Ghost Halloween Cupcake Recipe

Spooky Cupcakes

Ghosts rise up out of these dark chocolate cupcakes to put a little scare in your Halloween gathering.

1:10 prep time
24 cupcakes
151 Rating



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package Devil's food cake mix
1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter melted
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla


4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla


24 peanut-shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies
Black decorator gel or icing


Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into 24 muffin pan cups; set aside. 

Combine all cupcake ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Beat at medium speed until batter is thick and well combined. 

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pan cups. Bake 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely. 

Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. 

Frost cupcakes.  Working with 1 cupcake and 1 cookie at a time. Push end of cookie 1/3 of way into each cupcake. Frost front of cupcake and up onto cookie to give ghost a smooth look. Add eyes and mouth to cookie using black gel or icing.

*Substitute 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 1/4 cups; let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe Tip

- Mini chocolate chips can be used for ghost eyes and regular-size chocolate chips can be used for mouth.

Spooky Cupcakes How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix

Nutrition Facts (1 cupcake)

Calories: 310

Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 190mg

Carbohydrates: 40g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #14947©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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I made this with a different frosting but, I like this much better.

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