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Best Halloween Cupcakes

Updated on December 29, 2016

Dangerously Delicious!

These spooky cupcakes make an frightening addition to any party. In fact, they are scary enough (and tasty enough) that you can incorporate them into many party different themes. So many Halloween movies involve scenes with broken, bloody glass that they can be put out on any buffet table and fit right in. They look creepy, are a great attention getter but still taste oh so yummy!

Oddly enough, they didn't remind me of any movie in particular but of a childhood game we played when I was about ten or eleven years old called "Bloody Mary." Have you heard of it? Have you even played it yourself? Quite a few versions exist and I'll go into them later but the basic version we learned is that a bunch of girls, or guys, go into a dark bathroom with the door closed and chant "Bloody Mary" three times while turning around with our eyes closed and when you opened your eyes you'd see the bloody ghost of Mary. If you saw her you'd die, of course. I don't know what we saw, but one day after gymnastics practice four or five of us did it and I was so frightened, I've never done it since. (Most likely I saw the face of one of my pals!)

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Legend of Bloody Mary
Mary in the Mirror

Bloody Mary Worth

The legend of Mary Worth (or Worthington somethings) is one of the most common "Mary" versions of Bloody Mary. Some say she was a witch, some say she found out her husband dabbled in the dark arts but to date no one seems to have found any actual records of a Mary Worth that fits the description or the tale. Others say she was the victim of a horrible car accident. It's likely we'll never know. Either way, if you see her in the mirror she's been rumored to wail at you, scratch you, gouge your eyes out, kill you, or worse, pull you through the mirror to join her on the other side.

How to Make Delicous
Bloody Glass Cupcakes

bloody glass cupcakes
bloody glass cupcakes

This is what you're aiming for!

You want to make the candy glass first because it takes a while to make and then to cool. You can also keep it in the refrigerator until you need it, so no worries! If you haven't done this before, make sure to watch the helpful video below!

  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: Plenty

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients in a large, thick-bottomed saucepan or skillet; start on low and then slowly bring to a boil (or your mixture will caramelize). Use a candy thermometer and boil sugar syrup until temperature reaches 290 - 300º F (hard crack stage), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. Once mixture reaches 300 degrees, pour quickly into a metal sheet pan coated lightly with oil. Tap pan to on flat surface to pop as many bubbles as possible and have an even sheet of "glass." Additional bubbles can be popped with a pin. Cool for one hour until completely hardened. Using a hot knife, loosen around the edge of the pan. Break into small "shards" using a meat mallet or end of something heavy. Be careful, the edges can be fairly sharp.
  2. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
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Red Velvet Cupcakes - (You can also do the shortcut and buy the box version.)

This recipe courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker and comes with a terrific history of the red velvet cake.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: 35

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 red or decorative Halloween liners.
  2. 2. With mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar in a medium bowl, until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Switch mixer to high speed and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until fully mixed.
  3. 3. In a separate small bowl, mix together cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add this to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. Make sure you get the batter from the bottom of the bowl so you have a consistent color.
  4. 4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk (1/4 of a cup). Add half of the flour (approximately 1/2 cup) and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until you have a smooth consistency.
  5. 5. With the mixer speed still on low, add the salt, baking soda and vinegar. Turn to high and beat until completely combined and smooth.
  6. 6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake approximately 20 minutes (will depend upon your oven), or until a thin knife, skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean.
  7. 7. Cool for 5 minutes then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting - (Again, if you're short on time, ready-made is available.)

Frosting is also courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 10

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Using the whisk attachment on your mixer, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until it's all incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  2. Frost your cupcakes with as much icing as you'd like then add some of the glass shards to each one.

Edible Blood - that won't turn you into a blood sucking vampire!

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water (or more if needed)
  • 15 drops red food coloring (approximately)
  • 3 cups blue food coloring (approximately)

Instructions

  1. Mix 1/2 cup corn syrup & cornstarch in a small bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup water, adding more if needed, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring until desired color is reached.
  2. Using a spoon or dropper, drizzle blood onto the glass and the tops of the cupcakes!

Oh Oh Oh, look what I made!!! - And they ARE as yummy as they look!

