There’s no trick to making these ghoulishly cute Goblin Cupcake Halloween treats. A box of cake mix, a little green food coloring, a few chocolate googly eyes, black decorator icing, and some red tines from a plastic fork and you’ve got a pretty thugly cupcake creature. Vanessa Bush, the extraordinary writer and food enthusiast behind the MyBrownBaby blog favorite Food Lovers Like Me cooked up this spooky good Halloween cupcakes recipe, the perfect pre-trick-or-treat activity for you and your little ones. Let them go wild with the decorating they’ll get a kick out of helping and then eat ˜em up!


What You’ll Need:

1 box vanilla cake mix
1 package 2 1/2″ foil baking cups
1 can vanilla icing
1 small tube green food coloring
1 package red licorice rope
1 package chocolate candy googly eyes
1 package mini M&Ms
1 tube black cake decorating icing

How To Make It:

1. Prepare vanilla cake batter according to box directions. Add 7 drops or more of green food coloring to batter and mix thoroughly to achieve desired shade.
2. Remove white paper separators from foil cups; pour batter into baking cups and bake in 350-degree oven for 17 to 20 minutes, or until you can stick a toothpick into the center and remove it cleanly.
3. Remove cupcakes from oven and let cool completely.
4. In a small bowl, add 5 or more drops of food coloring to icing and mix until desired shade of green is achieved. Top cupcakes with colored icing.
5. To assemble cupcakes: Add googly eyes to top of cupcake. Cut red licorice rope into smaller strips to use as hair and small pieces to use as teeth. Add green M&Ms to make the nose; use decorating icing to make a mouth. Top black icing with red licorice pieces.

If You Need A Substitute:

Use mini-Oreos or white Lifesavers as eyes instead of chocolates; use black licorice rope instead of red to create hair and mouth.

How your kids can get their ghoulish goblin on:

¢ Let them add the green food coloring to the mix and the icing
¢ Let them ice the cupcakes
¢ Let them add on toppers like the licorice teeth and hair

About our MyBrownBaby contributor:

When Vanessa Bush isn’t playing chauffeur to her two kids or yin to her husband’s yang, she’s a freelance writer, a writing instructor, and blogger at Food Lovers Like Me.

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  1. Renée aka Mekhismom

    What an easy recipe and great looking cupcakes. Even a novice could do this.

  2. Comment buddies! I love it. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. These cupcakes are too cute!

    I loved your post about your mom too. We lost mine when our firstborn was six months old, completely unexpectedly. I, too, find her showing up in my thoughts just out of the blue. Your tribute is beautiful.

  3. Yummy yum yum. I wish Miss J. liked to eat cupcakes. I might have to try these out anyway. Kudos to Vanessa for her yummy creativity!! =)

  4. The Arthur Clan

    These are too darn cute ~ my kids will love them!

    Angie in OH

  5. Jewelry Rockstar

    Thanks Denene for the mention. I am gonna have to put some more things out now, so people can really have something to look at.

    I’m scared of that dessert! I don’t know why, just am:0

  6. How simple! I heart cupcakes

  7. Very nice. Now PLEASE tell me where you find the TIME to do this. Oh, and how do you stop yourself from eating them all after the kids are in bed?

  8. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner

    LOL @ Leanne and Ms. Bar B!!!
    I feel you. But these cupcakes are RIDICULOUSLY easy to make. Seriously. Box cake. You just can’t mess up box cake. And green food coloring in white icing. You can’t go wrong on that either. And then you just let the kids have at it with the decorating. So what they don’t look like Vanessa’s–they’ll love ’em anyway!

    RE: Not eating them all yourself? Um, sorry love–you’re on your own on that one *she says as she stuffs another cupcakes down her throat.* Tee hee!

  9. mama's got moxie

    oh, how i need vanessa bush in my life! i’m also a food lover, but not necessarily a good food cooker! hahaha… i’ll be checking in on her site!

    and thanks for the cupcake recipe. i don’t do halloween, but maybe i can make some kind of friendly creature sorta thing. 😉

  10. And just when I was debating on whether to bake or buy cupcakes for the class Halloween Party! Great Idea! And it seems fairly easy too.

  11. I couldn’t help myself–I had to read all the comments:) Thanks for the good feedback! Trust and believe, as a mom of two, I don’t have a ton of time to do much, but when I make the time for cooking with my kids, they always remember it. I bought them their own kiddie aprons, and they love being mama’s junior bakers. Kids don’t care how they turn out in the end–they just want to spend time with you. It’s the little things…

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