Halloween Earl Grey Killer Cupcakes

Cupcakes are always a party favourite and they taste even nicer when infused with tea. Covered in “glass shards and blood”, they’re the perfect dessert to serve your guest on a spooky Halloween night.

Sugar Glass

If you’ve ever made sugar glass before, you’ll know that it’s a fickle thing. The key is to heat up to 150°C, so a candy thermometer is very useful. If you want the sugar glass to harden quicker, place the baking paper in the fridge beforehand. I used maple syrup for my glass – that’s why it looks slightly brown. For a more transparent glass effect, I suggest you to use light corn syrup instead.

Hibiscus Blood Syrup

We’ve used our organic hibiscus flower tea for the syrup, as its tangy flavour is the perfect antidote to the sweet icing. However, any fruit teas from our Fruit Cooler box or any red fruit tea you have at home would work too. You can also experiment with the sweetness, as that’s something very personal. I found 2 tbsp sugar to be perfect for the amount of syrup I was making, however if you want it to be sweeter, you can increase the amount of sugar you’re using.

Halloween Decoration

You can also use the glass shards and blood syrup for other Halloween cakes. I would recommend placing the sugar glass shards first and then sprinkling them with syrup. I used about 3 shards per cupcake, which I think is the idea number (too many sugar glass shards and your cupcake will become too sweet to eat).


Halloween Earl Grey Infused Killer Cupcakes

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cupcake, Halloween, Tea infused


  • candy thermometer
  • cupcake baking tray
  • cupcake cases
  • baking paper
  • piping bag


Sugar Glass

  • 1 glass sugar
  • 1/4 glass water
  • 1/4 glass maple syrup


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp organic hibiscus tea
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


  • 250 g Cooks' Ingredients Vanilla Icing


  • 125 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp Earl Grey tea
  • 110 g unsalted butter
  • 225 g white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g self raising flour
  • 120 g plain flour


Sugar Glass

  • add sugar, water and maple syrup to a pot
  • heat up to 150°C (use candy thermometer)
  • transfer immediately onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
  • cover and leave in a cool place (not fridge)

Blood Syrup

  • add 1 cup hot water and hibiscus into a pot
  • add 2 tbsp sugar and bring to boil
  • mix cornstarch with 1 tbsp cold water
  • take out the hibiscus flowers
  • add the cornstarch to the pot and stir until the mixture begins to thicken
  • Once boiling, take from the hob and leave to cool down


  • add earl grey and milk to the pot and bring it boil for 2 min
  • turn off the hob and steep 15 more minutes
  • mix sugar with butter
  • add vanilla extract
  • mix in 2 eggs
  • strain the tea and let it cool down
  • mix in the flour and ⅓ cup of tea
  • place the cupcake cases into the backing tray
  • put the dough into the cupcake cases
  • bake for 25min


  • break the sugar glass into "shards"
  • fill icing into your piping bag
  • put icing on the cupcakes
  • place the glass shards
  • sprinkle with blood syrup

What are your favourite Halloween recipes?

Let us know what your favourite Halloween recipe is! Also, if you decide to try out our Halloween killer cupcakes, please let us know what you think and give our recipe a rating!




Halloween Tea infused Cocktails

Are you keen to quench your blood thirst? Then these spooky Halloween cocktail recipes is just what you need! Super easy to make, they will most definitely be the talking point of the party!


PS: in case you’re looking for last minute herbal tea inspired Halloween costume idea, feel free check out this hilarious video.

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