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Halloween Cupcakes Anyone Can Make

Updated on September 16, 2014
Easy Halloween Cupcakes
Easy Halloween Cupcakes

Cupcakes are Perfect for Halloween

Halloween is a great time to get together with friends to celebrate the fall season. Decorating your home in fall colors, making pumpkin pie and trick-or-treating. The way I like to celebrate this special occasion is by throwing a party for my closest friends. I used to serve your typical pumpkin pie for dessert but that's always expected. Instead I thought to myself, why not make cupcakes instead!

Cupcakes are perfect for Halloween for so many reasons. They are compact and can be taken home by your guests. They can be eaten without utensils. You can eat them standing up and talking to someone at the same time! You can also have fun with them! The reasons are many.

*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

Did you know...

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange represents the fall harvest while black is associated with darkness or death.

A few years back I remember making black cupcakes with a splash of red for extra goriness. This year, I've decided to take a different approach to Halloween and I am sticking to keeping the theme "A chic and stylish Halloween in Tokyo". Yes I should have come up with a better name for my theme but I had better things to do - like making cupcakes!

In this lens, I'm going to share with you two versions of the cupcake. I promise it's really easy to make and you can make both versions from the same batch!

Delicious Halloween Recipes

Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook (Betty Crocker Cooking)
Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook (Betty Crocker Cooking)

Halloween is one day where the home chef can have lots of fun in the kitchen. With nearly 100 recipes with full-color photos, this Halloween resource includes blood-curdling treats sucvh as the Boneyard Dirt Pop, Jack-o-Lantern Smoothies to name a few.

 
Orange Frosting Instantly Makes Cupcakes Halloween-Worthy
Orange Frosting Instantly Makes Cupcakes Halloween-Worthy | Source
Freshly-baked cupcakes from a cake mix.
Freshly-baked cupcakes from a cake mix.

Let's Get Started!

This is the basic recipe for the Ridiculously-Easy Halloween Cupcakes. It's incredibly easy and can be customized with your own style and creativity. Using a boxed cake mix means no measuring or guesswork involved.

Although I've used a vanilla cake mix, you can use any flavored mix you like. Chocolate and vanilla flavors are popular, but I think I'd like to try using red velvet next time.

The frosting is one of the easiest to make. Just pick your favorite food coloring ( I chose orange ) and start having fun!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30

Total Time: 60

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • orange food coloring ( you can also mix yellow and red coloring to get orange)
  • black and orange sprinkles

Betty Crocker to the Rescue!

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix, Vanilla, 15.25 oz. Box (Pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix, Vanilla, 15.25 oz. Box (Pack of 6)

Although I usually prefer to make cakes from scratch, I sometimes depend on cake mixes when I'm in a time crunch. I enjoy the taste and convenience of Betty Crocker's cake mixes.

This vanilla cake mix has excellent flavor and the cake turns out moist every time. I like to keep a few boxes in the pantry just in case.

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vanilla cake mix batter as instructed on the box. Place cupcake or muffin cups into muffin pan. Bake as instructed. Take out from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
  2. Prepare the frosting. Put the stick of butter ( softened ) in a large bowl. Add confectioner's sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Add food coloring in small amounts until the desired color is achieved.
  3. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. You can use a piping bag or free-form it like I did. Easy-peasy!
  4. Decorate with colored sprinkles.
  5. Serve and devour with friends!

Halloween Cupcake Wraps

Wilton 415-0510 Halloween Skeleton Cupcake Wraps, 18 Count
Wilton 415-0510 Halloween Skeleton Cupcake Wraps, 18 Count

These skeleton cupcake wraps are the perfect way to elevate your cupcakes with a touch of Halloween elegance. These come unassembled, but it only takes a few seconds to assemble.

 
Halloween cupcakes decorate with Pocky Sticks
Halloween cupcakes decorate with Pocky Sticks

Candy Decorating Fun

Here's a great idea to add some fun to your party. Give them the option of adding some extra decoration with various candies that you get at any supermarket. I've used Pocky sticks as I already had a few boxes in my apartment.

I let my guests create whatever they wanted with these sticks. It added an interactive element to party and everyone seemed to enjoy creating their works of art.

There are so many ways to decorate your cupcake with store-bought candy. You can use candy corn, jelly beans, M&M's or whatever you fancy!

Easy Decorating with Pocky

Pocky Chocolate Cream Covered Biscuit Stickz, 2.46 zz
Pocky Chocolate Cream Covered Biscuit Stickz, 2.46 zz

Pocky sticks can be found all over Japan and is one of my favorite snacks since I was a kid. Pocky is basically a chocolate covered biscuit stick with a unique design to eliminate getting chocolate on your fingers.

In addition the classic chocolate Pocky, other flavors such as Matcha, Strawberry and Cookies and Cream are available.

 

Did You Enjoy These Easy Cupcake Ideas?

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Other Halloween Articles You Might Like

Here are some of my other Halloween articles you might enjoy.

Not-So-Scary Spider Cupcakes

Decorate Your Home for Halloween-In Style

Halloween Curry Recipe

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      CherylsArt, that's right it does. Yeah it's always fun when you get to play with your food. Thanks for reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      OhMe2, You are so right. Who can resist sprinkles right?

