These Halloween cupcake recipes include the best Halloween-themed cupcakes for bakers of every skill level! Some cupcakes are cute, and some are scary, but they all taste delicious. You're going to want to make these cupcakes for your Halloween parties year after year!
Best Halloween Cupcakes To Bake
I love whipping up a batch of cupcakes for any special occasion. There's just something extra fun about decorating Halloween cupcakes!
Watching kids' faces light up when they see the spooky goodies makes all the work worth it. It gets even better when they take a bite!
- Best Halloween Cupcakes To Bake
- Fun & Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
- 1. Easy Halloween Cupcakes
- 2. Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes
- 3. Spiderweb Cupcakes
- 4. Ghost Cupcakes
- 5. Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes
- 6. Campfire Cupcakes
- 7. Mini Candy Corn & Ghost Cupcakes
- 8. Pull Apart Graveyard Cupcakes
- 9. Easy Bloody Halloween Cupcakes
- 10. Mini Bloody Eyeball Cupcakes
- 11. Bleeding Black Cupcakes
- 12. Glowing Mini Cupcakes
- 13. Sour Candy Cupcakes
- 14. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- 15. Devils Food Cupcakes
- 16. Caramel Apple Cupcakes
- 17. Berry-Filled Cupcakes
- 🎃 👻 More Tasty Halloween Treats
- 📖 Recipe Card
- Best Halloween Cupcakes: Vanilla Bean Halloween Cupcakes (+More Great Ideas!)
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Fun & Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
These cupcakes are for all different skill sets! Some even call for boxed cake mix. All you have to do is decorate!
1. Easy Halloween Cupcakes
This recipe walks you through how to decorate your favorite cupcakes for Halloween! There are 4 designs: Purple monsters, green monsters, Jack-o-lanterns, and spiders.
These cupcakes can be any flavor you like. Try my Mary Berry chocolate cupcakes!
2. Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes
These cute and colorful cupcakes almost look too good to eat! The cupcakes are vanilla with vanilla buttercream frosting.
The fun part is adding the candy corn colors and sweet candy eyes!
3. Spiderweb Cupcakes
Spiderweb cupcakes will be the perfect addition to your next Halloween party! Most chocolate cupcakes with sweet vanilla frosting are a favorite of kids and adults alike.
The spiderwebs are a simple addition. Just combine melted chocolate chips and shortening, then pipe on the spiderwebs!
4. Ghost Cupcakes
These adorable ghosts are sitting on top of some tasty devil's food cake cupcakes! The ghosts are just perfectly piped buttercream frosting with chocolate chip eyes.
This is a great recipe for beginners. Be sure to let the cupcakes chill so your ghosts don't slide off!
5. Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes
If my chocolate pumpkin pie taught me anything, chocolate and pumpkin are a seriously underrated flavor combination! The chocolate cupcakes are full of warm spices and pumpkin puree, making for one indulgent dessert.
They are topped with a hazelnut cream cheese frosting that is finger-licking good. Then you just place a candy-coated ice cream cone on top to make the witch's hat!
6. Campfire Cupcakes
These campfire cupcakes are perfect for fall! All you need is a box of devil's food cake, a quick batch of orange frosting, pretzels, and mini marshmallows for 'roasting.'
Kids will love eating the pretzel sticks off the top before taking a big bite!
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7. Mini Candy Corn & Ghost Cupcakes
These tiny two-bite cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make! They make a fabulous addition to potlucks, parties, or any Halloween get-together.
The little ghosts with candy corn come in a package. No decorating skills are necessary!
8. Pull Apart Graveyard Cupcakes
It looks like a cake from above, but you don't have to slice a thing! These pull-apart cupcakes are perfect for swerving a crowd.
The graveyard dirt is made of crushed-up cookies, and the ghosts are made of marzipan. This is an excellent choice if you like to get creative!
9. Easy Bloody Halloween Cupcakes
These bloody Halloween cupcakes are scary-fun! The blood is actually a delicious strawberry sauce that mixes perfectly with the cream cheese frosting.
The glass is 100% edible and made from sugar! These cupcakes will have everyone talking.
10. Mini Bloody Eyeball Cupcakes
These bite-sized cupcakes all feature a spooky candy eyeball! You can make them with your favorite box (or recipe) of chocolate cake mix.
From there, it's all about coloring the icing with your preferred colors. This is another beginner-friendly recipe!
11. Bleeding Black Cupcakes
These creepy cupcakes are fun to make and fun to eat! The center might look unappetizing, but it is actually rose-flavored white chocolate ganache!
The chocolate buttercream frosting is simply tinted black. The shock and awe when people bite into these cupcakes are the best part!
