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Creepy-crawly Halloween Cupcake Recipes a Cake Recipe in Disguise

Updated on June 7, 2016
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Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.

Creepy-crawly Halloween Cupcake Recipes

Food is one of the best parts of my Halloween and creepy-crawly Halloween cupcake recipes a cake recipe in disguise is one off my favorite treats. It's a tricky treat for sure since it looks pretty on the outside my cupcake recipe for my Halloween cupcakes is in disguise. You see it the filling that freaks my guests out. A beautiful Halloween cupcake stuffed with rats, worms, and bugs. I feed them to my unsuspecting visitors and to their surprise the bit into what appears to be a normal cupcake, then they see the creepy-crawly spiders and bugs inside.

Making these bewitching treats has always been the best part of preparing for my Halloween party. I like to turn simple party food and treats into ghoulish snacks to surprise and please your guests. Try making some these cupcakes, and put your own twist on one of my party favorites. My family loves cupcakes and I use a cupcake display stand to make them look extra special for them

Make sure you don't forget the details when it comes to the outside decoration and pay special attention to the cake recipe you choose. I like to make mine deep dark chocolate with purple and pink decorations to let my guest believe I made something extra nice. I love to cook and bake and these are just some of the wonderful treats I make for Halloween. The grandkids away get a kick out of the fact that I can be so silly when it comes to Halloween.

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The Creepy-crawly Recipe

Disgustingly Beautiful Cupcakes

The Cake Recipe for My Creepy-crawly Halloween Cupcakes

2 cups sugar

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup Cocoa Powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Mix these ingredients in a large bowl with a mixing spoon. Then add:

2 eggs

1 cup of milk

½ cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Beat with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes or until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed and are fluffy.

Then add:

1 cup of boiling water

Continue to mix while adding water a little at a time until the entire cup in well mixed into the batter. Pour into cupcake pan filling each about ¾ of the way full. Bake at 350 for approximately 20-25 minutes. When the cupcakes are done they will spring back when touched lightly in the middle and will pull slightly away from the side of the cupcake pan. Allow the cupcakes enough time to completely cool.

Butter Cream Frosting

6 tablespoons of butter

6 tablespoons of white shortening

1 cup of granulated sugar

½ cup warm milk (about body temperature)

With an electric mixer beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is beaten smooth. There should be no evidence of granulation from the sugar in the mixture. At this point slowly add the warm milk while beating the mixture on high until it forms a smooth texture and is light and fluffy. You may add food coloring to the mixture by stirring it in to the frosting with a spoon.

Assorted Creepy-crawly Gummies

Take you cooled cupcakes and dig out a small hole into the top of each one. Place your assortment of gummy rats, worms, and bugs into the hole. Carefully frost your cupcakes hiding all of the creepy-crawly critter you hid. You can further decorate the cupcakes with decorating frosting designs, strawberries, or cherries. Make sure the look pretty from the outside so you can surprise your guest later. As I said earlier a cupcake stand will make you cupcakes look extra special. Be sure to refrigerate your cupcake once they are frosted. The buttercream needs to be cold to set properly, for best results store cupcake in an airtight container.

Tip: The butter cream frosting can be placed into a decorating bag and circled around the cupcake starting at the outside edge working toward the middle creating a peak in the middle of the cupcake. Practice on wax paper until you get the desired look. The frosting can then be put back into the bag and reused to decorate the cupcake.

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Making Halloween Recipes Exciting

We all know that Halloween is an exciting event enjoyed by children of all ages. The recipes that are normally made for holiday celebrations can be easily adapted to a Halloween theme. For example a simple cauliflower recipe can be changed with little effort to resemble a brain. Have you ever thought of scramble brains? Cauliflower chopped into pieces with a simple cheese sauce with a simple change of name with intrigue you little ones. They may even eat it just for the fun of it.

I have children in my family of all ages. It is important to keep things simple for the littlest ones. Don't change a recipe dramatically and frighten a child into never eating a certain food again. Explain to very small children that the names are just for fun and the spaghetti you call "Worms and Meatballs" is just regular spaghetti with a new name. You may even want to let them help you cook some of these recipes to really get them in the mood for Halloween.

I love to listen to the squeals of delight and the look of amazement on the children's faces when they see some of my Halloween recipes on display. There is always a good feeling knowing that my hard work paid off by their Halloween joy. Since I have so many grandchildren, 7 to be exact I always try to make Halloween a special time of the year.

Each time I bake these Halloween cupcake with my favorite cake recipe, it brings back childhood memories of Halloween. I used to get dresses as a gypsy each year with my older sisters help. She would use make-up and jewelry to create the fantasy of such a spooky event,

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Last year. I made pumpkin seeds.

    • junecampbell profile image

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      A couple years ago I made pumpkin muffins for me. They were good, but not scary, though.

    • girlfriendfactory profile image


      5 years ago

      Every year, pumpkin squares ~ I start at Halloween and don't stop until Christmas! It's almost time again...I can't wait! I have a lens about my favorite Pumpkin recipes! I'll have to add some creepy crawlies to them! lol

    • GregoryMoore profile image

      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      The last thing we baked was a couple of years ago, and it was orange sugar cookies that looked like pumpkins. We made them for a Halloween party, and the kids had a blast decorating them.

    • junkcat profile image


      5 years ago



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