5 Easy Halloween Cupcakes (For The Non-Baker)

5 Easy Halloween Cupcakes (for the non-baker)
5 Easy Halloween Cupcakes (for the non-baker)

For my annual Halloween party, I like to have at least one dessert that acts as both decor and dessert. My problem is that I am not a talented baker. So I usually go through the cycle of finding a really great looking dessert on Pinterest, trying to make the dessert the correct way, completely failing at it, and then having to come up with a simplified version that I can do. It usually isn’t quite as attractive as the original, but still gets the job done for my party ūüôā

I thought I would share some of the dessert disaster recoveries that I have come up with, in case anyone else is in the same baking class that I am.

Click Next to see my recipes for Easy Halloween Cupcakes (for the non-baker).

Graveyard Cupcakes

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Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes
Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

I love the idea of grass with graves and a tombstone as part of my table decor for a ghost and graveyard party.

Brownie graveyard
Brownie Graveyard

via culinaryginger.com

I found this graveyard brownies recipe on culinaryginger.com and I think it is awesome!!

I know from experience that I would never get the grass to look that green using frosting. And any attempt I would make to do proper-looking tombstones would take me a lot of time and would probably end up looking so bad that they would end up in the garbage can so I didn’t even attempt those 2 parts of this recipe. I also prefer cupcakes for my parties, just because it is easier for people to help themselves.

So here’s my recipe for graveyard cupcakes:

What You Need

Ingredients

Chocolate cake mix
Tin of chocolate frosting
18 Milano cookies
Tube of cake decorating frosting
Skull and bones sprinkles

Pots and Utensils

Muffin/cupcake tins
Muffin cups
(optional) Piping bag or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner
Toothpicks
2 small bowls, one that can fit inside the other (preferably metal or glass bowls)

How To Put It Together

Cupcakes

1. Line the cupcake tins with the muffin cups.

2. Mix the cake batter as directed on the package (or make your favorite chocolate cake recipe if you are so inclined)

3. Equally divide the batter into the muffin tins.

4. Follow the instructions on the package for baking the cupcakes

5. Let cool completely on a cake rack

Frosting

1. If you are using the tinned variety, there isn’t much to do here other than open the tin ūüôā Otherwise, you will need to follow your favorite chocolate frosting recipe to get it ready.

2. If you are using a piping bag (or ziploc bag with a whole cut in one corner), fill it with the chocolate frosting and pipe a mound on to the top of each cupcake. If you are not using a piping bag, you can use a large spoon to place a scoop of icing on the top of each cupcake.

Adding the Tombstones

I started out by attempting to use tube of cake decorating icing to write directly on to the “tombstones”. This was pretty much a disaster…I couldn’t write small enough to actually spell out anything, the letters all ran together, it just generally didn’t work for me…so that’s when I decided to switch to using a toothpick to do the writing. Not perfect but much better!

1. Squeeze out some of the cake decorating icing into the smaller of the small bowls.

2. Fill the bottom of the larger bowl with hot water.

3. Put the smaller bowl into the hot water in the larger bowl. There should be enough water to come most of the way up the sides of the small bowl but not run over the edges.

4. Use one of the toothpicks to stir the icing in the smaller bowl. The heat from the water should make it runnier so that it is easier to work with.

5. Use the toothpick like an old-style pen, but dipping it into the icing and then writing on the cookie. You will need to dip it quite frequently to get each of the letters written (a little slow) but I found that I had much better control over what it looked like.

6. When your tombstone is written, stick it into the chocolate frosting on the cupcake.

7. I went for the easy way out on the bones, and added some Bone and Skull sprinkles to each of the cupcakes.

Bloody Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Knife Cupcake
Halloween Knife Cupcake

These bloody Halloween cupcakes would be perfect for anyone doing a slaughter house theme for their Halloween party…or if you just want some spooky cupcakes in Halloween colors.

Bloody Halloween Cake
Bloody Halloween Cake

via sayitwithcake.org

The inspiration for these cupcakes was this awesome cake from sayitwithcake.org.

As always, I prefer cupcakes for my parties…just easier to serve. But the rest of this cake was actually pretty doable, even with my limited baking skills!

What You Need

Ingredients

Red Velvet cake mix, or you can use our Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake recipe if you prefer
Cream cheese frosting – You can use the store-bought kind or make it yourself with our Best Cream Cheese Icing recipe (this is one case where I actually prefer to make it myself…this recipe is easy and tastes great!)
Strawberry or raspberry sauce (the kind you put on ice cream…you want it to be pureed with no fruit lumps)
Candy knives

Pots and Utensils

Muffin/cupcake tins
Muffin cups
(optional) Piping bag or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner

How To Put It Together

Cupcakes

1. Line the cupcake tins with the muffin cups.

2. Mix the cake batter as directed on the package (or make your favorite chocolate cake recipe if you are so inclined)

3. Equally divide the batter into the muffin tins.

4. Follow the instructions on the package for baking the cupcakes

5. Let cool completely on a cake rack

Frosting

1. If you are using the piping bag (or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner):

  • Fill the bag with frosting and seal the open end shut…to do this with a piping bag, twist the end a couple of times. For the ziploc bag, just zip it shut.
  • Pipe the frosting on to the tops of the cupcakes. Start at the outside edge of the cupcake and go around in circles toward the middle until you have covered it (kind of like you would if you were serving a soft ice cream cone)

2. Otherwise, use a large spoon to put a dollop of frosting onto the top of each cupcake.

Adding the Blood

1. Drizzle the strawberry or raspberry sauce over the top of each of the cupcakes. Be careful on how much you add…if you put on too much it will make a big mess of your cupcakes!

