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Spooky Halloween Cupcakes Your Kids Will Love

These scary looking cupcakes are perfect for spooky snacks or terrifying treats! A chocolate base with some halloween colours and decorations make these a firm favourite for all the family. Courtesy of

Serves 8


For the Cupcakes:

  • 315g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 400g granulated sugar
  • 250ml sunflower/canola/rapeseed oil
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp white cider vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25ml liquid green food colouring

For the frosting:

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 4 tbsp milk or cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Orange, green and purple gel or paste food colouring

To finish:

  • 180g strawberry or raspberry jam
  • Various Halloween themed sprinkles and decorations


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients in a medium sized bowl or jug and whisk to mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk just until there are no lumps. Fill cupcake papers to 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes and leave to cool completely on a wire rack before filling and frosting.
  5. To make the buttercream, beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Add icing sugar, salt, milk or cream and vanilla extract. Start beating together with a mixer on low speed, once icing sugar has been mixed in, increase speed and beat until frosting is smooth and creamy. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that everything is well incorporated.
  7. Divide frosting into three. Beat orange gel or paste colour into one batch, purple into the second batch, and green into the third batch. Spoon each frosting into a piping bag fitted with a large plain, star or French piping tip. Set aside. To finish your cupcakes, use an apple corer to remove the centre of each cooled cupcake then spoon in about 1 tbsp of jam into the remaining hole.
  8. Next, top four cupcakes with a swirl of orange frosting and decorate with sprinkles or sugar decorations, then do the same with the green and purple buttercream on the remaining cupcakes.
  9. Cupcakes will last for 3-4 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
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