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Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes – A delicious black chocolate cupcake topped with orange vanilla buttercream frosting and a cute candy ghost! Perfect for a Halloween party!

Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes

I can’t believe that Halloween is already right around the corner! When I found the adorable edible ghost candies at the store this year, I just knew that I had to make a dessert featuring them.  I’m always looking for a reason to make cupcakes so I thought those would be a great option to show of the ghosts.

These cupcakes have a chocolate base that is dyed black to give it a darker color to go with the pale orange frosting.  Now I kept the frosting vanilla flavored because I think vanilla and chocolate are perfect together but you could easily use orange extract to give it a bit of flavor.

Halloween Cupcakes

If you can’t find the same ghost candies at the store, feel free to just use a candy corn or a similar Halloween themed candy.

Can’t get enough of this ghost cupcake recipe? Try these other recipes!

  • Graveyard Dip – The perfect dessert dip for Halloween parties! Brownie batter dip topped with crushed oreos, sprinkles, and a candy skeleton!
  • Halloween Monster Mash Cake – Green and purple layers of vanilla cake topped with black buttercream frosting.
  • Mummy Dip – Pepperoni pizza dip baked inside puff pastry shaped like a mummy! This is the perfect appetizer for a Halloween party!
Ghost Recipe
Yield: 14 cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes

Ghost Cupcakes - A delicious black chocolate cupcake topped with orange vanilla buttercream frosting and a cute candy ghost! Perfect for a Halloween party!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil, such as vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black gel food coloring

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Additional Ingredients

  • 14 ghost candies


Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugars, oil, vanilla extract, and milk.  Add in flour and mix until just combined.  Ad in cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and black food coloring.  Mix until just combined.  If you need to add in more food coloring to make the batter black, do so.
  3. Fill each of the cupcake liners up half way.  Do not overfill, they will end up overflowing if you do.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in to a cupcake and it comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time and slowly mix together.  Once that is fully combined, add in orange food coloring, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream.  Beat until the frosting is the right shade of orange for you, adding more food coloring if necessary.


  1. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, transfer frosting into a piping bag equipped with your favorite large piping tip (I used Wilton 4A).  Pipe frosting onto cupcake and then top with ghost candy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 3g

This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.

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