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All the ingredients you'll need!Making candy glass ~ first boiling! (It's still very runny, like water, at this stage.)Making candy glass ~ you can see it's reduced down some (look at the liquid height by the rivets) but it's still very runny ~ the soft ball stage.Making candy glass ~ almost done and reduced down more (you can feel the change as you stir it) ~ this is the hard crack stage.Candy glass poured into a cookie sheet to cool and harden further.All cracked up ~ and yes, it can be sharp, so be careful! Refrigerate until ready to use.The red velvet batter ~ all mixed up and ready to go!Evenly distributed (nearly) into 12 cupcake liners and ready to bake!Looking good as they cool off!Home made cream cheese icing!Iced and ready for decorating!Oh no, they've been hit! And bloodied!A close up shot!And another!
All the ingredients you'll need!
All the ingredients you'll need!
Making candy glass ~ first boiling! (It's still very runny, like water, at this stage.)
Making candy glass ~ first boiling! (It's still very runny, like water, at this stage.)
Making candy glass ~ you can see it's reduced down some (look at the liquid height by the rivets) but it's still very runny ~ the soft ball stage.
Making candy glass ~ you can see it's reduced down some (look at the liquid height by the rivets) but it's still very runny ~ the soft ball stage.
Making candy glass ~ almost done and reduced down more (you can feel the change as you stir it) ~ this is the hard crack stage.
Making candy glass ~ almost done and reduced down more (you can feel the change as you stir it) ~ this is the hard crack stage.
Candy glass poured into a cookie sheet to cool and harden further.
Candy glass poured into a cookie sheet to cool and harden further.
All cracked up ~ and yes, it can be sharp, so be careful! Refrigerate until ready to use.
All cracked up ~ and yes, it can be sharp, so be careful! Refrigerate until ready to use.
The red velvet batter ~ all mixed up and ready to go!
The red velvet batter ~ all mixed up and ready to go!
Evenly distributed (nearly) into 12 cupcake liners and ready to bake!
Evenly distributed (nearly) into 12 cupcake liners and ready to bake!
Looking good as they cool off!
Looking good as they cool off!
Home made cream cheese icing!
Home made cream cheese icing!
Iced and ready for decorating!
Iced and ready for decorating!
Oh no, they've been hit! And bloodied!
Oh no, they've been hit! And bloodied!
A close up shot!
A close up shot!
And another!
And another!

Legend of Bloody Mary
Other Possibilities

Queen Mary I

The legend of Queen Mary I of England, or Mary Tudor, seems a more plausible source for this twisted ritual, though not in its exact modern form. The Bloody Queen, as she was known, and one of the daughters of Henry VIII, had a penchant for killing Protestants as she tried to undo her father's philandering ways and reestablish the Catholic Church. She also desperately tried to leave an heir so that her half sister Elizabeth I wouldn't take the throne after her (she failed at both things).

Needless to say, in the Victorian age when young girls desired to know who they would wed, they were instructed to walk backwards with a mirror and candle, up a staircase and look into the mirror. They would see the face of the man or possibly a skull which meant they would die before being married. It's easy to see how this could evolve into the modern Bloody Mary game children play today.

Elizabeth Bathory

The legend of Elizabeth Bathory, the Hungarian countess whom some feel many of the Dracula details are based upon is another possibility. Yes, I realize her name isn't Mary, but throughout history she is confused with Mary Tudor and many of her bizarre customs (bathing in blood for instance) have been imposed on Queen Mary by mistake. It's quite possibly that the came should really be called Bloody Beth or Bloody Eliza instead of Bloody Mary. I don't think we'll ever know for certain. Any of these explanations seems plausible to me. I think I'll have a cupcake while I ponder them.

Have you ever played "Bloody Mary" in a dark bathroom (or other room with a mirror)?

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    • SimonJay profile image

      SimonJay 3 years ago

      Oh wow these look so cool i will impressing some people trying this idea out.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Great lens! I've Included it on my GHoulish Grub lens as well as this lens https://hubpages.com/holidays/ravishing-red-velvet

      but is there anything I can substitute the Cream of Tartar with?

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Dreadfully awesome!

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      miaponzo 3 years ago

      OMG those are GROSSS... but amazing!!!!!!

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      Very cool!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @girlfriendfactory: Not necessarily yummier - yours sound pretty yummy, too! :D

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      @kristalulabelle: Thanks so much!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: I didn't know Martha Stewart made any (I don't watch television - in fact, I don't even have one) but I'm sure hers are yummier! Thanks for letting me know.

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      Kristen 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love your deliciously gruesome looking cupcake idea! Also really enjoyed the extra tidbits of legend and lore in regards to Bloody Mary.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are great-looking cupcakes and very similar to Martha Stewart's broken glass cupcakes. I loved your photos and the legend of "Bloody Mary in the mirror" (easy to understand why people who confuse her with the "other" Bloody Mary (Tudor). Great job!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      @Tarra99: That would really do a number on some teenagers, wouldn't it? lol

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      @PlumberJorge: It looks very real in person, too! So far the cupcakes have had awesome feedback by my taste testers, as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tarra99 3 years ago

      Awesome cupcakes...freak everybody out with that game and then those treat...yikes

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      PlumberJorge 3 years ago

      Nice well-made lens! I thought they were really glass in the beginning! LOL