Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Cupcakes ( Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting )

Halloween Cupcakes ( Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Butter-cream Frosting ) ... How about making some simple, easy and fun ( not so scary ) cupcakes! All you need is some orange frosting, melted chocolate and sprinkles to decorate these cupcakes. I mixed and matched two recipes to make a small batch. They're not the best cupcakes but pretty good, soft and delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

Makes : 5

Ingredients :

For Cupcakes :
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp.  vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tbsp.  plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1 tbsp.  cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp.  milk, or as required
For Butter-cream / Frosting :
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup Icing sugar, or more if required
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp.  orange juice
  • Few drops yellow / orange food color

Method :

For Cupcakes :
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C.  Lightly grease or line muffin cups with cupcake liners; set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and beat well. Add the vanilla essence and beat again.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture into butter mixture ( or beat on low speed ) until well combined.
  • Add milk, if the batter is very thick & mix well.  
  • Divide batter in each liner ( I used 1/4 cup for each liner ) and bake for about 14 - 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
For Butter-cream / Frosting :
  • Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Gradually add Icing sugar and continue beating until fluffy.
  • Add orange juice; beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
  • Stir in the food coloring until well combined.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a little more juice. If it is too thin, add more Icing sugar.
Assemble :
  • For Spiderweb : Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave until smooth. Place in a small resealable plastic bag; snip tip from one corner to make a very small hole. Spread 1 tbsp.  frosting on the cupcakes with a small spatula. Pipe 3 concentric circles of chocolate on top of frosted cupcake. Using a toothpick, immediately draw 6 to 8 lines from center to outside edges of cupcake to make spider web. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Let stand until chocolate is firm.
  • For piping : Use a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and filled with frosting, make stars, swirls or pipe diagonal strings in a crisscross pattern. Drizzle melted chocolate and top with sprinkles.

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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. what pretty cupcakes Ambreen super for the occasion and love the halloween spider effect one :) too good

  2. wooow....Love the frosting! Awesome..Love to taste this now!

  3. Looks great. I love seasonally decorated cupcakes. These look so fun!!

  4. Cupcakes look gorgeous... Nice flavor

  5. Love the frosting,great job,love it

  6. WOWWWWWW How beautiful these look!!
    We don't celebrate Halloween but I just loooooooove these.
    The frosting is awesome

  7. Yummy and looks so tempting...l

  8. These are adorable and SO delicious looking :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Looks yummy!! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday!

  10. hi ambreen...yummy and very bright..sure can see even using pumpkin lamps.. ha ha, very pretty. have a nice day

  11. Pretty pretty cupcakes. Do you own a cake shop? If not, you should think about getting into business.

  12. they looks so cute and adorable..

  13. Looks super cute and very attractive cupcakes.

  14. oh those cuppies are so inviting, nice decoration ideas!

  15. The cupcake sounds delicious and your decorating is haunting. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

  16. The cupcakes looks soo Beautiful..First Time here,you have very nice space :)

  17. That cupcakes look very attractive...nice clicks
    you have a beautiful space...1st time here...following your blog.

  18. They are so cute and chocolate is always a winner in my house!

  19. Oh wow these look amazing :) thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays.....

  20. These are so cute and I love your text font!

  21. These are so cute and I love your text font!

  22. They look pretty, I am not making anything spooky this year.

  23. This is adorable :) very nice my dear Ambreen..thanks for sharing

  24. They are so beautiful!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link

    Can't wait to see you there!

  25. Ambreen,
    These cupcakes are beautiful! I love that they are so festive :) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  26. Those cupcakes look just brilliant Ambreen!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  27. Those cookies look too cute to eat, but I'd eat them anyway :) Thanks for sharing, this has been featured at this week's Sweet Saturday:

  28. With a frosting tips, make hair with chocolate frosting and now use the candies, tic tacs to decorate the rest of your monsters.

  29. healthymommyhealthybaby : Thank you so much Jessica for the feature :)

  30. Hi! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would stop by and follow me back!!


  31. Great Cupcakes for the party, I love the theme. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  32. Those are so cute and they look quite yummy! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. Love your cupcakes! They turned out beautifully!

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