I saw these on Tesco's Halloween recipes and thought I had to try them!
The cupcakes are normal 2 egg cupcakes (2 eggs, 4oz butter, 4oz caster sugar, 4 oz flour, baking powder and vanilla essence) then I mixed in some frozen raspberries, beating them to get that lovely pink colour.
These baked for 25 minutes at 180 degress while I made the glass shards. To do this, grease baking paper with a little oil and place glacier mints into metal cookie moulds. Put these in the oven to melt for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on these as if they get too hot they turn yellow which doesn't make as pretty glass.
Cool the cupcakes and then top them with cream cheese frosting (half a tub of cream cheese, vanilla essence and LOADS of icing sugar) Leave this to solidify.
To make the blood mush up a few of the frozen raspberries. The pulp makes the nice sloppy dark red bits and the juices the blood. You won't need very many raspberries for this and frozen ones produce the most bloody bits.
Snap the glacier mint into different sizes of shard. Dip them in the raspberry and then place in the cupcake. Then use a teaspoon to add a small amount of raspberry to each cake. Finally take a hammer and the remaining shards or a spare mint and smash it into dust. Sprinkle the dust on top of the cakes.
My first attempt at decorating rose cupcakes. I tried to make a petal shaper out of cardboard but it failed so I cut the corner off a sandwich bag and used it for piping, holding the end between two fingers so that it formed the triangle required. The petals came out a bit fat but looked pretty. Definitely to be tried again but with real piping equipment.Make a cone shape in the middle of the cake then make petals individually in an up and down motion. I tried two favours of icing- rose and peppermint. the rose was really tasty but the peppermint needed more sugar. They took a LOT of butter icing and were quite large by the end. Probably better for my arteries to decorate fairy cakes.Rose icing (in light pink)
200g icing sugar
2 capfuls rose essence
loads of food coloringPeppermint icing (red)
2 small capful peppermint flavouring
masses of food colouring- red is a difficult colourCupcakes: 2, 4, 4, 4 + vanilla sponge recipe
You rip what you sew!