In honor of Halloween this week I made Gory Cupcakes for Ladytroupe Sweets Market Day. They look like a disgusting stab wound oozing bloody flesh. But I promise they taste delicious. It's a moist almond flavored butter cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting and a homemade strawberry sauce. The "glass" is shards of hard candy. When I initially looked at my perfectly frosted and sauced cakes I knew that they looked too pretty. I imagine that stab wounds are pretty messy so I drizzled extra blood (sauce) on the edges so it would drip a bit making them look more horrific.
I really loved people's reactions to these cupcakes at Market Day today. Some people got the gory part right away. Other's I had to explain a bit, but once they got the Halloween joke, they were thrilled. I answered lots of questions about the candy glass.
I had so much fun making these. Don't you think they are disgusting and gorgeous all at the same time?