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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Easy S’mores Cupcakes

s'mores cupcakes

Smores are the flavor of summer and fall in my family! Around a campfire, or made in a microwave, we can’t seem to get enough of them! I’ve created a really easy and delicious recipe that takes the pleasure of a Smore and brings it to the fun of a cupcake to create a dessert that I know your family will love! This recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

smores cupcake ingredients


1 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 12 full sheets)
4 tbsp melted Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 box Chocolate Cake mix + box ingredients
1 1/2 cup softened Butter
1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
7 oz Marshmallow Creme
1/2 tsp Vanilla
smores cupcakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.
  3. Pulse graham crackers in food processor to make crumbs.
  4. Add melted butter and sugar and pulse to combine.
  5. Equally, divide crumb mixture in bottom of each liner and gently press in place.
  6. Bake 7-10 minutes.
  7. Allow cooling.
  8. Prepare cake batter according to box directions.
  9. Fill each liner about 2/3 full and bake 15-20 minutes until the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool.
  11. Cream butter and vanilla with a mixer until fluffy.
  12. Gradually add in powdered sugar until incorporated.
  13. Fold in marshmallow creme.
  14. Transfer to the piping bag with a round tip.
  15. Frost each cupcake.
  16. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs, graham crackers, chocolate or marshmallows.
  17. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

smores cupcakes

One of the things I love about this Smores Cupcakes recipe is that you get all the flavor without the mess! These are perfect for dessert, a snack or sharing at a picnic. If you have a favorite way to enjoy the flavor of smores in a non-traditional form I want to hear about your recipe!

Last Bite of Summer with Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mayfield Creamery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mayfield Creamery

As the final days of summer wind down, my family is trying to savor every last scoop of summer fun. Weekend adventures, family time outdoors and preparations for a new season have kept us busy. Realizing that soon we will be in the midst of back to school, football season and cooler evenings have made me crave the flavors of summer. I can’t help but gobble up tomatoes fresh from the vine, the sun, tea and of course, ice cream!

My family seems to be grateful for my summer flavor cravings because they are getting to try some amazing flavors from Mayfield Ice Cream. Maybe it is silly, but sometimes when I dig into a dish of a classic like Vanilla, it is like I can taste the summers of my youth.
Bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream from Mayfield Creamery
I love passing that experience on to my family. There is nothing quite like Mayfield Ice Cream. They use top quality ingredients including those with no artificial growth hormones. This makes a big difference in quality and creates a flavor exactly like I remember as a child.
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Luckily for my family, I do not feel that ice cream is a summer only thing! As the season’s change and the days grow colder, I will dish up a classic flavor like vanilla or chocolate, or maybe something fruity and fantastic like Banana Pudding Ice Cream from the Mayfield line, and I will savor the flavors and the memories of summer, long after the season is gone. Visit Mayfield’s website to view all their delicious flavors and to find a store near you. In South Carolina, Mayfield is available at Bi-Lo, Food Lion, and Publix.

If you are a year round ice cream fan like I am I would love to hear your favorite seasonal flavor for fall!

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom did receive compensation for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

13 Popcorn Mix Recipes You Must Try

13 Popcorn Mix Recipes you must try

Popcorn is a family favorite snack for my family for good reason! It is good for you and it can be dressed up in so many ways to keep things interesting for your taste buds! 

I have gathered some of my favorite ideas to share with you and I know you are going to love these 13 Popcorn Mix recipes! From sweet to savory, there is something on this list for everyone!

  1. Unicorn Popcorn Mix 
  2. Peanut Butter And Jelly Popcorn Mix 
  3. Shark Bait Popcorn Mix  
  4. Oreo Popcorn Balls 
  5. Popcorn Snowballs 
  6. White Chocolate Party Popcorn Mix 
  7. Candy Corn Popcorn Balls 
  8. Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts 
  9. Easy Chocolate Popcorn 
  10. Smores Popcorn Mix 
  11. Glazed Candy Popcorn 
  12. Red Hot Popcorn 
  13. Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

After seeing these recipes I have a feeling you will be headed into the kitchen to pop some popcorn and enjoy a yummy snack!

Did you know January 19th is National Popcorn Day? It has been said that popcorn has been around since WarII days. That’s a long time. Many people these day enjoy popcorn plain, with butter, or even add a little sweetness to it. There are many ways you can enjoy popcorn. Do you have a favorite flavor? Or even a favorite brand?

Do you have a favorite Popcorn Mix that you would love to share?

17 Absolutely Amazing Peach Recipes


17 amazing peach recipes

Summer is here and that means that peaches are in season! We have been buying them by the basket and enjoying them as a snack, in fruit salads and pies and as a sweet addition to breakfast and lunch! With such a bounty of beautiful peaches, I knew I needed to branch out and start using them in more recipes. I gathered some of my favorites from other bloggers to share with you and to inspire my own kitchen adventures! I know there will be a few on this list that you will want to try right away! From breakfast to dinner, there is something on this list for everyone! I can’t wait to hear how you are using your fresh peaches this summer!

1. Zucchini Peach Streusel Muffins
2. Peach Cobbler
3. Fresh Peach Sorbet
4. Brown Butter Peach Upside Down Cake
5. Maple Peach Jam
6. 3 Ingredient Peach Crisp
7. Peach Tea
8. Cinnamon Baked Peaches
9. Chipotle Peach Chicken
10. Fresh Peach Daiquiri
11. Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats
12. Peach Breakfast Cake
13. Ripe Peach Popsicles
14. Peach Pancakes
15. Peach Glazed Pork Chops
16. Habanero Peach Pork Burgers
17. Bourbon Glazed Peach Fritters

Check out these other great summer go-to treats.

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Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Pie

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Tasty Instant Pot® Chicken Fajita Soup

Instant Pot has been a top rated seller on Amazon for over a year now. I love my instant pot and all the different meals I am able to create for my family in half the time.

Do you own an Instant Pot? I have the Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use for our family of 5. I want to share one of our families favorite as the weather here in SC has started to become a lot chiller out.

The Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Soup is very easy to put together and is packed full of delicious flavors. A warm bowl of fajita soup can be enjoyed plain, with a yummy garnish or even add some scoops. Your family will definitely ask for seconds.

Chicken Fajita Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes
Active cook time: 15 minutes (+ time to come to pressure and 10 min. natural release)
Serves: 4-6


  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium Poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 14-oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, with liquid
  • 3 c. chicken broth, preferably organic
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 t. Mexican oregano, dried
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 T. fresh lime juic


  • 2 large avocados, sliced
  • 3 T. red onion, chopped
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Add olive oil to Instant Pot® and select the Sauté function. Set to high and once the display reads “hot,” add red onion, bell peppers, and Poblano pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook, stirring continually, until the onion and peppers are crisp-tender and develop a bit of color, approximately 4-5 minutes. Switch unit to “off” and transfer veggies to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place chicken in Instant Pot®, along with tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, Mexican oregano, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the lid and set the pressure valve to “sealing.” Select the “Manual” cooking option on the high setting and set cook time to 10 minutes. When done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release for any remaining pressure.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken breasts with two forks. Add sautéed veggies, black beans and lime juice. Stir to combine and taste. Adjust seasonings as desired.
  5. Allow soup to sit on “Warm” setting for several minutes until the veggies and beans are heated through. Serve immediately topped with sliced avocados, red onion, Mexican cheese, and fresh cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite soup recipe that your family loves to enjoy? We would love to hear all about it.


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