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Halloween Cupcakes: Creepy and Creative Recipes for Delicious Halloween Cupcakes

Updated on October 15, 2010

Halloween Cupcakes that are Fun to Make, More Fun to Eat!

Making these creepy (and cute) Halloween cupcakes is simple, fun, and they're definitely tasty to eat.


Whether you're preparing for a Halloween party, or want to give them out to trick-or-treaters, you're sure to find some great recipes and resources for Halloween cupcakes here. You'll find Halloween cupcake recipes, Halloween cupcake cookbooks, cupcake baking supplies, and other inspirations to get you on your way to baking the best Halloween cupcakes around.


Learn the tricks to these treats for any age, guys and ghouls!

Quick note: I didn't realize a couple of my links to the Martha Stewart cupcake recipes were broken (I had added them last year and they changed) but they are correct now, so everything should work. Let me know if you have any trouble!

Creative Halloween Cupcakes Are Not just for kids!

Cupcakes are making a real comeback all over the place, and Halloween cupcakes, like all cupcakes, are fun because they're portable, don't require a fork, and they're perfect finger food for kids or adults. Plus, with all of the choices for frosting and cupcake toppings, you can really get festive for very little effort or budget.

Got some crushed up sandwich cookies? Instant dirt for gummy worms. Have a toothpick and some chocolate? Make a swirl and pull the toothpick from the center and you have instant spiderwebs.

Halloween Cupcake Toppings and Cupcake Decorations

If you don't have time to make a frosting masterpiece, or if you just want to accentuate your Halloween cupcakes' great designs, you can use these fun Halloween cupcakes toppings.

Martha Stewart Halloween Cupcakes

Making ghoulish delicious treats this season? It's a good thing.

Who better to refer to when searching for some creative holiday food ideas than the one and only Martha Stewart?

Here are some of her favorite Halloween cupcake recipes (images and information from marthastewart.com)

Tombstone Cupcakes

These spooky Halloween cupcakes are almost as fun to make as they are to eat, and kids will love to join in.

Use any one of the following decorating ideas on its own, or put several together to create a tray of different treats. Easy to bake, all of these cupcakes are based on the same devil's food cake recipe.

Tombstone Cupcakes How-To

1. To make a cupcake cemetery, spread devil's food cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing...continue reading this recipe at marthastewart.com (link will open in a new window)

Wicked Witch Cupcakes

These great-tasting, ghoulish-looking cupcakes are a wickedly easy treat for a Halloween party! Our trick: Keep kids antsy for the festivities happily busy by letting them help with the simple decorations.

1. Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, and fill with mini M&Ms, if desired.

2. Cover the tops of each cupcake with a generous mound (about 1/3 cup) of buttercream. ...continue reading at marthastewart.com (link will open in a new window)

Creepy Halloween Cupcake Pans and Cake Pans

Shaped cake pans and cupcake pans are really popular right now for all occasions. Fill the pans with cupcake batter or brownie batter and create effortless festive masterpieces.

5 Easy Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

If you don't have time to run out to the store to buy specific cookies or candies to decorate your cupcakes, there are some really easy things you can do to turn any cupcake into a festive Halloween cupcake with time and money to spare. I've given this some thought and here are my suggestions!

If you have further suggestions, be sure to leave a comment in the guestbook and I can add it here!

