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Two simple and cute Halloween Cupcake creations that are perfect for any Halloween party.

One of my biggest character flaws is my inability to be punctual. Yep, I’m that person that shows up to pretty much everything at least five minutes late. It’s a thing – a quirk if you will, that annoys just about everyone in my life.

Admittedly, I take longer than average to get ready. I’m a dilly-dallier, that likes to watch YouTube while I put on makeup and I can never decide on what to wear – ever. If Eric sees my curling iron plugged in, he knows it’s gonna be awhile. Again, it’s a thing.

Ya see, my dad snapped a photo of these spider cupcakes after he happened upon them at a local grocery store. I fell head over heels for their super cute, almost Muppet like look. I immediately hopped online and purchased the spider cupcake stands from Amazon, with the intention of having them made and posted by mid-October. Yeah, clearly that didn’t happen.

I’ll tell ya what did happen though – leftover frosting and cupcakes, so naturally, ghost cupcakes had to become a reality!


Let’s view these Halloween cupcakes as last minute inspiration for all of you procrastinators out there. They’re super delicious, and in my opinion, couldn’t be cuter. Plus, with a little help from a Doctored Up Cake Mix, you can totally pull them off one day before Halloween!

Product Information – Spider Cupcakes

– black cupcake liners
gel paste food coloring
Wilton 233 Piping Tip
Wilton Candy Eyes
Spider Cupcake Stands (alternately you can use Wilton Licorice Strings)

Product Information – Ghost Cupcakes

– black cupcake liners
– large star piping tip
Wilton Candy Eyes

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Two simple and cute Halloween Cupcake creations that are perfect for any Halloween party.


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix (see note below)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water (see note below)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and espresso water mixture. Beat for about two minutes on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells; about 3 tablespoons of batter per well.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, top with your favorite buttercream recipe.


  • My favorite Devil's Food Cake is Betty Crocker - Pudding in the mix.
  • If you don't have instant espresso granules, you can sub in 1/2 cup warm coffee.
  • The espresso in this recipe really just deepens the chocolate flavor, but if you aren't into the whole coffee thing, just use 1/2 cup warm water.
  • If you are using a different flavor of cake mix and pudding, simply omit the espresso granules and simply use 1/2 cup warm water.

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Wednesday 29th of October 2014

As soon as I saw this post, I immediately ordered the Spider Cupcake Stands, the eyes, and black cupcake liners from Amazon for my daughter (who loves to bake, and is teaching herself cake decorating). She was thrilled to receive them and made the cupcakes this weeked.

However, even though she has a grass tip to make the hair, whatever buttercream recipe she used was too soft and the hair refused to stand up.

Is there a recipe for a buttercream that works well for creating these kinds of details, while also tasting good? Which recipe would you recommend?


Saturday 8th of November 2014

Hi! So happy to hear you were inspired by the cupcakes. I would recommend the butter cream from this post: I hope this helps! -Jamie

Sabrina Lim

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

I absolutely love the simplicity of your blog. It looks fresh and clean and just really easy to navigate through. It really gives off a relaxing vibe. And the Halloween cupcakes look divine. Thank you for sharing the step-by-step recipe! They are really easy to understand. All in all, I really enjoy reading your blog. It is fun-filled with facts and information about baking that I would have never understood. Your blog overall deserves TWO thumbs up!


Tuesday 5th of November 2013

Absolutely amazing.

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Tuesday 5th of November 2013

Adorable ... kids must love it


Wednesday 6th of November 2013

Thank you so much! Thank you for following MBA!


Jeff @

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

I made this on our Halloween party and it was a hit with both the kids and adults.

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