Halloween Cupcake Brownies are two favorites mixed together. Brownie at the bottom of the cupcake and cake at the top! And a homemade buttercream frosting with sprinkles to top it off.
We always get excited for fall baking. The pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon take over in all our recipes. We welcome the taste change from summer recipes. The same could be said about Halloween baking except instead of different ingredients taking over, color changes take over. We now have bright oranges, yellows, purples, lime greens, and black. Such an onslaught of amazing bright colors to represent the Halloween season!
With these Halloween Cupcake Brownies the orange pops right out at you from the cake part of these cupcakes. We kept our frosting white, but for an added pop of Halloween fun you could make the icing a Halloween color by adding food coloring to it. If you have little ones, you can add to the color fun by using Halloween themed cupcake liners. I can remember when Sydney and Mason were little and cupcakes just seemed to taste better, and were definitely more fun, when they were in seasonal cupcake liners. I miss those days. I’m looking forward to all the holiday fun when I have grandchildren!
Halloween Cupcake Brownies Are Super Easy!
Many times it is busy moms who need cupcakes for school or neighborhood parties. With this in mind, we decided to keep this recipe really easy by using a boxed brownie mix and a boxed cake mix. These Halloween Cupcake Brownies really are super easy, as well as being super delicious. What more could you want? Besides the obvious of them being carb and calorie free!
We have included our favorite buttercream frosting in this article. It seriously makes the Halloween Cupcake Brownies even more special!
How To Bake Halloween Cupcake Brownies
When it comes to the amount of time these need to bake, we had to do some tweaking to get these just right. We initially went by a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake portion of the cupcake coming out clean to mean it was done. Well, that was great for the cake portion of the cupcake but the brownie portion ended up being too done. So we backed the time off by a couple of minutes and found that when we had just a tiny bit of cupcake residue on the toothpick they were done. The brownie was baked to perfection and the cupcake finished baking perfectly on its own.
We also removed the cupcake brownies immediately to a cooling rack to keep the brownie portion from continuing to bake against the hot cupcake pans. For our oven, the perfect amount of baking time was 16 minutes. We would recommend you start checking them at the 14 minute mark.
You will need food coloring for the cake portion of the cupcake. If you want the icing a different color, you will also need food coloring for the icing. Don’t forget the Halloween sprinkles or colored sugar crystals for the top of the icing! The ever important Halloween themed cupcake liners must also not be forgotten!
Halloween Cupcake Brownies
- 1 box brownie mix we used Betty Crocker
- 1 box white cake mix we used Duncan Hines
- eggs as box directions call for
- oil as box directions call for
- water as box directions call for
- orange food coloring several drops until you reach desired color
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 sticks salted butter softened
- 2 Tablespoons whole milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add cupcake liners to the cupcake pans (you will need two pans).
- Mix up the brownie mix per the box directions.
- In a separate bowl, mix up the white cake mix per the box directions. Add food coloring until desired color is acquired. Mix the food coloring in well.
- Add the brownie batter to the bottoms of the cupcake liners. Fill about 1/3 of the way full. Tip: We used a 1 1/2 TBSP cookie scooper that worked really well for this step.
- Pour the cake batter on top of the brownie batter. Fill almost to the top. Leave a little bit of room.
- Bake the Halloween Brownie Cupcakes for 15-17 minutes. Remember from above to start checking the cupcake portion of the brownie cupcakes at the 14 minute mark.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and immediately transfer the brownie cupcakes to a cooling rack.
- Using a large mixing bowl, mix the softened butter and vanilla until completely combined.
- Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on low until it is just combined. Then turn the mixer speed up to medium high and continue mixing until completely mixed. If using food coloring for the icing, add it in here. Mix the food coloring in well.
- Frost the cooled cupcakes with a decorating tip or knife. Add sprinkles or sugar crystals, if desired.
This is such a fun and tasty Halloween treat for children and adults alike. You are never too old for Halloween. If you think you are then just give these Halloween Cupcake Brownies a try and see if you don’t change your mind.
Do you need some other fall baking inspiration? Check these great fall recipes out!
The idea for these Halloween Cupcake Brownies came from Two Sisters Crafting. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Remember to enjoy and celebrate all the festive and bright colors of this Halloween season. Have an amazing day!