Scary graveyard brownie cupcakes are a real Halloween treat for your favorites little ghosts and goblins! Dense brownies topped with chocolate buttercream.
“Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat…”, do you remember that song? I used to sing joyously that with my cousins, knowing very well how naughty it was!
Halloween has got to be one of my favorite fall festivities. It’s one of the rare nights sugar crazy kids get to stay up all night, dress like what they secretly want to be in real life, collect pillowcases full of free candy from strangers and your parents don’t say no. I admittedly had a secret stash of candy hidden in my closet that I was sneaking each day until Santa came to town.
Now being a mom, I’m having fun dressing up baby James in adorable costumes until he can choose his own someday. This year I found the most legit baby Batman onesie with a detachable cape and everything, score!
I don’t make a lot of cupcakes, but I sure eat a lot more than recommended (if you ask my husband). If I made them often I would be tempted to eat one each day all by myself, you know, not to be wasteful, ha. However, for some reason, I always feel the need to make cupcakes for Halloween, because it’s fun to get creative and tap into your inner kid.
But who really needs a good excuse to turn flour, butter, and sugar into something fun and edible? I’m totally there! It was tough for me to decide on what kind of cupcakes to make this year; there are just too many elements to nail down. I lost sleep over this, haha. So I settled for something a little different, dark chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate buttercream.
Halloween Cupcake Decorating Tips
I had never made brownie cupcakes before and thought it would be a nice change up from traditional cupcake batter. This recipe yields a chewy brownie with a dense fudge-like texture on the inside. Now the even trickier part was picking my cupcake topper decorations.
- This year I went for a spooky graveyard theme. I made little tombstones with Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookies cut in half, then dipped in gray colored icing (powdered sugar mixed with a tiny bit of milk until it reached the right dipping consistency, that’s it!).
- Write tombstone sayings for each cookie. I went for “Boo!, Bonz, Ah!, Yikes and RIP”. I’m sure you can get even more fancy and scuuurry.
- For the graveyard “dirt”, I ground up some chocolate wafer cookies and leftover speculoos cookies.
- I found the coolest Wilton skull sprinkles and added a few to each cupcake to make it look like the bones were coming out of the grave.
I had a blast making these graveyard cupcakes! They tasted pretty boo-licious too, I know, I’m a nerd. If you’re looking for more Halloween cupcake ideas, check out my spooky spider web cupcakes. Be safe and have a great Halloween!
What is a Speculoos cookie?
Do you remember the “cookie butter” craze? I think it’s still happening, haha! Some indulgent food genius’s decided to take delicious crispy, caramelized, cinnamon flavored speculoos cookies that were originally made in Belgium, combine it with sugar and oil, gave it a whirl, and you’ve got cookie butter. The speculoos cookies have a wonderfully sweet and spiced gingerbread-like cookie flavor, just without the ginger sting. You can also find them in the form of Biscoff cookies. I remember getting these on Delta flights, so much better than peanuts. You can crumble the speculoos cookies on top of ice cream, dip it in your favorite hot beverage, of use them for pie crusts, yum!