Dexter Cutcakes

Dexter Cutcakes

By: Katie Neely


Since Season 7 of Dexter has kicked off, I thought we would start things off with some Dexter cutcakes, red velvet of course. These can also be used for Halloween parties, scary movie marathons, or anything else where you might need butcher knife adorned cupcakes.

What you will need in addition to the recipe:

  • Decorating Red Gel
  • Wilton Butcher Knife Icing Decorations (seasonal at your local craft store. I’ve seen these at Michaels and Jo-Ann’s)

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

Prep Time: 20 min

Inactive Prep Time: —

Cook Time: 20 min

Level: Easy

Serves: 24 frosted cupcakes


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, or butcher knives with blood, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry. Or Butcher Knives with blood. 🙂

Cook’s Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.