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Halloween Cupcakes - chocolate graveyard cupcakes toped with white chocolate bones, cookie crumbs, and a tombstone.
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Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

Quick and easy Halloween graveyard chocolate cupcakes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcakes, Graveyard Cupcakes, Halloween
Servings 16
Author Crystal


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Graveyard cupcake decorations

  • 1 cup white chocolate skeleton bones
  • 1/2 cup OREO crumbs
  • Tombstone icing decorations
  • 1/4 cup spider sprinkles


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare baking pans with cupcake liners.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a stand mixer or large bowl.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in milk, oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Stir in boiling water and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into baking pans, filling cups 3/4 full. Bake 22-25 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.

Chocolate Frosting

  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat room temperature butter until creamy.
  • Add confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla, and salt. Beat until frosting is smooth. Add 1tbsp of milk at a time to thin out the frosting, or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar to thicken the frosting until desired consistency.

Decorate cupcakes

  • Pipe chocolate frosting and cover with cookie crumbs.
  • Use an edible food marker to write RIP on tombstone icing decorations. Press into cupcake frosting. Decorate with chocolate bones and candy spider sprinkles.