Blood Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

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Halloween Cupcakes


Blood Red Velvet Cupcakes for your next Halloween Party or just for a good thrill!

The wonderful baker, Jodie over at Num's the Word featured our cupcake wrappers for one of her Halloween cupcake events. She created something Spook-tacular in theme with our Zoe Skull & Crossbone cupcake wrapper called a BLOOD Red Velvet Cupcake. 

Jodie was quite creative by using black paper straws that look like it had blood on the tip. Your guests will get a thrill from these fancy, festive bloody treats. Enjoy! 

Blood Red Velvet Cupcakes 
Yields 12 Cupcakes
For the full recipe and blog post visit Num's The Word HERE


  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tablespoons red gel food color (I use Wilton no taste red)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place liners in 2 cupcake tins.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, combine oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla.
  4. Mix until combined.
  5. With mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until combined.
  6. Divide batter among liners (I got 20), each about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from tins to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Place each cupcake in decorative wrap, then frost with cream cheese frosting.
  10. If using straws, cut each into 3 equal pieces and dip each end into red food coloring and then stick into frosting.
  11. Use a toothpick to add more 'blood' if desired.

Notes: Instead of straws, you could use a chopstick or something of a similar size dipped in the food coloring to make 2 vampire bite marks in the cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream


  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and beat until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached, add a bit of milk or cream if needed.

Thank you again to Num's the Word for using our Halloween Cupcake Wrappers to feature her Blood Red Velvet Cupcakes. Visit Num's the Word for more recipes here and/or visit our cupcake recipes  section for more cupcake recipes. 

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