Give your guests the heebie-jeebies with these Bloody Skull Cupcakes! A fun yet creepy dessert for a Halloween party!
It’s October! And with Halloween just around the corner, I’m sure you’re all ready for some hair-raising, nerve-racking, and spine-tingling recipes to give your feast table a spooky vibe!
And why shouldn’t you? Because that’s what Halloween is all about! From deciding on the most spooky-looking decorations to making ghastly snacks that look realistic, we all want our Halloween preps to stand out from the rest.
Therefore, today I’ll show you how to make bloody skull cupcakes: Soft and moist on the inside and spooky on the outside!
So, let’s get started!
Why We Love Bloody Skulls Cupcakes
- Spooky and festive! – Bloody skull cupcakes are the perfect mix of spooky and festive, and they’re sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.
- Perfect for a Halloween party! – These gory goodies are perfect for any Halloween party or gathering, and they’re sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.
- Easy to make! – You don’t need to be a master baker to make these cupcakes. Simply bake the cupcakes, then decorate with chocolate skulls, frosting and red icing to create the “bloody” effect.
- They’re delicious! – With sweet vanilla frosting, a chocolate base, and spine-tingling skulls with blood dripping out of their eyes, this cupcake recipe will surely wow your guests!
What You Will Need
For the Cupcakes
- Chocolate cake mix: You can use any other cake mix of your choice too.
- Large eggs: Make sure they’re at room temperature.
- Sweet cream butter: Use unsalted butter softened at room temperature.
- Whole milk: To mix the batter to creamy perfection.
For the Frosting
- Sweet cream butter: Unsalted and softened at room temperature for easy mixing.
- Powdered sugar: For that sweetness we all love!
- Heavy whipping cream: To add consistency to the frosting.
- Tubes of red cookie icing: For that bleeding effect!
For the White Chocolate Skulls
- Wilton white candy melts: To make the chocolate skulls.
- Chocolate skull mold – To create the skull shape.
How to Make Bloody Skull Cupcakes
Full instructions is in recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Step One – Make the chocolate skulls. Melt the candy melts and spoon into mold. Allow to harden in fridge/freezer and carefully remove from mold.
Step Two – Build the chocolate skulls. Join the two chocolate halves together and set aside to harden.
Step Three – Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of cupcake ingredients together and bake for 20-22 minutes. Set aside to allow to cool when done.
Step Four – Make the frosting. Mix the ingredients for the frosting until creamy and stiff. Add frosting to piping bag and pipe a thick dollop of frosting on top of the cupcake.
Step Five – Decorate the cupcakes. Place 1-2 chocolate skulls on top of the frosting. Using the red cookie icing, pipe blood details on the skulls to create a bleeding effect Enjoy!
What other options do I have for cake mix?
For this recipe, I used chocolate cake mix; however, you can use vanilla, red velvet, or any other cake mix that you prefer.
Can we use any other frosting other than vanilla?
Yes, you can also use cream cheese, buttercream, or whipped cream frosting for these cupcakes, based on your taste and preference.
How do I know if the cupcakes are ready?
Usually, it takes around 20 minutes for the cupcakes to bake; however, just to be sure, you can check by touching the top and see if it bounces back. Or you can also insert a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. That’s when the cupcakes are ready!
Bloody Skull Cupcakes
White chocolate skulls
- 2 8 oz bag wilton white candy melts
- Chocolate skull mold
- 1 – triple chocolate cake mix
- 3 large eggs
- ½ unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 1 ¼ C whole milk
Vanilla frosting ingredients
- 1 ½ C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 5 ½ C powdered sugar
- 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 large piping bag fitted with star tip
- 2 tubes of red cookie icing
- Step One – Make the chocolate skulls. Add candy melts (will need about 30 candy melts) to a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave in 30 second increments stirring in between until creamy and smooth.
- Spoon melted candy melts into the molds making sure to only fill the sides of the mold all the way to the top and keeping the inside hollow. Use the back of a spoon to guide the chocolate throughout the mold.
- Place molds in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes or fridge for 30 minutes, until they are easy to pop out. Very carefully remove the chocolate from the mold. If they don’t pop out easily, place back in fridge/freezer for a few more minutes.
- Step Two – Build the chocolate skulls. Heat a plate in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until hot. Press the the hollow chocolate mold half open-side-down onto the flat portion of the warm plate and twist back and forth for a few seconds to gently melt the rim of the chocolate.
- Immediately press this warmed edge chocolate to the other half. This will join the two halves together. If you are having trouble getting the two halves to join, you can carefully rub your finger around the line to seal the together or pipe melted chocolate around to seal together. Set aside to harden.
- Step Three – Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners into a cupcake pan. Using a standing mixer or hand beater, combine all cupcake ingredients and beat until fully combined and smooth. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ way full with batter. Bake in the oven for 20 – 22 minutes or until the tops bounce back when touched. Set aside to allow to cool.
- Step Four – Make the frosting. Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy whipping cream with paddle attachment until combined, creamy and stiff. Scoop the frosting into the piping bag and pipe a thick dollop of frosting on top of the cupcake.
- Step Five – Decorate the cupcakes. Place 1-2 chocolate skulls on top of the frosting. Using the red cookie icing, pipe blood details on the skulls to create a bleeding effect Enjoy!
Nutritional facts are estimates and are provided as a courtesy to the reader. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. Nutritional values are calculated via a third party. Changing ingredients, amounts or cooking technique will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.