Frankenstein Cupcakes

Frankenstein Cupcake

The Story:

Alright, I told you about my awful childhood Halloween costume decisions already but let’s revisit 1st grade.  It was 1996 and I chose to forgo the pink princess costumes for a black 80’s dress from Goodwill. And yes, there were shoulder pads.  To that I added a black and white wig, black lipstick, dark blush and a veil.  Frankenstein’s wife.

I must have looked like the most troubled 1st grader in my entire class.  [end-story]

Frankenstein Cupcakes

Yield: 20 Franks

Frankenstein Cupcakes


1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
3/4 C. milk or buttermilk
3/4 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Green Frosting:
1 1/2 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract, optional
4-5 C. powdered sugar, as needed
green dye, liquid or gel
Ghiradelli White Melting Wafers = Whites of eyes/ Stitches (add red gel dye)
M&M's = eye balls (I used the brown ones)
Chocolate Jimmy Sprinkles = Hair/Nose
Chocolate chips or melted chocolate = Bolts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix to remove any lumps and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, milk sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Let cool.
7. Eyes: Melt 1/3 Cup wafers (to use chocolate chips read the NOTE below) in a microwave proof bowl and stir until smooth. Pour into a small plastic bag and seal. Snip the corner off the bag to using as a mini piping bag. Pipe small dollops about the size of your M&Ms onto parchment, foil or wax paper. Depending on how hot your melts are, you may want to give they a few seconds to cool off, you don't want it to be TOO runny. Then gently press an M&M into each "white" of the eyes. You can use the blue, green and red candies too! The melts will harden quickly, so don't wait too long before putting the M&Ms on them. Let cool (only will take 5 minutes).
8. Buttercream: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and peppermint extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add green dye, as much as you want!
9. To assemble (see photos below), pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Use a knife or offset spatula to flatten the frosting. Turn the cupcake upside down and press into a bowl/plate filled with chocolate Jimmy sprinkles. Press on your eyes and use an extra sprinkle to make the nose. Use chocolate chips or Tootsie rolls (I didn't have either on hand so I melted down some chocolate piped out little rectangles) to press into the sides as "bolts." Put on a little "stitch" (You can use red frosting, I used a gel dye to color my extra melts from the eyes and piped out stitches). And you are done!!!
10. Happy Halloween!
NOTE: If you use chocolate chips or something else that isn't meant for candy making, pipe them onto parchment, foil, wax paper on a baking sheet and then place the sheet in the freezer to harden. Chocolate chips take much longer to harden...

Because everyone likes seeing the step by step photos… but seriously, once those eyes went on I just couldn’t help but to laugh because I felt like he was starring at me!!!

Frankenstein Cupcakes for Halloween

What I refer to as “Melts” in all my puppy chow recipes can be these Ghiradelli Melting Wafters.  They come in white and dark and are great!  I like using melts because they don’t burn or anything in the microwave and are really fun to use for treats like this.  

Ghiradelli melting wafers

Any product that melts down really well usually come looking like these little “disks”

Ghiradelli melts

Chocolate candies for the eyes.  I picked out all my brown ones to use before I started but you can use all the colors to get creepy looking Frankensteins!

Making eyeballs using candy

Mini piping bag from a little plastic bag, I do this all the time for chocolate stuff because it means I just get to throw the bag away and not wash it!  

piping bag using plastic bag

EYES!!! Remember, the melts will start to cool and harden fairly quickly, so make sure to press the candies on soon.  Also, if the melts are really runny it can be a little tricky, I never really squeezed my bag and just let it drip out instead.  Just practice a little and you’ll be great!

candy eyeballs

So cute and totally edible!  As cute as a lot of the Halloween cupcakes are, who wants to eat the fondant or the huge ice cream cones (witch hats) on top of them?  

Frankenstein Cupcakes

My little photo set up in my temporary apartment.  A cookie sheet as my backdrop, a cutting board for the tabletop a cute cupcake!  

cupcake photography set up

21 thoughts on “Frankenstein Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Kelly says:

    Ah, so cute!!!!! I was looking for cute Halloween cupcakes!!!! I will definitely be making these!!!! I totally agree about the fondant covered ones. Food needs to be delicious!!! Not just cute!!!! These will be both!

  2. 2
    deana says:

    love it!!

  3. 3
    Sabrina says:

    I am obsessed with Frankenstein! And Hello Kitty…. This is going to be a great hit with my cupcake eaters!

  4. 4
    Tatiana Gilbertson says:

    I love your work and how generous you are with showing us exactly how to recreate!

  5. 5

    So cute! I love how much detail you put into him :).

  6. 6
    Kristen says:

    So creative, love it!

  7. 7
    Jackie Gibson says:

    Another superb creation! TY

  8. 8
    Allie Gower says:

    Frankly, these are SUPER. Tee hee. Love, love, love. Thank you for letting us share at #365DaysofCrafts.

  9. 9

    These are SUPER CUTE! You’re so creative Lizzy!

  10. 10
    Kim Lawhorn says:

    He is fabulous!! Thanks for the step by step photos to help create these guys. So fun!

  11. 11
    dianna says:

    Thank You for sharing!!! He is so adorable!
    Especially love the Step by Step instructions!

  12. 12
    Julie says:

    So Darling! (Question: Do you use a particular website to add the fun words/fonts to your photos? )

  13. 13
    Carmie says:

    Can I use a grass tip and brown colored icing to make his hair instead of Chocolate sprinkles? I want to make his hair crazy looking and messy.

    Thanks this is so adorable, I love monsters more because of this post, hehe in cupcakes that is :)

  14. 14
    Delores says:

    OMG… That is so cute… I am going to make some of these and I want to do different colors for the hair and eyes. Thanks for the step by step photos. They really help!

  15. 15

    These are so adorable! Great tutorial. Can’t wait to try them!

  16. 16

    These are TOO adorable!! I love your visual instructions too!!

  17. 17
    Shane R. says:

    These are so adorable!! I love his little dilated eyes.

  18. 18
    Karen says:

    These are so cute! They are perfect for school Halloween parties and my daughter will love making them. Thanks!

  19. 19
    Dina says:

    Really great idea!

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