Friday, 4 November 2016

Dracula's bite red velvet cupcakes.

Tuck into a spooky feast with these bite sized red velvet cupcakes, they make for a ghoulishly good treat finished off with vampire bite marks for a tasty treat this Halloween.

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)
  100g butter
  100g caster sugar
  2 eggs
  100g self raising flour
  2 tbsp cocoa powder
  1 tsp vanilla essence
  3 tbsp milk to mix
  Red food colouring

For the frosting
  100g butter
  200g icing sugar
  1 tsp vanilla essence
  Liquid red food colouring to decorate

Pre heat your oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4, and place your cupcake cases into a tray, as these are bite sized cupcakes you'll need standard cupcake cases rather than larger muffin style cases.

Cream together the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time and mix.

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix well to combine, add the vanilla essence and stir, then add milk to loosen the mixture.

Finally, you'll want to add in your food colouring, I used Sugarflair's Red Velvet gel food colouring for this, a tried and tested fail-proof colouring that's always achieved red velvet perfection! Add small amounts of the colouring at a time and stir well to combine, the end result should be a nice vibrant shade of red, keep adding the food colouring until the desired shade of red is achieved.

Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling each a little over half way, then bake for 10-15 minutes, as these are smaller than average they will cook quickly, so keep a close eye on the cakes as they bake.

Place the cupcakes onto a wire rack to cool, then mix your frosting. Unlike a traditional cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes have a vanilla buttercream frosting, making for a sweeter taste to the cakes.

Mix together the butter with half of the icing sugar till combined, then sift in the remaining icing sugar till mixed. Add in the vanilla essence to finish, and whisk till well combined.

Spoon the frosting on top of each cupcake, using the back of a tea spoon to swirl the frosting evenly on top of each cake. To finish the full effect, make two dints in the frosting using the handle end of the tea spoon, just small indentations will create the desired effect, then using a small brush (I used a lipstick brush for this) apply a small amount of liquid red food colouring on top of the indentations to create the effect of a freshly bitten neck!

A deliciously spooky treat that's perfect for Halloween!

Recipe inspired by Lily Vanilli's "A zombie ate my cupcake".