Vampire Cupcakes


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably at least vaguely aware of the phenomenon that is the Twilight series of books (and now movies as well).  Our babysitter has three wonderful daughters of her own, and they are quite the Twilight fans – especially the eldest daughter, Cassie.  She looooves it.  In fact, her enthusiasm for it encouraged me to check it out.  I am currently in the middle of the second book, New Moon, and it is safe to say I now love Twilight too.


So, when I heard that Cassie had a birthday coming up, I knew I wanted to do something with a Twilight theme for her.  My mind immediately went to these cupcakes and I thought they would be just right.  Pure white cake (pale like a vampire, obviously), blood red (cherry) filling, and white chocolate cream cheese frosting – yes!!!   These turned out just as I had hoped and were really not difficult to make, just slightly time consuming but no more than any other filled cupcake.  I was more concerned about look than flavor in this situation and I wasn’t sure if the flavors I had chosen would really complement each other, but they definitely did.  These were very tasty, and definitely a hit with the birthday girl and her family.

Twilight Cupcakes
Yield: 14 cupcakes

For the cake:
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

For the filling:
1 can cherry pie filling

For the frosting:
7 oz. pure white chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into tablespoon-sized pieces
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into tablespoon-sized pieces

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 14 cups of muffin tins with paper liners.

In a small bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir together with a fork.  Set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Mix in the egg whites one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions.  Stir in the vanilla extract.  Add in the dry ingredients in three additions alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Stir just until combined, being careful not to overmix.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

To prepare the filling, puree the can of cherry pie filling using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor.

Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, cut a cone out of the center of each using a small paring knife.  Cut off the point side of each cone, leaving a thin disc of cake to replace over the filling.  Spoon just enough of the cherry filling into the hole to fill it, and cover by replacing the disc of cake on top.  Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

To prepare the frosting, in a double boiler, melt the white chocolate, stirring constantly, until smooth and creamy.  Let stand until just warm to the touch.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until smooth and blended.  Add the melted chocolate and beat again until smooth.

Frost the cupcakes immediately.  Using a bamboo skewer dipped in the left over cherry filling, poke two holes into the top of each cupcake to resemble bite marks.  Trace a line of cherry filling from each hole to the edge of the cupcake to resemble dripping blood.  Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

If stored in the refrigerator, allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Source: cake adapted from (and inspiration from) Baking Bites, frosting adapted from Williams Sonoma

32 Responses

  1. Annie these are so cute! I have to admit I’m a Twilight fan too 🙂

  2. Cute!! In a totally creepy way, but still… cute idea!

  3. Oooohhhh, I can’t see the pictures for some reason. They sound good though!

  4. I too am a Twilight fan! So when I saw this recipe, I just had to comment. Such a creative idea! Great picture, too.

  5. So cute! I remember seeing the vampire cupcakes during Halloween, but I never even thought to use them for a Twilight treat. Great idea!

  6. i too love twilight-reading it my 2nd time around (on book 3)…stick with new moon it’s sort of depressing…but well worth it later. i recommend seeing the movie and then re-reading, i’m enjoying it even more now.

    i am making these TODAY. awesome!!

  7. I’m in the middle of New Moon right now, hoping to finish it off this weekend. These cupcakes are perfect!

  8. Those are so cute! I haven’t started reading Twilight yet but I have many friends who rave about the books.

  9. You are so thoughtful and ingenious to think of these for “Twilight”!! They look “wicked” and delicious!

  10. These look great! Excellent work once again Annie!

  11. I love these! I hope that you don’t mind if I blog about your posting, fully linking / crediting your site of course!

  12. I recently finished reading the Twilight series! What a cute idea!

  13. oooooo thats scary annie

  14. And you are now officially my favorite food blogger. 🙂 Yay for Twilight cupcakes.

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  16. What a cute idea!! Great job.

  17. What an awesome idea! I read the whole series, went to see the movie and then saw it again.. I was totally MIA from my blog while I was reading the series.. I finished it all in just over a week, lol.. highly addictive!

  18. Very cute idea! I love the Twilight series!

  19. I made some Edward inspired cupcakes for Halloween with white chocolate teeth and blood as decoration. Your cupcakes are so fun! What a lucky birthday girl

  20. Looks delicious!

  21. Wow. I have no words. Totally love it.

    So, I actually have a niece named Bella who is having a birthday this Sunday, and I was asked to make her birthday cake. Would it be okay with you if I copied this idea and posted pictures of it on my new food blog? I would post a link here, of course 🙂

  22. Haha! What a really cute idea. 🙂

  23. Very cute idea! I loved Twilight also – Eclipse was my favorite of the books!

  24. You should add some edible glitter to the frosting…
    ‘cos the vamps sparkle *giggle*

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  26. I’m going to a twilight party theese will be perfect to make for the potluck part and they look so good

  27. I just used your recipe this weekend for the True Blood season finale…they were wonderful. The cupcakes were moist and so decadent! Thank you 🙂

  28. These are awesome! I’m trying to get ideas for our neighborhood halloween festival and these are too cute!

  29. I Love them im gonna use them for my dauter’s party

  30. I’m gonna make these the night Eclipse comes out.

  31. The girls at work and I are all going to see the new movie “Eclipse” tomorrow, and I plan on making these cupcakes for them to set the “mood” 🙂 I like your version of this recipe better with the white chocolate frosting rather than the marshmallow one. Thanks for the idea!

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