Blood Velvet Cupcakes with Pretzel Ghosts

Ah, Halloween! The beloved time of year where we celebrate all things spooky and all things sweet. We’ve got just the Halloween treat for you to make with your kids this year.

We’re playing up the classic Red Velvet cake with these Blood Velvet Cupcakes topped with the most adorable Pretzel Ghosts, adding a salty flavour to this indulgent dessert.

Of course, we’re playing all of the cheesy Halloween-themed music to go along with it, including:

Nightmare On My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince



For the Red Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. gel or powder food colouring (add more if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp. white vinegar)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp. vinegar

For more details, click here for the Tastemade recipe!

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese block
  • 250g softened butter
  • 350g sifted icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups milk powder (skim or full fat) (we actually left this out- and it turned out great!)

For more details, click here for the The Scran Line recipe!

For the Ghost Pretzels:

  • Salted pretzels (depending on how many cupcakes you are making)
  • 1 cup white chocolate
  • Eyeball candies


  • Melt the white chocolate in a microwave for 30 sec. intervals
  • Using 2 forks, carefully dip the pretzels in the chocolate, making sure it is completely covered
  • Place dipped pretzels onto a tray lined with parchment paper
  • Place 2 eyeball candies on the pretzels
  • Let the chocolate pretzels harden

For the “Blood” Topping:

  • Red melting chocolate wafers
  • Piping bag


  • Melt red chocolate wafers in the microwave for 30 sec. intervals
  • Pour melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip off the end to leave a small hole
  • Pipe messy lines onto the cupcake to resemble blood
  • Top your cupcake with the pretzel ghost and ENJOY!


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Sanah is a self-proclaimed foodie, avid baker and a serious music junkie with a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Guelph-Humber. Her work involves writing for various entertainment and fashion blogs such as On The Scene Network and Toronto Men's Fashion Week.

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