Gruesome halloween cupcakes!!!

Even though Halloween isn’t really celebrated here in Australia, it’s still a great excuse to celebrate the gruesome and the macabre. I have seen similar cupcakes to these on Pinterest, and having had practice making fake edible blood in the past, these seemed like a heap of fun to make!

250g butter, softened
3 cups (660g) white sugar
6 eggs
30ml red food colouring
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups (375g) plain flour
1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar

mix and cake wrappersPreparation: 20min Cook: 25min

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Line a cupcake tray with patty pans.
  3. In a large bowl cream the butter and the sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix food colouring with cocoa and add to mixture.
  4. Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
  5. Mix the bicarb with the vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
  6. Divide batter into three prepared 20cm round cake tins. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.





The tops of the cupcakes are just plain old white fondant. A handy hint when it comes to handling fondant, is to dust the
countertops with cornflour prior to rolling out.

To ‘glue’ the fondant circles to the cake, I used a little bit of leftover chocolate buttercream from Kayla’s delicious cupcakes.

The fake blood for the top is quite simple.

150ml Boiling Water
1 heaped teaspoon gelatine.
Half teaspoon of drinking chocolate
Red food colouring (or gel)

Add the boiling water to the gelatine, and mix until completely dissolved.
Add to that the drinking chocolate and stir.
Add enough red food colouring to make the mix as red as you like *Note: The blood mix will darken as it sets.

Set the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes. Once all the fondant is on the cakes, you can start administering the blood. I used a syringe or eye dropper to squirt the blood on, then used toothpicks and a paintbrush to spread it out.


This is a great, fun recipe to make to celebrate all things ghastly! Have fun making it yourself, and get the kids involved.

Happy baking!


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