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These cyclops cupcakes are great for Halloween even though they are more cute than scary. Kids won't be able to resist them!

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IngredientsServes: 12

  • For the cupcakes
  • 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 75ml boiling water, more if needed
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • For the icing
  • 225g cream cheese, softened and cubed
  • 50g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 3 drops green food colouring
  • For the decoration
  • black writing icing
  • 12 milk chocolate sweets in sugar shell, such as Smarties®
  • 4 marshmallows
  • 3 pieces blackcurrant snacking fruit
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, more as needed
  • 40g silver balls for cake decoration
  • 24 sunflower seeds

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:1hr30min › Ready in:2hr10min

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper cases.
  2. Sift cocoa powder into a large bowl and add the boiling water. Stir into a thick paste, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Add butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition until smooth.
  3. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir into the mixture until well combined. Spoon mixture into the prepared muffin tray, filling each cup 2/3 using an ice cream scoop.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool in muffin tin for a few minutes; transfer to wire rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. For the icing beat cream cheese and 50g butter together in a bowl until creamy. Mix in vanilla extract. Gradually stir in icing sugar until icing is smooth. Mix in green food colouring.
  6. Decorate each cupcake with a thin layer of green icing and refrigerate for 30 minutes, it makes decorating easier when the icing is set. Decorate with a second thin layer of green icing.
  7. Draw a small dot with the writing icing on each candy-coated milk chocolate piece for the pupil. Cut marshmallows into 4 slices with a sharp knife and stick 1 blue pupil in the centre of each marshmallow piece.
  8. Cut blackcurrant snacking fruit into crescent shapes or semi-circles for the mouths using small sharp scissors.
  9. Mix 2 tablespoons icing sugar with lemon juice in a bowl to make icing. Glue silver balls onto the fruit leather mouths using a toothpick dipped in icing.
  10. Assemble cyclops by placing a mouth and one marshmallow eye onto each cupcake. Stick 2 sunflower seeds on top of the cupcake for the horns.

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Mummy Cupcakes for Halloween

Published: Oct 11, 2018 · Updated: Aug 21, 2020 · This post may contain affiliate links.

These mummy cupcakes are just the treat to get you in the Halloween spirit! They're a little bit spooky, a little bit sweet, and easy to make with no artistic skills whatsoever.

Love Halloween? Grab all my most popular Halloween desserts in this free printable.

Isn't Halloween so much fun?

I love all the beautiful Fall colors and the chance to dress up in silly costumes with my friends. But I especially love seeing all the creative Halloween treats people come up with!

And those treats don't always have to include pumpkins &mdash although I love that too! (Check out these pumpkin muffins.)

So here's a simple halloween cupcake recipe to get you in the spooky spirit!

These mummy cupcakes are actually really simple to decorate, and make a great family project.

And with those adorable googly eyes, I think they're more cute than scary.

Oh, and if you think these are adorable - make sure you check out these equally cute mummy cakesicles.


Spiked Eyeballs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g/4oz sponge cake
  • 100g Oreo cookie
  • 100g bar milk chocolate, melted
  • 200g bar white chocolate, melted
  • Smarties and icing pens, to decorate (black, white, red)
  • You will also need10 wooden skewers

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Break the sponge cake and cookies into the bowl of a food processor, pour in the melted milk chocolate and whizz to combine.
  2. Tip the mixture into a bowl, then use your hands to roll into about 10 walnut-sized balls. Chill for 2 hrs until really firm.
  3. Push a skewer into each hardened ball, then carefully spoon the white chocolate over the cake balls to completely cover.
  4. Press a Smartie onto the surface while wet. This is the iris of the eye.
  5. Chill again until the chocolate has set. Before serving, using the icing pens, add a pupil to each Smartie and wiggly red veins to the eyeballs.

38 Easy Halloween Cupcake Recipes

Jack “The Pumpkin King” Skellington

To create Jack Skellington on a cupcake, place white rolled fondant over a layer of chocolate ganache. Then, use black licorice for Jack’s eyes and mouth. Then, add some chocolate icing lines to complete The Master of Fright’s ghoulish grin.

