Frightfully Fun Halloween Cupcakes

Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those peepers? Jeepers Creepers, where’d ya get those eyes?

I started singing this crazy tune (in my head) after spying a bulk bin filled with chocolate eyeballs at the grocery store. And then I realized, it’s time for some frightfully fun Halloween cupcakes. Boo!

Store-bought Halloween cookies, cakes, and cupcakes are super easy, but a little pricey. At $6.50 for a tray of six mummy cupcakes, I got the creeps. Making my own would surely be cheaper and a lot more fun. If you’ve got kids — or you’re just a super fun person — then give these Halloween recipes a howl.

Halloween Cupcake Ingredients:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Vanilla cake mix
  • Icing (pick your flavor)
  • Food coloring
  • Halloween-inspired cake decorations

To keep this project less scary and mostly simple, I used no-name and generic boxed cake and icing mixes. At $1 for each, I couldn’t beat the easy, instant stuff. If you prefer, go ahead and make your cake and frosting from scratch.

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Frankenstein Cupcakes

Making Frankenstein or Bride of Frankenstein cupcakes is freakishly easy. I started with my Scary Sculls Cupcake Tin to mold a ‘humanoid’ face shape. I’ve reused this tin a number of times for birthdays and even Christmas. The trick is to decorate the cupcake faces to fit the season.

Step One: Make the cake

Add a few drops of green food coloring to a vanilla cake mix to make green cake. My icing and frosting skills are not great, so it’s easier for me to start with a green cake and then lightly decorate.

A green cake base also requires less sugary frosting. Another method is to make vanilla cake and use green frosting.

Step Two: Bake cupcakes

Spray your cupcake tin with a little swoosh of no-stick spray, pour in the cake batter, and bake according to cake mix instructions.

Let cupcakes cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before attempting to turn them out.

Broken cake faces are scary, and might give you a case of the sads, so be careful.

Step Three: Frost Frankenstein

If you own a piping bag or a cake decorating set, then you’re smiling. I don’t own any of this stuff. To decorate my cakes and cupcakes I often take a sturdy plastic bag, spoon in some icing, and use a pair of scissors to snip a little hole. This do-it-yourself cake decorating tool is not fancy and you won’t be able to make intricate decorative details, but it works for basic faces and simple icing sweeps.

Frugal Tip: Homemade piping bag Use a plastic sandwich bag filled with frosting as a piping bag. Use scissors to cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.

To make a Bride of Frankenstein cupcake, cut the back off your cake face and invert it above the head.

Be sure to use a sharp knife to do this little bit of cupcake surgery. Use your decorating bag to create Frankenstein hair loops. Don’t be nervous, and use even pressure to gently squeeze out the frosting.

If you make a mess, just remove the icing with a knife and start over. Add a few facial features using mixed Halloween candy. I used gummy hot lips, chocolate eyes, and vanilla and chocolate cake frosting. Easy.

His and her Halloween cupcakes. Frightfully fun for a girl and a boy.

My Frankenstein cupcake looks dashing, no?

Yummy Mummy Cupcakes

If a green Frankenstein dessert isn’t your thing, then go ahead and get wrapped up in a Yummy Mummy cupcake. Making a mummy is a little easier too. For this Halloween treat you’ll need a chocolate cupcake, vanilla icing, and maybe a candy or two for facial features.

Use your piping bag in a zig-zag motion to create the mummy wraps. For those with cake decorating tools, try using the basket weave tip.

Add candy eyeballs or leave the chocolate cake exposed in the eye area to give your mummy a spooky, empty look.

Make a Monster

Tap into your creativity and use some brain power to invent your own monster. Build a blue monster, a green goblin, or a human head with an exposed brain.

It’s Halloween, anything goes!

More Halloween Fun

If you’re looking for a few healthier Halloween recipes for your kids, check out my Freakish Frog with Fly made with dried fruit, nuts, and apples in: Recipes: Gross, Easy, and Fun Halloween Foods for Kids.

This is a very popular Halloween post from a few years back. What’s not to love about a crazy frog? Crunch!

Even more Halloween fun:

Squawkback: What is your favorite Halloween recipe or frightful food?

Your two cents:

  1. Kristina October 22nd, 2010

    My son was so excited about these goolish cupcakes that he wanted to go to the grocery store in his pjs! Thanks Kerry!

  2. Brad Castro October 29th, 2010

    These are awesome – loved the mummy!

  3. Gypselle September 30th, 2011

    Your photography is brilliant and your baking is so creative and cool! You’ve inspired me! :)

  4. Marry May 8th, 2012

    I enjoyed the tips you are providing on your frugal living can make life easier by providing long term living for doing something one time.Thanks for the the information……

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