Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

These delectable cupcakes will be the hit of any Halloween gathering! They are adorably spooky!

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Halloween is a spooky holiday that is celebrated each year on October 31st. The holiday originated over 2,000 years ago from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. It was observed on November 1st, it celebrated the new year, and people would wear costumes and light bonfires to ward off ghosts. Samhain marked the end of summer and harvest season and the beginning of winter. This time of year was associated with human death. The Celtic people believed that the night before the new year blurred the boundaries between the world of the living and world of the dead. They thought that on October 31st ghosts would come back to earth, damage crops, and cause trouble for the living.

During the eighth century, Pope Gregory III made November 1st a day to honor saints and called it All Saints Day. All Saints Day used some of the traditions of Samhain, like wearing costumes. The evening prior to All Saints Day became All Hallows Eve which would later become Halloween. Eventually, Halloween evolved into a day where people wear costumes, go trick or treating, have festivals, and carve jack-o-lanterns.

Cupcakes got their name from how they were originally prepared. Before muffin tins were invented cupcakes were baked in individual “cups” like ramekins, molds, or pottery cups. The first written description of cupcakes was featured in the 1796 cookbook American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. Cupcakes were described as “a light cake to bake in small cups”. The first written documentation of the term “cupcake” was featured in 1828 in a cookbook called Receipts by Eliza Leslie.

The first time I made these cupcakes was for a Halloween dessert contest. My husband is not much of a baker, but he thought it would be fun to enter us into a Halloween dessert contest. I knew that I at least wanted to make spider cupcakes because I had spider leg cupcake holders. I chose chocolate icing for the face, and vanilla icing for the fang decorations. Then I got the idea to make mummy cupcakes by using vanilla icing and drawing lines on the cupcakes. We won the dessert contest’s “Scary” category. It was super fun making these cupcakes and I hope that this recipe brings your family a lot of entertainment. Have a Happy Halloween!

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Yields 24 cupcakes

Specialty Tools: Frosting bags, frosting tips, and a frosting spatula or butter knife.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Bake Time 18 to 20 minutes

Inactive Time 60 minutes

Drink Pairing suggestion: Tea or milk

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup sugar

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup milk

Vanilla or Chocolate Icing (Recipes below)

Garnish/Decorations: Chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Line a 24 cup cupcake tray with paper liners. Or line two 12 cup cupcake trays.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and unsalted butter.

Mix in the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla extract.

Add the flour, baking soda, powder, and salt to the bowl. Mix until combined.

Stir in the sour cream and milk. Mix until the batter is smooth.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into prepared cupcake tray.

Bake cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes. Take out when inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool cupcakes on a cooling rack for an hour before frosting.

How to Decorate the Cupcakes to look like Mummies:

Add a thin round or ribbon tip to a pastry bag.

Fill the pastry bag with vanilla buttercream icing. Twist the top of the bag and squeeze out a little bit of icing to test the tip and the pressure.

Make horizontal and diagonal lines on the top of the cupcake to make a mummy face.

Finish off the face by adding two chocolate chips for eyes.

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

How to Decorate the Cupcakes to look like Spiders:

Using a frosting spatula or butter knife gently spread chocolate buttercream frosting onto the top of the cupcake.

Fill the pastry bag with vanilla buttercream icing. Twist the top of the bag and squeeze out a little bit of icing to test the tip and the pressure.

Squeeze out a dot of vanilla buttercream and then release so the dot spread to a point. This will make the spider fangs. Make another fang parallel to the first fang.

Add two chocolate chips for eyes.

Make them look very spidery with spider leg cupcake stands or laying the cupcakes on black licorice.

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Cupcakes must be cooled completely before frosting. If you are low on time, cool the cupcakes in the refrigerator before frosting.

If you have edible googly eyes feel free to use them in this recipe!

Decorating cupcakes is a fun activity to do with your kids! Just have fun with it!

If you do not like vanilla, feel free to use my chocolate cupcake recipe and decorate them with these Halloween decoration suggestions!

Vanilla Buttercream Icing Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes

Active Time 3 minutes

Specialty Tool: Hand mixer

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

8 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Place the powdered sugar and butter in a bowl. Whip together until combined.

Add the vanilla and milk to the bowl and whip until light and fluffy.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

Prep Time 2 minutes

Active Time 3 minutes

Specialty Tool: Hand mixer

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

8 tablespoons butter, softened

4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Place the powdered sugar, butter, and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whip together until combined.

Add the milk to the bowl and whip until light and smooth.

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