To make this recipe easier, you can use smoothed white icing instead of the ganache and fondant. You could also use more pieces of licorice for the smaller lines on Jack’s mouth. This would be a great, easy recipe to make with children and, since Jack Skellington is such a popular Halloween icon, you can bring these cupcakes to any scary festivity.

Witchy Little Women

Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble! These little witches start with a Hershey Kiss for the chest and a lime Tootsie Roll, rolled into a ball, as the head. A little extra lime Tootsie Roll makes the witch’s signature nose. Then, candy corn is placed on a dollop of candy melt, then dipped in candy melt to make the witches hat. Put it all together, and you’ve got a cute, edible cupcake topper.

Though the use of different candies eliminates the need for expert decorating skills, these witchy cupcake toppers will be very time consuming and a little messy. This is a project best done by older kids and adults, but young kids will have fun playing with the Tootsie Rolls and munching on candy corn.

Ghost and Mummies Galore

With just a little fondant, you can make two iconic Halloween ghouls. For the ghosts, you’ll roll out some white fondant, cut a large circle, and drape it over the icing on a cupcake. Then, dip a toothpick in black food coloring and make small dots for the ghost’s eyes. For the mummies, you’ll start with another fondant circle the size of your cupcake. Then, you’ll add two small chocolate candies for the eyes, and then cover him with small strips of white fondant in random patterns.

Though these cupcakes take minimal effort and skill, they look fantastic and would have a huge impact on a dessert table. Have the kids help roll the fondant and cut out the shapes for a treat the whole family can feel proud to have made.

Monster-Mallow Pop Cupcake Toppers

To make Frankenstein, melt green candy melts and dip in a marshmallow on a stick. Once dry, place a dollop of wet candy melts on top then dip into chocolate sprinkles for hair. Use candy eyes or draw on eyes, a mouth, and other small details with an edible marker. For the jack-o-lanterns, dip the marshmallow in orange candy melts and draw on triangle eyes and a zigzag smile once dry.

Kids and adults will have a great time dipping these marshmallows and drawing on the faces. Use the finished product as cupcake toppers, or eat them on their own for a smaller Halloween treat!

Radioactive Eyeball Monster

This recipe starts with any cupcake you’d like, homemade or store-bought, but consider using a fun, colorful liner for a really cool look. To make the radioactive eyeball monster, you’ll melt green candy melts then add Froot Loops and coat them completely. Heaps of this mixture are scooped onto parchment paper get covered in M&M “eyeballs”. Once dry, the globs are placed on top of the cupcakes.

This treat with a fruity surprise will be a huge hit with little ones this Halloween. And they’ll really love to help make them, too!

Beastly Bats

To make these batty treats, start with a cupcake with high frosting. Then, cut a small cookie to make two wing shapes and two small triangles for the ears. Use royal icing to decorate the wings and ears. Once the wings and ears are placed into the frosting, add two eyeballs and marvel at the beastly treat you’ve created.

Since you can make this with all store-bought ingredients, this is a great recipe for those who want to create a homemade treat, but don’t want the baking that comes along with it.

Monster Mash-Up

With Frankenstein, mummies, skeletons, and jack-o-lanterns, these cupcakes will make the perfect addition to a Halloween party. Though most of these cupcakes are done entirely by icing decorations, which requires some level of decorating skill, the spider cupcakes, made by placing a brown peanut M&M for the body and a brown regular M&M for the head, would be a fun and easy cupcake to make.

Whether you create a web design with brown and white icing or leave the icing plain, having creepy spiders alongside your other Halloween monsters would be an exciting treat!

Cute Party Pumpkins

Begin with any cupcake you like. Even miniature cupcakes would be great for this recipe. Then, swirl bright, pumpkin orange icing on top. Use a Tootsie Roll, rolled fondant, licorice, or something similar to make the pumpkin’s stem. You can leave it as is, or add a couple of candy eyeballs to up the cuteness factor.

These easy Halloween cupcakes are great for Halloween parties and don’t require a lot of skill or time to make. Whether you use full-size cupcakes or miniatures, they are sure to be the talk of the dessert table!

