This googly-eyed dessert looks like a silly cartoon monster! Serve these Halloween cupcakes at your costume party this year for a treat that's as festive as your apparel.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four to thirty 21/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups.

  • In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Gradually beat in sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low after each just until combined.

  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.

  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool on wire racks.

  • To decorate, tint frosting blue. Using a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip, pipe short spikes on cupcakes as desired. Attach candy eyeballs while frosting is still moist.

Creamy White Frosting:

In a large bowl beat 1 cup shortening, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons milk. Gradually beat in 2 cups additional powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tablespoons additional milk to reach spreading consistency. Makes 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; 16 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 180 mg sodium. 115 mg potassium; 48 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 38 g sugar; 3 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 244 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 24 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 39 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;