  1. Spiderwebs. Frost a cupcake with vanilla frosting with a knife (don't pipe a big pretty swirl 'cause we're about to ruin it, haha). Melt some chocolate and put it in a sandwich bag with a small snip off of the corner as a makeshift piping bag. Squeeze the chocolate in a spiral shape on the cupcake. Then before your chocolate hardens, take a toothpick and pull from the middle to the edges 6-8 times around the cupcake. This will pull the chocolate toward the edges and make it look just like a spiderweb!
  2. Dirt and worms. If you have gummi-worms, awesome. If not, that's okay! You can grind up chocolate sandwich cookies and dunk your freshly frosted cupcake in them for dirt. (If you don't have 'dirt', chocolate frosting is fine too) Then, stick your gummy worms into the cake or pipe some on with colored frosting for an icky treat.
  3. Eyeball cupcakes. Frost a cupcake with vanilla frosting. Using red food coloring, make a small baggie of reddish frosting with a very small hole for the tip. Pipe 'veins' in the cupcake to give that bloodshot effect (lovely, huh?) For the iris and pupil, you can pipe other colors of frosting on if you like, or you could stick a bite-size Oreo, a Junior Mint, Milk Dud, or any other small cookie or candy for a chewy crunchy treat.
  4. Graveyard cupcakes. These couldn't be much easier. Frost a cupcake with chocolate frosting. You could go nuts and dye some green coconut flakes to sprinkle on as grass, but that's up to you! Take a sandwich cookie like a Vienna Finger, Milano, even a graham cracker, and pipe "R.I.P." on it with chocolate. Stuff half of the cookie into the cupcake and you have an instant tombstone. Creepy!
  5. Jack-o-Cupcake. This doesn't involve anything but frosting and it's super-cute and easy. Simply tint some vanilla or other light-colored frosting with orange food coloring and spread on. Take a toothpick to gently make lines curving down the cupcake like a pumpkin. Then, you can either pipe on black or yellow icing to make the shapes you desire for your jack-o-lantern. If you don't have black food coloring, melted chocolate is a great alternative.

Halloween Cupcakes from Parents.com

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh my! Check out the fun and festive Halloween cupcakes I found at Parents.com, home of Family Circle Magazine, American Baby Magazine, and Parents Magazine.

More Spooky molded cupcake, candy and cake pans

Halloween Cupcakes from Disney Family

These cupcakes are sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party. They're a real scream! (sorry, couldn't resist.)

Making bright colored frosting and black frosting for Halloween Cupcakes

The colors of the Halloween season are characteristically bright - orange, purple, lime green, and of course, black.

Black is a particularly difficult color to tint frosting without more heavy duty food coloring. No matter how many drops of the grocery store food dye you put in, it won't turn frosting black.

An easy, inexpensive nearly-black solution if you don't have access to more professional food coloring is to use chocolate. For things like spiderwebs or bat cut-outs, chocolate is perfect (and delicious!). If you have orange-flavoring, chocolate and orange make a great mix too for your orange and black combination!

Still, if you'd really like a true black icing for your ghostly concoctions, not to fear! At craft food stores, specialty grocers and online, you can find highly concentrated food coloring in either gel or powder form. A little goes a long way (so much that often the amount you mix in is just the tip of a toothpick!) so it's sure to last you a long time and provide a nice deep rich color.

For colors like bright orange, neon purple and green, these gels and powders are fantastic for eye-popping color (that's safe to eat).

Gel and Powder Black, Orange, Halloween Food Coloring

Give your Halloween cupcake a wow factor with brightly colored frosting using these food colorings!

Halloween Cupcake Pics and Sticks

Instead of a toothpick, these little accessories are called cupcake pics, and you can stick them right into the top of your Halloween cupcake to give it a real 3-d presentation. You could also make your own cupcake pic out of half of a milano cookie as a creepy tombstone!

Festive Paper Halloween Cupcake Cups

It wouldn't be a cupcake without the paper to peel away! Why settle for plain old white, foil or pastels when you could have one with jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and bats?

Halloween Cupcake Trees, Cupcake Towers and other cupcake displays

Cupcake stands and cupcake 'trees' are a great way to display your holiday confections for all to see. People are even using these in place of wedding cakes (I may be one of those people soon, when I figure out when my wedding date will be!), and it's a great alternative to using a plate or platter and laying all of your Halloween cupcakes out flat.

