It is officially Halloween season around here and we’re celebrating with a fun zombie cupcake recipe! What’s that? There’s another heatwave about to hit Arkansas this week? Shhhh. We just won’t talk about that. I am SO READY for fall. I’m just going to pretend that it’s pumpkin spice season already and enjoy my fall scented candles, cardigans, and Halloween treats.
I have been working on an idea for these fun creepy Halloween cupcakes for a while now. It started with a vague idea of a cute graveyard theme and turned into a full-on zombie experience.
This easy zombie cupcake recipe starts with a moist chocolate cupcake and is topped with rich green buttercream ice cream, a chocolate tombstone, and a green fondant zombie hand.
If you want to be a little more extra you can add in a few sprinkles of chocolate cookie crumbs as graveyard dirt or even tip your zombie fingers with cherry sauce to make bloody zombies. ( Yes, I get a little too excited about Halloween. Don’t judge me lol)
Easy Zombie Cupcake Recipe
The base of this cupcake is a simple moist chocolate cupcake recipe. I used one similar in the Charlotte’s Web Wilbur the Pig cupcakes but added melted chocolate to the recipe this time for a rich chocolate flavor. You can leave the melted chocolate out if you prefer and just go with cocoa powder. However, for us, it’s a must for a Halloween cupcake recipe to be a little extra.
1 1/2 C pure cane sugar
1 1/2 C organic flour
1/2 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 C butter
1 C milk
1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla
green buttercream icing
white ( or color of choice) candy melts
Combine sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth consistency. Add in eggs and vanilla.
To add an extra flavor burst to our zombie cupcake recipe, melt chocolate in the microwave at 20-30 second intervals. Be sure to stir completely between each turn in the microwave. Chocolate will melt slightly as you stir it and you don’t want to overdo it.
Pour chocolate slowly into the mixer to blend into sugar mixture once melted.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and all other dry ingredients. If you have one available it is best to sift your flour to help add air to it. If not, just blend softly with a whisk until just combined.
Pour dry ingredients into the butter mixture while alternating with milk. Do about 1/3 of each at a time and let the wet and dry ingredients combine completely before adding the next batch.
Fill cupcake holders about 1/2 full. You don’t want to go over half here or your cupcakes could overflow.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 15-18 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on them as oven times vary. You can check your cupcakes by inserting a toothpick into the center of each. If the toothpick comes out dry your cupcakes are finished.
Let cool in the pan for 5 -10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
Combine buttercream ingredients ( you can use your own recipe for buttercream or find my favorite here) and pipe in grass pattern using a grass icing tip and let chill before adding other decorations. This is the fun part of our zombie cupcake recipe, though. My kids loved helping put our little graveyard scenes together.
Using your green fondant roll a tootsie roll shape. Flatten slightly on one end and use an Exacto knife to cut “fingers into your zombie paws. (yes, I know they’re hands but at this point, they look more like paws to me) You can use a regular knife here or any tool you prefer to separate your fingers. I just like the precision of the thin blade of the Exacto knife. Just make sure you don’t mix your crafting and cooking knives lol.
Form your fingers and shape your hand until you have it how you want it. You can do a proper hand but I chose to do a three-fingered zombie for a more whimsical effect.
I used this mold to make my chocolate tombstones beforehand. I used white candy melts this time as I had the intention of dusting them grey to make them look aged. ( Of course, I couldn’t find gray dusting powder anywhere!) In the future, I will most likely just use gray candy melts for ease. You can make them purple or lime green if you like, this is your little graveyard!
Assemble by placing your tombstone in the grass and placing a zombie hand in front of your tombstone. If you have trouble getting things to stick you can use half of a toothpick to stick them into the cupcake for more stability. I didn’t find that I needed to use anything for stability though.
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