Halloween Cyclops Cupcakes

These cyclops cupcakes are perfect for Halloween or for a kid's birthday party if your child likes one-eyed monsters. I used grapefruit leather for the mouth, but you can use other colored fruit leather as well.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
12 cupcakes



  • 9 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 5 tablespoons boiling water, or more if needed

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened and cubed

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 3 drops green food coloring


  • 1 (.68 oz. tube) black decorating gel

  • 12 blue candy-coated milk chocolate pieces

  • 4 marshmallows

  • 3 dark colored fruit leather

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice, or more as needed

  • 3 tablespoons silver dragees decorating candy

  • 24 sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.

  2. Sift cocoa powder into a large bowl and add 5 tablespoons boiling water. Stir into a thick paste, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Add 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, until batter is smooth.

  3. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl and stir into the batter until well combined. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 to the top using an ice cream scoop.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed and a toothpick comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool in muffin tin for a few minutes; transfer to wire rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.

  5. Beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together in a bowl until creamy. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in 1 cup confectioners' sugar gradually until frosting is smooth. Mix in green food coloring.

  6. Frost each cupcake with a thin layer of green frosting and refrigerate for 30 minutes to make decorating easier. Frost with a second thin layer of green frosting.

  7. Draw a small dot with the black decorating gel on each candy-coated milk chocolate piece for the pupil. Cut marshmallows into 4 slices with a sharp knife and stick 1 blue pupil in the center of each marshmallow piece.

  8. Cut fruit leather into crescent shapes or semi-circles for the mouths using small sharp scissors.

  9. Mix 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar with lemon juice in a bowl to make icing. Glue silver dragees onto the fruit leather mouths using a toothpick dipped in icing.

  10. Assemble cyclops by placing a mouth and one marshmallow eye onto each cupcake. Stick 2 sunflower seeds on top of the cupcake for the horns.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
25g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 35g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* 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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