Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

bloody cupcakes

Halloween is near, so the need for spooky treats has hit my family hard!

We are looking for an opportunity to mix up a bunch of ghoulish goodness to share with friends! If you too want to share something dramatically delicious this Halloween season, you are going to love this recipe for Bloody Cupcakes!

While the name might sound gruesome. You can dig in with a smile knowing they are actually a devilishly fun take on the always popular Red Velvet recipe!


Cupcake Recipe:

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened, plus 4 tbsp.
  • ¼ cup softened shortening
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBSP Red Velvet extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. Red gel food color


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Directions for Cupcakes:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt altogether.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk for 3 minutes
  5. In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until it is light and creamy.
  6. Add the egg, vanilla, red velvet extract,  and red gel food coloring.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add flour mix and milk, 1/2 portion of each at a time, mix until completely combined.
  9. Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake tins until 2/3’s filled.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes
  12. Remove from cupcake tins to a wire rack until totally cooled.


Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:


  • 1 C. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 C. cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp. heavy whipping cream


Frosting Directions:


  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Mix on low.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar until blended.
  4. Add vanilla and heavy whipping cream and beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip.
  6. Frost the cupcakes and place the icing transfer into the center of the cupcake


Blood Icing Ingredients:


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 rubber bbq brush
  • red gel food coloring
  • 1 package of Wilton edible knife icing transfers


Blood Icing Directions


  1. In a standing mixer, combine the egg white, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar.
  2. Mix until white in color and stiff peaks about 7 minutes
  3. Mix in red food coloring
  4. Add a few more drops of red to get a deep shade of red, about 5 drops.
  5. If the icing is thick add in 1 tsp of water
  6. Place the cupcakes into an area where you won’t mind getting ‘blood’ on items
  7. Dip the bbq brush into the blood and shake the brush towards the cupcakes to give them the blood effect.
  8. Let dry for 10 minutes before enjoying.


bloody cupcake


If you have any spook-tastic recipes for Halloween, I would love to hear about them in a comment!

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Fun Halloween Bingo Game with Printable

Are you ready for some Halloween fun this year? I get tired of the same old boring Halloween games, so I decided to create a fun game for my readers. Halloween Bingo is super easy and fun for the whole family to play. I think I love this game the most because my entire family can join in, adults and kids alike.


You can print out this Halloween Bingo Printable HERE and enjoy it just as much as we have. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we spend hours doing activities and playing games. Let me know if you print this out and how much you enjoy it. Halloween is just a few short weeks away, so you better start enjoying all of the spooky festivities soon!

Please feel free to use for personal use by printing. If you would like to share this on social media or any other platforms please link back to Life of a Southern Mom. 


St Patricks Day Crafts for Kids

10 St Patick's Day Rainbow Crafts for KidsCan you believe it’s almost March already?!  That means St.Patricks Day is almost here. When I was a kid St Patricks Day was one of my favorite holidays. We always did so many fun crafts/activities in school. I remember being in elementary and the leprechaun would come in our classroom while we were gone to recess and make a mess and leave us treats. It was always so much fun to see what he had left us.

I have put together a round up of 10 St Patricks Day Rainbow Crafts for Kids. You and your kiddos are sure to have a blast spending time together making these awesome crafts!

1. End of the Rainbow Paper Plate Twirler from Crafty Morning

End of the Rainbow Paper Plate Swirler

2. Shamrock Rainbow Necklaces from Mamas Like Me

Shamrock Rainbow Necklace

3. Streamer Rainbows from Happiness is Homemade


4. Rainbow Preschool Craft from The Nerd’s Wife


5. Rainbow Slime from Learn Play Imagine


6. Washi Tape Rainbow Craft from I Heart Crafty Things


7. Rainbow Windsock from My Little 3 and Me


8. Rainbow Treasure Slime from Growing a Jewled Rose


9. Pipe Cleaner Rainbow from Still Playing School


10. Paper Plate Sunshine Craft from Daisy Cottage Designs


Do you have any fun St Patricks Day memories to share? We would love for you to leave a comment and tell us about them.

