Monster Piñata Cupcakes are bright, fun and filled with a surprise; delicious sprinkles! The vanilla cupcake is moist, topped with vanilla buttercream and a fun monster eyeball making these the perfect Halloween dessert!
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Here I am with the last recipe of #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I wanted to save the best for last because I just happen to love these little guys.
Every year I purchase the little Wilton candy eyeballs because my kids love them and we love making this Halloween Candy Bark
Well instead of making bark with them, I wanted to make some cupcakes. Pinata cupcakes to be exact and I thought monsters would be the perfect Halloween cupcake.
The first 2 batches of these monster pinata cupcakes were far from perfect.
The first batch I totally left out the baking powder and the salt, which resulted in flat, super dense cupcakes.
The second batch I thought I’d try my hand at using caking flour, remembering to add the baking powder and fill the cupcake wells slightly fuller than the last batch.
The taste was great, but the batter slipped over the top resulting in 1 very large cupcake.
Back to basics it was for the last and final batch. Third times a charm, right? These came out perfect. Thanks goodness.
So onto decorating. I used Wilton cupcake liners, candy eyeballs, gel food coloring and Wilton decorating tips.
I choose to use the colors pink, blue, orange and purple as these somewhat matched the amazing sprinkles I received from Sweets & Treats
All you need to do is remove a piece of the cupcake using a corer or a spoon, fill the hole with sprinkles, place the top piece back on a frost away.
I think these monster pinata cupcakes came out super cute, they were super fun to decorate and my kids loved the surprise in the middle.
The best part. You can make them any way you’d please. I realized after I took the pictures, they could pass off as spider since I used spider cupcake holders but no matter what they look like, they’re cute and fun for Halloween.
These Monster Pinata Cupcakes are super fun, easy and perfect for Halloween treats for your little monsters!
Monster Piñata Cupcakes
Yield 12 servings
Monster Piñata Cupcakes bright, fun and filled with a surprise; delicious sprinkles! The vanilla cupcake is moist, topped with vanilla buttercream and a fun monster eyeball.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 egg yolks, room temperature
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, I use Adams Extracts
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, I use Adams extract
- 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
Wilton Neon Gel Icing
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place muffin liners into a 12 cavity muffin tin.
- Into a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter for 1 minute. Add sugar and beat another minute. Add in egg, followed by eggs yolks, one at a time, and then vanilla extract.
- Alternating add in flour and whipping cream to bowl until just combined.
- Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add in powdered sugar and combine.
- Add in vanilla extract and whip for 2 minutes.
- Place frosting into separate bowls to color.
- Pink frosting; 12 drops
- Blue frosting; 10 drops
- Orange frosting; 4 drops
- Purple frosting; 4 drops
- I used different Wilton tips to achieve different styles of frosting on top of the monsters. Feel free to decorate to your heart's content.
- Add eyeballs to create little monsters.
Cooks Tip: I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, please don’t settle for cheap vanilla extract. It truly makes all the difference in your baking. I recently discovered Adams ClearVan and I’m in love. I highly recommend it! And if you are making white cupcakes or frostings, use a clear vanilla so it doesn’t tint your batter or frosting!
As you can see I used the entire bottle on the 3 batches of cupcakes. Time to reorder!
These monster pinata cupcakes are so fun and would be perfect for any holiday. I can see doing these for Christmas with fun holiday sprinkles, birthday parties and other celebrations.
Be sure to check out Sweets & Treats for a ton of party supplies and the BEST sprinkles!
Check out the amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!
- Frosted Halloween Monster Mash Brownies from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Pound Cake from Sweet ReciPEAs
- Halloween Scene Cake from Mrs Happy Homemaker
- Super Cute Halloween Ghost Cupcakes from I am a Honey Bee
- Gooey Monster Peanut Butter Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie
- Mini Mummy Dogs from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Frankenstein Crispy Rice Cereal Treats from The Redhead Baker
- Little Monsters Halloween Mocktails from 4 Sons R Us
- Graveyard Pudding from The Beard and The Baker
- Cake Mix Candy Corn Naked Cake from Southern from Scratch
- Bloody Good Mini Cheesecakes from Sugar Dish Me
- Monster Pinata Cupcakes from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
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