Halloween Cupcake Tips, Tricks & Treats
It’s baaa-aack. That’s right, Halloween is here and it’s time to scare up some fun. From classroom parties to neighborhood get-togethers, show off your spooky style with a few special tricks that will take everyone’s favorite treat—the cupcake—from super cute to deliciously creepy. Now, let’s get baking.
THE PERFECT PUMPKIN CUPCAKE
When it comes to Halloween, these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are a perfect place to start. Boasting bright orange color and made with ingredients you likely have in your pantry, this recipe may become your newest go-to favorite.
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THE BEST BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Made with two full sticks of butter, this recipe for Boo-tiful Buttercream Frosting is so frightfully fluffy, you just can’t help but lick the beaters. Whip up a big batch and prepare to pipe your pumpkin cupcakes with spectacular style.
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BEWITCHING DÉCOR IDEAS
Now that you have the makings of the best Halloween cupcake on the block, it’s time to get it into costume. Tint your frosting black and white, then follow the ideas below to create hair-raising works of edible art that everyone will howl for.
- Go Ghostly. Spoon white frosting into a decorating bag and pipe in the shape of a soft-serve ice-cream swirl onto cooled cupcakes. Boo! It’s a party of fun-loving ghosts. Use dabs of black frosting or mini chocolate chips for eyes.
- Make Layers. Alternate layers of black and white frosting for a creepy, but way cool, dramatic effect. Take it up a notch by using donut holes on lollipop sticks to create skulls. These Jack Skellington Halloween Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen will certainly inspire you!
- Twist It Up. Create eerie black and white swirls by first fitting a decorating bag with a large star tip. Carefully spoon white frosting into one side of the bag, fill the other side with black frosting, then twist the bag closed. Your frosting will pipe out in a two-toned swirl pattern!
- Design a Web. Spin a spiderweb design by following this simple tutorial by Ambrosia Baking, which uses black icing instead of frosting. This eye-popping technique uses a simple toothpick and is easier to master than you think!
HANDS-ON CREEPY CUPCAKE DECORATION STATION
Throw a monstrously successful Halloween party for your favorite ghouls and goblins with a DIY create-a-creepy-cupcake affair. Here’s how…
Step 1: Get ahead of the game by making a plethora of plain cupcakes in advance. Include a variety of flavors to make sure everyone walks away as happy as a witch in a broom factory. It’s easy to churn out cupcakes like a baking boss with the BAKER’S SECRET® SIGNATURE™ 12-CUP MUFFIN PAN.
Step 2: Put out a help-yourself collection of colorful frostings in Halloween hues—black, white, purple, orange and bright green. Arrange in bowls and provide small spreading knives or spatulas, like the BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIAL™ 3-PC SPATULA SET.
Step 3: Now the fun part…sort sprinkles, sugar pearls, small candies and more in a mini muffin pan. The BAKER’S SECRET® SIGNATURE™ 24-CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN will keep all your fixings tidy and organized.
Want to make monsters? Include mini marshmallows for eyes, candy corn for teeth and horns, and pieces of chewy fruit snacks for tongues.
Want to make spiders? Include rope licorice for legs, candy eyes and chocolate
sprinkles for hairy bodies. Make spiderwebs by filling a decorating bag, fit with a thin filling tip, with a few ounces of melted dark chocolate. Pipe a spiderweb design onto a baking sheet lined with cooking parchment paper. Cool in the refrigerator until firm. Then carefully peel from parchment.
Want to make witches? Include red-hot candies for eyes, chocolate-dipped sugar cones for hats, black licorice for hair, and candy corn or green gumdrops for noses.
Step 4: Have on hand cute to-go boxes or bags so your guests can transport their frosted treats home with ease. (If there are any leftovers, that is.) Happy Hallow-eating!
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