Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Okay then, these cupcakes are delicious (honestly) and don’t just have to be for Halloween – they’re otherwise known as mint choc chip cupcakes only these have been morphed into hideously horrible cakes for Halloween!

Makes 12.


280g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
110g caster sugar
200g chocolate chips, plain
2 eggs, large
225ml milk
6tbsp oil (rapeseed or sunflower)
1tsp peppermint essence
green food colouring (optional)

1/2 can of Carnation Caramel (Dulche de Leche)
red food colouring (optional)

125g butter
250g icing sugar, sifted
1tbsp milk
Food colouring (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180c Fan/200c/Gas Mark 5.

Sift together the flour and baking powder and then stir through the sugar.

In a bowl mix together the eggs, milk oil and peppermint essence.  I like to use rapeseed oil in baking, the benefits are much like using a good butter over margarine, adds flavour and provides reliable results.

Mix together the wet and dry ingredients.

Now because it’s Halloween and I’m looking for a bit of nastiness I’m turning the cake batter green with some food colouring, this is completely optional and if you try and keep your kids away from colourings you can keep it au naturel!

Stir through the choc chips – without eating any as you weigh them out.

Fill paper cupcake cases 3/4′s full.

Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes.  I can’t say till golden because they’re green.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Prepare the filling – take half a can of Carnation Caramel and empty into a small bowl.

If you can’t get Caramel you can make your own with a can of condensed milk but please take my instructions carefully.  Place an unopened can of condensed milk and place it in a large pan.  Cover completely with cold water, the can should be fully submerged.  You then need to bring the water to the boil and simmer for two and a half hours, regularly topping up the water so that the can remains fully submerged.  When the time is up turn off the heat and leaving the can in the water allow to cool in the pan overnight.  The following day remove the can from the water (now cold) and you will have a tin of caramel to use as you wish.
Add some red food colouring to turn it into blood, again colouring is completely optional.

Hollow out cores from the centres of the cooled cupcakes and fill with blood, sorry caramel.

Mix up the buttercream frosting adding all ingredients together and beating well, taking care not to cover the kitchen in icing sugar.

I have coloured the buttercream half in green and then half in orange, in keeping with the theme.

Decoration-wise its entirely up to you what goes on the tops, I have used a mixture of halloween shop bought chocolates, orange and green tic tacs and made some eyeballs using Cadburys Snow Bites.

If you want to make your own eyeballs paint on a red circle and a black pupil with food colouring.  Because the Snow Bites are covered in icing sugar they need to be put on the top of the cakes just before serving.  Left overnight they will absorb the colour from the from the buttercream.  Same for the tic tacs as they absorb the moisture and go soft – not very spooktacular!

Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist on BBC2 The Great British Bake Off

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17 Responses to Gruesomely Vile Halloween Cupcakes

  1. PlumLeaf 李葉 says:

    lol! Yes, thoroughly vile! I bet your boys will love them despite that! Love the choccy bat and tombstone! Eyeballs are just too too gruesome for me!

  2. Anne says:

    These look fantastic. I love the idea of putting blood inside them. I had never considered tic tacs as cake decorations before but you have convinced me of their great use here.

  3. Debbie says:

    Oh they are good, and I love all your funny comments!

  4. Lottes says:

    Oo lovely! I'd love to see one cut open :D

  5. Kylie says:

    Wow they look fabulous – my work colleagues are in for a treat on Friday methinks! Thanks Ruth, and I hope your boys LOVE their Halloween treats!

  6. Helen says:

    Ooh I love the idea of adding red dye to caramel to make it into blood. May try this for Saturday's cupcakes.

  7. Janine, Cornwall says:

    Great stuff. We are having a party on Sunday and the kids will love these!

  8. Ali Mal says:

    Thanks. These look tremendous fun. Loved the eyeballs :)

  9. Jean says:

    Wow, they look super and great fun. Just remind me, how do you avoid covering the kitchen in icing sugar ?? !! (Icing sugar fog is my baking speciality.)

  10. julie says:

    Excellent thanks you! Making mine tomorrow!

  11. normalityandme says:

    yey, I love Halloween :)
    I made my halloween cupcakes today… from the hummingbird book, the choc ones with orange flavoured and coloured frosting.
    Mine don't look quite so elegant as the kids iced and decorated them but the eating will be AMAZING i'n sure! Too good for the trick or treaters i think x

  12. laura_jelly says:

    wow they are great I made them by myself in my spare time for a time paster and they are simple to make and i am only 10

  13. Anonymous says:

    I think I'll make them on saturday for the trick or treating godchildren.

    I have a question – what do you think about gel food dyes? I use liquid ones and don't always have a great result. I keep hearing good things about the gel and apparently they don't change the consistency too much. Any views?

  14. Lil Osgood says:

    Ruth, How do you get your orange colour? I couldn't get orange food colouring so had to mix yellow and red and got a horrid sort of salmon colour?!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Majority of red with a touch of yellow should make the orange colour for you. We had these in work today and were great – Thanks

  16. Ruth says:

    Food colourings – I purely use gel colours in everything I do, I started buying them when I started decorating cakes and they are brilliant – you only need a tiny bit for a really good colour and they don't affect the consistency of whatever it is you're colouring (which is important with sugarpaste) – they are worth their weight in gold, if you're thinking of investing in some they're definitely worthwhile xx

  17. Stacey Bullen says:

    Hi Ruth! Thanks for putting up another great recipe, I made these yesterday evening and they are delicious! I made the green ones with peppermint as suggested and mixed orange flavouring in for the orange ones which tastes great. I'm not normally very good with actually decorating the cake, so your step by step instructions were very much appreciated :) Please keep the great recipes coming – right I'm off to try to make the chocolate lime tarts!

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