Skulls, owls, mummies and brains; cupcakes and Halloween - a few of my favorite things!   I've included the best cupcake recipe* and  buttercream recipe** out there to help you whip up these fun Halloween cupcakes in no time.  Here are some great tips and tricks to make spooky skulls, eerie owls, macabre mummies and braaaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnnsssss that will appeal to zombies big and small!  These diabolically sweet snacks are sure to please all the ghouls and goblins in your life. Don your lab coat and fire up the ovens! It's time to get gruesome.

*thanks to http://bestcupcakerecipes.blogspot.com - see, best cupcake recipe - it's built into the name!
** thanks to me and my own experimentation. You're welcome!

Step 1: Ingredients


You'll want some basic cupcake making devices for this endeavor:
  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Spoons
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Lag screws or marbles - something like that.  You know, to make the skull shapes.

Best Cupcake Recipe EVAR

Of course you can use a box mix to speed up this process, or your own stand-by recipe for perfect cupcakes.  But if you're looking for something new, look no further.  With a whole new technique and tangy taste, these vanilla cupcakes will blow your socks off!
  • 3 cups (360g) of flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227g) of salted butter - room temperature
  • 2 cups (110g) of sugar
  • 1 TBSP +1 tsp (20mL) baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz / 237mL) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz  / 237 mL) of plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. (10mL) vanilla extract

Can't Believe It's So Good and So Simple Buttercream Frosting Recipe

That's about all I need to say about it.  Only four ingredients and five minutes stand between you and frosting you'll actually want to eat with a spoon (this coming from someone who scrapes off the frosting to get to the good stuff!)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups(1 lb / 448 g)  of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz / 237mL) of milk
  • 2 tsp (10mL) of vanilla extract
  • Opt.  Chocolate chips
  • Opt. Food Coloring

Tasty Toppings

This can be left up to your imagination and will depend on what devilish devices you have planned!
I used M&Ms to create eyes, nostrils and beaks, Junior Mints for skully eye sockets, mini Oreos for owly eyes and red hots for special zing where needed.  Get creative with what you can find!

I'm very proud. They were all eaten right away at the party today. thanks for the great idea. <br>The cat was a happy accident, having lots of black frosting left over. <br>I didn't have mini oreos, so I used frosting instead. I actually liked the white on the outside and black on the inside of the eye. Do they sell mini opposite oreos?<br><br>Happy Halloween!<br><br>
So cute! We done.
Thanks so much for this cute, creative idea scooch! I made them for a family function tonight. I think they turned out great:)
FANTASTIC! They looks so good all together like that!
<p>Thanks for this idea, I had so much fun making these! I used mint frosting with chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes, and it was a delicious flavor combo. </p>
I tried the skull cupcakes using a smaller than average marble on the bottom and a larger one on top. Although it makes the jaw bottom of the cupcake flare out more marbles were what I had to work with. They turned out great - thanks!
awesome!<br>The skull cupcakes could also make awesome mario mushroom cupcakes. (same shape)<br>How did you make the mummies? frost it all white, then add skinny chocolate lines?
So clever! I'm so making skulls tomorrow!
Really fun!&nbsp; Perhaps one could roll some foil into a marble shape if screws/marbles aren't available.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yum...pumpkin muffins would be ideal!<br /> <br /> A great treat&nbsp; idea and good luck in the contest (you got my vote)!
Great instructable. Easy, fun, and super cute!
&nbsp;totally luv the bolt idea, and how cute are those owls??? Ok, let me be honest, luv them all!
You make the best Instructables!
the bolts/lag screws thing is awesome...never would have thought of that...ever
A&nbsp;winner is you!<br /> Welll, not yet, but one of your ibles will!<br />
&nbsp;You know what's strange? The first thing I thought of when I saw the intro photo was, &quot;Oh man, if I did this, I would enjoy eating the little triangular bits that I would cut out to make it skull-shaped.&quot;<br /> <br /> And then I read the 'ible and discovered that you didn't cut them! Nice innovation with the bolts there, however disappointing it was to read about that innovation.<br />
Thanks! <br /> And sorry. . . <br />
&nbsp;i like the braaaaaiiiiiiinnnnnsssss cupcakes... nice work.

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