Creepy, Crawly Spiders

To make these cupcake spiders, you’ll start with a chocolate cupcake in a spider web cupcake liner. Then, you’ll add a thin layer of chocolate icing. For the legs, you can use Tootsie Rolls, rolled into long strings, chocolate licorice, or something similar. Stick four of the “legs” on both sides of the cupcake so that they hang down the sides. Add some eyes, and you’ve got the best creepy, crawly cupcakes.

Kids will love these spider cupcakes for the school parties, but they would be creepy if they were scattered around on a dessert table, too.

Spider Web Toppers

To make these, melted chocolate is added to a piping bag, then piped onto parchment paper in a spider web design. Once cool, you can add little spiders with dark chocolate or brown M&Ms, or just leave them plain. These little chocolate webs can be set on top of any cupcake to add a special Halloween flair.

Having an extra treat on top of a cupcake is a fun and easy way to get into the Halloween spirit.

Spikey Spider Oreos

Treats on treats on treats! These spikey spiders are the perfect cupcake topper for Halloween. Using a chocolate covered Oreo dipped in chocolate sprinkles, you can create the body of these scary snacks. Add some candy eyes and pieces of licorice for legs, and you’ve got the scariest, most delicious cupcake topping ever made.

These would be a lot of fun to make as a family and could be used as a cupcake topper or eaten on their own. Place them in a treat bag for a great Halloween surprise for kids to pass out in school.

Easy Oreo Spiders

If the task of covering Oreos in chocolate isn’t appealing, give these easier Oreo cupcakes a try. All you’ll need is half an Oreo, candy eyes, and some piping chocolate. Place the Oreo half on top of the cupcake, draw legs along the icing, and add eyes on top.

These treats couldn’t be easier and, as a bonus, the Oreo on top will stop you from getting icing on your nose while you enjoy your cupcake!

Ground-Breaking Skeleton

This cupcake is all about the topper, which can be purchased during the Halloween season in many stores. By using chocolate icing, you’ll create a base that looks like muddy earth. Add some Oreo cookie crumbs and green sprinkles for the dirt and grass, and this skeleton hand will look even more realistic.

This would be an easy treat to make with homemade or store-bought cupcakes. And, unlike the edible cake toppers, partygoers will have a fun little decoration leftover once they finish their treat.

Modeling Chocolate Monsters

This cupcake recipe isn’t for the faint of heart. Not because it’s scary. These monsters are actually pretty cute! But the recipe itself could be downright terrifying to a novice baker. From making your own modeling chocolate to covering the whole cupcake and creating all the monster details, this would be a tedious and time-consuming project. Even the hair, eyeballs, and mouths are made of homemade modeling chocolate!

If you’re going for baker-of-the-year, or just want to make a few of these cupcakes to add to others on a dessert table, this would be a great kitchen experiment for adults and older kids.

Crazy Eyed Monster

These cupcakes are goofier than they are scary, but kids will definitely love them. First, the cupcake is decorated with different colored frostings. You could use a mixture of purple, green, black, and orange for a fun Halloween effect. Then, white candy melts are affixed to paper straws to make an eyeball. A large round sprinkle and mini chocolate chip are used for the iris and the pupil of the eyeball.

These eyeballs can be put on however you like. You can just put one eyeball for a cyclops, or many for a creepy monster. These creepy Halloween cupcakes will be fun for kids to make and eat for Halloween.

Happy Little Monsters

These easy Halloween cupcakes are a mixture of monsters and aliens, making them adorable and strange. The cupcake liner is covered with a liner made from craft paper with silly mouths, which can be drawn or glued on. The top of the cupcake has frosting to match the liner to create a cohesive look. Then, eyeballs made from malted milk balls, icing, and M&Ms are set on top.

These out-of-this-world monsters will bring smiles to everyone’s face during this Halloween season!

Pillowy Marshmallow Crème Ghosts

These fluffy ghost cupcakes not only look adorable, but the recipe sounds downright delicious. The frosting used to create these ghosts, which is a marshmallow frosting with a marshmallow crème base, is the perfect consistency to make a piled-high ghost. By piping the frosting on in a cone shape, then adding a regular chocolate chip for his mouth and mini chocolate chips for his eyes, you’ll create the perfect ghost.

