Halloween Cupcakes

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks/6 oz./170g) butter 
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
3 eggs 
3/4 cup milk 
1 tsp. almond extract 
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder 
3/4 tsp. salt 
For the Frosting: 
Orange food coloring paste or yellow and red liquid food coloring 
2/3 cup water 
12 cups confectioners' sugar 
1 1/4 cups solid vegetable shortening 
3/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon almond extract 
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract 
1/4 teaspoon butter flavoring 
You will need: 
Cupcake or muffin liners 
Muffin pan (s) 
Electric mixer

For the Cupcakes: 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F/190 degrees C. Place cupcake liners in cups of muffin pan (s). 
Place all cupcake ingredients in bowl of electric mixer. Mix on low speed until thoroughly combined, scraping bowl frequently. Increase speed to medium and beat for four minutes. Pour into muffin cups. Bake in prehated oven for 25-30 minutes (Do not overbake). Cool cupcakes in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely on wire cooling rack. 
For the Frosting: Mix 4 cups of the confectioners' sugar with water, one cup at a time, beating after each addition at low speed. Alternately add shortening and remainder of sugar. Add salt and extracts and butter flavoring; beat at low speed until smooth (To avoid confectioners' sugar from going all over, cover your bowl with a towel while mixing). Mix in orange color paste or 2 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red food coloring and mix. 
Fill a pastry bag with frosting and using a large star tip, pipe frosting onto each cupcake. If desired, top each cupcake with decorative candy or sprinkles for decoration. 


  1. Those cupcakes are creative and they look yummy! Happy Halloween!

  2. his loooks delicious.
    envy eyes

  3. Just what I need, more sugar for Halloween!

  4. they look delicous... too bad I discovered them a little bit too late for Halloween... well maybe next year ;)

  5. Wish I would have found this earlier, the dessert I made for Halloween was not half as cool as this!

  6. Oh man, who doesn't love cupcakes??

  7. OM NOM NOM!

    I can't eat these now on my diet ;_;

  8. ima be creative and make them all have different faces llololol

  9. Mine didn't turn out as pleasant-looking as those but they tasted great!

  10. Dammit wish I hadn't missed these for yesterday

  11. Yay halloween cupcakes after halloween!

  12. They look amazing! Heading out to buy the ingredients now!

  13. Ohh these look yummy. Nice blog, you got a new follower!

  14. Nice blog. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  15. hmm that sound is delicius

  16. just to let you know, I tried this, and they were tasty

  17. I saw something like this at Albertsons yesterday for half off

  18. sorry for not getting back to your blog man... been kinda lazy lately! lol

    really missed the recipe! will update my recipe book soon.

  19. I also saw Halloween stuff half off

  20. I made this and it was really great! Thanks for the "Support", return.

  21. Dawww, they look so cute I almost couldn't stand to eat them....

    Yeah right. nom nom nom

  22. awesome looking cakes
    keep up the good work

  23. those are so cute! I just got a book called the encyclopedia of gastronomy yesterday, which has been a lot of fun to read, but makes me hungry, like these cupcakes.

  24. LOOKS good hmmm i need more people checking out my stuff..