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Easy Eerie Exploding Eyeball Cupcakes (with Key S'lime ooze!)

Updated on December 31, 2014

Cupcakes in a Hurry

Love fun and creepy? Me too!

These were created by me from my sheer need to come up with something easy and quick to bring with me to parties (or hand out to friends!).

When you're pressed for time and you've committed to your childs class or your local church fundraiser for the next costumed event, you need something simple and fun!

I of all people know that cooking is not in everyones agenda of life and not everyone who does cook has time at the end of the day for these sorts of projects.

Make them for Halloween or any time of year when the simple decorations aren't doing it for you.

On top is a gummy eyeball, fun to decorate with, fun to display and fun to play with (if you know me or follow my blogs or hubs, you know I like to play with my food a lot.). The Key Lime tucked into the cake offers a mount tantalizing tang, leaving a tingling on your tongue that is quickly met with the sparkling, crackling sensation of the poprocks.

Happy Halloween


  • 1 Box Cake Mix (I used Lemon because I liked the Citrus theme)
  • Whatever you Need for Box Cake Mix
  • Frosting (I used Lemon)
  • Key Lime Curd
  • Green Food Coloring (optional)
  • Poprocks (optional)
  • Gummy Eyeballs
  • Cupcake Wrappers
  • Cupcake Tin
  • Wilton Tip #230 with decorating bag (optional)


  1. Make cake according to mix in cupcake wrappers. Cool completely.
  2. Use one to two drops of food coloring (optional) to color Frosting and pep up the Key Lime Curd hue (it's more yellowish) if you so desire to have the bright green pictured in this lens!
  3. Use Wilton Tip #230 to inject lime curd into top center of completely cool cupcakes.
  4. Decorate with Frosting.
  5. Sprinkle with Pop-rocks for the Exploding effect.
Cast your vote for The Recipe for Easy Halloween Cupcakes!

Assembling Ingredients

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Our Kitchen Secret

KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

Want to whip something up in a jam? Perhaps you want to prep in a pinch? Whatever your dilemma, you can chop, stir, squish, blend, puree, whip and more with one of these babies. We have had a Kitchen-aid since the day we moved into our two bedroom apartment almost six years ago. There are few recipes that don't put it to use with the dough hook or pasta attachment! There's even an option for sausage and ice cream makers!

The longevity of these mixers is said to be a large part of the purchasing choice. Some people have had them for decades without any problems! If you don't want to take my word for it go read the reviews; people have plenty good to say about them (including, but not limited to the dozens of colors available to suit any kitchen!).

This true is a kitchen "aid", securing its spot on the counter with its usefulness as a citrus squeezer and an egg

meringue-whipper. It is both durable and glossy, useful and a conversation piece. If you don't own one yet you're falling behind (or developing carpal tunnel syndrome? ;) ).

If you're not satisfied by how well it scrapes the bottom of the bowl (and the sides for that matter), certainly you have to at least appreciate the easy cleanup: The whole thing breaks down from top to bottom, bowl to mixer, disassembling for an easy top-to-bottom scrub.

The bowl is sturdy (we use it for everything, even if we're not mixing) and the perfect size for everything we make (bread or cupcakes, anyone?).

The one in the picture is the exact color we have (red!).


Idea for Cupcakes and the End Result

The first thing I knew along my search for these cakes was that I wanted them filled. Not only did I know I wanted them filled, I knew it had to be something that oozed. I went around in my head through all my favorite cartoons as a child, knowing I needed these to be not horribly scary but fun and age appropriate for all.

Oozing... Crawling... Dripping...Slimy...Slimer... Slime...S'lime


That was it! I had the perfect plan.

Except it wasn't good enough so I put eyeballs on top and poprocks so they'd keep on surprising the recipient!

The end result turned out like I had hoped! They're very sweet but the popping in the mouth is fun and really adds an additional kick to the already tart insides.

Professional Cake Decorating

Wilton 2109-0309 Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set, Purple- Discontinued By Manufacturer
Wilton 2109-0309 Ultimate Professional Cake Decorating Set, Purple- Discontinued By Manufacturer

When you have more time on your hands and you want to go all out decorating (or you're in charge of the weddings or other events) you'll want something a little more professional, like this.

Wilton has been a longstanding family name in kitchens across the continents for a reason. I use only their tips for my cupcakes!


Lemon or Lime?

Do you prefer Lemon or Lime?

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    • SimonJay profile image

      SimonJay 4 years ago

      These are great not very scary but not boring either yummy and they are fun time making them thanks for the idea.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Extremely creative - exploding pop rocks and key lime curd. I must seek out this key lime curd here in Canada. Your effort (and enthusiasm) putting together these cupcakes clearly shows in both your writing and your photographs. Wow!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cute, fun, ok, creepy and yes, love the lemon and lime flavours!

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Gina, may I just say...ewwww (in a good way)? ;) These are just brilliant for Halloween! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Not only are these cute, but I think I would like the combo of lemon and pop rocks.

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      These look so yummy and creepy at the same time! Well done!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These are awesome! And yes, they sound absolutely delicious. I love lime!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      OMG those look delicious. Now I am going to be craving cupcakes all night. You really banged this recipe out of the ballpark. Those Halloween treats look scrumptious.