Halloween Cupcakes

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

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 18-22 minutes


  • 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.

23 Responses to “Halloween Cupcakes”

  1. Jess — October 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    So adorable! pinning this!


  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

    These are sooooo cute! LOVE!


  3. Karm — October 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

    These are cute!! The ghost ones are adorable!


  4. Cat — October 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Got a chuckle out of this. When my DH and I were dating, he’d meet me at the subway on his motorcycle. He’d be 15 min early, I’d be 15 min late, routinely. He’d chew me out for being 30 minutes “late.” We got married in spite of our differences, and now he just fumes quietly. I know how you feel when you say you can’t help it. Neither can I .
    Love those cupcakes!!! Your recipe sounds good. I hate the fact that the stores have Christmas stuff out already. I like seeing a Halloween post the day before Halloween. Come to think of it, I haven’t but the decorations up yet. I think I better get on that. Cupcakes can be baked tomorrow.


  5. Carol Tieman — October 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Are you telling me that you use a Betty Crocker devils food cake mix with pudding in the mix and still add a 3.4 ox package of instant pudding? My daughters and I have been trying to perfect these box cake mixes.


    • Jamie — October 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Yes, I use Betty Crocker (with pudding) and still add the dry pudding mix as listed. Have a good day and thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Jennifer — October 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the ghosts. They are too cute.


  7. Allie — October 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    These are the most adorable things I’ve ever seen! Cannot wait to make them, and just in time too! Thanks for the recipe :)


  8. DessertForTwo — October 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Super cute cupcakes!


  9. Anne — October 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    My friend just told me about your blog. It looks great. I’m a big follower of “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, which is also a blog. I now have the two of you to check out.

    P.S. Great Ghost and Witches edibles on his site this week.


  10. Daniella Lupi Balan — October 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I really like your blog posts. Everything always looks so delicious and completely adorable! Better yet, the fact that you put the ingredients and tips in your blog just makes me (and others, I’m sure) to try it out best we can. A great encouragement, this blog is. Your little notes at the end are a nice touch as well. Keep up the great work!


    • Jamie — November 4, 2013 at 10:58 am


      Thank you so much! I’m so happy that you enjoy the site! Have a lovely day and thank you for following!


  11. Melissa Belanger — October 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    These are too adorable! I love their googly eyes. Is that the same tip that you use to make grass? I think I just may have that one already!


  12. Kirsten — October 31, 2013 at 5:48 am

    These are soooo cute! Sadly the spider cupcake stands aren’t available on Amazon UK :( I will have to try and find them elsewhere.


  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    So adorable and perfect for Halloween!!


  14. Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net — November 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

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


  15. وصفات طبخ — November 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Adorable … kids must love it


    • Jamie — November 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much! Thank you for following MBA!


  16. Alexander — November 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Absolutely amazing.


  17. Sabrina Lim — November 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    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!


  18. TwirlyGirly — October 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

    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?


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