The best part about this recipe has to be the frosting. Once you try it, I imagine it will make it into all your other baking projects, as well.

Ice Cream Cone Creeps

This recipe gets an A+ for creativity. Instead of a traditional cupcake, the batter is poured into multicolored ice cream cones then baked. Create Frankenstein and his bride, the Wolf Man, and Dracula with icing, candy eyes, and any other treats you can imagine.

These cupcakes are really versatile and, with a little imagination, you could make just about any scary Halloween ghoul you’d like!

Rattling Bones Skeletons

These sky-high skeletons are created with white chocolate covered mini pretzels, a lollipop stick, and a large marshmallow. You could assemble them ahead of time or create them directly on top of your favorite cupcake. By stacking the pretzels and using pretzel pieces as arms, this skeleton has a bone-rattling, creepy effect!

These skeletons don’t take a ton of decorating skill or time, but they would make a huge impact on a dessert table or as a centerpiece. The pretzels also add an extra sweet treat to an already delicious cupcake!

Stylish Skeletons

What could be spookier than a skeleton in a hat on a cupcake? These incredible treats start with a scoop of icing for the skeleton’s skull. You could use a mini ice cream scoop or something similar to put the icing on. Then, brown M&Ms are used for eyes and two small pieces of black licorice for the nostrils. You can either use small drops of icing or halved white jellybeans for his teeth.

Whether you leave them as-is or add the top hat with a chocolate wafer and mini cupcake, these stylish skeletons are sure to be a big Halloween hit!

Glaring Owls

Another Oreo creation, these owl faces start with a cupcake with a layer of icing. Then, halve some Oreos and put two crème covered Oreo halves on top for eyes. Brown M&Ms in the centers makes the owl’s pupil. Two-quarters of an Oreo will serve as the eyebrows and an orange M&M makes the beak.

These adorable owls are a great treat for kids and adults alike. And since they are easy to make, the whole family can have fun creating them.

Frankenstein’s Monster

The classic story of Frankenstein comes to life with these Halloween treats. A scoop of green icing is smoothed to make Frank’s flat head. Then, the top is dipped into chocolate sprinkles to create Frankenstein’s hair. Two Tootsie Roll halves make his neck bolts and M&Ms make his eyes.

These Frankenstein cupcakes will take a bit of time and decorating skill, but the result is well worth the effort!

Professional Quality Creeps

While this is less of a recipe and more of a list of ideas, these cupcakes are just too cool to leave off of this list. The skeletons are made with a mold and can be done with fondant or melted chocolate. The hairy monster can be made with thinly rolled fondant or by using a grass tip with icing. The mummy is very similar to the mummy and ghost cupcakes above.

For aspiring decorators who are looking for something to test their skills, these professional-looking cupcakes would be a fun and challenging project.

Flat Frankenstein Toppers

By covering a graham cracker with green icing for a face and brown icing for hair, you can create the perfect Frankenstein cupcake topping. Using a cookie stick or Tootsie Roll for his neck bolts will complete the whole look.

This is an easy recipe you could do with the kids. You can also make these ahead of time and use store-bought cupcakes to make this Halloween recipe even easier.

Gooey Eyeball Slime Monster

Nothing says Halloween like a slimy, creepy monster! This cupcake starts with piled-high green buttercream icing. Then, green gel icing is dripped along the sides of the cupcake to create a gooey, slimy effect. To top this creepy cupcake off, add a gumball eyeball on top.

This is an easy cupcake that could be altered in a lot of ways to fit your party décor. You could use multiple colors of icing and slime, or do all red to make an even scarier, bloody eyeball cupcake. The possibilities are endless with this slimy eyeball monster.

Melted Eyeball Monster

For this next cupcake, a green blob monster has melted into a puddle, leaving only his green slime and his many eyeballs. By placing green ganache, slightly melted icing, or rolled fondant in a melted blob shape on a cupcake and adding eyeballs, you will create this melted monster look.

