These spooky graveyard cupcakes are a delicious and fun Halloween trick and treat that you and your kids will enjoy making together. We had a ball making these cupcakes and setting up the scene for the pictures you’ll see just below.
Okay, so first things first. This isn’t really a real recipe because the cake mix is premade. We used crushed oreos for the dirt and a Halloween decoration kit from Walmart to make our spooky cupcakes. And for added convenience we even used store bought frosting. Talk about simple and easy, right?
So, that Halloween decorating kit was a great value – no pun intended (Walmart’s House brand is Great Value) – compared to the kits available at party city and Michaels (just sayin’). It included a selection of candy tombstones, zombie fingers (why are zombies always green?), and bloody bones. While you may find a wider selection at a party store, these were perfect and better yet, cheap.
Although everything here is premade, when you put it all together, you get a fun experience that your children and guest are sure to remember. Your guest might even be inspired to copycat you for their next Halloween party.
On top of the fun experience of making them, they taste great. They aren’t mind blowing as its just box cake. But they still taste good.
Getting started, you will need to take a large bowl and add the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water. Stir until combined.
Note: You can use any kind of cake mix you like. We chose chocolate because…chocolate.
Bake according to the instructions. Use the toothpick test to determine if the cupcakes are ready.
While the cupcakes are in the oven, you can save time by making the “dirt”. To make the dirt, put the oreos in a plastic sandwich bag and hit the bag with a large can or rolling pin.
After the cupcakes are done, it’s time for the best part. Decorating!
Put icing on the cupcakes. Make sure that the icing is room temperature. If not you may want to put it in the microwave for just a few seconds to make it spread better, just a few seconds.
Then add some “dirt” or crushed oreos. Next, add your decorations. This part is all freestyle. Have at it!
Spooky Graveyard Cupcakes
- 1 Box of Devil Food Cake Mix
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Water
- 10 Oreo Cookies Crushed
- 1 16 Ounce Container of Chocolate Frosting
- Halloween Candies
- Black and Red Writable Icing
- Halloween Cupcake Liners
- Start with a large bowl and add the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Mix with hand mixer for about 2 minutes until all ingredients are combined.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. (See note)
- Line a cupcake pan with the Halloween liners or any liners you have. Fill the liners a 1/3 full or about 2 tablespoons. (See note)
- Bake the cupcakes for about 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. When cupcakes are done place them on a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Here is where the fun begins. Take a sandwich bag and add the oreo cookies. Using a rolling pin or large can, crush the cookies until you have fine crumbs. (See note)
- Frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. Make sure that the frosting is at least room temperature for better spreadability. Then add some cookie crumbs to cover the surface of the cupcake. This will give the cupcake the look of dirt on the ground. The kids will love this part. Lol
- Then add any spooky decorations you have. (See note)
- Follow the directions from the cake mix you purchase. The one I got said to bake at 325 since I was using a dark cupcake pan.
- I found if I filled the liners half way there will be no room to add the cookie crumbs for the dirt. By only filling the liners a 1/3 of the way it still leaves you room to decorate.
- You don’t want large pieces of cookie since these are cupcakes you don’t have a lot of surface. I like the crumbs to be a mixture of fine crumbs and a few big pieces like the size of rice or peas.
- I found a small kit that had small tomb stones, monster fingers, skull heads, and large eye balls at walmart.