Put on a frightfully good Halloween spread with fun cupcakes to delight your little monsters. Whether you go for black cats, spooky ghosts or scary skulls, there's a design to impress and satisfy your tastebuds. These simple recipes use Halloween sweets, chocolate and icing galore to create fun mini masterpieces. Try your hand at one of our spine-chilling sponges.


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1. Black cat cupcakes

Cupcake iced like a cat

No self-respecting witch would be without these cute black cat cupcakes for Halloween. With just some black buttercream, shop-bought sweets and laces, a little fondant icing and an icing pen you can whip up a batch of these whiskered treats. Practice your piping skills and see how purrfect you can get your kittens.

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2. Hooting Halloween owls

Cupcakes decorated like owls

Give a hoot about Halloween by serving up these crowd-pleasing owl cupcakes. These simple chocolate sponges use icing, jellies and sweets to create these beautiful birds that are sure to go down a treat with kids and adults alike.

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3. Pumpkin cupcakes

Pumpkin cupcake with a bite taken out iced and topped with pecans

These delicious seasonal cupcakes are made using grated pumpkin and butternut squash. A touch of orange zest and cinnamon gives them a warming, spiced flavour. To change from the spooky theme, ice with buttercream icing and top with chopped pecans.

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4. Ghoulish Halloween cupcakes

Cupcakes on a platter decorated like monsters

To add to your Halloween platter, keep it simple with monstrous vanilla sponge cupcakes. Fondant icing can be pretty hard to handle. If it’s too sticky to roll out, place a walnut-sized amount onto the cupcake and pat out.

For a step by step guide on how to make scrumptious vanilla cupcakes, watch our video on how to make cupcakes.

5. Halloween cake pops

cake pops decorated like eyeballs

This variation on the traditional cupcake – the cake pop – is a hit with kids and adults alike as they’re easy to make and, more importantly, easy to eat. Kids will love getting involved with decorating, using sweets and icing pens to create this veined eyeball illusion.

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6. Monster cupcakes

Cupcakes iced like monsters

Channel your little monsters' creativity with these weird and wonderful creations. Mix it up with a variety of sweets and coloured fondant and see how many crazy faces they can make. Jelly fangs and liquorice allsorts are our personal favourite monster building blocks.

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7. Spider web muffins

Muffins iced like spiders webs

These chocolatey bakes are easy to make and are sure to stand out in any Halloween selection of treats. Create this cool cobweb design with dark and white chocolate by piping circles of dark chocolate on a white base, then dragging skewers though the circles to create a webbing effect. We love these mini fudgy masterpieces.

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8. Skull cupcakes

Chocolate cupcake decorated like a skull

We couldn't have a Halloween celebration without a skull or two present, especially when they look this good in fondant. Keep it simple and stark by topping black velvet cake with black buttercream and some cleverly placed white fondant cut-outs.

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9. Spider cakes

Cupcakes decorated like spiders

For some more traditionally terrifying cupcake idea, try these amazing arachnids (although these spiders are on the cute side of creepy). Children will love decorating these choc chip vanilla treats, by simply adding red bootlace mouths and liquorice legs to a blob of chocolate spread.

If you'd like to move away from the cupcakes, check out our spooky Halloween biscuit recipes.

10. Haunted graveyard cakes

Chocolate cake decorated like a graveyard

These spine-chilling showstopper cupcakes are sure to add some chocolatey goodness to your celebrations. Try using the cookie gravel and ghostly meringue toppers from our graveyard cake recipe and adding them to light chocolate cupcakes. Give each cake an individual headstone or a crunchy ghost.

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