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Jack-O-Lantern Cupcake Recipe

Updated on October 30, 2012
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Decorating Cupcakes

Finding ways to decorate cupcakes for every season or holiday can be a great way to be creative. As Halloween approaches, what child or grown up wouldn't love to bite into a jack o lantern cupcake? Here are two simple ways to create jack o lantern cupcakes for your holiday celebration or just for a special Halloween treat.

Simple Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 5-6 Tablespoons of milk

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together until they are mixed thoroughly. Then spread on the top of your cake or cupcakes.

Basic Cupcake Recipe

This is a very simple cupcake recipe that is sure to meet all of your cupcake needs.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the shortening and blend the dry ingredients into the shortening bowl.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk and mix completely.
  5. Fill the cupcake tin with liners and then fill the liners with the batter until they are about halfway full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.



Frost the cupcake and then add the sprinkles and twizzler candy stem.
Frost the cupcake and then add the sprinkles and twizzler candy stem. | Source
Add the sugar sheet face to the top of the cupcake.
Add the sugar sheet face to the top of the cupcake. | Source

Jack-O-Lantern Cupcake Decorations

Your cupcakes are all made and ready to be decorated. You can purchase orange frosting or you can use the simple butter cream frosting recipe to the right and add food coloring.

Ingredients Needed:

  • orange frosting
  • orange sprinkles
  • green twizzler candy
  • black decorating sugar sheets

Directions:

  1. Generously frost the cupcakes with the orange frosting. Roll the top in orange sprinkles.
  2. Add the green twizzler (cut into a one inch piece) to the edge of the cupcake.
  3. Use black frosting or the black decorating sheets to add the jack o lantern face.

Serve to your hungry guests!

**You can use any flavor cupcake or cupcake recipe for this design. You can even use a box mix if you prefer the ease of that.

Sugar Sheets

Wilton 710-2961 Sugar Sheet, Black
Wilton 710-2961 Sugar Sheet, Black

These sugar sheets are easy to use and make your baking look professional!

 

Jack-o-Lantern Cupcake Cake

Here is another variation to a jack o lantern cupcake. Instead of creating an actual cake, create a cake with cupcakes. The cupcake cake makes serving easy and you will get rave reviews from your guests!

Directions:

  1. Arrange the cupcakes in the shape of a pumpkin, including the stem.
  2. Use the orange frosting to generously frost the pumpkin part of the 'cake' and the green to frost the stem. Be sure that you spread the frosting evenly to make it look like it is one continuous cake and not cupcakes.
  3. Use orange and green sprinkles to spread over the orange and green frosted portions of the cupcakes.
  4. Cut out the face shapes from the black sugar sheets. Place the shapes over the pumpkin to create the jack o lantern.
  5. Serve to your guests and watch their eyes light up in amazement!


Pictures of Making the Jack-O-Lantern Cupcake Cake

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Use a generous amount of frosting to frost this cupcake cake.Sprinkle the orange sprinkles to give the cake a little more appeal.Repeat the process with the green stem.Add the face.Seconds after completion, it was attacked!Enjoying a yummy jack o lantern cupcake.
Use a generous amount of frosting to frost this cupcake cake.
Use a generous amount of frosting to frost this cupcake cake. | Source
Sprinkle the orange sprinkles to give the cake a little more appeal.
Sprinkle the orange sprinkles to give the cake a little more appeal. | Source
Repeat the process with the green stem.
Repeat the process with the green stem. | Source
Add the face.
Add the face. | Source
Seconds after completion, it was attacked!
Seconds after completion, it was attacked! | Source
Enjoying a yummy jack o lantern cupcake.
Enjoying a yummy jack o lantern cupcake. | Source

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      bestentryDSLR 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this cupcake recipe! I will be making these this Halloween. Votted up!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you so much ishwaryaa22. I'm glad that you found the recipe so detailed. I appreciate the shares and pin. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much Movie Master. I'm glad you enjoyed the fun and thanks for the votes up.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for sharing! :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Stephanie. The kids did love it and we are always looking for ways to make things easier around here! Thanks for the pin. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      They are very easy to make and don't let the recipe kid you, 9 out of 10 times I am using a box too! :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad that you found them interesting nanderson500. Thanks for your visit.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your encouraging words Janine! I hope that you and the kiddos enjoy the cupcakes as much as we did.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I agree Leah. It is much easier and sometimes much more fun. Thanks for stopping by.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome HBN and thanks for pointing out that I didn't have that ratings capsule! Sometimes even when you try to catch all the little details, you miss something. Thanks for all of the shares as well. :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A creatively tasty recipe hub packed with detailed instructions, handy tips and delightful photos! This is indeed ideal for upcoming Halloween. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I loved the hub, loved the recipe and loved the fun!

      Thank you and voted up

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh how funny! The pumpkin was attacked by pumpkin monsters!!!! This is a great hub for Halloween party planning. Loved it and am sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      These are such a cute idea for Halloween! Your idea for the Halloween cupcake cake is adorable, and I'll bet the kids love it. It sure would make serving a snap. Voted up and pinned!

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      Alissa Roberts 

      6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I am loving these jack-o-lantern cupcakes! They look so cute and easy to make. I always use a cake mix but I am going to break down one of these days and try your homemade cupcake recipe. Thanks for the awesome cupcake ideas - voted up and pinned!

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      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These look very cool, I would love to make these. Voted up and awesome.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      These are awesome and have pinned them to make for my kids this Halloween. Thank you for sharing these and have also voted and shared too :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      I absolutely love pull-apart cupcake recipes. They're so perfect for kids' parties because the kids always eat a cupcake better than they eat a big piece of sheet cake. This is a great recipe, Cara!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing these fun and delicious ideas for Halloween cupcake decorations!

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Would have given it 5 stars, but I didn't see a rating button.

      Shared on HP and Facebook.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

      PS: The taste testers should do look like they're enjoying their samples!

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