Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tonic water's secret trick

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM


Ever wanted to make your cupcakes glow under a black light? Of course you did!

The secret behind making your delicate cakes glow like a light saber is a simple bubbly beverage, tonic water. The recipe was posted originally by FoodSnots and practically went viral on Pinterest this morning. Indeed my friends, those tiny bottles in your grandma's garage fridge can make your cupcakes glow like a pacifier at a rave.

Tonic water's quinine glows under black lights FoodSnots discovered. The recipe is a little complicated and time consuming but we are talking glow-in-the-dark baked goods folks. Getting enough tonic water to make the frosting glow is a careful balance between runny and bitter. They discovered mixing gelatin with tonic water would give glow and add color. Make cupcakes, whatever flavor you like and frost them normally. Then stick them in the freezer until frosting has hardened. Then dip the iced-frozen cupcake into a cool but not yet set gelatin-tonic water mixture to coat frosting with glow-in-the-dark goo.

To see result, place cooled cupcakes under a black light and be-dazzled. If you try out the recipe, send your photos to

White Glow In The Dark Frosting
7 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
5 tablespoons tonic water {diet tonic water works too}
mini chocolate chips morsels
Extras Needed for Green Glowing Frosting
Neon Food Color
0.3 ounce package of either Lime or Orange Gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chilled tonic water

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