Blood Sucking Vampire Cupcakes are a black velvet cupcake with a chocolate buttercream (also dyed black), filled with a white chocolate ganache dyed red with the filling and decorating. The blacked out cupcake is to represent night time and the red is of course BLOOD. Because vampires “vant to suck your blood”!
Halloween is 10 days away and I thought I would sneak in one last Halloween inspired treat for you all. Make these blood sucking vampire cupcakes for your upcoming party or just for yourself while you sit and do a horror movie marathon!
As I live in New Zealand, Halloween isn’t really celebrated. Sure, stores get a few more spooky decorations and costumes in, we get a couple of scary movies on TV (Hocus Pocus anyone?) and the odd few children will attempt trick or treating but other than that there isn’t much of a holiday or celebration.
I’ve actually only been trick or treating once. Yep you got that right. Once. I was never allowed to when I younger and finally, when I was 12, I was allowed to go trick or treating with my friend. As we live in a small town and as I said earlier, Halloween isn’t really celebrated here, we saw maybe one other group of kids participating and they weren’t even really dressed up. My friend and I, on the other hand, dressed up to the nines. **Extreme cringing**I had a blonde wig, devil horns, a Dracula cape, sparkly skirt and fake spider web nails. Oh and don’t forget the fluffy jacket because I was cold…. And the green sandals…. *EXTREME CRINGING*.
Before you ask, yes, I have a photo and no, I’m not going to share it! We were old enough to know better. We were 12! Ah, CRINGE!
Moving on… The blood sucking vampire cupcakes use the same recipe as my Black Velvet Cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves taste like red velvet cake and the buttercream is a rich chocolate. The filling is a white chocolate buttercream with red food colouring added and this is used in the middle of the cupcakes so when you bite into them you get an oozy, blood center. Top them with either blood bite marks (shown below) or just splatter the ‘blood’ all over the top.
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Blood Sucking Vampire Cupcakes are a black velvet cupcake with a black, chocolate buttercream, filled with a white chocolate ganache dyed red for the blood filling.
- Black Velvet Cupcakes;
- 110 g Butter Softened
- 1 and 1/4 Cups Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Cocoa
- 6 Tbsp. Black Food Colouring
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 and 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 3 Tbsp. White Vinegar
- Red White Chocolate Ganache;
- 150 g White Chocolate
- 150 mL Cream
- Few drops of red food colouring gel (not liquid)
- Black Chocolate Buttercream;
- 250 g Icing Sugar
- 100 g Butter Softened
- 1/4 Cup Cocoa
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- Few drops of black gel food colouring (not liquid)
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
Mix the cocoa, black food colouring and vanilla essence together in a small bowl until it forms a thick paste and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Beat in the eggs until smooth.
Add in the cocoa mixture and mix.
Mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder together.
With the mixer on, add a 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then add a 1/3 of the milk. Continue alternating between the two, always beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Finally mix through the white vinegar.
Spoon the mixture evenly between the muffin cases and place in the oven for 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cupcakes are soft to the touch.
Allow them to cool completely while you make the white chocolate ganache and buttercream.
Heat the cream until boiling point then pour over the white chocolate and mix until smooth and glossy.
Add in a few drops of the red food colouring gel at a time until the mixture is red.
Set aside and make the chocolate buttercream.
Beat the softened butter until creamy.
Add cocoa and two tablespoons of milk and beat.
Add in the icing sugar and beat until combined.
Add in the food colouring gel until the buttercream turns black and add extra milk if needed.
Scoop out the center of each cupcake and pour in the white chocolate ganache.
Pipe on the chocolate buttercream and top with a splatter of the remaining white chocolate ganache. Or you could just do a couple of drips of blood on the top of each cupcake to emulate a vampire bite.
It's important to use gel food colouring in the buttercream and ganache not the liquid as the liquid thins them too much and they will be far too runny and my split.