Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes: traditional red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and a shocking addition of raspberry coulis. It’s my new favorite Halloween treat! Bloody Red Velvet CupcakesRemember when red velvet was super popular? Red velvet was the cool kid before cronuts, cuffins, rainbow bagels, and those giant over the top milkshakes ever existed.

    It’s not quite chocolate. It isn’t really vanilla. It’s something in between and it’s a flavor I’ll always love (when done right). It’s a tad sweet, a little tangy, as immature as it sounds- I like how the artifical coloring makes my lips and tongue red. Red velvet cake reminds me of childhood birthdays, holiday parties, and every other happy occassion celebrated with cake.Bloody Red Velvet CupcakesSadly I no longer dress up in Halloween costumes. Nowadays, I prefer to participate in this fun holiday by making Halloween themed desserts and cocktails. Since I had so much fun with my surprise bloody cake, I’m using the same raspberry coulis (blood) for another treat. These bloody red velvet cupcakes are my new favorite! I lost interest red velvet some time ago, but this revived my love for this classic cupcake.

    Cream cheese frosting and red velvet cake are an undeniably delicious pairing. While making these bloody cupcakes, I learned that when you add raspberry coulis to the mix, it turns this traditional pairing into a surprisingly fantastic trio. The bright notes of the raspberry coulis really brings the red velvet cake to life… perfect for Halloween!Bloody Red Velvet CupcakesBloody Red Velvet CupcakesUse a small round cookie cutter (or apple corer, melon baller, or the fat end of a piping tip) to punch of a shallow cavity on the top of each cupcake. Fill the cavity with cream cheese frosting and then drizzle raspberry coulis on top. Cover up the cavity by piping a large rosette on top of the cupcake. For the final bloody touch, drizzle a little raspberry coulis over the frosted cupcakes. And if you’re in the festival Halloween spirit, decorate the cupcakes with these royal icing meat cleavers.Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Yield: 1 dozen cupcakes


    • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
    • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
    • 1/2 Tbsp red food coloring (liquid)*
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract, or paste
    • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar

    Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, room temperature
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • pinch fine sea salt

    Raspberry Coulis:

    • 12 oz package frozen raspberries
    • 5 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp lemon zest


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard 12-cavity muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
    2. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar and vegetable oil. Add egg. Mix until combined.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, red coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Add half of liquid mixture to mixing bowl. Mix on low speed. Add half of sifted dry mixture into mixing bowl. Mix until almost combined. Then add remaining wet ingredients followed by remaining dry mixture. Mix until just combined. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.
    5. Divide batter among prepared cupcake pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Gently remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool to room temperature on wire racks.

    Cream Cheese Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla. Add powdered sugar in 1 cup increments. Add pinch of salt. Mix until smooth and fluffy.

    Raspberry Coulis: In a medium sauce pot, add frozen raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, raspberries have thawed, and mixture has slightly thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent raspberry sauce from burning along the sides of the pot. Remove from heat. Strain out raspberry seeds. Keep raspberry coulis (sauce) in the fridge until ready to use.


    1. Once cupcakes are cool, use an small round cookie cutter (or apple corer, melon baller, fat end of piping tip) to punch out a shallow cavity on top of each cupcake.
    2. Prepare a piping bag with a medium star top. Place frosting in prepared bag and fill the cupcake cavity about 3/4's full. Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of cooled raspberry coulis over the frosting. Pipe a large rosette to cover the hole.
    3. Drizzle additional raspberry coulis over frosted cupcakes. If desired, decorate finished cupcakes with royal icing knives.

    Tools used: standard 12 cup muffin pan, black cupcake liners, small round cookie cutter, medium star piping tip, disposable piping bag

    Note: I used liquid food coloring. Reduce amount of coloring if you use gel food coloring.

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    These are so much fun, I love them! My daughter requested red velvet for her birthday in a few days…I think I’ll have to make her these.

    cathy @ Noble Pig

    What a fun Halloween Dessert for a party.


    I love this bloody twist on red velvet! This looks like a Halloween hit!

    Jenny | Honey and Birch

    Not only are these gorgeous cupcakes, that little knife is SO CUTE! I never thought I would say a knife is cute… but I just did. ;)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thank you! Haha, I thought the same thing when I saw the knives :)

    Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    These are such perfect Halloween cupcakes! I love the blood drizzle and little knife

    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    These cupcakes look so spooky but sound absolutely delicious! Love it!


    I LOVE these cupcakes! They are tasty looking and will be a great addition to any Halloween party!


    HELP!! Making these now for a Halloween party tonight. It says sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. I do not see that it calls for salt except for a pinch in the frosting.