsp. of baking powder
- 1 ¼ cups of whole milk, observe room temperature
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 1 stick (= 8 tbsp.) butter
- ¼ tsp. of cream of tartar
- ½ of kosher salt
- 1 vanilla bean, cut in half and scraped
- 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- ½ cup of butter
- 2 tbsp. of milk
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
For the broken glass:
- 3 ½ cups of sugar
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ tsp. of cream of tartar
For the blood:
- 1 jar of raspberry preserves
- 1 drop of red food color
- 1 tbsp. of water
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
- Into another bowl, incorporate milk and white eggs, whisking them together to blend well.
- Use paddle attachment to your mixer in order to whisk butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Make sure that the consistency will be light and fluffy.
- On low speed, put the flour and milk mixture until they well blended.
- Pour cupcake mixture into cupcake tins, filling only ¾ of the way.
- Bake in 350°F temperature for about 18-20 minutes. Use the toothpick test to know if the cupcakes are ready and if they are, let them cool on wire rack.
- Using your stand mixer, cream butter for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth.
- Add the clear vanilla extract into the butter to keep the frosting white.
- Set the mixer into low speed and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until blended.
- You can then add the milk and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until the butter attains light and fluffy consistency.
- Frost the cupcakes and set them aside while you work on for the broken glass.
- For the broken glass design, put sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar and water into a sauce pan. Put it over medium heat and dissolve the sugar by stirring constantly using whisk or spoon.
- Boil the mixture until the thermometer reaches 315°F and then remove from stove.
- Pour the sugar mixture onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Let the sugar mixture cool in room temperature for at least 1 hour.
- When it has cooled, break the glass into shards using the back of a spoon and set aside for the decoration later on.
- Meanwhile, put saucepan over medium flame and mix jar of raspberry preserves with water.
- Stir with whisk until the preserve liquefies and then strain it using a sieve.
- Add the red coloring to make the blood effect and mix well.
- Now, you can stick a shard of sugar glass into a cupcake and using a spoon, drizzle raspberry sauce over the frosting, coating the area surrounding the shard. Serve the cupcakes after designing them.