Happy Halloween Pintertesters!! I have a spooktacular devilicious treat for you all. I made halloween cupcakes! I wish I could somehow share them through the internet with you, but all I can do is provide the pictures and recipe.
I didn’t really follow a recipe. I just looked at the pictures and figured out how to make my own variation.
My kitchen amongst the chaos.
Prepping the pumpkin patch cupcakes and Frankenstein cupcakes.
Halloween pumpkin patch cupcakes and Frankenstein Cupcakes
Pumpkin face cupcakes using mini chocolate chips in place of black gel.
Frankenstein and Mummy Halloween Cupcakes
Dracula and pumpkin patch Halloween cupcakes.
Pumpkin face and candy corn Halloween cupcakes.
Frankenstein, mummy, Dracula, pumpkin face, candy corn, pumpkin patch Halloween cupcakes.
Candy corn Halloween cupcake.
Pumpkin face, skeleton and mummy cupcakes. The skeletons were a bit of a fail, but I loved the pumpkins and mummies!
Dracula, mummy and candy corn Halloween cupcakes.
Halloween cupcake total: 3 Aluminum tins worth and 4 extra cupcakes.
What you’ll need: 1 box cake mix (I used 2), frosting (white is fine), food coloring. (optional: edible eyes, icing bag/tips). Additional recipe ingredients marked next to the links in brackets.
- Pumpkin patch (mini candy pumpkins, mini chocolate chips – optional)
- bake cupcakes
- using piping bag to make grass. Spreading with knife also works
- add some mini chocolate chips for “dirt”
- place mini pumpkin on top of chocolate chips dirt. You may need to press in so it sticks to the frosting.
- optional: add a dash of green to top of pumpkin for “vine”
- Skeleton face, pumpkin face, mummy face (black gel, edible eyes, red + yellow dye for pumpkins)
- coat in white frosting.
- Draw two circles for eyes. Draw a smile with black gel. Make sure your lines are thin! Then add vertical lines over smile (see picture)
- Add two dashes, or a circle for the nose.
- Pumpkin face:
- while cupcakes are cooking, add white frosting to a separate bowl. Add 3 drops yellow food coloring and 2 drops red food coloring. Stir until combined.
- When cupcakes are done, remove from oven. Wait 2-3 minutes, then add icing to top. Do not press hard! The icing will melt itself! Add a little to each until icing is melted. Once that layer hardens, add a little more frosting. You want it to be flat for the face.
- One orange frosting has dried (approx 10 minutes), remove from tray and use black gel for face.
- Draw two small dots for eyes. If you have edible eyes, use frosting or gel to attache.
- Use gel to draw mouth. Can draw regular smile, zig zag, etc. Don’t forget a dot for the nose!
- Combine some white frosting in a bowl and use blue and yellow food dye to make green. Stir until well combined.
- Put green frosting in plastic sandwich or freezer bag. Cut off 1/2 inch of bottom corner of bag. Use to “pipe” on the green frosting to the top of the pumpkin face.
- Mummy face:
- Cook cupcakes.
- When they’re done, use icing or gel to attach eyes to the cupcake.
- Pipe on the white frosting with a plastic bag. (add white frosting to sandwhich or freezer bag. Cut 1/2-1 inch off the bottom corner, squeeze out icing in strips to make the mummy bandages
- dracula (black gel, edible eyes, mini chocolate chips)
- Cook cupcakes.
- While cooking, make green frosting (blue and yellow food dye + white icing).
- When cupcakes are done, remove from oven. Wait 2-3 minutes, then add about 1 teaspoon of frosting to top. It will melt onto cupcake creating a smooth layer.
- Add more frosting later as optional
- Once cupcake has cooled and green frosting has hardened, use a dab of frosting to attach edible eyes.
- Next, use black gel (or black frosting) to create dracula hair. OR lightly frost that area, then apply mini chocolate chips to make hair.
- Use black gel to create smile.
- Use toothpick or side of knife to add white frosting as fangs.
- Frankenstein (black gel, edible eyes, make green frosting from white icing + blue and green food dye)
- Do steps 1-5 from dracula cupcakses.
- Use black frosting to make serious mouth and “scars”.
- Candy Corn (red and yellow food dye, optional-candy corn for top)
- Separate cake mix into two different bowls.
- Add 3 drops yellow to one bowl. Mix well.
- Add 3 drops yellow and 2 drops red to the other bowl. mix well.
- Add yellow cupcake liners to cupcake tin. Spray with cooking spray.
- FIll bottom 1/3 of cupcake liner with yellow frosting.
- Fill middle 1/3 of cupcake liner with orange frosting.
- Cook according to box directions.
- When done, let cupcakes cool.
- Once cooled, use knife or piping bag to add white frosting.
- Optional: Apply pieces of candy corn to top.
These were a huge hit at my office! Everyone loved them! I made a total of 40 cupcakes: 6 pumpkin patch, 3 skeleton, 6 candy corn, 6 mummy, 10 pumpkin face, 6 frankenstein, 3 dracula.
My favorite to make were the mummy, with dracula in a close second. I ran out of black gel and had to improvise with mini chocolate chips. If you’re only making 1 box of cupcakes, 1 bottle of black gel should be enough. I made two boxes.
| < $10
||2 hours for 40 cupcakes
|Level of Difficulty:
|Easy – Medium
|What I Would Change:
|I made a lot of changes. Specifically subbing black gel for mini chocolate chips. See notes for the rest
|So many coworkers came by to tell me how cute they were. They didn’t want to eat them because they didn’t want to mess them up. Eventually they were all gone.