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  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free

Get the kids involved with baking and decorating these spooky monster Halloween cupcakes. They’re so fun and perfect for your scary bash on October 31.

  • Makes18
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time1 hour
Halloween cupcakes


  • 185g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups (335g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) milk
  • Assorted pkts Coles Halloween Gummies (Body Parts/3D Eyeballs/Australia’s Deadliest Animals)
  • Candy eyeballs
  • Sour worm gummies
  • Black writing icing

Buttercream frosting

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 3 cups (480g) icing sugar mixture
  • 1 tbs milk
  • Blue, green and orange food colouring

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 1722kJ/412 Cals (20%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 21g (30%), Sat Fat: 14g (58%), Sodium: 159mg (8%), Carb: 54g (17%), Sugar: 39g (43%), Dietary Fibre: 0.4g (1%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 18 holes of a 1/3-cup (80ml) muffin pan with paper cases. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and milk, in alternating batches, until just combined.

  2. Step 2

    Divide evenly among paper cases. Bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    To make butter frosting, use a clean electric mixer to beat the butter in a bowl until pale. Add the icing sugar, in 3 batches, beating after each addition until combined. Add the milk and beat until combined.

  4. Step 4

    Divide the buttercream evenly into 3 portions. Tint each portion blue, green and orange with food colouring. Spread any cupcakes with icing that you would like to decorate with a spider web design. Place remaining icing in separate colour piping bags fitted with a fluted or glass nozzle.

  5. Step 5

    Pipe buttercream over the cupcakes. Decorate the iced cupcakes with the gummies, eyeballs and worms or pipe with writing icing in a web design.

Recipe tip

Use it up:
Keep any leftover food colouring for your next dessert decorating extravaganza.

Why you’ll love these Halloween cupcakes

While Halloween may have Celtic and American origins, more and more Aussies each year are taking part in celebrations through activities such as trick-or-treating or Halloween parties. Get into the spooky spirit this Halloween and whip up a batch of our monster cupcakes. Decorated in colourful frosting and lollies to resemble scary monsters, this sweet treat is the perfect mix of flavour and creativity. These scary Halloween cupcakes are also a fun and festive way to get the whole family involved, or enjoy them at scary movie nights or a monster-themed kids’ party. 

Essential ingredients for easy Halloween cupcakes

Cupcakes are the perfect canvas to achieve Halloween magic. They provide a great blank slate to get the creative juices flowing to make your own edible masterpiece. With the clever use of food colouring and gummy lollies, we’ve designed a colourful collection of monsters complete with candy eyes, spooky body parts and sour worms. The best part about decorating your own cupcakes is that no two have to be the same! Once you’ve laid out all your Halloween cupcake decorations and colour tinted frosting, you’re free to start designing. For more creative Halloween cupcake ideas, get your little ones involved! They’ll get a kick out of decorating their own original monster cupcakes.  

How to choose Halloween cupcake decorations

Like with any good Halloween cupcake, it’s important to nail the two major components: the cupcake base and the frosting. Our version is made from a simple vanilla cake base. For the best possible butter frosting, use good quality butter and an electric mixer to ensure a smooth, lump-free mixture. If you have the option, choose gel food colouring for bright, vibrant colours. Gummy lollies work best for decorations but you can also try chocolate bites, candy straps or gum balls.

Ways to serve Halloween scary cupcakes

If you’re throwing a spooky bash this year, cupcakes are a delightful addition to Halloween party spreads. Any Halloween cupcake designs are perfect for sharing on a gory grazing table alongside other sweet and savoury treats, such as Halloween punch and Halloween bananas. Or elevate the spook factor by displaying your creations in a cupcake tower!

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