Easy Halloween Cupcakes
A few years ago, a friend at work asked me to make Halloween cupcakes for a birthday party. We settled on Frankensteins, mummies, jack’o’lanterns, owls, graveyards, and pumpkin patches. This was back when TGBG was a baby, and my photography skills were…a little lacking:
The cupcakes themselves were adorable, but I wasn’t happy with the photos that I clearly snapped as an after-thought on my way out the door. I’ve been meaning to remake a few of these guys for a while now, and the stars aligned a couple weekends back.
I decided to stick with the easiest three Halloween cupcakes this time: jack’o’lanterns, pumpkin patches, and owls. You can use your favorite cupcake recipe (boxed mixes work, too!).
You’ll also need to make some vanilla buttercream and chocolate buttercream. Note that you might want to cut each recipe in half if you’re making 24 cupcakes and all three types of Halloween cupcakes.
From the store, we’re looking at Oreos, pumpkin shaped candy corn, and optionally any slightly oblong green and orange candy. I actually used jelly beans, but M&Ms also work. If you don’t want to buy a whole bag of candy, you can also use a little green and orange icing.
To make the pumpkin patch cupcakes:
Tint half of the vanilla buttercream green. You can use any star decorating tip to get the grassy effect. If you’re not into decorating tips, just ice the cupcake using a knife or spatula. Add a couple pumpkin candy corns, and you have a little pumpkin patch!
To make the Jack’O’Lantern cupcakes:
Tint the other half of the vanilla buttercream orange. Ice the cupcake using a knife or spatula. Use a little chocolate icing to draw the face – I found triangles looked much better than circles for the eyes and nose. A zig-zag or squiggly line is perfect for the mouth.
You can easily use a ziptop bag to create the face by snipping the tiniest bit off the corner. If you have decorating tips, any small circle will work. Add a little green for the stem with your green candy, or a circle or leaf decorating tip (you can see I used the leaf tip in the tiny pictures above).
To make the owl cupcakes:
Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream. Gently split open the Oreos – try to keep all the cream on one side. Nestle the Oreos into the chocolate buttercream to create the eyes and add a tiny circle of chocolate buttercream to finish the look. Tip: you can reuse the same ziptop bag you used to create the jack’o’lantern faces.
Make the beak by adding an orange candy, or piping a little orange icing leftover from the jack’o’lanterns. You can add a tuft of feathers made of chocolate to the top of the owl between the eyes if you want.
I personally think the owls are my favorite of the bunch! All three Halloween cupcakes are really fast and simple to make. I think kids would have a blast decorating them, too.
One important tip: don’t add the pumpkin candy corns, green and orange candies, or Oreos to the cupcakes too far in advance. They will all get soft from sitting in the buttercream. It doesn’t impact the flavor, but the candies can “sweat” or “weep” so the colors run.
Which one is your favorite Halloween cupcake??