13 Cute Halloween Cupcakes

These creative Halloween cupcakes are an absolute scream!

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

    Instant coffee granules enhance these cupcakes' already rich chocolatey flavor. Top with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and add your favorite Halloween-inspired toppings, like licorice, jelly beans, or even plastic cake toppers (like the black cat shown here).
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst  

    Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts

    Vanilla Meringue Frosting creates too-cute ghosts and delightfully a sweet bite topping your chocolate cupcake.
  • Almond Spider Cakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Almond Spider Cakes

    A web of sugary goodness awaits you in these Halloween cupcakes. Almond paste in the batter and a colorful almond glaze give these cakes a distinctive nutty taste that kids will love. Top with plastic or gummy spiders for a spooky touch.
  • Orange Angel Food Cupcakes with Candy Corn Buttercream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst  

    Orange Angel Food Cupcakes with Candy Corn Buttercream

    This citrus-flavored spin on angel food cake is perfect as the base for colorful Candy Corn frosting! Pile the cupcake high with buttercream and enjoy this Halloween treat.
  • Carrot-Coconut Spice Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Linda Hirst  

    Carrot-Coconut Spice Cupcakes

    Looking for some not too scary Halloween snacks? These Carrot-Coconut Spice Cupcakes will to the trick. Try this spin on carrot cupcakes by added shredded coconut to the batter and toasted coconut on top!
  • Skeleton Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas

    Skeleton Cupcakes

    Give your chocolate cupcakes a scary skeleton makeover! Frost Chocolate Cupcakes with a dollop of homemade white frosting, then top with a chocolate wafer and upside down mini chocolate cupcake. Add brown M&Ms for eyes and black licorice for a nose. White jelly beans transform this skeleton into a tasty, toothy treat.
  • Mini Ghost Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas

    Mini Ghost Cupcakes

    At just 15 cents per serving, these mini cupcakes are easy to prepare and to work into your budget. Bake 3 dozen Mini Chocolate Cupcakes, then pipe whipped topping into a ghost shape and use chocolate chips for the eyes and nose.
  • Heavenly Candy Bar Cupcakes

    Heavenly Candy Bar Cupcakes

    Tempted to break into those bags of candy you've stockpiled for trick-or-treaters? Melt a few Milky Ways in a saucepan and bake them into these ultra-rich cupcakes. Top with Chocolate-Marshmallow Frosting and chopped candy garnishes.
  • Trick or Treat Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Trick or Treat Cupcakes

    This cupcake is the showcase for our Halloween thrills. For the parade of goblins, ghosts, and monsters looking for something sweet, we top it with anything we can find on the candy aisle. There's no trick to this treat—it's scrumptious any time of year.

  • Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling
    James Carrier

    Devil's Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling

    These devilish cupcakes feature a hidden treasure of ooey-gooey marshmallow cream filling. Your little ghosts and goblins are sure to devour these tasty treats!
  • Chocolate Spider Cupcakes
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Rachel Haas

    Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

    These spooky spiderweb cupcakes are easier to decorate than you think. Simply frost in white icing, then pipe black icing in concentric circles and drag a toothpick through them to create the webbed effect.
  • Little Monster Cupcakes
    Photo: Mark Thomas

    Little Monster Cupcakes

    Perfect for preschool and kindergarten Halloween celebrations, these adorable monster cupcakes are more sweet than scary.
  • Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes

    Nothing could be better than a chocolate cupcake topped with marshmallow frosting, except maybe one topped with marshmallow frosting AND ganache. If you want to pin this, we suggest swirling the ganache to look like spooky spiderwebs.

     

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