Vampire Cupcakesposted on 8/15/13
Vampires bit their way through popular culture and historical folklore long before the internet’s most famous Vampire, Edward Cullen, fell in love with a 17-year-old-girl named Bella. If a host of Vampire-themed television shows and books didn’t assure us that the blood-sucking movement is here to stay, the opening weekend of the final film in Meyer’s blockbuster Twilight series certainly did. Less than a year ago, Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 pulled in a staggering $340.9 million across the world in its opening weekend. For those reading who have never heard of Edward Cullen, let me put this figure in perspective: the movie pulled in more money in a weekend than the New York Yankees agreed to pay Alex Rodriguez over ten years.
The vampire movement is here to stay, so we had better embrace it. And an unexpectedly good place to start is in the kitchen with vampire cupcakes. Vampire cupcakes sound a lot more complicated than they are. But if you have any experience making cupcakes from scratch or even store-bought, vampire cupcakes will be easy to make for your next Halloween or vampire-themed party! Baking bites has a great recipe for vampire cupcakes, so let’s get started.
What you need for the vampire cupcakes:
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ⅓ cups sugar
one stick of room temperature butter
2 large egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp almond extract
1 cup buttermilk
What you need for the vampire cupcakes filling:
1 can cherry pie filling
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and setting aside lined cupcake trays. With a sifter, combine cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. With an electric mixer, blend in sugar. Cut the butter into a five or six chunks and add it to the flour mixture. Using a low speed, blend the mix until the butter chunks are blended well. This will probably take about two minutes.
In another bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir with a fork until the ingredients combine. Pour one cup of the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix it for a minute on medium. Reducing the mixer’s speed to low, beat the rest of the mixture for additional minute. Pour the batter into cupcake trays evenly and bake them for roughly twenty minutes.
While your vampire cupcakes are cooling, puree the cherry pie filling. Using a small knife, cut a small cone out of the center of the top. Trim the end off the cone. You’ll want the top of the cone to be a small, flat circle. Think of it as a plug for filling! Fill the hole with the cherry filling and plug it with the flat piece of cake you removed. Frost the cupcakes with a layer of your favorite frosting (ideally a pale, cream frosting). Dip a toothpick into the frosting to make two circular “bite marks.” Dribble some of the cherry pie puree out of the “bite marks” to look as if a Vampire took a nice bite out of the cupcakes. Don’t forget to stock up on vampire teeth! Enjoy!