true blood cupcake
You'll need a great tasting "blood" dessert sauce for your Halloween and horror themed parties. The following sauce is based on what we call in Australia 'heavy syrup', the addition of fresh raspberries not only gives you a great flavour but also cuts down or eliminates the need for red food colourings.
Unless you have an extremely sweet tooth there will be leftover heavy syrup, but you can refrigerate the leftover syrup in an airtight jar where it will keep indefinitely and be used to sweeten your fruit desserts, baking & cocktails.
Raspberry "Blood" Sauce
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cup of raspberries pureed and sieved
Raspberry liqueur (optional)
Red food colour (optional)
Combine the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, washing down any extra sugar crystals from the side with a wet pastry brush; cook until sugar is completely dissolved, keep an eye on it you don't want to end up with caramel, but rather a clear thick syrup. Allow to cool completely.
To make the blood sauce; in bowl combine the pureed raspberries with syrup to taste, add a dash of raspberry liqueur and a few drops of red colouring if desired. Chill until ready to use.
For 'True Blood' dessert cupcakes, pipe a circle of white frosting onto your cupcake making sure you have a "hole" in the centre to hold your sauce. When it's time to serve pop your cupcakes on serving plates and fill the hole with blood sauce.
Vampire Paper Dolls
I LOVE THESE!! Vampire paper dolls by Tom Tierney contains a plethora of vampire characters from ancient Egypt up to.... yes, Edward and Bella!! There is The Vampire Cat of Nebeshima from Japan, Queen Akasha from The Queen of the Damned, Dracula and Vampira to name a few.
You get one "form" paper doll to dress but it's easy enough to use that as a template to cut out plain card forms. Imagine your vampire themed dinner party where each guest has a vampire doll with a matching cupcake... loads of fun :)
Vampire paper dolls available from Amazon