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      The Pocky sticks are a cute idea. They reminded me of pretzel sticks. I think it's neat that your guests got to help decorate the cupcakes.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My grandson loves sprinkles so I will have to make some of these. Now that he is a teenager he won't help me cook as much but guess you never get too old for sprinkles.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun lens Smine27!

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      Cupcakes are good because they are individual serving sizes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: Oh I'm sure they would! Thanks for visitng WriterJanis. It's always a pleasure.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I think kids would love these. At least mine would.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sharadkgupta lm: Thanks for reading!

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      sharadkgupta lm 3 years ago

      No i can also make cupcake so easily .Thanks for sharing.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: So glad you think so Vspa. What is it about cupcakes that are so irresistible?

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I am a cupcake fan and this lens is so delicious :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @kristalulabelle: Aww thanks so much kirstal. Really appreciate your comments.

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      I absolutely love cupcakes! You've given me some really good ideas for Halloween. Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DebW07: Yay! Glad I could be of help. Thanks for reading.

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      Kristen 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      Your cupcakes turned out so pretty! I loved the little Halloween trivia sprinkled throughout your lens. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thank you for your comments. Hope you like them.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LilyBird: thanks for reading LilyBird.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @captainj88: yay! so glad to hear you say that. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks so much ljwatts.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Yum! Thanks for the ideas!

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      LilyBird 3 years ago

      Great cupcake decoration ideas. Thank you!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love cupcakes when the frosting on top is soft, and I like fruit pies but not pumpkin pie; I would definitely select these over a traditional pumpkin pie any day.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Excellent ideas!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @24hourdentist: Let me know how they like it. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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      24hourdentist 3 years ago

      I like this! I'm going to make some to bring some to the Oregon State University Football game this weekend. Go orange and black!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Same to you RenaissanceWoman. Always appreciate your visits and comments.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Love your idea about the Pocky stick decorations. I'd never seen them. Very cool! Cupcakes are the perfect Halloween dessert. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Always appreciated.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lydia Ham: Thank you schydia. I would love to see your cupcakes!

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      Lydia Ham 3 years ago

      These are adorable! I prefer using my own recipes but I love the creative decorations!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @darkflowers: Haha. Glad you like it darkflowers. :)

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Creepy scary and delicious seem to go together perfectly, thanks for sharing this!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @krizer04: It was very yum! :)

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      krizer04 3 years ago

      yum yum...

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      Elaine Floyd 3 years ago

      I was thinking about my students and how they would love Halloween Cupcakes. I especially like the designs using candles.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: I wish I could send you one over. ;)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Littlej224: Let me know how they turn out!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: So am I so am I!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I am a cupcake addict!

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      Littlej224 3 years ago

      Definitely going to give these a try!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      i want to try one

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @UKBusinesses: Great! Let me know how it goes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: I agree with you both. hehe. Thanks so much for reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Cloudspotting: Great to know! Let me know how everyone likes them. Thanks for your comments!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @StrongMay: I totally agree! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Fiorenza: Yes, I agree with you on using vanilla. That's still my favorite,.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @jigosan: yay! for me, easy is best. thanks for reading jigosan.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Meganhere: Ohhh I would love to see what you come up with. Keep me posted and thanks for visiting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tammywilliams09: Thanks so much for the comment tammywillisams09. The decorating part was fun for everyone!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ChocolateLily: In Japan, it's pretty hard to find the cupcake lines that you have in the US. I am so envious of the variety you have there. My next cupcake shall be made from scratch! Thanks for the comments.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Costumes are fun,but treats make Halloween even more

      festive.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      The cupcakes look delish!

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      Cloudspotting 3 years ago

      We do enjoy a good cake in the office, I think this could be my Halloween contribution!

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      StrongMay 3 years ago

      Yummy! Cupcakes are always fun.

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      UKBusinesses 3 years ago

      I love cupcake ideas for Halloween! Will be including these on my list to try

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      Fiorenza 3 years ago from UK

      Must give these a try. I can confirm that the vanilla is the best one - they sell it in the UK in Lakeland stores.

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      jigosan 3 years ago

      The simpleness made it easy and most likely to be made, thanks to the lens, I now have a good Idea for events... =)

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      I've made Halloween cookies but not cupcakes. Think I'll try that this year.

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      tammywilliams09 3 years ago

      The Black and Orange colour combination looks really great. Great idea to get guests involved by letting them decorate with candy. I love learning neat tips.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Great ideas, especially the Pocky and the candies! I really like your cupcake liners too, actually. They are different than the crinkled type we have in the US. I prefer to make my cupcakes from scratch nowadays. It's actually pretty easy! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Rhonda Lytle: Me neither. A friend thought of that idea!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I would not have thought of using Pocky. I see it making a tiny fence in front of a headstone with some gummy worms :) Cupcake capers, too fun!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Mobley5: You can say that again! Thanks for the comments.

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Cupcakes are good all year round! :-) Yours look great.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thank you VinnWong for your kind words. It was a blast making them!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Hi smine27! I love the way you used Pocky. I never thought of using it for decorating... well.. anything really. Great job! The cupcakes look great and not tacky compared to normal Halloween Cupcakes but they still reflect the celebration's theme very well!