Glow in the Dark Frosting Recipe

| | , ,

Ok, sort of, more like glow under a black light frosting.  But if you are going to have a Halloween party, then you will probably have a black light somewhere so imagine how impressed your guests would be if you topped your cupcakes with this frosting  from Recipe Snots.  Yes, your cupcakes would be glowing in the dark under that black light. I love edible fun stuff like this!

Note:  The plain white frosting will glow under a black light without being dipped in the gelatin mixture. Once the food coloring is added, the frosting will not glow unless it is dipped in the gelatin mixture.  If you want to make all white ghosts, then the second step of dipping the frosting into the gelatin won’t be necessary.

Glow in the Dark Frosting

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

Prepare desired cupcakes and allow to cool. Begin frosting by adding confectioners’ sugar, shortening, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons tonic water into a large bowl. Beat on low speed until no loss sugar is visible. Add remaining two tablespoons as needed to bring frosting to piping consistency. Mix at high speed for about a minute to allow frosting to become light and fluffy. Place half of white frosting into a separate bowl and set aside. Add neon food coloring to frosting until it reaches desired color {orange for orange gelatin, green for lime gelatin}.


 Pipe colored frosting onto cooled cupcakes and place in the freezer for at least an hour. Meanwhile pipe white frosting on half of the cupcakes using a large round frosting tip. Add two mini chocolate chip morsels for the ghost’s eyes to finish ghost cupcakes.

After lettering colored cupcakes freeze, prepare the gelatin by adding gelatin mix to 1 cup boiling water. Stir for about 2 minutes then add 1 cup chilled tonic water. Transfer to a container that will let you easily dip frosting into and place into an ice bath to cool. Keep gelatin in ice bath stirring occasionally until gelatin is cool but not yet set {about 5 to 10 minutes}.


 When gelatin is cool to the touch take cupcakes out of the freezer a couple at a time. Dip into gelatin upside down, submerging the frosting but not the cake {it is ok for the gelatin to drip onto cupcake, just don’t submerge it completely}. Rotate cupcakes dipping and then returning to the freezer for about a minutes to set gelatin, then re-dip. Dip 4 to 6 times for best results.


Refrigerate until a couple minutes before serving to keep gelatin set.


{Make enough frosting for about 24 cupcakes}




Apple Spice Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Pancake cupcakes!


Leave a Comment