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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
18 mins
additional:
1 hr 45 mins
total:
2 hrs 33 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

276 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 38.6g; fat 13.1g; cholesterol 24.7mg; sodium 234.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2017
I made them as mini cupcakes. Takes some practice/skill to get the faces to look right. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2017
These came out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2017
I made them as mini cupcakes. Takes some practice/skill to get the faces to look right. Read More
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