These devilish Halloween cupcakes are perfect for a costume party, like the fallen angels and devils party I held for Halloween a few years ago. And they’re really easy since I used store-bought cake mix and frosting.
For my Halloween parties, I often have big dreams of making those cute desserts you see all over the web this time of year.
My problem is that baking is not my one of strengths…something about having to follow all the directions exactly…
And even more specifically, decorating baking is even less of a strength.
Which is why I was thrilled to find these super-simple cupcakes from ambrosia baking that are easy to make.
Even if you’re not a baker.
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Here’s your shopping list:
- 1 package red velvet cake mix – I took the easy way out and used store-bought red velvet cake mix (but you could make your own with our red velvet cupcakes recipe)
- 1 container of white frosting – Again, you could make your own icing. Just make sure not to use cream cheese icing since it melts and won’t hold the shape.
- red food coloring – you need the right kind* in order to get a really red color. But I’ll talk more about that below.
- black fondant* – This is for the horns.
Make the cupcakes
The first step is to make the cupcakes.
Just follow the directions on the package. (Or if you want to make them from scratch, try our red velvet cupcakes recipe).
Let them cool completely before going to the next step.
How to make red icing
Now we’re ready to put on the icing.
The biggest issue is getting the frosting to turn red without using a whole bottle of food coloring.
Which makes the icing taste horrible!
And what’s the point of icing if it doesn’t taste good?
So I found the solution for that!
Get the right food coloring. This red gel food coloring* (available on Amazon) makes a beautiful red color without having to use very much.
Just mix it in a little at a time until you get the tone you want.
Use a piping bag and a large piping tip to swirl the icing onto the cupcakes like you would if you were making a soft ice cream cone.
How To Make The Devil Horns
Finally, we need to make the horns.
They are made from black fondant.
I used this small tub of already-made black fondant* available at Michael’s.
Then I used a 1/8 teaspoon to take a small scoop out of the fondant.
Rolled it into a curved horn shape.
And stuck it into each side of the icing.
And that’s pretty much it!
How cute are these?
Other Halloween desserts you might like
- Graveyard Halloween cupcakes
- Halloween Ghost cupcakes
- Bloody knife Halloween cupcakes
- Black cat sugar cookies
Devilish Halloween Cupcakes
- 2 12-cup muffin pans
- 24 cupcake liners
- mixing bowl
- Piping bag with a large round tip
- 1 Package of Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 can Ready-made Icing
- Americolor Super Red Gel Food Coloring
- Ready-made black fondant
- Make the Red Velvet Cake Mix following the directions on the box
- Insert the cupcake liners into the cupcake pans. I used black ones to go with the theme.
- Fill the liners with equal amounts of cake mix.
- Bake at the temperature and amount of time specified in the cake mix instructions (usually between 16 and 18 minutes).
- Allow the cupcakes to cool completely
Make the Icing
- Put the icing in a bowl.
- Mix in the red food coloring a little bit at a time until it looks red.
The Finishing Touches
- Use a large round piping tip with a piping bag to pipe the red icing onto the cupcakes.
- To make the horns, take a small piece (about 1/8 teaspoon) of the black fondant and roll it into the horn shape with points on both ends. Stick 2 horns into the icing on either side of the cupcake
- The brand of food coloring that you use will make a big difference in how red the icing will be.