You could do a variety of colors for the blob or any other object instead of eyes, like candy bones or spiders. These easy and versatile cupcakes will be fun to make and serve for Halloween.

Broomstick Parking

This is one of the few non-edible cupcake toppers on this list. For these adorable witches’ brooms, you’ll raid your craft drawer and kitchen for supplies. Start with a paper straw and wrap some corrugated cardstock around it for the bristles. You can corrugate the paper yourself by making small folds or buy it already corrugated. Fix the cardstock to the paper straw with some glue and then tie a piece of twine around the top of the bristles.

You can just use a broom, or cut out small broomstick parking signs, or do a mix of both. These little brooms can be placed on any cupcakes, but ones with some edible glitter would really look nice.

Witch’s Brew Cupcakes

Witches are always brewing up something green and bubbly. In true witch fashion, these cauldrons have a bubbly goo, made from green gel icing, sprinkles, and candies nested inside a chocolate cupcake cauldron. For the handle, black licorice is looped from one side to the other. Add a chocolate covered mini pretzel stick to stir the witch’s brew.

The way these cupcakes are made without a wrapper may be a bit messy, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use a dark cupcake liner to reduce crumbs and make them easier to bring to parties.

Little Pumpkins

At first glance, you may think these aren’t cupcakes, but these adorable little pumpkins are made by cutting the cupcake top off of a cupcake and sandwiching them together with icing in between. You’ll have to use an orange cake for this recipe, but you could simply dye a white or yellow mix or use a pumpkin-flavored mix. For the stem, push a Tootsie Roll into the top and pipe a few leaves on either side.

For the remaining cupcake bottoms, you could use one of the other recipes on this list (the rattling bone skeletons would be a great choice) or you can use the remaining cupcake bottoms for cake pops by mixing the cake with icing and forming them into balls then poking on sticks and dipping in melted icing.

Baby Bats

Another bat made from store-bought cookies, these flying bats are unique and incredibly cute. For these batty treats, start with one whole Oreo on top of the cupcake. Then, break one half of an Oreo in half again and place one on either side for wings. Mini Oreos and brown M&Ms create the eyes and mini white chocolate chips can be used for fangs.

Though these will take a bit of time to create, the end result is stunning and even young kids will have a wonderful time helping to make these little bats.

Midnight Black Cats

Most of this list has been focused on the decoration of the cupcakes, but we need to highlight the cupcake recipe on this one. These black cats with full moons are perched atop a pumpkin spice pudding cupcake. Pumpkin spice pudding mix and apple cider give this recipe that familiar taste of fall we all crave. On top, she used Halloween picks in front of full moons made with candy melts and sugar sprinkles.

These beautiful and delicious cupcakes would be perfect for crowds of any age, but adults would really appreciate the pumpkin spice and cider used to create this recipe.

Bone Chilling Graveyard

These graveyard cupcakes are made using the Wilton Tombstone Decorating Kit, but you could also make your own tombstones out of fondant or modeling chocolate. Write some clever sayings on the tombstones in edible marker, add a few candy bones, and you’ll have a batch of creepy cupcakes.

This would be an especially fun baking project for kids who have just learned to write. Placing the tombstones and bones is a great job for the younger ones, too.

Blood and Gore

Not for the faint of heart, these bloody syringes are about as gory as a cupcake can get. A basic vanilla frosted cupcake is dripped with red gel icing or thinned strawberry jelly, then a fake syringe is filled with more icing or jelly and stuck into the top of the cupcake through the icing.

These syringes can be found in most pharmacies or online. The fun part about this cupcake is that each person can use the syringe to fill the center full of jelly before eating their cupcake.

More Eyeball Monsters

Another version of an eyeball monster, these cupcakes start with green frosting, piped low on a cupcake. Then, candy eyeballs are placed along the top to make a creepy blob with eyes.

Kids will love putting the eyeballs on these creepy cupcakes. These can be done in any color and an assortment would look very cool on a dessert table. Adding edible glitter, gel icing blobs, and other fun decorations would make these eyeball monsters even more unique.

