26 Oct 2015

Dracula’s Blood Cupcakes

No Comments Baking and Cupcakes

Having stocked the cupboards with damson and plum jam, I happen to have a kitchen full of blood coloured gooiness. I’ve tried a few sponge recipes and all tend to end up too heavy or too airy. These were perfect. The crumb was dense enough to hold together, but full of flavour and not dry. My secret this time was time spent beating the mixture – at least 5 minutes before adding the flour, then another 5 after to mix everything really well.

I fill them with at least 1 tbsp of plum jam and frosted with strawberry buttercream. The blood drips on top are more jam and if you look closely, there are also some vampire lips on each.

Dracula's Blood Cupcakes
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Serves: 16 cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes
  • 115g butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g self-raising flour
Strawberry Buttercream
  • 230g icing sugar
  • 115g butter
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • Jam for filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F, prepare 16 cupcake cases.
  2. Beat the sugar and butter for at least 5 mins until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, then the flour.
  4. Mix for another 5 mins until smooth.
  5. Fill the cases ⅔ full and bake for ~14 mins until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack before filling/frosting.
Filling and Buttercream
  1. Cut a cone in the middle of each cupcake and Use a piping bag to squirt jam into the middle of each cupcake. It helps to make a small slit with a sharp knife first so the nozzle fits cleanly into the top without tearing the cupcake.
  2. Beat the butter and icing sugar until smooth, then add the strawberry extract and enough milk to reach the right consistency.
  3. Mix in the red food colouring. The less you mix it in the more blotchy and brain like it will look.
  4. Pipe brain swirls using a Wilton #10 tip.
  5. Optional: Heat some more jam in the microwave then drizzle over the frosting and top with vampire related sprinkles.

Plum jam filling

Filled with plum jam

Golden brown after baking

Bake until golden brown and risen

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