12. Glowing Mini Cupcakes
Everyone will love these glowing mini cupcakes! They are particularly stunning if you plan on having a blacklight at your party.
The glow is a mixture of Jell-o and tonic water. They are wonderfully tasty and safe to eat!
13. Sour Candy Cupcakes
These cupcakes are for fans of sour candy! One bite will have you puckering, but the sweetness of the cupcake will quickly mellow it out.
The cupcakes and frosting are lemon-flavored. Top it off with a sprinkle of sour dust and Sour Patch Kids!
14. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
If you're like me and take any excuse to enjoy all of the pumpkin spice dessert recipes of fall, you're sure to be pleased with these delectable cupcakes! You can use cake mix for the batter.
Just make sure you have some pumpkin pie spice on hand!
15. Devils Food Cupcakes
These cupcakes took the name 'Devil's food cake' quite literally! They are soft and fluffy dark chocolate cupcakes with a rich chocolate glaze and, of course, the devil horns and tail to match.
16. Caramel Apple Cupcakes
If you enjoy caramel apples around Halloween, then you will undoubtedly enjoy these moist and decadent caramel apple cupcakes! The perfectly spiced cupcakes are topped with a made-from-scratch apple cider frosting and a drizzle of caramel.
17. Berry-Filled Cupcakes
Not only is the mixed berry filling delicious, but one bite and it all comes oozing out like a spooky Halloween surprise. Swap the vanilla cupcakes for chocolate cupcakes to get an even creepier effect!
Showing up with any of these Halloween cupcake recipes will make you the most popular person at the party! Let me know which recipes you tried in the comments below!
🎃 👻 More Tasty Halloween Treats
- Halloween Popcorn Balls - Sweet popcorn balls loaded with candy corn, M&M's, marshmallows, and Halloween sprinkles!
- Halloween Muddy Buddies - Puppy chow that has been all decked out for Halloween with lots of candy!
- Mummy Dogs - These mummy dogs are always a hit with kids, candy eyeballs, and all!
- Meringue Ghosts - Light and airy ghost cookies that will complete any Halloween party!
- Witches Brew Cocktail - An adult vodka cocktail that will really get the party started!
- Mini Mummy Pizzas - These tasty cheese pizzas are a great lunch for kiddos during October!
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Best Halloween Cupcakes: Vanilla Bean Halloween Cupcakes (+More Great Ideas!)
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.
- In a mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the eggs in one at a time, adding the baking powder and salt with the last egg. Mix until just combined.1 cup butter, 1 ¾ cups sugar, 3 large eggs, 3 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
- Add the milk by adding the first half only, and mixing it into the batter. Add the cake flour (or all-purpose flour) gradually into the wet batter. Finish combining the ingredients with adding the last half of the milk and mixing until smooth, and adding the vanilla bean caviar or paste. Mix until well distributed.1 cup milk, 2 teaspoon vanilla bean caviar, 2 ¾ cups cake flour
- To scrape the vanilla bean caviar from a whole bean: Press the vanilla bean flat on a cutting board then use a sharp knife to cut down the length of the bean to make a slit. Pull the bean open carefully, then use the tip of your knife to scrape down the insides of the bean.
- Pour equal portions of the batter into each cupcake liner and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be entered into the center of the cupcake and come out clean.
- Allow your cupcakes to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then remove them from the pan and set them aside so they may cool completely before frosting or serving.
Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat 1 cup of softened butter until it is creamy and pale in color (about 5-6 minutes).1 cup butter
- Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean caviar, 1 cup confectioners sugar, and the optional pinch of salt to the bowl of butter (*see note). Mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined, then begin alternating between adding small amounts of heavy cream and the remaining sugar as it mixes. *You may not need all of the heavy cream to reach your desired consistency.2 teaspoon vanilla bean caviar, 1 pinch salt, 4 cups confectioners sugar, 4 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- Once the consistency of the frosting is firm yet spreadable and all of the confectioners sugar has been used, stop adding heavy cream.
- Continue to whip until the frosting becomes light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Spread or pipe onto cooled vanilla bean cupcakes and top with your desired Halloween themed decorations or sprinkles.
- Using room temperature ingredients is beneficial because it helps the cupcakes to bake evenly (and according to recipe timelines).
- Salt in your buttercream frosting is optional, but it helps to balance the flavors and reduce sweetness.
- Store your frosted cupcakes (or unfrosted) at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 24 hours, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freeze cooled cupcakes after wrapping in plastic wrap, then placing into freezer bags with the air squeezed out. Keep your cupcakes frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then frost as usual.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!