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Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes


The Halloween party has begun early over here with these Red Velvet vampire cupcakes. This recipe honestly will rock your world and will beat out any other Red Velvet recipe in any throwdown, showdown or bake-off.  Trust me.  And with the new McCormick black and their red food coloring, it was easy to make an everyday Red Velvet cupcake into a blood-sucking vampire.

On to these adorable cupcakes…I mean scary cupcakes. Yeah, I am no expert like Bridget from Bake at 350. I know. My piping skills are definitely lacking but these cupcakes were so easy that they turned out great despite me (Perhaps that was because my artistic daughter, Zoie, and my hubby did the ones you see here…mine look like a kindergartner did them!). Get the kids involved…they love putting on the Red Hots and teeth!

They are soft, perfectly moist and rich, and the cream cheese frosting is smooth and tangy. I just added a touch more chocolate than the recipe originally called for and the bright, infamous red of these cupcakes came from the red in the McCormick basic food colors pack.

Well, let’s start the party!
This post was linked up on Sweet Tooth Fridays!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Makes about 16 cupcakes
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons McCormick red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting
10 ounces cream cheese brought to room temperature
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
McCormick Black food coloring for hair, mouth and pupils for the eyes
red fruit leather for teeth cut into tiny triangles
Red Hot candies for eyes or red tinted frosting with McCormick Red Food coloring 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld. Add half of the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture and combine on low speed and then add the last half of the dry ingredients and combine until incorporated. Don’t over beat.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when slightly firm to the touch or clean to a toothpick test.  Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a handmixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

For the black frosting of the vampires: Use 1/2 c. of the frosting and add 5 drops of McCormick’s Black food coloring and mix.  Frost the cupcakes with the white frosting first. Then, using a piping bag and small round piping tip, pipe the hair and mouth. Cut tiny little triangles of the fruit leather for teeth. Place two Red Hots for eyes, use a toothpick to dot on some black frosting for the pupils.  Pipe a straight line for the  mouth and place two teeth onto the mouth.  Now enjoy and have a great time partying!

70 thoughts on “Red Velvet Vampire Cupcakes

  1. i want to try the Candy Corn Cupcake

  2. For some reason, the pdf isn’t opening for me, but that first photo of the black cat cookies looks fun!

  3. Those are adorable cupcakes! I’m so excited for all your Halloween posts! I love Halloween!! And the spider cupcakes looks really cute on the McCormick page

  4. I’d like to try the Bloodshot Eyeball Cupcakes!

  5. I follow your facebook page (Rust Hawk).

  6. So cute!!! Next you need to do a werewolf cupcake in time for Twilight!!

  7. I LOVE these adorable red velvet vampire cupcakes. These are so cute. I will try to get on facebook and like you 🙂

  8. Vampire cupcakes looks so adorable…

  9. These are so adorable! We made some Halloween themed desserts to get into the spirit. Love this time of year!

  10. I am planning on making the candy corn cupcakes this year!

  11. Love the bloody eyeball cupcake–too funny! What a great giveaway!

  12. I love these!! Your piping skills are perfect!! These look so festive and fun and your tablescape is awesome! Red velvet was a perfect choice for these; I’m definitely going to make these but probably not so cute as yours!!!

  13. I “liked” S & C on Facebook.

  14. I subscribed to your blog!

  15. The candy corn cupcakes sound like fun.

  16. These are adorable! I follow you via RSS. 🙂

  17. These cupcakes are absolutely adorable, Geni! You did such a great job. Perfect for a Halloween party. Already ‘like’ your site on fb and am subscribed to your blog. xx

  18. Geni, I love red velvet cake, have tried to bake a while ago and was not crazy about the results…would love to try your recipe…
    Your vampire cupcakes are so cute…perfect for Halloween.
    Hope you have a great week ahead 🙂

  19. These are such fun Halloween cupcakes!!

  20. What a fun post. The cupcakes are adorable. I would make the candy corn cupcakes – I like the way they divided their page in to “sweet” and “spooky”!

