These cupcakes are a little on the gory side, but the cuteness of the tiny hatchets offset anything too scary about them. Any flavor cupcake or icing will work perfectly. We used chocolate, but red velvet with cream cheese icing would be delicious too. Presenting… So I Married an Ax Murderer cupcakes.

so I married an ax murderer cupcakes

You will need: 1 batch of cupcakes, 1 batch of white frosting, Black Foil Cupcake Liners, Hatchet Toppers, baking tray lined with a slip-mat or parchment paper, 1 batch of Red Candy Coating


1 Cup of Sugar
6 Tablespoons of water
¼ cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon red food coloring

In a small saucepan bring the sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil. Add the food coloring and reduce to a simmer. Stir on and off for 20 minutes. To check if your candy is ready drop some of the liquid into room temp water, if it holds its shape you’re good to go.

gory cupcakes

scary cupcakes


1. Bake your cupcakes. While your cupcakes are cooling, prepare the candy coating.

2. When your candy is ready, use a spoon to drop tablespoon size splotches of candy on the parchment paper or slip-mat. Let the candy dribble and pool to the sides like blood at a crime scene.

3. Quickly dip each hatchet in a little bit of candy coating, and then nestle the hatchet in the center of a pool of candy. This will hold the hatchet upright.

4. Let the candy cool.

5. Once your cupcakes have cooled ice them with an offset spatula or butter knife.

6. Gently pick up a splotch of candy coating and press it into your frosted cupcake.

7. Use the extra drops of candy as little blood drops on your serving platter.

hatchet cupcakes

Photography, design and styling by Alison Faulkner.


  1. These look awesome!

    Michelle    Friday, October 19, 2012
  2. These are great. What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing them.

    Sue B    Saturday, October 5, 2013
  3. Where can i buy the hatchet?

    Brenda Weber    Sunday, November 3, 2013
  4. Hi Brenda–You can buy the hatchets at xo B

    Brittany    Tuesday, November 5, 2013
  5. Where can I purchase the Hatchets?

    Kathy Lanigan    Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  6. How do. Make the ax

    Stephanie    Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  7. I can’t figure out what I did wrong?? I could not get the hatchets to stand up in the candy. I followed recipe exactly. Should I have waited until the candy was almost dry to put them in??? I bought a whole bunch of the hatchets so would love to figure out how to get this right for next year cause these are the cutest things ever. Thx! Jeanette

    Jeanette Staton    Thursday, October 30, 2014
  8. Hi Jeanette–Yes, maybe wait until the candy has hardened a bit more. Or you can try to hold the hatchets up until the candy hardens. I know that you don’t have that many hands, but maybe you could try something to keep them all up. xo Brittany

    Brittany    Thursday, October 30, 2014

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