My Booo-tiful Halloween Cupcakes

October 27, 2008 at 11:36 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
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You all know about my Booo-tiful Halloween Cupcake Contest right? If not, make sure you take the time and read about it. You could win some fun prizes. ::wink::

Even though I can’t enter, I didn’t wanna miss out on the Halloween cupcake fun so I decided to channel my creative scary side and give it a go! This week my baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, are enjoying some chocolate cupcake goodness chosen by yours truly so I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to bake cupcakes for my group, decorate for the Halloween holiday and complete a cupcake order for a Halloween party. Its a 3for! HAHA

If you have any questions on my instructions below, please let me know. I am half asleep as I write this post and my eyes are starting to glaze over. I’d appreciate if you didn’t point out grammatical errors though. I am sure there are alot. LOL. I’ll be better in the morning when I’ve gotten some Zzzz…

Spooktacular Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)


chocolate cupcake recipe
buttercream recipe
red hot candies
black licorice
food coloring gel (I used Wilton black, “no taste” red, golden yellow, lemon yellow, kelly green)
plastic spiders
ice cream sugar cones
candy corn
milk chocolate chips
milk chocolate, melted
chocolate jimmies or sprinkles


Hat: I made the spider hanging out of the top of the sugar cone by cutting off the tip of the sugar cone with a serrated knife, tying some dental floss (that I colored black with food gel) to a plastic spider and attached it inside with some melted chocolate. Obviously this part is not edible. To make the crown of the hat I piped some melted milk chocolate in a circle pattern and placed the cone on top. I sealed the cone to the chocolate based with more chocolate. I put it in the freezer to firm up while I made the witch part. You can see more pictures here, here, here, here and here.
Witch: I made 2 different witches. One of them has “grass tip” piped hair (L) and the other one has black licorice hair (R). I think either one is cute. Take your pick. I can tell you that the licorice hair was much easier! To make the witch’s face, I dolloped green frosting on top of the cupcake. Used candy corn for her nose, milk chocolate chips inserted point side into the frosting for eyes and black licorice for eyebrows.

Bats in the moon: I traced the bat image onto parchment paper with milk chocolate and put it in the freezer to set. The “moon” was a mixture of orange and yellow frosting that was done with an offset spatula. You can see more pictures here and here.

Spiderweb: Spread the black frosting evenly over the surface of the cupcake. Pipe circles and use a toothpick starting from the center pulling out will give you the web effect.

Spider: Spread the black frosting evenly over the surface of the cupcake. Cover the frosting with chocolate jimmies. Use 2 red hot candies for eyes and black licorice for legs.


Husband rating: A+
He said the red-eyed spider is his favorite one.

Wifey rating: A+
I thought for sure I’d say the witch was my favorite but I really love how the bat cupcake came out!

Other rating: A+
I brought cupcakes to a Halloween party and everyone loved them! I’d say that the witch were most ppl’s favorite. I think only a few ppl ate them though b/c they didn’t wanna mess up the decor. Most ppl just wanted to take them home to show [insert family member here]. Silly people. HAHA



  1. Oh my goodnesssss Clara! This is crazy awesome!!! You are way too creative for words!

  2. They’re so cute!! I think I like the bats the best because I was all about the chocolate things

  3. Wow! you are so creative. I am totally coming here to rip off.. I mean become inspired, by your work!

  4. SO creative! I love them all! Maybe I can try these this week!!

  5. Those are great!! As always, you’ve gone above and beyond. :)

  6. quelle imagination !! c’est génial :)

  7. Oooooh spook-ay! Love them! So cute.

  8. Wow, all of these are great!!!

  9. Your cupcakes look wonderful! I was excited to see how you would decorate them, but this is even cuter than I was expecting!

  10. Spooky how great these look. I almost wouldn’t want to eat them. Ok, who am I kidding – I’ll have one of each, please.

  11. FOODLIBRARIAN, thank you! I won’t tell you how long these took me but they were so much fun!

    NIKKI, I am totally digging the bats too.

    NATASHYA, Please feel free to rip… errr… be inspired! HAHA

    MARIA, I’d love to see pics if you make them!

    JULIE, I think I am just crazy, no? HAHA

    ISABELLE, Merci très beaucoup! (Thank you very much!)

    ELLY, I have to admit they came out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself. ;)

    ERIN, So glad I didn’t let you down. I was feeling a little pressure! HAHA.

    LISA, I thought the same thing for about 2 secs but then I swallowed the spider whole! There’s no such thing as manners when it comes to cupcakes right? HAHA

  12. Very ingenious! luv them!

  13. OOOLALA, Thank you!

  14. Great decorations, I could see why people wouldn’t want to eat them….NOT!

    By the way do you have a recipe for chocolate frosting that taste like the store bought kind? My hubby doesn’t like anything but, and I’m dying to make something comparable from scratch. thanks.

  15. BARBARA, You could try the buttercream link that I have on this post. I use water instead of the milk. Just add 3/4 cup cocoa or 1oz unsweetened chocolate, melted with an additional 1-2 tbsp water. It’s the Wilton recipe but if you want it to be more of the smoother consistency like the canned frosting, continue to add a 1/2 tsp of water until you get the consistency you want. I like this buttercream but its not my favorite. I also like this buttercream recipe too. Just add 1/2 cup cocoa to make it chocolate. HTH!

  16. These cupcakes are just fantastic – You are so inspirational! I’ve got another bloggy for you (I know you’ve gotten it before, but I still wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog!).

  17. LAURA, aawwww thanks for your sweet compliments! oohhh bloggy for me? I never met a bloggy I didn’t like. HAHA ::off to read your blog::

  18. Wow!!! They are really some wonderful looking cupcakes.
    The “Bats in the Moon” look especially tasty. Cake, icing, chocolate bats, yum, can’t get any better than that…

  19. GINNYPA, Thank you! Yeah I think that one is my favorite. It was quite tasty! ;)

  20. Great Spooky Cupcakes!

    I think the bats are my favorites because even though I love the look of chocolate transfers, I know what a pain they can be. :)

  21. CUPOCAKES, Yeah chocolate transfers do take time but I love they way they look too!

  22. They look great CB and so creative. I agree that the bats are my favs.

  23. JEN, Thanky! Yeah I think the more I look at the bats, the more I love them. It was fun eating the bats. ;)

  24. Hey, I just found your site and love it. I really think these are wonderful ideas. I hope you do not mind, but I referenced your site on my blog. Great cupcake ideas! I will share your site with my cake decorating class. They are cupcake nuts!

  25. CAROLINA, Thanks for your sweet compliments! I don’t mind at all! I think I probably fall in the “cupcake nuts” category myself. HAHA

  26. Seriously cute!

  27. PEABODY, Thanky!

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