Halloween fake blood in a small dish

Edible fake blood

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  • Easy
  • Makes 300ml

Make some realistic edible blood to decorate your Halloween cakes and bakes. It's perfect for a Halloween party, and kids will love the ghoulish effect

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per tbsp
low infat0g


  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 45ml cherry juice or water
  • 250g glucose syrup
  • red, blue and yellow food colouring gel


  • STEP 1

    Mix the cornflour with 1 tbsp cherry juice, then tip the mixture into a small pan with the glucose syrup and remaining cherry juice. Heat gently over a low heat, whisking well to combine, then remove from the heat.

  • STEP 2

    Squeeze in a generous amount of the red food colouring gel and stir well, then add a very small drop each of the blue and yellow food colouring gels and stir again. You are aiming for a deep red-brown blood colour. Continue adding little drops of food colouring, stirring well between each addition, until you reach your desired colour. The edible fake blood will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to three weeks. This recipe makes a thick, slow-running gel. If you want a thinner gel, simply stir in a little more cherry juice or water.

Recipe tip

Drizzle over these bakes for a splash of Halloween horror:
Red velvet cupcake
Halloween pumpkin cake
Vanilla cheesecake

Goes well with

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