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Ghoulishly Glowing Cupcakes

Ghoulishly Glowing Cupcakes

Just when you thought cupcake decorating couldn't possibly get any more creative, Camber, the author of popular food blog FoodSnots.com, took on the challenge of creating glow in the dark frosting! Look out Nigella, this young American mum is giving you a run for your money!

When one of Camber's followers emailed her asking for a frosting recipe that would glow under a black light, she searched the web to no avail. She decided to try making her own, and after a few attempts finally figured it out! The secret ingredient is....tonic water!

Ghoulishly Glowing Cupcakes
Recipe from FoodSnots.com

1 black light
24 prepared and cooled cupcakes


White Glow In The Dark Frosting

7 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening (if you can't find this in NZ then substitute Kremelta or butter)
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
5 tablespoons tonic water {diet tonic water works too}
Mini chocolate chips

Extras Needed for Green Glowing Frosting

Neon Food Color
0.3 ounce package of either Lime or Orange Gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chilled tonic water

Prepare desired cupcakes and allow to cool. Begin frosting by adding confectioners' sugar, shortening, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons tonic water into a large bowl. Beat on low speed until no loss sugar is visible. Add remaining two tablespoons as needed to bring frosting to piping consistency. Mix at high speed for about a minute to allow frosting to become light and fluffy. Place half of white frosting into a separate bowl and set aside. Add neon food coloring to frosting until it reaches desired color {orange for orange gelatin, green for lime gelatin}.

Pipe colored frosting onto cooled cupcakes and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Meanwhile pipe white frosting on half of the cupcakes using a large round frosting tip. Add two mini chocolate chip morsels for the ghost's eyes to finish ghost cupcakes.

glowing cupcakes

After lettering colored cupcakes freeze, prepare the gelatin by adding gelatin mix to 1 cup boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes then add 1 cup chilled tonic water. Transfer to a container that will let you easily dip frosting into and place into an ice bath to cool. Keep gelatin in ice bath stirring occasionally until gelatin is cool but not yet set {about 5 to 10 minutes}.

When gelatin is cool to the touch take cupcakes out of the freezer a couple at a time. Dip into gelatin upside down, submerging the frosting but not the cake {it is ok for the gelatin to drip onto cupcake, just don't submerge it completely}. Rotate cupcakes dipping and then returning to the freezer for about a minutes to set gelatin, then re-dip. Dip 4 to 6 times for best results.

Refrigerate until a couple minutes before serving to keep gelatin set. Then place cupcakes under a black light and watch them glow!

Check out Camber's blog FoodSnots.com for more details, tips and tricks on how to make your own ghoulishly glowing cakes! These are a fantastic idea for kid's birthdays or sweet treats at Halloween! We're not going to lie though.....this recipe gets a bit technical and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

If you like a challenge then give this one a try and let us know how it turns out!!

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