Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

This recipe for Halloween cupcakes is easy and versatile.  You can make everything from scratch or use box mixes.  No judgement…just fun for Halloween!!  These cupcakes are part brownie, part cupcake, and all totally delicious!   The frosting is an easy standard buttercream and you can color it any which way you like.  As you can see in the photos, I left some of it plain and colored the rest.  You can also add your favorite Halloween candy as a topping.  See, I told you…super fun!  

Directions for Halloween Cupcakes

First mix up your batch of brownie mix.  I made my Brownies from Scratch but you can use a box mix if you like.  Set the brownie mix aside.

Either use non-stick spray or line cupcake tins with liners.

Now make your favorite white cake recipe.  I went ahead and just used a box mix for this one.  When the cake mix is complete, add orange food coloring.

Pour brownie batter 1/3 the way up each of the cupcake tin sections and then fill the rest with the cake mix.

Halloween cupcakes batter

The entire tin section should be filled 3/4 of the way.

Fill tins with Halloween cupcakes batter

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool in the tin for about 5-10 minutes and then remove to cool on a wire rack.  Be sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.  You don’t want melty frosting!

For the frosting:
Mix together 2 sticks of butter (1 cup), 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar), 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1-2 tablespoons of milk.  Start with 1 tbs. of milk and if the frosting seems to thick, add a little more.

Frosting for Halloween cupcakes

Feel free to color the frosting and then decorate with your favorite candy!

If you are in the mood for more Halloween baking, try this pumpkin cake recipe.


Halloween Cupcakes

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Brownie Mix
White Cake Mix
Orange food coloring
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
4 cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk
Your favorite Halloween candy or sprinkles for decorating


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Use nonstick spray or fill cupcake tins with liners.
Make brownie mix and fill cupcake tins 1/3 full.
Make white cake mix, add orange food coloring.
Adding the cake mix on top of the brownie mix, fill cupcake tins to 3/4 full.
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
Let cupcakes cool for 5-10 minutes and then remove to wire rack.
Cool completely before frosting.

For buttercream frosting:
Mix together butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Add 1 tbs. of milk and if the frosting is too thick, add a bit more to thin.
Frost cupcakes and add your favorite Halloween candy or sprinkles.

Keywords: Cupcakes, Halloween

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