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Spooky Cupcakes

Spooky Cupcakes

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

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1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
1 hr 40 min
Total Time
24 cupcakes



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

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

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


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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

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

  5. STEP 5

    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.

Tip #1

Spooky Cupcakes How-To Video/Video by Virtutrix

Tip #2

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

Nutrition (1 cupcake)

310 Calories
15 Fat (g)
60 Cholesterol (mg)
190 Sodium (mg)
40 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
3 Protein (g)
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