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Halloween recipe: Frightfully easy chocolate cupcakes
Frightfully easy chocolate cupcakes for Halloween (Picture: Mandy Mazliah)

It’s almost Halloween and the internet is awash with spooky sweets, treats, cakes and lunch box ideas. I’ve even seen Halloween guacamole. True story.

Why do we celebrate Halloween

Halloween itself takes place on Tuesday, October 31, but these days it seems like people celebrate all things spooky for most of the month of October.

It’s really easy to make your own Halloween treats and these chocolate cupcakes are a great example. Black and orange cupcake cases, orange food colouring, spooky sprinkles and you’re good to go. Perfect for a Halloween party or an after-school treat for the kids.

Halloween chocolate cupcakes
(Picture: Mandy Mazliah)

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Here’s how to make these frightfully easy chocolate cupcakes:

Ingredients (makes 12)

180g unsalted butter, softened

180g caster sugar

3 large eggs

180g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the icing

180g unsalted butter

360g icing sugar

1-2 tbsp milk

Orange food colouring

Halloween sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases.

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. You’ll find this easiest to do with an electric mixer but a wooden spoon will do if you don’t have one.

Add the eggs one by one and beat in to the butter mixture.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and gently fold in to the cake mixture with a metal spoon.

Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch.

Once baked, allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the icing beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. This is easiest with an electric mixer. Sift in the flour and beat in. Add a few drops of orange food colouring and 1 tbsp milk and continue to beat. Add a tiny bit more milk if needed. You’re aiming for a spreadable consistency.

Pipe or spread your icing onto the top of each cupcake and decorate with Halloween sprinkles.

Mandy Mazliah is a vegetarian mum of three whose kids don’t eat vegetables. Read about her efforts to get them to eat their five a day at

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