Not sure if the new season of Dexter is what inspired me for this Halloween cupcake but I love the way it turned out. Surprisingly, this is one of the easiest cupcake toppers I’ve ever made.
Here’s how to make it:
First we’ll make sugar glass. Making hard candy can be tricky but the following method is easy and foolproof. Mix 1/2 cup corn syrup with 1 cup of sugar in a microwave-safe container. I like using measuring cups because the spout makes it super easy to pour sugar into small molds. The handle is also a must-have.
Mix them together until you get what I call “sugar quicksand.”
Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
While the sugar is cooking, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Once the sugar is done cooking, CAREFULLY stir it up to make sure no sugar is left at the bottom. Place back in the microwave and cook for another 3 minutes.
The melted sugar will be SUPER HOT. I am not exaggerating, you can seriously burn yourself with this stuff so be careful. Let the sugar rest for a minute. Bubbles will keep coming up. Just let it be until the bubbles start to die down. Yes, it is still very hot.
Pour the melted sugar over the piece of parchment paper. Slowly rock the sheet pan back and forth to spread the sugar thin. I tried spraying Pam of half of the paper but it did not make a difference so don’t bother. The sugar will release just fine on its own. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, the sugar will become a solid piece of faux glass. Lift the parchment paper and punch the glass in several spots to break it into small shards.
In a small glass, mix food coloring with a tiny bit of water. I use food color paste. If you use liquid food coloring, you don’t have to dilute it to get the right effect.
Dip a piece of sugar glass in the blood, flip it and let the blood drip down. Stick it in your cupcake and Voilà!