Last week I had a Disney’s Descendants movie watching party for my kids and their friends. I showed you how to make the DIY spell book prop for the party. Now I’m going to show you have to make cupcakes with shards of glass. This is perfect for a certain Evil Queen with a broken mirror, or it’s great for just a scary ol’ Halloween party, too!
Video for Sugar Glass Shards CupcakeI have to admit, I was so scared I was going to mess this up. It looks really hard and complicated, but follow these instructions exactly and you will get the sugar shards. It really does come together fast and so easy.
How to make Sugar Glass Shards Halloween Cupcakes
First, you’ll need to make glass sugar.
Spray a 13 x 9 cookie pan with olive oil. Clip the candy thermometer to the sauce pan. Combine the ingredients and stir until it begins to boil. When it starts to boil, don’t stir. Just let the bubbles work their magic.
When it reaches 300 degrees, remove from fire and let it sit for just a few seconds while it stops boiling.
As soon as it stops, pour onto the cookie sheet and let it sit for an hour or two while it hardens.
Before smashing it, make sure it’s completely cooled and hard.
Then, use a hammer to break it up.
For the shards for cupcakes, you’ll want to not smash it much so that the shards are large.
I used the edge of a knife to pull the pieces up from the cookie sheet.
How do you make the cupcakes bleed?
You can use any basic cupcake mix. I used a plain white cake mix. When they had cooled, I cut out the centers and piped in raspberry jam for a little bloody effect. Then I used a star tip to pipe the frosting and added the shards.
How do you make Bloody Sugar Glass Shards Cupcakes?
If you’re making these for a fun Halloween party, you can add blood. I mixed a few drops of red food coloring with corn syrup and spooned just a tiny bit over the sugar glass.
More fun and easy Halloween treats?
- Halloween Drinks: Toxic Tonic
- Easy Halloween Treats: Monster Toe on a Stick
- Hocus Pocus Spell Book Brownie Halloween Treats
- Halloween Treats: Edible Eyeballs on a Stick
- Turn Your Twinkies into Halloween Twinkie Mummies
- Poison Apple Punch
Glass Sugar - Shards
A fun topping for Halloween cupcakes!
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- Spray a 13 x 9 cookie sheet with olive oil, liberally.
- Make sure you have a candy thermometer. Clip it to the sauce pan.
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and it begins to boil.
- Once it begins to boil do not touch it - stop stirring. Let the bubbles do the work.
- I did not add any food coloring. If you are adding food coloring, add it when it starts to boil so the bubbles will distribute it evenly.
- As soon as the thermometer reaches 300, turn off the fire and remove the pain. Let it sit for just a few seconds while it stops boiling.
- Then pour it onto the cookie sheet and let it harden for 1-2 hours.
- When it's ready, use a hammer to break it up.
WOW! What a FAB idea for Halloween . . . cupcakes with shards of glass! BRAVO in making the “glass sugar shards” to top cupcakes. Clever idea for kids’ party, a scary Halloween one! So, THANKS for sharing your recipe.
How creative! I love the idea of creating shards of glass and tainting them with “blood”.
How Devine …shared glass cupcakes …I wish I was at your house why wait for halloween…want now today. Great images..
Holy cow!!! You are so creative. These are genius!
I love the creativity! The glass shards without the blood would also go well with a Maleficent themed Halloween party.
Awesome idea! How I wish I can feature you and your recipe at my blog!
That looks just like glass! My first to see anything at all like this too!
Those shards of glass look so realistic. What a great Halloween treat!
I get it but I’m not too sure about kids thinking shards of “glass” is fun. It’s my overly cautious personality.
I guess I’ll rather had rock candy instead of “shards” to the cup cakes
How creative! I’m definitely making these for our annual Halloween party. I bet my guest would love them.
Oh how fun would these be for a party? My boyfriend is going to love this!
Love these! You did an amazing job. I’m going to be hosting a Halloween party this year and will have to give these a try.
I think I am going to mix this into the “snack mix” I am making for a Halloween party. “Mmmm, candy corn, peanuts, M&M’s, broken glass. Wait, what? Am I eating broken glass???” Should make for some interesting conversations. Thanks for the great idea.
I made these today for a Frozen cake. They we’re hard as rock and seemed perfect on top of cake. Within half an hour they began to curl and worsened as time went on. They are now completely curled down onto the cake. Any idea why??
I’m sorry that happened! I’ve never had that happen before, and I’ve made these days in advance sometimes. My first though would be that maybe they didn’t reach the right temperature to harden. If they don’t reach that hard stage, the candy will be soft. Are you in a high altitude?
Can you make these in advance and if so how would you store them?
Yes 2-3 days in advance, just don’t stack the glass sugar shards together or they will stick together.
Store in fridge or room temperature?
Room temp. In the fridge the sugar glass can get sticky when it comes out.
How far in advance can you put them in the icing so they don’t soften?
You can do it several hours ahead of time, like even in the morning for a party at night.
Thank you. Made my boys 18th birthday today just that much more extra. He’s a Walking Dead fan. Over the top. I even had black cupcake liners with red spider webs. Bonus.