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Vampire Blood Cupcakes | Recipe

October 26, 2016

Halloween is around the corner, and I’ve been getting in the spirit of things with Halloween inspired food. Today I’m sharing my Vampire Blood Cupcakes Recipe.

These cupcakes are super easy to make and great fun to decorate, even for those lacking in the icing skills (like me). I really enjoyed making them and they’ve gone down a treat with friends and family. I love how cupcakes are so easy to style and theme for an occasion!


Vampire Blood Cupcakes Recipe
Yields 12
Spooky cupcakes perfect for Halloween parties!
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For the cakes
  1. 125g Unsalted butter
  2. 200g Dark brown sugar
  3. 2 Large eggs, beaten
  4. 100g Natural yogurt or buttermilk
  5. 200 Self raising flour, sieved
  6. 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste
For the buttercream
  1. 100g Unsalted butter
  2. 2tbsp Milk
  3. 200g Icing sugar, sieved
  4. Raspberry syrup to drizzle over the icing
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, put 12 cupcake cases in the cupcake tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, take off the heat and cool a little. Stir in the vanilla bean paste and sugar until it has dissolved into the butter.
  3. Beat in the eggs to the mixture, then fold in the flour.
  4. Use the two spoon method to put the mixture into the cases.
  5. Bake for 18-20min until cooked through and golden on top.
  6. Allow to cool fully, make the buttercream during this time.
  7. Beat the butter until soft, add in half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add in the milk and stir until mixed, then mix in the second half of the icing sugar until smooth.
  8. Pipe the butter cream over the cakes in a swirl using a star nozzle. Drizzle raspberry syrup over the top for a Vampire feel to the cakes.
  1. Add in colour to the icing if you want, green would look super spooky!


I thought the brown sugar would be a bit heavy for cupcakes, but they rose a treat. The addition of yogurt makes the sponge bouncy and wonderfully moreish. I’m quite chuffed with how they turned out and I don’t think I’ll fear the cupcake anymore. If you’re looking for something more savoury for Halloween check out my Spooky Chilli Filled Potato Skins recipe!


Are you baking anything for Halloween? What’s your favourite Halloween recipe? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Kirsty Hijacked By Twins October 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

    These look like great Halloween cakes! I love the cases! x #bakeoftheweek

  • Reply HodgePodgeDays October 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

    These look great, the cake cases really finish off the look. Great bakes!

  • Reply Elsa Eats October 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I’ll reiterate my love for those cases! Totally adorable! I’m hopefully making a pink cheesecake with a ginger nut bottom and meringue bones for Halloween. Sort of like an Eton Mess cheesecake.

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      They are brilliant- they’re from Tiger. They have loads of stuff in for Halloween. That cheesecake sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Laura Nolan October 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    These look so nice and simple to make. Also, I love the Halloween cake holders you used, such a cute little extra

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      They are so wonderfully simple to make. The cake cases are from Tiger.

  • Reply Sammy October 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing such a spooky recipe!

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      They are absolutely delicious 🙂

  • Reply Fashion and Style Police October 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Wow what yummy looking recipe. Not sure what I am baking for Halloween yet.

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      It’s yummy and so simple too 🙂

  • Reply Sarah (Mum x3x) October 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! They sound delicious too and I love the cake cases you have used! Perfect spooky cakes for Halloween, hehe. xx

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you 🙂 They were super scrummy. The cases were from Tiger.

  • Reply Hannah Gilroy October 26, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    These look adorable (and also very scary!) where are the paper cases from? x

    • Reply MissPond October 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you 🙂 The cases are from Tiger.

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