These creepy cupcakes might look terrifying, but they’re actually quite sweet! Slice them open to reveal a gory cream cheese filling.

40 min
20 min



  1. 65g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  5. ½ cup (125ml) buttermilk
  6. 2 tbsp (20g) cocoa powder
  7. 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  8. ½ tsp salt
  9. ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  10. 1½ tsp white vinegar
  11. Queen Red Food Colour Gel

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. 125g cream cheese, softened
  2. ¼ cup (40g) icing sugar
  3. 1 tbsp milk
  4. ½ tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste

To Assemble

  1. ½ cup strawberry jam
  2. Queen Red Food Colour Gel
  3. 12 fresh or frozen raspberries, to fill cupcakes
  4. Queen Ready to Roll White

Method - Cupcakes

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced). Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and Vanilla Bean Paste, beat until incorporated.

  3. Step 3

    In a separate bowl, soft together cocoa, flour, salt and bicarb soda. Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour then add vinegar and Red Food Colour Gel, mixing until smooth.

  5. Step 5

    Divide batter between cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Method - Cream Cheese Filling

  1. Step 1

    Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, add icing sugar and milk and mix until combined.

Method - Assembly

  1. Step 1

    Combine strawberry jam and a drop of Red Food Colour Gel. Set aside. Using a cupcake corer or a knife, cut out the middle of the cupcake, reserving the cores. Add some cream cheese filling and 1 raspberry and top with core.

  2. Step 2

    Brush a light coating of jam onto top of cupcake to allow ready to roll icing to adhere.

  3. Step 3

    Knead Ready to Roll Icing White until smooth and pliable. Roll out to 3-5mm thick and using a cookie cutter or bottom of glass with a knife, cut circles of similar size to the cupcakes, ensuring the cupcake is fully covered. Place on top of cupcakes and gently smooth with fingers. Using a sharp knife, cut 4 claw marks into the cupcakes. Using a toothpick, paint jam mixture into the claw marks.


Fondant icing is not suitable for chilling, be sure to apply icing on the day you intend to eat them.

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