Friday, October 10, 2014

Frightful Friday: "Bloody Mary" Cupcakes

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"Bloody Mary.. Bloody Mary.. Bloody Mary.."

We've all heard of the Bloody Mary legend and probably have tried it ourselves during middle school sleepovers.  Legend has it that if you say her name three times while looking in a mirror and holding a candle, she will appear in the mirror standing behind you.  There are many versions of the effects of chanting her name, from the apparition simply appearing disfigured to attacking those who invoke her.  What is mysterious still is where the legend began.  The Bloody Mary legend can be linked back to Queen Mary I, the Salem Witch Trials, or a girl who in a fatal car accident.
"Bloody Mary" Cupcakes - Frightful Friday at {so sweet like sarah} #halloween #cupcakes
I'm all about the cute side of Halloween, but the eerie and spooky is just as exciting. These cupcakes definitely side with the latter.  I used a box of white cake mix to speed of the process, but you can use your favorite from scratch recipe if you choose.  I really wanted to use a pomegranate jello for this batch of cupcakes, but unfortunately that does not exist.  This is something that needs to be fixed!
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The hardest part about this recipe is the glass shards.  I'm not going to lie, my patience was tested.  I also discovered my candy thermometer is a piece of junk.  However, the final product was definitely worth the time and effort.  You will definitely want to make the sugar glass first since it needs an hour or two to set before you can break it apart.  I used a 9x13 casserole dish to let my sugar glass set.  This made the glass very thick.  If you want thinner shards, use a larger pan or dish when preparing.
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Sugar Glass Shards

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1. Line a 9x13 or larger dish (larger is recommended, but work with what you have) or pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
    3. Bring sugar mix to a gentle, rolling boil until the mixture reaches 300˚. Continue to stir throughout the heating process.
    4. When the mixture reaches 300˚, pour into prepared pan or dish.
    5. Let sit for about an hour to two hours or until completely solid. Once solid, gently break the sugar glass into shards using a hammer covered with a paper towel - do not use the hammer directly on the sugar glass. Only choose two or three spots to create your crack in order to create large pieces.  Continue to make smaller cracks if desired.
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    White Poke Cupcakes

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 ounce package raspberry jello, or red flavor of your choice
  • 1 cup boiling water

    1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Line cupcake pan with white liners.
    2. Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.
    3. Pour two tablespoons of mix into lined cupcake pan.
    4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    5. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in pan.
    6. Using a toothpick, poke about 10 holes in each cupcake.
    7. Combine boiling water and jello and stir for about 2 minutes.
    8. Spoon jello mix* on top of cupcakes (I did about 2 large spoonfuls per cupcake).
    9. Place cupcake pan in fridge and allow to chill for about 30 minutes.
    10. Remove from fridge and prepare to frost cupcakes.
    * You will have some jello mix left over.  I combined 1/2 cup of the remaining mix with 1/2 cup cold water for some actual jello. 
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    Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

    1. Cream butter until smooth in stand mixer.
    2. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until combined.
    3. Add vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
    4. Add 1 tablespoon of milk and mix. If desired, add an additional tablespoon of milk."Bloody Mary" Cupcakes - Frightful Friday at {so sweet like sarah} #halloween #cupcakes
    To assemble cupcakes: Frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting, as desired.  Place cupcakes in the fridge until frosting is chilled (this helps to keep the sugar glass in place).  Remove from fridge and lace a small shard of the sugar glass vertically into each cupcake.

    Adapted from KraftBake Then EatAdd A Pinch.
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    1. These cupcakes look SO delicious and definitely perfect for halloween. Wish I had one to devour right now, great recipe & pinned!

    2. I'm going to give these a go for a halloween party I have coming up, they are awesome!


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