Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Cupcakes

I feel like I'm always saying, I can't believe it's already August/September/October...  But the months and seasons do seem to disappear so quickly.  It's already snowed three times in Colorado.  This morning, I was regretting not wearing gloves as I scraped ice off my windshield.

And so, I'll say again, I can't believe that Halloween is next week.  Are you stocked up on candy yet?  We don't have to buy candy for trick-or-treaters since we've never seen any kids going door to door in our condo building, so any candy we buy ends up being just for us.

I brought home a pile of candy to make these Halloween cupcakes, though, so we have quite a supply of Oreos, Milanos and Hershey's Kisses on hand right now.

Personally, I can resist most candy unless it's chocolate, especially chocolate/peanut butter combinations, so the box of Reese's Pieces I bought to decorate the little owls didn't last too long.  And at my sister's house, she and her husband are always trying to bogart the Kit-Kats that show up in their kids' candy bags.

It was so fun to make a variety of designs, and while I had scribbled down at least a dozen more that I wanted to do, I limited myself to just these 7 designs.  The owls are nothing new, as I've been seeing this idea for a few years now and I'm not sure where it originated, but it was too cute to not include.

If I had to pick a favorite, it might be the fancy witch hat with her ruffly buttercream skirt or the mummy.  Which do you like best?

One Year Ago:   Melted Witch Cake
Two Years AgoI Dream of Apples in October...

Halloween Cupcakes

what you'll need...
  • cupcakes, any flavor
  •  buttercream, various flavors and colors (white for the ghost, mummy and eyeball /any color for the owls, witch and grave)
  • Milano cookies
  • Oreos
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Candy Eyes
  • Food Coloring
  • Piping Bags and Tips

1.  Fancy Witch Hat:  Pipe the ruffly buttercream using the large drop flower tip.  Attach a Hershey's Kiss to half an Oreo with a little buttercream, any flavor, and pipe dots around the edge of the hat.

2.  RIP Gravestone:  Cut the Milano cookies in half.  Pipe RIP onto the cookie gravestones and stick into the frosting.  Sprinkle with crushed Oreo crumbs.

3.  Mummy:  Use a flat tip to pipe white buttercream back and forth across the cupcake and press the candy eyes into the middle.

4.  Eyeball:  Frost with white buttercream, then pipe squiggly red lines from the center to the edge.  Press a candy eye in the center.

5.  Owl:  Place two Oreo halves, frosting side up, on the cupcake.  Add a brown Reese's Pieces for the eyeball.  Add an orange Reese's Pieces for the nose, and brown ones at the top for the eyebrows.

6.  Ghost:  Pipe white buttercream onto the cupcake with a large round tip, swirling it around to a point.  Add two sprinkles or candy sugar pearls for the eyes.

7.  Zombie:  Frost cupcake with white buttercream.  Add a candy eyeball, and make the other eye and mouth with red piping and chocolate sprinkles.

Designs by Curly Girl Kitchen


  1. love the cupcake ideas! So adorable and they look so easy and fun to make! Just visited Crested Butte, Vail, and the snow was flying first of October!

  2. This looks AMAZING! You're so creative. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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