Halloween Cupcakes: Mini Blood Cakes

Happy Thursday, friends! If you’re looking for Halloween cupcakes to make this year, I have the perfect recipe for you!  Mini Blood Cakes. These grotesque sounding cupcakes are ridiculously good! The recipe calls for lots of blood so these cupcakes are nice and moist. mmmm! Maybe we should call these Vampire Cupcakes…. {do you Edward would approve?? haha!}

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween cupcakes

These tasty morsels will have kids squealing when they find out they’re made with blood! {evil laugh} They are sure to be a hit at any Halloween party this year. Seriously, these cupcakes are so good!

blood cupcakes

One bite of these morbidly good cakes and you’ll be asking for more!

halloween cupcake toppers

As you can probably see, I have the skills of a 3 year old when it comes to frosting cupcakes. But thanks to the spooky Halloween cupcake toppers I made with Lifestyle Crafts new Halloween line of die cuts, it helps disguise my awful frosting job….or at least that’s what I like to think. haha!

Halloween Die Cuts

halloween die cuts

The Halloween Punch dies were perfect for the task of making cupcake toppers quickly. I was able to run 3 dies through at a time and cut 18 cupcake toppers in each pass through my Epic 6 die cutting tool. Then I glued the piece together {ex: the spider to the web} and then glued a flat toothpick to the back of each cupcake topper.

halloween cupcake

wanna bite? ;)

Halloween Cupcakes Recipe: Mini Blood Cakes

This recipe is adapted from Pinch My Salt’s Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe.

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 oz. red food coloring (1 bottle)
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk {i added a little lemon juice to milk because i didn’t have buttermilk and it worked fine}
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake papers.

2. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl; set aside.  In another small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to make a thin paste without lumps; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and then the buttermilk. Beat well until well combined.

4. In a small bowl, mix together vinegar and baking soda. {it will fizz} Add vinegar mixture to the batter and stir well. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter. Yields 10 cupcakes. Bake for approximately 18-22 minutes. {mine were done at 19 minutes}

5. Cool the cupcakes and frost with the Cream Cheese Frosting below.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt

Mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Blend in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract.  Mix well. Frost cupcakes. {makes more than enough frosting for 10 cupcakes}

 Don’t forget you can get 20% off your order at Lifestyle Crafts with discount code: CRAFT

Do you dare brave the Blood Cupcakes? What Halloween cupcakes do you make?

happy crafting,


disclosure: i received product from Lifestyle Crafts. all opinions are 100% mine. please see my disclosure page for a complete statement. 

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    OMG these look sooo good! For halloween or you know just any old day with coffee…. Love them can’t wait to try!

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