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Spooky monster cupcakes recipe - these easy Halloween cupcakes are perfect for kids party food
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Easy Monster Cupcakes

Treat your little monsters with these fun and easy Monster cupcakes - perfect for kids party food and Halloween baking!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert, Party Food
Cuisine: British, Halloween
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Grace Hall


For the cupcakes:

  • 175 g softened butter
  • 175 g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the butter icing:

  • 100 g softened butter
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • orange and green gel food colouring

To decorate:

  • large and small edible candy eyes


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas mark 4/350°F). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.
  • Place the butter in a mixing bowl and whisk together with the caster sugar until light and fluffy. Break the eggs into a bowl and lightly whisk with a fork. Add the eggs a little at a time to the butter and sugar mix, whisking in between.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder on top, and using an electric whisk on a low speed, gently blend the ingredients together.
  • Add the milk and vanilla extract and blend again.  Increase the mixer speed and whisk for a few more seconds until well mixed.
  • Divide the cake mixture between the cupcake cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Once the cakes are cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • When ready to decorate, make the buttercream icing:
  • Whisk the butter with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar, a little at a time, until completely combined. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again. Add the milk in small splashes until the icing is at the correct consistency for piping.
  • Split the buttercream between two bowls, then add the orange and green gel food colourings and stir well until each colour is even.
  • Once the cakes are completely cool, spoon the green buttercream into a piping bag with a star piping nozzle. Pipe a swirl of green icing onto the top of half of the cupcakes.
  • Repeat with the orange buttercream, adding swirls of orange icing to the remaining cupcakes.
  • Add edible candy eyes to the buttercream swirls to turn your cupcakes into monsters.