2. Stick in the candy knives for the final touch!

Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes
Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

These ghost cupcakes are actually pretty easy to make, so I didn’t have to change the original design much at all…the only difference from the inspiration picture is that I used a chocolate chip for the mouth.

Ghost Cupcakes
Ghost Cupcakes

via wifeinprogressblog.com

The inspiration version came from wifeinprogressblog.com. She used traditional butter cream icing where I used cream cheese icing (just because I like it better…feel free to use buttercream if you prefer).

What You Need

Ingredients

Chocolate cake mix
Cream cheese frosting – You can use the store-bought kind or make it yourself with our Best Cream Cheese Icing recipe (this is one case where I actually prefer to make it myself…this recipe is easy and tastes great!)
Candy eyes
Chocolate chips

Pots and Utensils

Muffin/cupcake tins
Muffin cups
Piping bag or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner

How To Put It Together

Cupcakes

1. Line the cupcake tins with the muffin cups.

2. Mix the cake batter as directed on the package (or make your favorite chocolate cake recipe if you are so inclined)

3. Equally divide the batter into the muffin tins.

4. Follow the instructions on the package for baking the cupcakes

5. Let cool completely on a cake rack

Frosting

For this recipe the¬†piping bag (or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner) is kind of necessary. It’s hard to get enough height on the icing if you are just scooping it on with a spoon.

1. Fill the bag with frosting and seal the open end shut…to do this with a piping bag, twist the end a couple of times. For the ziploc bag, just zip it shut.

2. Pipe the frosting on to the tops of the cupcakes. Start at the outside edge of the cupcake and go around in circles toward the middle until you have covered it (kind of like you would if you were serving a soft ice cream cone)

Adding the Eyes and Mouth

1. Stick two candy eyes on to the top of the cupcakes

2. Stick the chocolate chip in upside down (so the top of it goes into the icing) as the mouth.

Devilish Cupcakes

Devilish Cupcakes For the Non-Baker
Devilish Cupcakes For the Non-Baker

These cupcakes are a lot harder to make than they look. Trying to get the icing to turn out that red and the horns to actually look like horns was my own version of hell. It didn’t help that after I had spent 2 hours working on them and had finally got half of them put together so that they looked presentable, I promptly dropped the whole tray on the floor! I almost called off my Halloween party…

Original Devilish Cupcake
Original Devilish Cupcake

The inspiration for these came from. When I looked at the picture, I thought…how hard can these be?

You can find the recipe that I ended up going with by clicking here to go to my Devilish Cupcakes for the Non-Baker post.

Hopefully, anyone else reading this who isn’t a very good baker will get some inspiration to try some cupcake decorating…it can be done!

Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes

Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes
Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes

This year my Halloween party theme is Phantom of the Opera so I wanted to make some cupcakes to go with the theme. I wasn’t able to find the mask molds like you see in the inspiration cupcakes, so I had to make do with¬†what I could find and then use¬†black icing to make the eye holes look black.

Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes
Phantom of the Opera Cupcakes

via cakecentral.com

I found these ones that I like on cakecentral.com but couldn’t find any baking instructions, so I was on my own to figure out how to make them.

I have long ago given up trying to get icing to be the color I need with food coloring. Unless it’s a pastel shade, it never works for me…so black sprinkles make the frosting look black. And then I tried my hand at using a candy mold to make the phantom mask.

What You Need

Ingredients

Chocolate cake mix
Tin of chocolate frosting
Black sprinkles
White chocolate squares or melts

Pots and Utensils

Muffin/cupcake tins
Muffin cups
(optional) Piping bag or ziploc bag with a hole cut in one corner
Mask candy mold
Small tube of black icing
Small tube of red icing

How To Put It Together

Cupcakes

1. Line the cupcake tins with the muffin cups.

2. Mix the cake batter as directed on the package (or make your favorite chocolate cake recipe if you are so inclined)

3. Equally divide the batter into the muffin tins.

4. Follow the instructions on the package for baking the cupcakes

5. Let cool completely on a cake rack

Frosting

1. If you are using the piping bag (or ziploc bag with a hole in one corner), pipe the frosting on to the tops of the cupcakes. Otherwise, use a large spoon to put a dollop of frosting onto each one.

2. Use the black sprinkles to cover the top of the frosting, which makes it look black. I usually put each cupcake on a plate to do this and then pour the sprinkles that end up on the plate back into the bottle to be used on the next cupcake.

3. Use the small tube of red icing with a star end on it to make the little red “flowers” towards the front of the cupcake.

Make the masks

1. Melt the white chocolate, either in the microwave or by heating it on fairly low heat over the stove. In both cases, be careful not to cook it for too long as it burns easily.

2. Fill each of the mask molds with the white chocolate.

3. Let the candy harden.

4. Take the candy out of the mold…sometimes easier said than done ūüôā

5. Use a toothpick to put a little dot of black icing over each eye hole.

6. Stick the tip of each mask into the frosting behind the “roses”.

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