Day 86 – Halloween Cupcakes

25 Oct

It’s Friday!! And, at least around here, we are getting ready for next week – Halloween!! So, I wanted to get it rolling with these Halloween Cupcakes (recipe below from Martha Stewart).

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cake is thick and dense, mini is almost dry, full-size is not dry at all! It has a light vanilla taste. Not overly exciting, but nice.


The frosting is a typical vanilla buttercream.  It is completely typical of a vanilla buttercream, nothing more and nothing less. Sweet, vanilla flavor.

Halloween-cakes-w-pk     Mini-Halloween-w-pk

The cupcakes have nice, balanced flavor. Still not an exciting cupcake, but not bad either. Just a nice, plain vanilla cupcake. No zing!

Notes: These cupcakes are really meant to be a blank slate for your decorating pleasure. You can use this to get as wild and crazy as you want for any holiday. The use of jelly beans isn’t overly exciting, but they could definitely be so much more.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18


Halloween Cupcakes (recipe below from Martha Stewart)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt

For direction visit Martha Stewart.

*Tomorrow: Trail Mix Cupcakes*

4 Responses to “Day 86 – Halloween Cupcakes”

  1. Nancy Marty October 25, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hey, Leslie! I was telling my friends at school about your blog (which they all thought was quite amazing–even those who are baking queens), but they all want to know, “Who eats ALL those cupcakes???” I did tell them that some go to the dogs :).

    • My Year of Cupcakes October 25, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Ha!! My husband and I try to limit how many we “try”. The rest go to our friends or the people we work with. Lots of people get lots of deliveries in our neck of the woods!

  2. tastytreats13 October 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    I cant wait until Halloween! Your cupcakes look great!

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