Creepy Halloween Skull Cupcakes

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You can use any chocolate cupcake or muffin recipe for these scary skull cupcakes which are always are hit at any Halloween party I bring them to. I was inspired by the movie 'Night of the Living Dead' when creating them.

1
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 33 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix (such as Duncan Hines®)

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 eggs

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ (16 ounce) packages prepared vanilla frosting

  • 1 (7 ounce) pouch prepared chocolate frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners, preferable dark-colored or Halloween-themed ones.

  2. Combine cake mix, water, eggs, and oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed until batter is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 21 minutes. Remove from oven and cool tins on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before decorating, about 1 hour.

  4. Frost each cupcake with a thin layer of white vanilla frosting and refrigerate for 30 minutes to make decorating easier.

  5. Remove cupcakes from fridge and apply a second layer of white frosting. Fill a piping bag outfitted with a small round tip with chocolate frosting and draw a skull face on the cupcakes: pipe large ovals for the eyes, two dots for the nostrils, and a large "stitched" smile for the mouth.

Editor's Note:

The directions for making cupcakes are based on the particular brand mentioned. Follow instructions on box if using a different brand.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
13g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 182mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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