Halloween Bloody Glass Muffins

Impress your guests with these Halloween Bloody Glass Muffins, because it was never so simple. This is my first Halloween idea for this year (more to come in the next days). Simple vanilla muffins with buttercream frosting and sugar glass stained with edible blood. A centerpiece idea for every Halloween party to make sure everyone will remember you.

Halloween Bloody Glass Muffins

The idea of sugar glass is not new, but every recipe I have seen online contains corn syrup, which is not a handy ingredient here in Romania. I needed to find a replacement and during my research I found out that corn syrup is important to prevent sugar crystallization. Then I’ve remembered my grandmother’s teachings and decided to try mixing sugar and water and add an acid to prevent the crystallization process. Plus, the corn syrup version has a tendency to take on a yellowish hue, but in my version the glass remains transparent if done properly.

Serves: 10-12

for the sugar glass
250 g white sugar
125 ml water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

for the vanilla muffins
130 g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
60 g butter, softened
75 g white sugar
1 egg
125 ml milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the buttercream frosting
140 g butter, softened
280 g powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

How It’s Made?
for the sugar glass
Step 1: Mix the white sugar, water and vinegar into a pot and bring them to a boil over medium high heat.
Step 2: The mixture will become white and cloudy, but as it boils it becomes clear. Boil the mixture until you throw a portion of it in cold water and it gains a glass-like texture. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and then grease the foil with cooking spray.
Step 4: Pour the mixture very quickly into the pan, but be careful because the sugar will be very hot.
Step 5: Let it cool completely, then remove the aluminium foil and break the sugar glass into shards. The sugar glass absorbs moisture and will become very sticky in the following hours, so you have to use it just before serving.

for the vanilla muffins
Step 6: Beat the butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 7: Add the egg, the milk and the vanilla extract.
Step 8: Mix the baking powder with the flour, then slowly incorporate them into the egg-milk mixture.
Step 9: Divide evenly into muffin pans and cook for about 20 minutes or until they turn golden.

for the buttercream frosting (you can use your own recipe)
This is the first time I tried this recipe, but I find it very sweet.
Step 10: Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft.
Step 11: Add the powdered sugar and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth, then add the milk to change the consistency.

Bloody Glass Muffins

Decorate the muffins with buttercream frosting, then insert a piece of sugar shard in the middle. Use strawberry/raspberry syrup or jam over the edge of the shard to create the impression of blood.

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