Halloween chocolate cupcakes recipe

halloween treats including ghost cookies and chocolate cupcakes


Posted October 19, 2023

There are no tricks to this sweet treat. Switch your witch's hat for a chef's toque and try this easy Halloween cupcake recipe.

Along with quirky costumes, carved pumpkins and trick-or-treating, Halloween is the perfect time for baked sweet treats. Cupcakes are a crowd-pleaser at any time of year, but you can have some extra special spooky fun if you're expecting guests or you're looking for a way to keep children occupied. 

This delicious and versatile recipe from the RACV Club kitchen can be adapted to include your favourite ingredients, like raspberries, which pair perfectly with the rich flavours of the chocolate ganache. 

You can also experiment with creepy decorations to create your own ultimate Halloween cupcake. From liquorice strips for spider legs to white marshmallows for ghosts, the possibilities are endless.

Although this cupcake recipe is designed to serve six, you can double the measurements to make more cupcakes to cater for a Halloween party. 

Halloween cupcakes recipe



Time to bake

20 minutes




  • 100g plain flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 25g cacao powder
  • 3g baking powder
  • 40g vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 120ml milk
  • Cupcake liners


  1. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar and baking powder together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, oil, and milk together until combined. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Gently whisk for a few seconds. Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined; do not overmix.
  3. Pour or spoon the batter into cupcake liners, filling only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Experiment with coloured frosting and decorations to make your cupcakes extra spooky. Image: Getty.
Decorating cupcakes for the Halloween season is easy to do. Image: Getty.

Chocolate ganache recipe


  • 150g cream
  • 160g dark chocolate 
  • 40g butter
  • Edible Halloween decorations


  1. Heat the cream gently in a saucepan until it is hot but not boiling, then pour the cream over the chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 1-2 minutes, then stir until all the ingredients are completely melted and smooth.
  3. Refrigerate the ganache for about one hour until it has thickened and can be piped.
  4. Pipe the ganache over the cupcakes. Top with Halloween decorations and enjoy.

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