Pennywise and His Balloon

From the depths of the sewer emerges a red balloon followed by a creepy clown arm. I’m talking, of course, about the iconic horror movie IT and the cannibalistic clown, Pennywise. These cupcakes begin with a chocolate cupcake and jet-black icing to get a dark, scary effect. Then, an arm is made out of fondant or modeling chocolate. To finish, a red balloon on a lollipop stick is placed in the arm.

This is the perfect cupcake for an adult Halloween party. When it comes to classic horror treats, these ones take the cake!

Gluten-Free Horror Scene

This gluten-free chocolate cupcake recipe is sure to be a hit with all your gluten-free friends. By using cocoa powder, gluten-free flour, yogurt, and some other surprising ingredients, these cupcakes come out moist and delicious.

For a Halloween theme, this baker made tiny edible butcher knives and has some blobs with eyes as stab victims and some holding the knives as killers. This is a great idea to do with any of the cupcakes. Adding red icing gel or a strawberry jelly blood will give an even more horrific effect.

Easy Spider Webs

The recipe for these pumpkin cupcakes combines all the great flavors of fall. With pumpkin puree baked in and cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate Halloween. To get this spider web effect, spread icing thin and do a swirl of chocolate gel on top, then, pull a toothpick from the center to the outside to get a web look. If you’ll like a larger pile of cream cheese frosting on top, do a standard cupcake swirl and top with fun Halloween sprinkles.

The flavors and decorating possibilities of these pumpkin cupcakes makes them a great choice for school parties, adult gatherings, or for an after-dinner dessert.

Clawed Creature

These creepy claw cupcakes begin with colored buttercream icing piped on with a grass tip. Using multiple colors gives these fuzzy beasts lots of character. Shape fondant or modeling chocolate into claws and set them into the piped icing. To up the creepiness, dip the ends of the claws in a red piping gel to make a bloody beast.

These cupcakes can be made as fun or as scary as you like. Leave out the blood to make a more child-friendly treat, or really pile it on for a gory effect.

Cupcakes for Every Creepy Occasion

Whether you’re taking them to a party or just craving a Halloween treat after dinner, all of these Halloween cupcakes ideas will help to celebrate the spooky, fun season of Halloween.

Feel free to get creative and add your own special spin to these cupcakes to make the perfect creation for your Halloween celebrations. Happy haunting!


Instructions

For the Buttercream, beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and almond extracts mix well. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar, milk and salt on low speed, beating until just blended after each addition, and frequently scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Then beat for at least 3 minutes on medium-high speed. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.

Divide Buttercream evenly into 4 small bowls. Stir in the following Nature's Inspiration Food Colors to reach the desired colors: For the Green Eyed Monster, stir 1/2 teaspoon Sky Blue color and 1/2 teaspoon Sunflower color into first bowl. For the Pink Zombie Brain, stir 1 1/2 teaspoons Berry color into second bowl. For the Yellow Centipede, stir 1 1/2 teaspoons Sunflower color into third bowl. For the Blue Cyclops, stir 1 1/2 teaspoons Sky Blue color into fourth bowl. Spoon colored buttercreams into individual pastry bags.

To decorate the Green Eyed Monster Cupcakes, fit the green pastry bag with a #21 open star decorating tip. Starting at the center of a cupcake, pipe buttercream to resemble small star-shaped spikes by applying pressure to the pastry bag while quickly pulling up. Repeat over the entire surface of the cupcake. Add 7 to 9 candy eyeballs on top of the buttercream. Repeat on three more cupcakes.

For the Pink Zombie Brain Cupcakes, fit the pink pastry bag with a #10 round decorating tip. Pipe out a dollop of buttercream onto a cupcake, then smooth it with a knife. Starting just to the right of the center of the cupcake, pipe a line of buttercream from the top to the bottom of the cupcake. Then, wiggle the tip while piping back up towards the top, moving back and forth to resemble a right hemisphere brain. (Make sure the frosting touches the sides.) Repeat on the left side of the cupcake. Repeat on three more cupcakes.

