Frankenstein cupcakes are perfect for Halloween parties! Frosting is shaped to form a square head, candies are used for facial features, and a small amount of piping is used for the details!



Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

  • Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and vegetable oil together in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until batter is smooth, about 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups with batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 19 to 23 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

  • Beat shortening and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth; add vanilla extract and mix well. Beat confectioners' sugar, alternating with milk, into butter-shortening mixture until frosting is stiff and holds its shape; mix in green food coloring until desired color is reached.

  • Fill a piping bag, or large resealable freezer bag with a corner snipped, with frosting. Pipe frosting around the top half perimeter and top of each cupcake creating the "head" and "face"; smooth out the frosting using a small spatula, flattening the top into a square-shape for the top of his "head."

  • Pour chocolate sprinkles into a shallow bowl and dip the top of each cupcake into the sprinkles, slightly angling the cupcake to get sprinkles around the uppermost top side of the "head" for the "hair."

  • Press 2 dark brown chocolate pieces on the sides of each cupcake creating the "bolts." Press 2 blue chocolate pieces into the top front of each cupcake creating the "eyes." Put a dot of black food gel in the center of each blue candy for the "pupil." Make a "stitch" onto the "face" using the red food gel.

Nutrition Facts

460.1 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 60.9g 20% DV; fat 24g 37% DV; cholesterol 44.7mg 15% DV; sodium 186.4mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
So much fun to make! My kids loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
So much fun to make! My kids loved them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The flavor decorations were absolutely perfect. I made a few tweaks for the recipe. I used red velvet cake mix on the cupcakes for a bloodier and darker look. My family loved them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Good to go on this one. I don't bake much but used all boxed ingredients including the frosting. So can't vouch for the taste but they looked good. Read More