Black Velvet Cupcakes with Raspberry Jam

Celebrate Halloween with these moist black velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and raspberry jam.

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeaaaaar! And no, it’s not Christmas (obv). It’s the dawn of Halloween aka the best holiday ever.

I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but I adore all the pumpkins and costumes and hot apple cider. Plus Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. It’s so much fun!

To celebrate, I’ve made some really amazing black velvet cupcakes I need to share asap.

I’ve been trying to come up with something good for Halloween for a few weeks now, and I am so happy that these black velvet cupcakes came out of it.

It’s a delicious and simple dessert to make, but makes a seriously spooky impact while remaining relatively kid-friendly. My daughter’s favorite part is adding her own bloody drizzle and pretending she is a vampire baker.

To make these black velvet cupcakes, I just used my favorite red velvet cupcake recipe and swapped it out for black gel food coloring. I am not the biggest fan of food coloring, but I always make an exception for Halloween.

My favorite brand if Americolor because you can get a really vibrant color without using a lot of the gel which is perfect for getting a true black color instead of something more dark grey.

I also used a touch of red in the raspberry jam to make the color really pop and look bloody. Again, you don’t need anything more than a drop to get this color.

Since these black velvet cupcakes are, well, black, it also means I can up the cocoa a little more which I love. I always find that red velvet cupcakes usually never have enough cocoa in them.

How to Store Your Black Velvet Cupcakes

Keep your cupcakes in an airtight container for up to three days. For the best results, keep them in the refrigerator or any cool, dry area. 

You can freeze un-frosted black velvet cupcakes in an airtight container for up to a month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 

So what are your plans for Halloween? Are you dressing up? Having a party or trick or treating? If you are looking for more spooky recipes, try these Mexican chocolate cupcakes, spiderweb cupcakes, and bloody white cake!

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