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These easy Frankenstein Cupcakes make fun Halloween treats! Made with boxed cake mix, homemade fluffy green frosting, and assembled to look like Frankenstein- the spooky monster! Kids will love decorating them and are perfect for parties!
Other fun Halloween cupcakes to try are my Witch Hat Cupcakes!
These fun Frankenstein Cupcakes are made with rich chocolate cupcakes, a creamy homemade frosting, and cute monster decorations. Perfect for Halloween parties, monster-themed events, or to get in the Halloween spirit!
Both kids and adults will love this dessert and they are cute enough where they aren’t too scary. If you’re looking for fun activities to do this season, decorating these cupcakes is a great way to get the kids to help. Who wouldn’t love decorating cute cupcakes?
We like to keep it super easy and simple so that’s why we used semi-homemade boxed cake mix to make the cupcakes and a 2 ingredient frosting. Feel free to use canned frosting if you really wanted to make this recipe easier.\
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Cupcakes: You can use your favorite cupcake recipe whether it’s from a box or you make your own from scratch.
- Frosting: We make our own homemade frosting but you could definitely used canned frosting as well. Vanilla frosting, cream cheese frosting, or Swiss meringue frosting make great options.
- Edible eyes: You can find edible candy eyes at most grocery stores or craft stores in the baking isle. You could also use M&M’s, black frosting, black gel or chocolate chips instead.
- Chocolate sprinkles: Used to make Frankensteins hair, shaved chocolate could be used instead.
- Green food gel: Used to make green frosting and the color of Frankenstein. If you don’t have green coloring, combine equal parts of blue and green.
- Mini Tootsie Rolls (Tootsie Roll Midgees): Used to make the neck bolts, you can also use pieces of pretzel rods.
how to make frankenstein cupcakes
Bake cupcakes: Prepare cupcakes according to box directions and allow to cool.
Beat butter and sugar: In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until incorporated.
Make green frosting: Add green food coloring until desired green color is achieved. If green buttercream frosting gets too thick add a little milk.
Frost cupcakes: Transfer frosting to a piping bag with a wide piping tip or place in a plastic ziplock and snip off a piece of the corner. Pipe a swirl onto each cupcake and flatten with a butter knife or offset spatula.
Assemble Frankenstein: Place chocolate sprinkles in a shallow dish or plate. Gently press the top of the frosted cupcakes into sprinkles to make hair. Press two candy eyes in place. Place a Tootsie Roll half on the sides of each cupcake to make neck bolts. Add sprinkles for nose, mouth and eyebrows if desired. Enjoy!
recipe tips & variations
- Make cupcakes ahead of time: Bake according to the recipe and let cool completely on wire rack. Place them in an airtight container or large heavy-duty ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. You could also refrigerate for up to 5 days. Frost and decorate cupcakes when ready to serve.
- Fluffier cupcakes: Most cupcake recipes yield 24, but I like to fill the cupcake liners almost to the top with batter to ensure the cupcakes can rise and get extra puffy on top. When I do this method, it usually yields about 16 cupcakes. You may need to add an additional minute or two to the baking time.
- Cupcakes: It’s always easier to use box cake mix but homemade cupcakes from scratch are always delicious. I like to use chocolate cake mix because a darker look is best. Devil’s Food Cake, brownies, Red Velvet, and milk or dark chocolate cake are the best options.
- Change up the cupcake liners: You can use any color of cupcake liners. I use black and green but they also have adorable Halloween themed cupcake liners that would be perfect.
leftovers & storage
To-store: Place leftover cupcakes in an airtight container or wrap the dish or platter with plastic wrap. Store in a cool area at room temperature for up to 5 days.
To-freeze: You can freeze baked cupcakes that haven’t been decorated for up to 3 months. Place cooled unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container or heavy-duty ziplock bags. When ready to frost, you can frost them frozen or you can let them thaw. Just be sure they are completely thawed before decorating.
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- 1 15 ounce box dark chocolate or Devils Food cake mix plus ingredients on package (water, eggs, and oil)
- 1 1/2 cup butter softened
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk as needed
- green food coloring
- 1 cup chocolate sprinkles
- 24 Tootsie Roll midgees (mini) cut in half
- 48 edible candy eyes
- Prepare cupcakes according to box directions and allow to cool.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until incorporated.
- Add green food coloring until desired shade is achieved. If frosting gets too thick add a little milk.
- Transfer frosting to a piping bag with a wide tip or place in a plastic ziplock and snip off a piece of the corner. Pipe a swirl onto each cupcake and flatten with a knife or offset spatula.
- Place chocolate sprinkles in a shallow dish or plate. Gently press top of frosted cupcake into sprinkles to make hair.
- Press two candy eyes in place. Place a Tootsie Roll half on the sides of each cupcake to make neck bolts. Add sprinkles for nose, mouth and eyebrows if desired. Enjoy!