  21. I was unable to find you on facebook (I don’t know why), but I’ve subscribed via email!

  22. I like the black cat cupcakes — and, of course, your vampires look adorable! I am really impressed with your skills. I tried decorating some cupcakes this weekend, and um, well, mine look really homemade.

  23. First of all, those cupcakes look awesome. Red velvet cupcakes are the best.

    From the McCormick Halloween page I would make the candy corn cupcakes. Candy corn is delicious.

  24. Oh, they are AWESOME!!! I also don’t have the gift of icing, but I’ve been wanting to make something for a Halloween party I’m going to this year and I think I have might have a winner.


    i dont has no facebook.

  26. So cute, Geni! Love the little vampire faces.

  27. My subscriptions have been acting up all day. I’ve only been able to pull up four at a time. This happens. I knew I was missing some good stuff. OK, here goes 1) Yum cupcakes! 2) I already subscribe to your blog 3) welcome to FB, I shared. I liked! 4) There appears to be an oversight on McCormick’s tip sheet, because not a single item includes Old Bay, their greatest product EVER. 5) Sans Old Bay creations, I would make the eyeballs and carry them around doing my evil laugh long after it was no longer funny.

  28. First time here……I have been waiting to try this cupcake for a while..This looks really good…Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

    I am having a Giveaway..

  29. It’s pretty amazing to see all the weird and wonderful creations that you all come up with for Halloween…too bad it’s not that huge a thing here in Oz.

  30. Oh the cupcakes look fantastic and so cute! You are so good at decorating and baking! The giveaway is awesome too- love McCormick! Okay, so I subscribe to your blog and I like you on facebook!

  31. I like the idea of doing the scarecrow cookies! So cute!

  32. These are adorable and scary at the same time!!! What a creative way to decorate Halloween cookies. Your decorating skills look just fine to me, and I love the color scheme and creative backdrops. If only the weather would cool off, it would be much easier to get into the spirit!

  33. Love the vampire cupcakes…:)!! I didn’t realise it’s almost Halloween!

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  37. I like McCormick on facebook (Rust Hawk).

  38. Those little fella’s are so sweet i mean Scary! fab job!

  39. These cupcakes are spooky, yet adorable. 🙂 Love you used the red frosting for their eyes. I liked McCormick’s Facebook page. thanks for a chance to win this fun and festive givwaway package.

  40. McCormick’s site sure have many fun Halloween ideas. I would love to try the Black Cat Cookies idea on their site. Thanks for introducing. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  41. Shared your post with my Facebook friends and here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/uTry.it/posts/287560171273748

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  42. I subscribed to your RSS feed. 🙂 Thanks again for this fun giveaway.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  43. oh those cupcakes are way too fun!

  44. Cute cupcakes and giveaway! I am a fan of McCormick Spices on Fb!

  45. Super cute cupcakes! I mean…scary cupcakes! 🙂

  46. Red velvet = best cupcake flavor of all time.

    Vampire cupcakes = scariest cupcake of all time.

    Combine the two? You could probably take over the world.

  47. I liked McCormick on fb (donna alena)

  48. These are the BEST!! You are so artistic and creative! FUN!

  49. Vampires are everywhere. Must be the season. Yours are the cutest of all. GREG

  50. So lovely, can I take one of them 🙂 Thank you dear Geni, with my love, nia

  51. What great vampires. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Welcome to facebook 🙂 I liked you there and it took me 2 tries to notice the lack of “L” :p
    love your decorating skills

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  60. Hi Geni…. I was wondering if you can help me…. I was reviewing your recipe and I was comparing it to another Red Velvet. They were practically identical however, yours calls for an additional egg and uses all purpose flour and the other recipe uses two eggs and cake flour. Do you know what the difference would be in flavor/ taste?

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  62. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff
    from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this blog.

  63. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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