No Halloween party should be complete without a perfectly grotesque yet deliciously amazing bleeding heart cake. These cupcake hearts will leave your guests with a look of astonishment and horror but delight after they given them a try! These cakes are really fun to make and ideal for a kids party too as you can really get creative and down right creepy with them.
We like to serve these all in a giant bowl and have guests hand pick their favorite but they can be plated with an extra side of fruit as well for the perfect dessert after a wonderful Halloween meal.
Note.. since these have red food dye- make sure you have plenty of napkins available or let guest dine with creepy rubber gloves to ensure a stainless experience!
- cupcake/cake mix - I use Duncan Hines Vanilla
- red food coloring
- red fondant
- buttercream frosting
- cherry jam
- a paintbrush
- Once you've made your cupcake batter, add a couple of drops of food coloring to the mixture.
- Spoon into cupcake tins, and then use either a bit of tinfoil or baking paper to stick between the case and the tin. This means your cake will bake in more of a wedge shape, which is helpful for these hearts! Bake for 15-20 minutes, then when they are ready, put them on a cooling rack and leave them alone for half an hour.
- Roll out a lump of red fondant (remember and dust the surface/rolling pin with icing sugar beforehand so it doesn't stick!) until it looks big enough to cover a cupcake. Take the cake out of its wrapper, splodge a little buttercream on the bottom and place in the middle of the fondant.
- Start wrapping the fondant up and over the cake, squeezing the edges together when they reach the top. You want to create three funnels (meant to be the arteries) so don't join it all perfectly, instead let it fold in on itself (like in the left and middle photos).
- Don't worry about any folds or creases in the sides of the icing, they'll make the heart look much more realistic. Just use your fingers to shape the top of the heart, give more definition to the arteries, and make sure the fondant feels nice and secure around the cake.
- I mixed red food coloring with cherry jam to make a wonderfully deep red bloody looking paste, which I painted onto the cupcake. Make sure you get it into all of the cracks and creases. Pretty soon your heart will look gory and delicious.
- Smear a bit of the cake blood around the bottom of the heart for an extra gruesome touch.