Bloody Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Take a bite out of these vampire-themed cupcakes and enjoy a wonderful “bloody” surprise inside. The bright red-colored filling and the rich black chocolate cupcakes are a treat that’s perfect for Halloween. -Dracula approved.

a black cupcake with black frosting in a red wrapper next to a red flower

Black Velvet Cupcakes

These black velvet cupcakes are made using far less food dye than you may have thought. They also pack a wonderful flavor in every bite.

Without the coloration, these are just your normal run-of-the-mill chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese filling, but with the colors added we get some gothic cupcakes that are almost too pretty to eat.

These cool Halloween cupcakes are made using Black Dutch Cocoa (I ordered mine off of Amazon). It tastes just like a regular cocoa powder but looks pitch black and can really make baked goods look…interesting.. While the price is a bit more than I’d like (almost $15 a pound at the time of purchase) one pound can certainly last a while.

You may be able to omit or reduce the added black food coloring in the chocolate cupcakes and still get a great color. I added the extra food dye just because I really wanted to make sure these cupcakes were as dark as night. Compared to some other black cupcake recipes I found online where they wanted 6 tablespoons of food coloring to achieve this dark hue, I’m still happy we were able to reduce it at all and still get this fabulous dark color.

These cupcakes are as black as the asphalt on a freshly paved road and are sure to make a great treat to serve at your Halloween party this year.

black cupcakes with red and white halloween themed sprinkles

Bloody Halloween Cupcakes Ingredients

For the Cupcakes, You Will Need:

  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Black Dutch Cocoa
  • Black Food Coloring
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Buttermilk
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar

For the Red Filling, You Will Need:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Butter 
  • Egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Red Food Coloring

For the Black Buttercream,You Will Need:

  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Black Dutch Cocoa
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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cupcakes that are black and filled with red centers next to red flowers

FAQ’s About Black Cupcake Recipe

How can I make these black cupcakes with regular baking cocoa?

Yes, you can use your regular baking cocoa instead of the specially bought Dutch cocoa powder but keep in mind that the color will be brown and not black. You can adjust this by adding in black food coloring but be prepared to use a lot of it (at least a few tablespoons in the batter and the frosting).

Can I freeze these Halloween cupcakes?

Yes, these cupcakes freeze very well either before or after they’ve been frosted. Simply place them in a large airtight container where they can be in a single layer and freeze. They’ll last for up to 3 months before needing to be thawed and eaten.

How to store cream cheese filled cupcakes

Keep these cupcakes stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 or 4 days. They can last for up to a few hours at room temperature on the day that they were made or being served but the cream cheese filling is why we must keep them stored in the fridge- for food safety reasons.

What does Dutch baking cocoa taste like?

It tastes almost exactly like regular baking cocoa except maybe a little richer in flavor. If you close your eyes and take a bite of these cupcakes you may not even notice a difference in taste at all.

a close up of a red flower next to a vampire themed black cupcake

How to Make Bloody Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Start by making the black buttercream

Cream together the butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.

Add in your cocoa powder and then mix again until smooth.

Slowly add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time until thick and blended.

Add in your milk, one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition until a good consistency. You may not need all of the milk.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use.

collage showing how to make black buttercream

Make the gooey red filling next

Blend together the cream cheese and melted butter in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Add in the vanilla and egg and mix again.

Add in one teaspoon of red food coloring. Mix again.

Add in one cup of powdered sugar and mix again until combined.

If desired, add in a little more red food coloring.

Cover the bowl and set it aside until ready to use.

collage showing how to make red filling

Make the cupcakes

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, black food coloring, and vanilla together until fluffy.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda until blended.

Add your vinegar to the buttermilk in a liquid measuring cup.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix. Add in 1/3 of the buttermilk and mix again.

Add in half of the remaining flour. Mix and then add in the last of the buttermilk and mix again.

Lastly, add in the remaining flour and mix again until no flour streaks remain.

collage showing how to make the black velvet cupcakes and assemble them for baking

Assembly

Spoon a tablespoon of black cupcake batter into the bottom of each muffin cup and spread it out to touch the sides and cover the bottom well.

Add one heaping teaspoon of red filling into the center of the batter. Top with another large spoonful of black batter to cover the red and fill the muffins 2/3s of the way full.

Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Top your cupcakes with black frosting and add themed sprinkles if desired.

Serve and enjoy.

a black velvet cupcake cut in half to reveal gooey red center and more cupcakes and flowers in background

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Bloody Vampire Bite Cupcakes

Take a bite out of these vampire themed cupcakes and enjoy a wonderful "bloody" surprise inside. The bright red colored filling and the rich black chocolate cupcakes are a treat that's perfect for Halloween. -Dracula approved.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black chocolate cupcakes, black velvet cupcakes, bloody halloween cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese filling, gothic cupcakes, vampire bite cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Black Dutch Cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp Black Food Coloring
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 1/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar

Red Filling:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tsp Red Food Coloring

Black Buttercream:

  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Black Dutch Cocoa
  • 1-3 Tbsp Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Start by making the black buttercream

  • In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and vanilla until fluffy.
  • Add in the black cocoa powder and mix again until smooth.
  • Slowly add in the powderd sugar, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition.
  • Add in milk a little at a time (start with 1 tablespoon and then add in 1 teaspoon's worth at a time) until you get your desired consistency.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to use.

Make the gooey red filling next.

  • In a mixing bowl blend together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla and egg and mix until incorporated.
  • Add in a teaspoon of red food coloring.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and mix.
  • If desired, add up to a teaspoon more of red food coloring for a darker color.
  • Cover the bowl of filling and set in the fridge until ready to use.

Make the cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Cream your butter, sugar, black food coloring, and vanilla together until fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time until smooth.
  • In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda until blended.
  • Add the vinegar to the buttermilk.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the wet mixture and then add in 1/3 of the buttermilk.
  • Add in half of the remaining flour followed by the last of the milk and finally the last of the flour mixture. Stir until fully incorporated.
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the muffin cups and spread them out along the bottom to cover it well.
  • Add one heaping teaspoon of the red filing into the center of the cupcakes and then top with another spoonful or so of batter. You want the red nicely covered and the muffin liners filled about 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Allow to cool 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, add the frosting on top and sprinkle with Vampire themed sprinkles, if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 18.2g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 69.5mg | Sodium: 79.4mg | Potassium: 165.7mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 157.1IU | Calcium: 44.5mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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