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Halloween Cupcakes

From graveyard cakes to spider cupcakes, we've got recipes for a hair-raising Halloween.

Creepy Crawly Cupcakes

You can put the bite on these spiders before they put the bite on you, thanks to Heatherly Noble who notes, "These are a huge hit with kids!"

The Mummy

These mummy cupcakes were made by Massachusetts cook chefX39 using a carrot cake cupcake recipe.

Cupcake Graveyard

This popular Halloween cupcake comes from Liz Harrison, who says she "always brings these ghoulish treats to class parties."

Halloween Layer Cakes

Specialty molds are available for baking pumpkin-shaped cakes, but you can also frost a Bundt cake with orange-colored frosting. Shape a stem out of dark green- or brown-tinted marzipan or frost a small cupcake green. To make an extra-large pumpkin cake, bake two Bundt cakes and attach the flat sides together, then frost to resemble a pumpkin.

Halloween Cheesecakes

These cheesecakes are elegant enough for grownups, but fun for the kid in all of us.

More Halloween Cake Ideas

Huge Scary Spider Cake

  • Bake a chocolate cake in two stainless steel oven-safe bowls, one twice as large as the other.
  • Once the cakes are cool, take the larger-sized cake (this will be the spider's body) and cut it in half horizontally.
  • Scoop out a good-sized cavity in the bottom half, and fill it with green-, yellow- or red-colored filling. Attach the two halves back together.
  • Arrange the filled cake and the smaller cake (the head) on a serving platter. Frost with a black-tinted frosting. Attach black licorice for legs and six large red gumdrops for eyes.

Haunted Graveyard Cake

  • Bake a sheet cake and frost with chocolate frosting. Sprinkle it with crushed chocolate cookie crumbs.
  • Bake shortbread or cutout cookies in a tombstone shape. Dip the cookies in a thin icing of confectioners' sugar and milk. Use a toothpick to carve R.I.P., or decorate with royal icing.
  • Gently stand your tombstones in the chocolate frosting. Decorate graveyard with cookie or candy ghosts, black cats, and pumpkins.

Ghost Cake with Flaming Eyes

  • Cut a sheet cake into a ghost shape, and decorate with white icing. Use black-tinted icing for eyes and moaning mouth.
  • Put eggshell halves on eyes. Soak two sugar cubes in high-proof alcohol. Place sugar cubes in eggshells. Just before serving, light sugar cubes with a match. Boo!

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Get set for Halloween!

    Oct. 8, 2009 4:12 pm
    i like one that is hiding
    Oct. 13, 2009 6:43 am
    My son is really into mummies right now. I will definitely have to make the mummy cupcakes for him. And they look so easy- I think he will have a great time being able to frost them himself.
    Oct. 13, 2009 10:06 am
    i made the mummy's from shannons wicked brownie recipe as they held up better & added peanut butter to the icing for color effect of mummy wrapping!! c pic at brownie recipe page!!
    Sep. 29, 2010 2:40 pm
    i think these will taste great.
    Oct. 6, 2010 1:02 pm
    Those mummy cupcakes are the cutest!I'll be making these for a Halloween goody exchange in our neighborhood tonight- I just hope I can make them look as good as the picture...
    buba j 
    Oct. 25, 2010 4:48 pm
    ilove cake
    Oct. 29, 2010 10:05 pm
    my boyfriend actually suggested i use red velvet cake when i make the mummies tomorrow so 'when you bite into it's head it'll be dark red like blood.' gross! but not a bad idea.
    Nov. 26, 2010 8:40 am
    i got some great ideas here for my nieces halloween wedding cup cake wedding cake C:\Users\Wendy\Pictures\2010-10-29 wanda's wedding\wanda's wedding 016.JPG
    Mar. 23, 2011 3:26 pm
    I'm getting married on Halloween this year and I'm trying to come up with some cool ideas I want to do a skull cake made out of red velvet cake but don't know how
    Sep. 16, 2011 2:33 pm
    I'm so excited to make these Delicious desserts
    Oct. 16, 2011 9:49 pm
    renee666, wilton puts out a 3 dimensional skull cake pan this time of year, joanne, michaels hobby lobby etc usually have 50% off coupons around...follow the directions for baking and either use fondant or ganache for the icing..
    Oct. 20, 2011 2:01 pm
    I made these yesterday and had a great time with my granddaughter. We used the mini chocolate chips for the center of the eye and they worked perfectly. Thanks for a fun idea.
    Oct. 25, 2011 11:43 am
    i made the black magic cake and my mom loved it she was surprised at how well it tasted since i am on 14 years old lol but it was delicious i recomend that everyone make that cake its is to DIE for lol.
    Oct. 25, 2011 11:45 am
    my aunt is getting married this weekend and she is having a costume pary wedding where you get to wear your costumes kewl right
    Oct. 29, 2011 11:18 pm
    The Black Magic Cake sounds awesome.
    Apr. 30, 2012 7:04 pm
    Lots of cute ideas here. I will have to bookmark this page and come back when we get closer to Halloween for inspiration!
    Oct. 10, 2012 2:57 pm
    Wow that's looks great and ready for halloween to hide in those white cute frosting Reminds me od Oreo cuz my family is an oreo fan.
    Oct. 18, 2012 6:23 pm
    When making the pumpkin cake using the bundt pan I frost an ice cream cone and use it for the stem.
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