The Perfect Valentine’s with Brach’s Candy Conversation Hearts #shareyourlove

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the classics! Every year that I can remember has been sweeter with Brach’s Conversation Hearts. As a child, I would analyze the messages and decide who should get what phrase. As I grew up, I loved to try to spot new messages on my Brach’s hearts. 

Now I am a mom and a wife, but Valentine’s Day still has the same sweet traditions with Brach’s. Every year I give my boys a box and sit back with my own classic snack. The boys love to analyze the messages and snicker at them while I reminisce over the conversation heart messages of my past.
Brach’s are for more than just sharing in a box! Over the years I have found so many cute and creative ways to incorporate Brach’s Conversation Hearts in my sweet treats for the holiday.

 Brach’s® Valentine's Candy

We received a box full of Brach’s candies including Tiny Conversation Hearts, Large Conversation Hearts, Sweet & Sour Conversation Hearts, Very Berry Conversation Hearts, Tiny Conversation Hearts Boxes 5 Pack, Jube Jel Cinnamon Lips, and Jube Jel Cherry Hearts.

If you are a busy mom like me, you might like a few of my ideas that make use of Conversation Hearts! With Valentine’s Day parties coming up and the kids being older I am searching for the perfect treats to send to school with them this year. That’s when I know I can rely on Brach’s® candy to help me prepare treat bags for the boys’ classmates.

A cup of pudding can become a declaration of love. On busy days in February, I like to sprinkle a few select hearts onto a cup of vanilla pudding for a love note the boys can eat. You know that they say the way to the heart is thru the tummy; this easy snack idea sends the love to the tummy in a sweet way!

Baked goods are pretty sweet as is; but adding a classic like Brach’s conversation hearts adds flavor, color, and sweet sentiments. Baked from scratch, or straight out of a box, adding Brach’s Conversation Hearts adds a sweet sentiment to any baked good!

Try Brach’s Easy Peasy Valentine’s Cupcakes

If you don’t have time to decorate, adding a few conversation hearts to cupcake icing, or even just sprinkling them around your tablescape takes the decorating to a sweet level. 

Classic candies like Brach’s Conversation Hearts makes the holiday sweeter, with tradition and a mix of pop culture from the messages printed on them, you can’t go wrong at Valentine’s Day with America’s classic heart candy!

Do you have a tradition of gifting Brach’s Conversation Hearts? I would love to hear more about how they make your Valentine’s Day sweeter.

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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Voortman’s Bakery Wafers for Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I naturally start thinking about treats, roses, cards and all things sweet. They really make it hard to resist getting in the spirit of things! Everything I see in stores or online is cuter than the last!

With three school aged kids, I have to prepare myself for the classroom parties; there are cards to address, awesome Valentine boxes to construct and of course, goodies to share! In years past I made printable treat bag toppers, and whipped up one of a kind snacks to send to school. But this year is a little different.

This year, instead of losing sleep, or feeling like I have let the boys down, I am going to turn to a trusted favorite brand and let Voortman‘s treats do the sweet talking for me.

Voortman’s cookies are a pantry staple at my house. My boys love them as an afternoon snack and you can’t go wrong with a cookie for dessert. On busy nights, I thank my lucky stars for a brand we can all agree on, and feel satisfied with.

Chocolate Chip

My favorite flavors for Valentine’s Day include Chocolate Chip cookies, Fudge Coated Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Salted Caramel Wafers, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Fudge Coated Salted Caramel Wafers

To make the process simple this year the boys and I decided to send a few packages of Chocolate Chip Cookies to the class for a treat during the party. Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie and going with a classic flavor from a trusted brand means everyone can indulge.

But, what about the treat to send home with classmates? Sure I could go with a bag of suckers or even a trinket like a pencil, but kids don’t really want pencils and we all know that the boys will bring home a handful of suckers and other candies from their parties. We thought it over and decided to make a snack bags.

voortman's bakery cookies and wafers perfect for valentine's day.

