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Cook Time : 22 mins
Total Time : 37 mins
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Last Updated on September 27, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

These Halloween Devil Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat for your Halloween party! They are so easy to make and are sure to be a hit with all your guests!

If you love sweet Halloween desserts, then this is the recipe for you. The Devil Cupcakes are the perfect way to add a spooky treat to your fall dessert table.

4 Halloween Devil Cupcakes with pumpkins in the background

Halloween Devil Cupcakes

 The first cupcakes were made in the late 1700’s. The name referred to a cake whose ingredients were measured by volume, using a standard-sized cup, instead of being weighed.

The word “cupcake” first appeared in print in 1828 in an American cookbook. Over time, cupcakes have become a popular dessert option and there are now many different variations of the classic cake. 

Why I Love This Recipe

These spooky cupcakes are the perfect treat to serve at your next Halloween party! They’re so simple and quick, that you’ll have them ready in no time.

  • Easy to make
  • Fun to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love fall themed recipes like this one, then next time you may want to give this Fall Party Mix recipe a try. 

Halloween Devil Cupcakes with pumpkins on the side

Ingredients

The Devil Cupcakes only require a few simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store. Gather these ingredients and get ready to make a tasty treat that your kids can help out with. 

  • Chocolate cake box mix + all the ingredients indicated on the box to make cupcakes
  • butter, softened
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • milk
  • red gel food coloring
  • black fondant
Halloween Devil Cupcakes ingredients

Substitutions

Cake Mix: If you want to make these cupcakes from scratch, you can use your favorite homemade devil’s food cake recipe.  

Milk: You can use any type of milk for this recipe, but I prefer to use whole milk.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make these Halloween cupcakes!  Grab these tools and get ready to enjoy this festive treat. 

How to Make Halloween Devil Cupcakes

If you’re looking for a delicious and spooky Halloween dessert, then you need to try these Devil Cupcakes! They are easy to make and all you need to do to make them is follow the instructions below and you will have some festive cupcakes in no time at all. 

Step 1: Prepare the cake mix and bake the cake according to the directions on the back

Prepare cupcakes according to the mix’s directions. Bake in a cupcake pan and allow to cool completely before decorating.

Cupcake batter in liners in a cupcake pan

Step 2: Make the frosting 

In a large bowl, add butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Use an electric mixer to beat until completely combined and smooth.

Butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and milk in a large red bowl.

Step 3: Add the food coloring to the frosting 

Add red food coloring to the buttercream mixture and beat until completely tinted.

Step 4: Add the frosting to the piping bag 

Scoop red buttercream into a piping bag with round Wilton icing tip #12. Frost each cupcake.

Cupcakes with red buttercream frosting and other cupcakes without frosting, all on a wire rack

Step 5: Cut the black fondant 

Divide the black fondant into ¾-inch spheres – you will need 24 of them.

black fondant divided into ¾-inch spheres on a white plate

Step 6: Shape the fondant 

Shape each sphere into a cylinder, about 1 inch long and ½ an inch wide.

black fondant shaped into cylinders on a white plate

Step 7: Curve the horns out of fondant 

Point one end of each fondant cylinder and then give it a curve upwards. 

horns curved out of black fondant 

Step 8: Add the devil horns to the cupcakes

Place two black fondant shapes on each cupcake – these will act as the devil horns. You will want the pointy side always sticking out of the cupcake.

Step 9: Serve

Serve and enjoy!

Halloween Devil Cupcakes with pumpkins on the side

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

There are so many ways that you can personalize these Halloween cupcakes. Here are a few of my favorite tips for jazzing these sweets up. 

Frosting: If you want to make these cupcakes even more festive, you can add some green frosting to the piping bag and pipe it around the edge of each cupcake. This will give the appearance of a grassy hill that the devil horns are sticking out of. 

Eyes: You could also add some candy eyes to each cupcake for a more spooky effect. 

Mouths: You could use a small dot of red frosting or a red fruit chewy candy for the mouths.

Halloween Devil Cupcakes with pumpkins in the background

Tips

Here are a few tips for this Halloween recipe to help make your experience even better. 

  • Most cake mix recipes make 24 cupcakes, but for this recipe, you only need 12. I recommend that you either split the cake mix and ingredients in half, or you can double the frosting and horns and make 24 of these spooky desserts. 
  • Be careful not to overmix the cake mix. Overmixing can lead to tough cupcakes. 
  • Make sure to allow the cupcakes to cool completely before adding the frosting. If they are too warm, the frosting will melt and run.
  •  If you want a more intense red color, you can always add more food coloring until you reach the desired shade. 
  •  If you have any leftover frosting, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • To test the doneness of your cupcakes you can insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean they are ready.
  • I like to spray the inside of my paper liners so that the cupcakes remove easily.
  • You can also use red velvet cake for an all-red cupcake.
  • Don’t have muffin tins? You can use a silicone cupcake pan instead. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe.

How to store

These Halloween cupcakes are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 3-4 days.

Can I make these cupcakes ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cupcakes up to 2 days in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature until you’re ready to decorate and serve them.

Can I freeze cupcakes?

Yes! These cupcakes freeze well. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely and then store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge before decorating.

3 Halloween Devil Cupcakes with pumpkins in the background

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Halloween Devil Cupcakes Recipe

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Halloween Devil Cupcakes

Corinne Schmitt
These Halloween Devil Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat for your Halloween party!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 274 kcal

Equipment

  • cupcake tin
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large bowl
  • hand mixer
  • piping bag with #12 tips
  • wire rack

Ingredients
  

  • 15.25 ounces Chocolate cake box mix + all the ingredients indicated on the box to make cupcakes**
  • 1 stick butter approx. ½ cup, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 4 ounces black fondant

Instructions
 

  • Prepare cupcakes according to the mix’s directions. Bake and allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • In a large bowl, add butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and milk. Use an electric mixer to beat until completely combined and smooth.
  • Add red food coloring to the buttercream mixture and beat until completely tinted.
  • Scoop red buttercream into a piping bag with a round Wilton icing tip #12. Frost each cupcake.
  • Divide the black fondant into ¾ inch spheres – you will need 24 of them.
  • Shape each sphere into a cylinder, about 1 inch long and ½ an inch wide.
  • Point one end of each fondant cylinder and then give it a curve upwards.
  • Place two black fondant shapes on each cupcake – these will act as the devil horns. You will want the pointy side always sticking out of the cupcake.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1CupcakeCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 316mgPotassium: 132mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
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