We couldn’t let National Dessert Day (October 14) pass us by without indulging in some Halloween-themed treats! Shelesa of Pink Sugar Cupcakery stopped by our kitchen to show us how to whip up two spooky desserts - red velvet blood splatter cupcakes and vampire kiss cookies.

Whether you love going all out for this holiday or just enjoy a good sugar rush, let the baking debauchery begin! Mwahaha!

Red Velvet Blood Splatter Cupcakes

These cupcakes are super moist and quite creepy. To whip them up, you’ll need:

 

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line baking tins with liners. Set aside.
  3. Mix butter and sugar until fluffy and creamy, about 5 minutes
  4. While butter and sugar are mixing, combine cocoa powder and red food coloring until a paste forms. Set aside. (note: it WILL seem very dark. Trust us, it will still make the cupcake batter a gorgeous red!)
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated.
  6. Add paste to egg/butter/sugar mix and mix well. Lumps may remain. Scrape down sides of bow. Mix 1 minute.
  7. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together in bowl. (this is called cake flour!)
  8. Add flour and buttermilk alternating and mixing until streaks are gone after each addition.
  9. Scrape down sides and mix 1 minute.
  10. Using ice cream scoop, scoop each liner 2/3 full.
  11. Bake 15 - 18 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean with dry crumbs.
  12. Cool, ice, and EAT!
Icing

Pipe on your favorite icing recipe onto each cupcake, and drizzle loose, red royal icing on top of each cupcakes. Bonus: add sugar shards for an extra lethal effect!

Vampire Kiss Cookies

Even vampires need a little love, right? These glammed-up cookies show off a ruby red lip and classic fangs.

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix butter and sugar together until fluffy and cream about 5 minutes.
  3. Scrape down sides of bowl, mix an additional 1-2 mins.
  4. Add egg and vanilla bean paste. Mix until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add flour about 1/2 cup at a time being careful not to over mix. If dough is still stick add an additional 1/4 cup at a time until it’s a smooth, “play dough” texture dough.
  6. Flour parchment paper sheet surface, flatten dough with hands and gently roll out dough. Cut shapes, transfer parchment to cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 8-10 mins until lightly browned around edges and center of cookie is dry-looking and firm.
  8. Cool completely, ice, and EAT!
Icing

Find your favorite royal icing recipe and create 5 different consistencies: a paintable black, a piping red, a piping white, a flooding red, and a flooding white.

Paint the horizontal middle of the cookies with the black royal icing. This is the back of the vampire’s mouth. Let all cookies dry, then move on to the top lip. Trace with the piping red royal icing, then fill in the shape with the flooding red royal icing. Let all cookies dry completely, then continue for the teeth and bottom lip, making sure all cookies are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

You can watch us try both recipes on our YouTube channel:

We hope you enjoy these recipes and recreate these delicious desserts! If you prefer to support your local professional baker, support Shelesa and order from Pink Sugar Cupcakery! Visit pinksugaraustin.com to order her monthly themed cookie box and follow her at @pinksugaraustin to see what she’s whipping up next!

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Happy Halloween!