Spooky Halloween Vanilla Cupcakes

Spooky Halloween Vanilla Cupcakes

While I cannot take credit for these Spooky Halloween Cupcakes, I can take credit for my love of baking rubbing off on my step-son. 

This past week he has baked up a storm! Baking cookies, cupcakes, all while decorating a Haunted House in the garage for the Trick or Treaters. AWESOME JOB NICK!


spooky halloween vanilla cupcakes


Spooky Halloween Vanilla Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
37 mins

These cupcakes are fluffy, soft, delicious and spooky! A great combination for Halloween

Course: Desserts
Servings: 12
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or milk
  • black & purple food colouring
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.

  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.

  3. Next add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

  5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.

  6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

  7. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

  1. To make the frosting, combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.

  2.  Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  3.  Next add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of water or milk and mix until smooth.

  4. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  5.  Add remaining water or milk as needed and mix until smooth.

  1. Separate into two separate bowls making sure you have more in one bowl than the other

  2. Add black food colouring to the bowl with less icing and add the purple to the bowl with more mix until well combined

  3. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes like shown and use candy eyeballs for decoration. 


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