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Monster Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with whipped vanilla buttercream, dyed orange and spookified!


3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature

Vanilla Buttercream:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

4 cups confectioner's sugar

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


Edible Googly Eyes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners (makes about 14)

  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until combined. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and then half of the buttermilk. Whisk. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Whisk until just combined, do not over mix. Batter will be thin.

  4. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tin, only halfway, to avoid spillage during baking.

  5. Bake for 18-20 mins until set. Let cupcakes cool completely before adding frosting.


  1. In a standmixer with paddle attachment or handheld beaters, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth for about 2 minutes.

  2. Add in the confectioner's sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat on low speed and then increase to medium-high speed and beat for 2 minutes.

  3. Frost cupcakes however you like (making sure cupcakes are completely cooled), and add decoration!

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