Creative Cooking

Halloween Treats: Glow-in-the-Dark Cupcakes

Cobwebs, witches, monsters and other creepy things always get incorporated into Halloween desserts. But, if you want to take your cupcakes to a whole new level, try making them glow in the dark.

I love looking up fun recipes for Halloween. For some reason, themed food and desserts always catch my eye. So, when I came across this recipe for creepy glow-in-the-dark cupcakes over the summer, I knew I would make them for Halloween.

Never in my life would I have ever thought of how to make cupcakes glow, but thanks to Recipe Snobs, you can easily make that happen.

First, bake any type of cupcake you wish to make. I chose to make chocolate cupcakes because I love chocolate and you can never go wrong with chocolate.

While the cupcakes cool, you can make your frosting. This is the part that will glow.

Beat seven cups of confectioners sugar, one cup of vegetable shortening (good stuff), one teaspoon of clear vanilla extract (you don't want to darken the frosting) and three tablespoons of tonic water.

Yes, you read that right ... tonic water. Tonic water is going to make the cupcakes glow under a black light because of the quinine. This will be the first addition of the tonic water to make these cupcakes really glow.

Beat all of those ingredients together until everything is completely incorporated. Add the remaining two tablespoons of tonic water and beat the frosting at high speed until it is to the fluffy consistency you will need to decorate the cupcakes.

Now, comes the fun part: add neon food coloring. Of course you can't just have white frosted cupcakes for a Halloween party. After you pipe the cupcakes and freeze the frosting you will have to dip them in a gelatin mixture, so decide your neon food color based on the type of gelatin you will be using. I used green neon food coloring and lime gelatin. You can use orange food coloring with an orange gelatin, as well.

Add as much food coloring as you need to make the frosting a vibrant neon color. Now, decorate the cupcakes with the frosting and stick them in the freezer for about an hour so they become firm enough to dip in the gelatin.

Boil one cup of water and add one three-ounce package of gelatin, stir until the powder dissolves, then cook for two minutes and add one cup of chilled tonic water (more glow factor). Take the gelatin off the heat and pour it into a container large enough for you to dip the cupcakes into. Place the container in an ice bath and cool down the gelatin. You don't want the gelatin to firm up, so make sure it stays a liquid the entire time.

Dip the frosting portion of the cupcakes into the gelatin mixture and make sure all of the frosting is coated in the cooled gelatin. Place them back in the freezer after each time you dip them to let the gelatin settle into the frosting. Repeat this four to six times to really make the frosting glow.

Unfortunately I do not own a black light, so I couldn't see if the cupcakes truly glow, but there is enough quinine in these cupcakes that I guarantee they will glow under a black light.

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