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Makes 24 servings

Screams of delights will accompany these eye-catching cupcakes. Drag a toothpick dipped in red food color along the white frosting to draw the “bloodshot” lines.


1 package (2-layer size) red velvet cake mix
2 teaspoons MCCORMICK All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract
1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting substitution Substitutions available
MCCORMICK Assorted Food Color & Egg Dye
Assorted decorations, such as red ring-shaped candies or gum drops and black candy-coated pieces


1.Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla to batter.

2.Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

3.Frost cupcakes. Place a ring-shaped candy or sliced gum drop in the middle of each cupcake for the iris. Attach a candy-coated piece with some frosting for the pupil. Place small amount of red food color in a disposable paper cup. Using a toothpick, draw “bloodshot” lines in the white frosting. Or, tint any remaining white frosting red with red food color. Spoon frosting into small resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner from bag. Pipe frosting to create the bloodshot lines.


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