Halloween Red Velvet Cake with Glass Candy

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Another week, another Halloween cake: today I’m bringing you a cake perfect for a grown-up party: a Bloody Glass Red Velvet Cake!

Halloween Cake Recipe

You guys, I’m not so sure about this cake, but we’re here now and there’s no going back.

I AM NOT a fan of horror movies. I forget every once in a while that I can’t handle them, and then after watching one I spend the entire night waiting for a serial killer to walk down my hallway.

Now, documentaries about serial killers… those are fine. But I’m getting off topic here.

Today’s red velvet cake features edible glass “shards” (hard candy sheets) that seem to pierce the cream cheese frosting and let out drips of red blood (store-bought gel frosting).

Now, I used a boxed red velvet cake mix. I was already experimenting with things making the edible glass and hoping that the entire thing didn’t just fall apart the minute I inserted the “glass” into the cake so I wanted to take it easy on the cake prep. However, I have a great from-scratch red velvet cake recipe here and if you’re more ambitious than I am, you can definitely swap out my boxed cake for that recipe.

It doesn’t really even need to be red velvet, I just tend to use that for my gore-y desserts, like our Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Guts.

This cake is definitely going to get some big reactions at your Halloween party!

Halloween Red Velvet Cake Ingredients

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

For the edible glass:

Tip: if you want to use a from-scratch red velvet cake recipe, check out our red velvet cupcakes recipe here.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Electric mixer <-– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Two 9″ round cake pans
  • 10″ round cake board
  • Cake Leveler
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Angled Spatula
  • Candy thermometer

How to Make an Edible Glass Cake

Prepare the cakes according to the boxed instructions, splitting the batter into two or three circular cake pans.

Cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine completely until smooth, and then add in the powdered icing sugar 1 cup at a time, until you reach your desired thickness and taste.

Place one cake layer on your serving tray and use an offset spatula to apply a thick layer of cream cheese frosting over the top.

Place the second layer over top and frost the whole cake all over.

Note: you can do a “crumb coat” – applying a lighter layer of frosting to seal in crumbs, followed by a thicker “final” coat, if desired.

Thoroughly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

To make the edible glass, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.

Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly until the temperature reaches 300ºF.

Pour the mixture out onto the prepared cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. 

Allow the candy glass to harden for 2 hours or overnight. To “shatter” the glass, pick up the cookie sheet and drop straight down. Repeat as needed.

Make splotches all over the cake with the red candy gel and insert the candy glass into some of the splotches.

Store covered in a cool spot – but preferably not the refrigerator – until ready to serve.

 

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Halloween Red Velvet Cake with Glass Candy

Halloween Red Velvet Cake with Glass Candy

A creepy Halloween Layer cake perfect for an adult Halloween party. Edible Glass Candy used to decorate a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 boxed red velvet cake mix
  • Plus ingredients called for on the box

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 8 oz brick cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3-4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles, optional

For the edible glass:

  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 2/3 cups light corn syrup
  • Red Gel Candy Pen

Instructions

For the Cakes:

  1. Prepare the cakes according to the boxed instructions, splitting the batter into two or three circular cake pans.
  2. Cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  1. To make the frosting, place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine completely until smooth, and then add in the powdered icing sugar 1 cup at a time, until you reach your desired thickness and taste.
  2. Place one cake layer on your serving tray and use an offset spatula to apply a thick layer of cream cheese frosting over the top.
  3. Place the second layer over top and frost the whole cake all over.
  4. Note: you can do a "crumb coat" - applying a lighter layer of frosting to seal in crumbs, followed by a thicker "final" coat, if desired.

For the Edible Glass:

  1. Thoroughly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. To make the edible glass, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly until the temperature reaches 300ºF.
  4. Pour the mixture out onto the prepared cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap. 
  5. Allow the candy glass to harden for 2 hours or overnight. To "shatter" the glass, pick up the cookie sheet and drop straight down. Repeat as needed.

To Decorate:

  1. Make splotches all over the cake with the red candy gel and insert the candy glass into some of the splotches.
  2. Store covered in a cool spot - but preferably not the refrigerator - until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 974Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 199gFiber: 0gSugar: 193gProtein: 2g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope you love this super simple but show-stopping Halloween Cake! It’s perfect for a horror movie marathon or Halloween party.

Check out some of our other (less gory) Halloween Layer cakes, like our Hocus Pocus Layer Cake or our Halloween Macaron Cake.

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