For the Yellow Centipede, fit the yellow pastry bag with a #233 grass decorating tip. Starting at the center of a cupcake, pipe buttercream to resemble short “fur” by applying pressure to the pastry bag in short, quick succession upward. Repeat over the entire surface of the cupcake. Place 4 small marshmallow halves, cut side down, into the shape of a smile on the bottom half of the cupcake. Add 2 candy eyeballs above the smile and 2 pieces of licorice as antennas above the eyes. Repeat on three more cupcakes.

For the Blue Cyclops, fit the blue pastry bag with a #233 grass decorating tip. Pipe out a small pile of buttercream in the center of a cupcake. Once there is a small mound, start moving out and away from the center while piping to create small loops of blue buttercream. Continue around the entire cupcake. Place 1 large marshmallow half, cut side down, into the center of the cupcake. Pipe a small dot of buttercream into center of marshmallow. Press 1 black candy-coated piece into the buttercream for the eye. Repeat on three more cupcakes.


Halloween Cupcakes

When it comes to Halloween baking ideas, cupcakes are some of the best and most creative possibilities. You can make just about any Halloween design on a cupcake. For example:

  • Jack-O-Lanterns – The round shape is perfect for jack-o-lantern cupcakes. Frost orange and black with a touch of green for stem and leaves.
  • Frankenstein – Use green and black frosting, plus candy sprinkle eyes. Don’t forget the stitches.
  • Mummy cupcakes – Any base frosting will do, plus white zigzags on top and candy eyes.
  • Spiderweb – Chocolate and vanilla frosting to create a spider web and a spider, or use a spider ring!
  • Ghost – Frost with white fluffy frosting and add two eyes and a big “O” mouth!

If you want a basic design where the color speaks louder than the decorating prowess, check out our Candy Corn Cupcakes Recipe!


Cyclops Eyeballs (Truffles)

Insanely wicked and creamy, these Cyclops Eyeballs are hard to stare at (pun intended) and difficult to stop eating once you pop one in your mouth. Who doesn’t love sweetened condensed milk and chocolate? I mean, this is a perfect ghastly Halloween treat! How could I resist.

This is my go to fudge/truffle recipe regardless of theme or decoration. I’ve been making it for over 30 years and I love it. It’s quick and easy with few ingredients and you can add any flavored liquor to fit your theme or taste. These are kid friendly, so no alcohol, folks.

Pour the can of condensed milk and chocolate chips into a bottom heavy sauce pot and warm it up over medium-low heat. Fold the chips into the condensed milk until they start melting then stir continuously until the chocolate has completely melted and it is smooth and blended. You may need to lower the heat, depending on your setting. Don’t walk away from the stove, both ingredients easily burn if the heat is too high or left unattended.
Note: I was recently asked what a bottom heavy pan/pot is. It’s simply a pan/pot that is thicker at the bottom than the sides. A thicker bottom helps to distribute the heat better and I find food doesn’t stick or burn as easy. I’ll write a Kitchen Tips & Terms post soon.

Once the chocolate has melted, add salt, vanilla. If you’re making an adult version with alcohol, you would add the liquor now. Stir well to combine and distribute flavors. Pour into a heat safe container and allow it to come to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out the truffles.
Tip: Lining the container with parchment paper is a great clean-up time-saving tip! Once done, just throw out the parchment paper.

Create a work station with small bowls for each decor or topping and a plate to place all the truffles you created. Using a dessert spoon, scoop a desired amount and roll it between your palms in a circular motion to form a ball. As you can see, it’s sticky business and the perfect messy task for children!

Indent the candy eyes and roll in the powdered sugar, cocoa or sprinkles – whatever you create is wonderful and fun! Use a red or black gel pen and add some extra ghoulish blood around the eyes. You can store at room temperature if enjoying the same day or refrigerate.
Note: If refrigerating, take care not to shake off too much coating or decor. You could roll up and dot with candy eyes and add the gel the day you serve them. Remember the milk firms up in the refrigerator so bring them to room temperature so your guests can bite into them.


