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Red Dragon Cupcakes

HBO’s House of the Dragon premiered in August 2022 and we can’t get enough. These dragon inspired cupcakes are perfect for your next watch party!

Tasty Team

1 hr

Red Dragon Cupcakes

1 hr


for 12 cupcakes

  • 10 oz black chocolate medallions (290 g)
  • Edible metallic dusting powder, as needed (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons silver sanding sugar
  • 3 tablespoons black sanding sugar
  • 2 ⅓ cups vanilla buttercream frosting (325 g), divided
  • 12 red velvet cupcakes
  • 2 drops orange food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon gold sanding sugar

Special Equipment

  • dragon-shaped silicone mold


  1. Add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave 30-second intervals, mixing between, until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into the dragon-shaped molds (to make 12 total; work in batches if needed), then refrigerate for about 5 minutes, or until the chocolate has set. Carefully remove the chocolate dragons from the mold. Using a small brush, dust the chocolate figures with edible metallic dusting powder, if desired.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the silver and black sanding sugar until evenly combined.
  4. Add 2 cups of buttercream frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a round tip, then pipe onto the red velvet cupcakes. 5. Carefully dip the cupcakes in the sanding sugar mixture to cover the frosting completely.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the remaining ⅓ cup of buttercream frosting with the orange food coloring until evenly combined. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a flat tip, then pipe onto the center of the cupcakes to look like flames. Sprinkle the flames with the gold sanding sugar.
  6. Top each cupcake with a chocolate dragon.
  7. The cupcakes will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Red Dragon Cupcakes