Halloween Silicone Cupcake molds and cake molds

I suppose a silicone cupcake pan isn't really a pan at all, since it's so flexible. It's more like a mold or even a cupcake mask! The silicone baking molds are really versatile because you don't just have to bake Halloween cupcakes in them. You could pour jello in there, chocolate or white chocolate, even make spooky ice cubes or frozen treats. Silicone withstands extreme temperatures and peels off easily for a fun and easy way to create dramatic results.

Festive Halloween Cupcake and Cookie Sprinkles and Decorations

Add some spooky pizazz to your Halloween cupcakes, cookies and cakes with these fun treats.

Share your comments and questions about Halloween cupcakes here!

What's Your Favorite Halloween Cupcake?

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      Priya 2 years ago

      Loved the guest towel cupcake; I am going to make them for all ocscasions and for my bathrooms. I have seen so many other videos, but you are the best. Thank you so much.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I love those little wicked witches :)

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      cupcakeideas1 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing great simple ideas for decorating. Those are the best!

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Hmmm, waiting for Halloween now to enjoy these yummy cupcakes! :))

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      costumediva 5 years ago

      Halloween cupcakes are a great idea! Everything on this lens looks so tasty. My favorites are the wicked witch cupcakes!

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      diaperbagdiva lm 5 years ago

      So cute! I make Halloween cupcakes every year and I always love the new ideas I see. Thanks for the lens!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      yum

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      Sooo hungry now! Great stuff

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Great lens! I'll be featuring this on one of my Halloween lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite would have to be the tombstone cupcakes. Anything chocolate is always my first choice! Nice lens.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Love these cupcake decorating ideas!

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      Absolutely Prehistoric 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      I saw some creative cupcakes over the weekend. Not only were they fun they were tasty. This lens made me get a glass of milk.

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @asiliveandbreathe: haha aw you know people just might get a kick out of that and it could make them feel less sad! I have started a lens on how to make a tombstone cake but things have been nonstop the past week or so and I have to get back to that soon. You reminded me! :)

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @funcook: Thanks! I love cupcakes of any kind, haha.

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! Yes, the witches are sooo cute. I wish I could take credit for coming up with that original idea!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! love the witch cupcakes.

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      funcook 6 years ago

      Very cute ideas - I love Halloween cupcakes!

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      TheGoodSource101 6 years ago

      Lens is Great!

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      Asher Socrates 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome job on this lens......

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      What great ideas! Love the spidery cakes. I must have a warped sense of humour as I'd love to leave instructions for tombstone cakes to be served at my funeral !

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @caketech: I know aren't they adorable?? I don't think I would have come up with that idea on my own. Leave it to the creative perfectionists, er, geniuses at Martha Stewart! hehe

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @WhiteOak50: Oh thank you so much, Eva! I appreciate it! : )

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I just featured this lens on my Creepy Halloween Recipes page.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      The ice cream cone witches are too cute!

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      @Alfiesgirl LM: Aw thank you Alfiesgirl! Halloween is quickly coming up! Hopefully this lens will help some people think of some creative cupcakes so they can have fun making them without worrying about spending a fortune or needing to be a professional pastry chef! : )

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      Great lens. The wicked witch cupcakes look really cute! I can't wait to try them!

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      Alfiesgirl LM 7 years ago

      {{{{{{{{{ BIG SQIDGY HUGZ}}}}}}}}}} thanxu for sorting the cake ideas for my daughters halloween party as yours are just soooooooo scrummy-lisciuos x

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      unique freak77 8 years ago

      Great lens, my only suggestion is don't forget to change the title of that guestbook module! 5 stars and favoriting, I'm definitely going to use some of these cupcakes this October!

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      Robyn_Abbatiello 8 years ago

      Great lens! 5*! Join my group PromoteU. However I am only excepting lens from my fanclub. If you want to be a part of this group please join my fanclub first and rate one of my lenses.

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Those are very cool! I will try them.

      Nice lens! Good stuff, enjoyed the visit!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Really cute Halloween cupcakes!

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

      Thank You for entering the Halloween Contest!

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