Bite Me & Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

Bite Me cupcakes – simple Dracula teeth from the dollar store with my Raspberry Grand Marnier Sauce for the blood. Graveyard cupcakes – toasted Graham cracker crust is the perfect gritty dirt (recipe below) for edible bugs from Wilton. With a little patience and some Wilton sparkle gel, these Milano cookies make the best headstones!

Don’t be afraid to get creative or to get the kids involved! Halloween cupcake decorating is definitely a fun family activity. I’ll be adding more Halloween themed ideas in the coming days.

Making the Graham Cracker Gritty Dirt:
• one sleeve Graham Crackers
• 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
• 2 Tablespoons melted butter
Crush the Graham crackers (in the food processor or a Ziploc bag with a mallet) and combine with the sugar and melted butter. Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before using.


Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a scary (and safe) Halloween this year! Halloween isn’t very popular in Australia (although more and more Aussies seem to be celebrating in recent years), but that doesn’t mean you won’t see Halloween stuff in the shops, or trick-or-treaters on your doorstep. We haven’t celebrated Halloween in a few years – not since my ever-popular zombie cupcakes and spider pumpkin dulce de leche cupcakes, anyway. Did you even realize that my zombie cupcakes are featured on the Bake It Pretty product page for the zombie hands? That totally blew me away when I saw that!

Well, since my kids are getting older, I decided to treat them to a Halloween feast last night. The day before Halloween, I bought a sackful of decor from a dollar shop and decorated our dining room table with spooky stuff while the kids were at school.

I then got to work on some Halloween desserts, which I really had a lot of fun with. I started with these bloody zombie cupcakes, made especially for my 5-year-old son, who, for some reason, has a thing for zombies.

These are red velvet cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting the clotty, gelatinous-looking blood is actually boysenberry sauce! For my son’s amusement, though, they were zombie blood cupcakes with bone frosting and fresh zombie blood. He took it rather seriously and thought they were pretty cool! I haven’t used these zombie hands since 2009, so I had a lot of fun incorporating them into these cupcakes. The recipe for the cupcakes comes from Brown Eyed Baker, but I used Philadelphia’s brand new cream cheese frosting to make the process a bit quicker. The cupcakes and frosting were really delicious together, and the fresh blood boysenberry sauce (which was store-bought) added a nice little fresh touch. As previously mentioned, you can get the zombie hand cupcake toppers from Bake It Pretty.

Next up were these witches’ fingers. These cookies were a major wow-factor for the entire family, and, unfortunately, were a little too creepy everyone refused to eat them!

They scared my 3-year-old, even after I had repeatedly assured him that they were just cookies. My husband took one bite and decided he couldn’t handle eating the rest. What a sissy! Anyway, they’re just a basic sugar cookie dough with a bit of green food coloring mixed in the blood is just red icing gel the fingernails are blanched almonds. I was actually quite impressed with these. It was amazing to make these witch fingers because they do indeed look quite life-like! The recipe comes from Annie’s Eats.

The kids came home to see these cupcakes and fingers on our Halloween-themed table and they were simply delighted! They continued to talk about it and gather around it for the entire rest of the night!

For the savory foods, the kids got to help once they were returned home from school. We made deviled eggs with olive “spiders”…

I used my own recipe for the deviled eggs and I got the olive “spider” idea from She Knows. This was pretty easy, but it was time-consuming chopping the olives and getting them in the right place for that spider effect.

And lastly, mummy pizzas and hot dogs!

We put a little too much cheese on our mummy pizzas, so after they baked, it all melted together and it didn’t look so mummy-ish anymore! We love cheese though. This idea came from Curry and Comfort.

The mummy hot dogs were easy, but a little tricky to do as the weather was so warm, which made the pastry sticky and difficult to work with. We still got those dogs wrapped up though, and they were the most popular of the savory food. This idea came from Damn Delicious.

The only thing we were unlucky with last night was that we only had 3 trick-or-treaters! Last year, we had so many that we ran out of candy. We’re in a different house this year, however, so I’m presuming there either aren’t a lot of kids around our neighborhood, or Halloween isn’t celebrated much in this suburb. Oh well, at least the kids had a fun Halloween feast and a great spooky night!


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