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Vampire Halloween Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake, halloween
Servings: 18
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup melted margarine or butter

Butter Cream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine - softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon to 2 milk
  • 1 tube Red gel icing


For cake:

  • Mix dry ingredients.
  • Add melted butter, vanilla, water and vinegar.
  • Place paper cupcake liners (I just love these Spooky Halloween ones!) in cupcake pan.
  • Fill cupcake liners with batter using a cupcake scooper.
  • Each liner should be 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for for 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before frosting.

For frosting:

  • In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with a mixer on low speed.
  • Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  • Gradually mix in additional tablespoon of milk until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  • If frosting is too thick, add more milk, a few drops at a time.
  • If frosting is too thin, gradually add small amounts of powdered sugar until thickened.
  • Spread frosting evenly over cooled cupcakes.
  • Using a toothpick, place two holes in each cupcake.
  • Place the tip of the red gel icing slightly in the hole and squeeze lightly until you have a dab of icing in the hold.
  • Use the tooth pick to drag the icing down onto the cupcake to look like dripping blood.
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