15 Halloween Cupcake Recipes Sweeter Than Candy
One of the best parts about getting into the Halloween spirit is getting creative in the kitchen when it comes to homemade sweet treats. Cupcakes are always a winner, and as far as versatility goes, the sky is the limit — you can go spooky or pumpkin-themed or pile on all the appropriate seasonal candy. We've rounded up 15 options fitting these categories and beyond. Take your pick.
— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Candy-corn-lovers will be all over the color patterns and toppers on these adorable cupcakes.
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Monster Strawberry Cupcakes
What's better than a chocolate-covered strawberry? A strawberry monster cupcake. Bonus points for the Oreo crumble.
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Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Just because you may have gone vegan doesn't mean you've given up dessert, right? These cupcakes will be just as satisfying as the real thing.
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The spiderweb design will steal the show on these devil's food cupcakes.
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Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Pieces as toppers are the true draw on these chocolate cupcakes.
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Make these adorable (and edible) cupcake ghost toppers with marshmallows.
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Halloween Confetti Cupcakes
Jazz up your cupcakes with Halloween-colored sprinkles.
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Black string licorice will form the perfectly long and creepy spider legs on these cupcakes.
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Lightened-Up Pumpkin Cupcakes
These pumpkin cupcakes offer a pillowy and light marshmallow frosting as opposed to a superthick and sweet buttercream.
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Pumpkin Snickers Cupcakes
The addition of Snickers adds a unique component to chocolate and pumpkin everything. As an added bonus, these come topped with an edible spiderweb.
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Because Halloween is synonymous with Harry Potter, am I right?
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Cherry and Red Velvet Eyeball Cupcakes
These "bloody red" cherry red velvet cupcakes are gory but brilliant for Halloween.
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Chocolate Cupcakes With Butterfinger Peanut Butter Frosting
Looking for something different from the usual cupcake frosting? Opt for deliciously sweet homemade Butterfinger peanut butter frosting instead.
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Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes
Not much decorating skill required, but they turn out so cute.
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Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
There's nothing boring about chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting on Halloween once you dye the frosting a perfectly bright shade of orange.
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