Each snack bag has Voortman’s Treats including the Strawberry Wafers, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Raspberry Wafers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ziploc bags
  • heart shaped foam pieces
  • marker
  • glue or tape
  • printable tags
  • Voortman’s Cookies and Wafers

These unique and tasty flavors are perfect for sharing. They are also a lot more gratifying to snack on than a lollipop!

This year, if you are short on time, or maybe not into baking so much, follow my lead. Head to the nearest grocery store and stock up on Voortmans cookies. They are the perfect way to share a smile this Valentine’s Day.

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Disclosure: Southern Carolina Family received samples from Voortman’s Bakery in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day Love Bugs

This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!

There is something incredibly sweet about cake balls! They are perfect for sharing with friends and they are the ideal size for having a snack on the go! The small size of cake balls also makes them just the right size for sharing with the kids, in a classroom setting! This Valentine’s Day, I have a recipe for Love Bug CakeBalls that I think is going to cause people to go a little buggy, over their cute appearance and delicious flavor! This recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!


  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 1 container prepared white frosting (not cream cheese)
  • 1 bag of shredded coconut
  • 1 container gel red food coloring
  • 1 container gel pink food coloring
  • 1 container of small candy eyes
  • 1 package white chocolate
  • 1 package of milk chocolate
  • 1 container of small red and pink hearts
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Wax paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Pastry bags
  • Small pastry tips
  • Pencil or marker

Make the Fuzzy Love Bugs: 

  1. Bake the strawberry cake following the directions on the box.
  2. Allow the baked cake to cool completely.
  3. Remove from the cake pan and put into a large bowl.
  4. Using your hands crumble the cake.
  5. Add ½ of the container of the prepared frosting.
  6. Now begin to blend the frosting with the crumbled cake by working the two together with your fingers.
  7. Test to make sure that you have used enough frosting by making a ball out of some of the cake/frosting mixture.
  8. Add more frosting if the cake is not holding its shape.
  9. Make your small cake balls.
  10. Place the cake balls into your freezer for about 15 minutes.
  11. While your cake balls are in the freezer begin to prep the coconut.
  12. Place your coconut into a zip lock bag.
  13. Pour the pink coloring into the coconut bag.
  14. Seal the gel food coloring and coconut.
  15. With your hands work the color throughout the coconut.
  16. When the color is even on all of the coconut, place in a bowl

Dipping the love bug in chocolate: 

  1. Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  2. Follow the directions on the package.
  3. Reserve some of the melted white chocolate for the feet and antennas.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Using two forks dip the cake balls into the melted candy.
  6. Ensure that all of the cake balls is covered with the melted white chocolate.
  7. Dip each chocolate coated cake ball into one of the bowls of colored coconut.
  8. Roll to ensure all of the cake balls are evenly coated.
  9. Set the coated cake balls onto the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  10. Use a drop of melted white chocolate to “glue” the candy eyes onto the cake ball.

Chocolate feet and antennas: 

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a pencil or marker draw feet for your love bugs. Set to the sidePut the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave to melt.
  • Follow the directions on the package.
  • Once melted, spoon the melted chocolate not your pastry bag
  • Twist the top to secure the chocolate in the bag.
  • Trace your outline of your feet with the chocolate
  • Now fill the feet with your chocolate so it is solid


  • Take your white or regular chocolate and pipe thick lines on wax paper
  • You can have fun here be creative straight or curvy…
  • Now add your heart candy on the end.
  • Remove your chocolate feet and place on another cookie sheet
  • Take one set of feet and then add a drop of melted chocolate to the middle of the feet and place a cake ball right on top.
  • Now take a knife and create to slits on top of the cake ball for the antennas.
  • Carefully insert your antennas into the cake ball.
  • Repeat process with all love bugs.
  • Let your love bugs sit for 1 hours before serving.

I hope you enjoy these Love Bugs as much as I did creating them.

This Valentine's Day Love Bugs recipe takes the deliciousness of a cake ball to the next level by dipping them into chocolate and coconut for a sweet treat that will steal hearts!
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