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October 13, 2013

PINSPIRED: Broken-glass cupcakes are macabre fun for Halloween

Tonawanda News — This is how I found myself, one Friday morning, driving to work with a measuring cup full of edible blood in my car’s cupholder, with a mixing bowl full of broken glass sitting on the passenger seat.

I was very careful not to speed. I can just hear that playing out: “Gee, officer, really, it’s not what it looks like ... honest!”

I digress.

Pinterest loves Halloween. ‘Round about Oct. 1 or sooner, you starts seeing the costume ideas, the decorating notions, the jack o’lantern designs, the slightly macabre goodies. You probably know what I mean: finger-shaped cookies (or hot dogs), some truly disgusting-looking gummy worms, and, of course, cupcakes festooned with what looks like broken glass and oozing blood.

As an amateur cake decorator, I’m always looking for new edible “special effects.” That last one couldn’t help but catch my interest and I repinned it, making the comment, however, that I couldn’t imagine the circumstances in which I’d get to try it anytime soon. You can’t really send those into elementary-school Halloween parties, after all.

Fortunately, we have Pinspired. Motto: Giving Greater Niagara Newspapers writers the chance to try messy things out of sheer curiosity!

I whipped up a batch of red velvet cupcakes with white icing, and I’m not even going to be embarrassed to tell you that I used a mix and — gasp — canned frosting. The cupcakes are merely the vehicles for the effects here, after all. 

For the “glass,” the ingredients are: 2 cups water, 1 cup of light corn syrup, 3 1/2 cups of white sugar and 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar. Mix in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the temperature on a candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees, then pour the mixture onto a metal baking pan. Let cool completely. Break into “glass” shards.

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