Creepcakes recipe

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For Halloween, create silly and scary-looking faces with buttercream, candy, marshmallows, and, of course, cupcakes. Decorating the cakes is a great activity for kids and parents to do together: Set out cupcakes and bowls of colored frostings and assorted candies and let everyone create his or her own aliens, monsters, and beasts.

  • Yield: 12 standard and 12 mini


  • 12 each standard and mini cupcakes, such as Yellow Buttermilk or One-Bowl Chocolate
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • Leaf-green, lemon-yellow, forest-green, and black gel-paste food colors
  • Assorted candies
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted (optional)
How to Make It
  1. Tint buttercream desired color with gel-paste food color. For the bright green used on some of the cupcakes, use a mixture of leaf-green and lemon-yellow. Use forest-green for others. For a few of the creatures pictured, mix in a small amount of black food color to make a gray color; leave some buttercream untinted for white.
  2. Make the candy features as shown. Using an offset spatula, spread cupcakes with plain or tinted buttercreams, as desired. To create the split and filled aliens, use a serrated knife (and a gentle sawing motion) to slice off the top of the cupcake (reserve top), then spread buttercream generously over bottom part and replace tops (leave unfrosted).
  3. To finish, attach candy features to frosted (or filled) cupcakes. Cupcakes are best eaten the day they are decorated; keep at room temperature until ready to serve.

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