Halloween | Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | Revamperate Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateI’m in full Halloween mode now, and a good Halloween-themed cupcake recipe was at the top of my list this year. I thought it would be interesting to make black cupcakes, and black velvet cupcakes turned out to be the perfect thing. Much like a red velvet cake, cream cheese frosting is a match made in heaven, so a little black food coloring to a classic cream cheese frosting recipe topped off the cupcakes nicely. Best of all, I found these adorable printable tombstone cupcake toppers by Chicabug to really bring around the Halloween theme.  

Black velvet cupcakes have a couple key ingredients that differentiate them from your average chocolate cupcakes. First of all, you’ll probably notice an ingredient on this list that you don’t normally add to your cupcakes…vinegar. Black velvet cake also uses dark dutch-process cocoa powder and buttermilk, which makes the cupcakes incredibly fluffy and moist. Even after a night in the fridge, the cupcakes stayed soft and moist – something I often loose with other cupcake recipes. Even if you don’t tint them black, these cupcakes are seriously delicious!

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateBlack velvet cupcake ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp black food coloring or soft gel paste
  • 3 tbsp dark dutch-process cocoa powder 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar 
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda 

To make the cupcakes, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder in one bowl and set aside. Fitted with the whisk attachment, use your mixer to mix together the sugar, butter, oil and vanilla until fluffy. Add the food coloring and beat to combine. Mix in the egg. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and alternate with the buttermilk until all ingredients are combined. Lastly, mix in the vinegar.

Distribute the batter among 12-14 cupcake liners and bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven to cool on a wire rack. 

Black on Black Velvet Cupcakes | RevamperateBlack cream cheese frosting ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp black food coloring or gel paste 

To make this spooky black frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter with a paddle attachment. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until you reach your desired sweetness – I prefer about 3 1/2 cups for this recipe. Then mix in the vanilla extract and black coloring until the frosting reaches its proper color. 

Once the cupcakes have cooled, pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and top with Halloween toppers! 


  1. Revamperate says

    It might be difficult to achieve gray because the cocoa powder still gives it a light brown color. Plus, when baked, it often will appear darker. I’ve never tried though, so it’s possible!

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