We found some amazing sprinkles and felt inspired to make halloween cupcakes in preparation for our party. Although these look like they’re from a bakery, they are SO easy to make.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the yummiest cupcakes, create a mound of sprinkles (the easy way), and create a single or two-color swirl buttercream frosting.
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Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I am REALLY looking forward to Halloween this year. No matter if we’re dressed in elaborate costumes or decide to call it a night early and watch a movie on the couch, we like to do something special each year.
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One way we’re planning to add fun to our night is by making a fun Halloween dessert. These are elaborate looking but they are really quite easy to put together (and the kids will love to help). If you’re ready to make a simple cupcake for halloween, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make This Halloween Treat
- Start with a rich and moist cupcake. I always recommend my VERY popular easy vanilla cupcake recipe or the lazy girl chocolate cupcake recipe because both come out perfect every time. Psst: you can even use store bought cupcakes – just scrape off that yucky shortening-based frosting.
- I recommend making the cupcakes a day in advance. They will be fine stored on the counter in an air-tight container. You can also make the frosting the day before (leave uncolored).
- One of my favorite things about decorating cupcakes is the intense colors. The trick I like to use is gel food coloring like this. You just can’t get that bright and vivid saturation of your icing with that standard water-based food coloring you use for Easter eggs. And the best part is that you use much less of the coloring.
- If you hate the clean up, create the frosting inside a piece of cling wrap to put into the piping bags. You just pull out the cling wrap, clean up the tips, and you’re done!
- My last suggestion: use whatever cupcake icing you love most to ice your cupcakes. Your cupcakes are made for your enjoyment, not mine. So, use buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting or even canned frosting. For my halloween cupcakes, I decided to use a homemade buttercream, included in the recipe below.
Easy Halloween Cupcakes Recipe with Sprinkle Shelf
Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun Halloween cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions and have fun!
To turn these into spooky cupcakes (while still being kid-friendly for the little ones), use this sugar spider webs tutorial to learn how to safely make them. They look amazing!
These also work as bite sized mini cupcakes. In order for the swirl to show up well, use a smaller frosting tip.
More Easy Cupcake Recipes You Might Like
- Fun Frankenstein Cupcakes - I love how easy these fun cupcakes for halloween are to make! They're my favorite way to bring a little life to the party (get it?!)!
- Candy Corn Marshmallows - These easy Halloween dessert table cuties really look great and will be gobbled up in minutes.
- Spun Sugar Spiderweb Cupcakes - The kiddo is fascinated with how we turn sugar into spiderwebs with this fun spider cupcake.
- Easy Ghost Cupcakes - You're not going to find an easier halloween treat recipe. It's literally so fast and simple, you can't help but make a million in just a few minutes!
- Witch Cupcakes - John with Preppy Kitchen shows you how to use an ice cream cone and a cooke to form an iconic Halloween character cupcake.
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