Candy Apple Razor Blade Cupcakes

by Jennifer on October 29, 2012

in Awesome Treats, Cupcakes, Halloween Desserts

Urban legends and Halloween go hand-in-hand. Not surprisingly, since the whole idea of Halloween (in the modern sense) is rooted in fear. We delight in the rush produced by being afraid, while still being safe – like haunted houses and scary movies. 

One of the darkest urban legends revolves around trick-or-treating – the infamous poisoned or weaponized candy. And, even though there is little to no evidence of these types of occurrences actually happening, it is a widespread and prevalent fear. I bet some parents still check their children’s candy to make sure that anything suspicious is discarded – mine did!

These cupcakes are my tongue-and-cheek nod to these haunting urban legends. Cupcakes turned candy apple, with a royal icing razor blade to boot. There’s nothing dangerous about these bad boys!

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  • One box of yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients required to prepare cake (eggs, water, milk, etc.) For a richer cake, feel free to substitute milk for the water and add an extra egg.
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, cored, peeled, and diced (I used Braeburn)
  • 2 containers of white or off-white frosting (feel free to substitute your favorite white icing!)
  • Red food coloring
  • Red colored sugar (you can make your own)
  • Fancy straws
  • Gray royal icing, 15 second consistency
  • Silver luster dust
  • Vodka
  • Paintbrush
  • Fondant and green food coloring (or a green candy like Airheads that can be molded and cut)
  1. Create razor blade royal icing transfers the day before preparing these cupcakes. For in-depth directions on RIT, go here. After transfers have completely dried, mix vodka and luster dust in a small container and paint luster dust onto transfers to achieve a metallic look.
  2. Line a muffin pan with red cupcake liners. Preheat oven to specified temperature.
  3. Prepare cake mix as directed. Add cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Fold in diced apples. Add red food coloring until desired shade is reached (you can skip this, if you prefer). Spoon batter into cupcake liners. Bake as directed. Cool.
  4. Put red sugar into a shallow bowl. Add red food coloring to icing until desired shade is reached. Mound icing on top of cupcake, smooth with a knife. Dip top of cupcake into red sugar to coat. Repeat with all cupcakes.
  5. Cut a fancy straw in half. Push half of one straw into the middle of each cupcake.
  6. If using fondant, color a small amount leaf green, roll it out, and cut out small leaf shapes. Mine leaves were very basic! Use a green candy like Airheads to make this even easier. Place one leaf on each cupcake.
  7. Gently push a razor blade (or half of one, like I did) into the side of the cupcake.


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1 susie October 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

These are hilarious! I remember those legends well, and my theory was if someone gave me an apple when I was trick or treating, I’d pitch it in the trash anyway!


2 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks, Susie! That is the truth – no one wants fruit on Halloween! :)


3 Sarah @ Klickitat Street October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

These are awesomely twisted cupcakes! What a great idea!


4 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks, Sarah! I thought a little dark humor was fitting for Halloween :)


5 trish October 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

this is such a unique idea! Hilarous – pretty too!


6 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks, Trish! :)


7 Debbie October 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I absolutely love your twisted sense of humor! :-D


8 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks so much, Debbie! :)


9 June g. October 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Omg! Disturbing, yet so funny! Love your wicked sense of humor;)


10 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks, June! These are a little dark, but perfect for Halloween :)


11 Mike @ Semi Sweet October 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Too funny!!! These would be a hit at parties because everyone can relate to that urban legend. Do people still hand out fruit on Halloween? When I was a kid, handing out fruit (and I remember getting toothbrushes too) would get your house egged.


12 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Thanks, Mike! I’m sure someone still hands out fruit…people never learn their lesson :)


13 cat October 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I like how these cute little cakes are so strikingly contrasted with the legend they reference! So cute!


14 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks, Cat! :)


15 Joanne October 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Wow, these look so great! So perfect for Halloween!


16 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Thanks, Joanne!


17 Rachel Cooks October 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Found you via Foodgawker…love these! So fun and creative. :)


18 Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks so much, Rachel! I checked out your blog – cranberry cinnamon honey butter?! I’m in love! I’ve subscribed to keep in touch :)


19 what katie's baking October 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

i love these! so festive!


20 Jennifer October 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks, Katie! :)


21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

These are just too stinking cute! And way too pretty to eat. Although I would gobble this up instantaneously.


22 Jennifer October 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thanks so much, Chung-Ah! I’m digging your blog, so I subscribed – looking forward to seeing more from you! :)


23 Kayla October 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Girly you have outdone yourself this time! These are hilarious!


24 Jennifer October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Thanks so much, Kayla!


25 Karly October 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I love these so hard.

My parents didn’t check my candy. They just told us not to eat anything that looked tampered with. Uh, Mom? I hate to break it to you, but I was too busy shoveling fistfuls of sugar in my face to look at the packaging.


26 Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 8:28 am

Thanks, Karly :) I guess I couldn’t be trusted to do it myself!


27 Liz November 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I adore these! My husband always jokes about going to Walmart on the 30th and buying bags of apples and packs of razor blades. Nothing else.


28 Jennifer November 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Haha – love it! Oh, how I adore dark humor :)


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