Halloween Cupcake Recipes

Whether you’re serving them to adults or bringing them to the kids’ class parties, cupcakes are one of the easiest (and most well-loved) Halloween desserts. To make the baking process fun for everyone involved, set up a DIY baking bar complete with the fixings to make multiple flavors (chocolate! Red velvet!). Once the cupcakes have baked and come to room temperature, swap out the flour and sugar for bowls of colorful frosting, as well as everything you need to create spooky and festive decorations. There’s no shortage of creative Halloween cupcake ideas, from glittery pumpkins and cute black cats to toothy skulls and sour candy mummies. Kids will love decorating their own personal batch, then tasting one another’s and setting them out for all to admire. Too busy sewing costumes to bake a batch of cupcakes from scratch? Fear not—we also have 8 creative toppers (easy enough for novice bakers) that will pair perfectly with store-bought cupcakes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

These individual pumpkin cakes have been a fall standby long before Pumpkin Spice Lattes came on the scene. Indeed, our cupcakes are deliciously moist, bursting with pumpkin flavor, and topped with a creamy icing that’s decadent but not too sweet. Not to mention, we devised a shortcut that makes whipping up these pumpkin cupcakes for a Halloween party or autumn potluck so much simpler: We start with a box of yellow cake mix to eliminate lots of measuring and mixing. The quick batter comes together with pumpkin puree (rather than the water typically called for on the box), for a dense, satisfying cupcake.

9 Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Sweet and spooky decorating ideas for Halloween cupcakes.

8 Scary Easy Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Upgrade store-bought cupcakes with creative toppings that are easy enough for even a novice baker to execute.

9 Festive and Delicious Halloween Cakes

From no-bake cheesecake to a candy-packed cookie cake, these desserts are perfect for entertaining. Don’t be fooled by their intricate designs—they’re mostly easy to whip up (and delicious, too!)