Winter is Coming Cupcakes

Winter is coming - and so is a candy surprise!
Winter is Coming Cupcakes

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, like yours truly, you will love these cupcakes, even if you’re not, they’re still delicious cupcakes!

I’ve decorated them with blue shards of ‘ice’ aka homemade candy. Making your own rock candy is totally worth it and simpler than it looks, color and flavor it boldly and you’ll be snacking on it with or without cupcakes. We’ve been hearing that, “Winter is coming” since season 1 and I have a feeling that the world beyond the wall may finally start to impact the goings on at King’s Landing.

Welcome back Game of Thrones here are some icy cupcakes!

Making Rock Candy / Blue Ice:

  1. In a sauce pan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir the mixture just enough to combine – otherwise parts of it will cook faster than others – but don’t stir too vigorously or allow the sugar to splash up the sides of the pan.
  2. Bring the sugar to a boil, once it is bubbling stay close and keep an eye on it. It is very helpful to use a candy thermometer, the sugar will be ready to pour when it is between 275-300 degrees.
  3. Once the sugar reaches around 250 degrees you can add extracts or flavoring.  I used a few drops of peach extract and lemon oil for flavoring. Make sure the extracts you use are colorless (or lightly colored) so that they don’t conflict with the final ‘blue’ color we’re going for.
  4. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Stir the color through and make sure it is the shade you want.
  5. Once the sugar mixture reaches at least 275 degrees pour it onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray and covered in parchment paper or is covered with a non-stick pad. Work quickly when you pour the rock candy out because it will start to harden almost immediately.
  6. Let the ‘ice’ sit out for a few minutes so it cools a bit and sets up, then refrigerate. I recommend refrigerating it for at least 15 minutes before breaking it up.

Assembling the Cupcakes:

I made a basic white cupcake, you can use any kind you like even a box mix. For the frosting I made a whipped cream based cream cheese frosting, but again use whatever you have on hand as long as it’s white so you get that frozen effect.

  1. Cut a cone shape into the top of each of the cupcakes and save the top of the cone – it’s like a little hat we’ll be putting back on our cupcake.
  2. Fill the hole in the cupcake with rock candy or any small blue candy.  Place the top of the cone back on the candy and frost away.
  3. Create large shards of blue ‘ice’ by breaking up the rock candy and stick them into the top of the cupcake.