Pumpkin Spice Pudding Halloween Party Cupcakes: A moist fluffy cupcake with tons of Fall flavor. Adding pumpkin spice pudding to your cake mix not only offers a fluffy cupcake but also lends all the fall flavors without the expense of buying the spices. No Frosting! Scroll down to find out how to add sweet topping without making frosting and how easy it is to make the edible moon background.
That’s right, I didn’t add any frosting to these Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cupcakes. Instead I dipped the tops of each cupcake into melted black candy melts. I know….I know…candy melts will never take the place of light and fluffy buttercream but in this case it really works. I needed something easy and smooth to get the look I wanted and candy melts seemed like the best way to go. Don’t get me wrong I am and will always be a buttercream girl. The candy melts still offer a nice sweet touch to the pumpkin spice cupcakes and adds a fun twist too. I love using candy melts for lots of different project. Check out how I use candy melts to decorate cookies→HOW TO DECORATE SUGAR COOKIE WITH CANDY MELTS.
How to melt Candy Melts
Pour candy into microwave safe bowl.
Heat on high 30 seconds, stir.
Heat an additional 30 seconds, stir until all the candy is melted
FOR BEST RESULTS (in this project), pour melted candy into a decorating squeeze bottle.
HOW TO MAKE A MOON FROM CANDY MELTS
This one simple step will take a normal Halloween Party Cupcake to THE BEST Halloween Cupcake
A moist fluffy cupcake with tons of Fall flavor. Adding pumpkin spice pudding to your cake mix not only offers a fluffy cupcake but also lends all the fall flavors without the expense of buying the spices.
3 cups all-purpose flour
3½ teaspoons baking powder
2 cups granulated sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) pumpkin spice pudding mix
¾ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup apple cider
Optional: black and yellow candy melts, sprinkles, small lollipop sticks cupcake picks
For the Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line 24 cupcake wells with cupcake liners and set aside.
In a mixing bowl add the flour, baking powder, sugar and pudding mix.
Add the oil, eggs and cider.
Mix on medium 2 minutes or until well combined and creamy.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
For the Moons:
Measure your pick to determine how big your moon should be. I used a biscuit cutter.
Trace circles on a piece of parchment paper.
Turn over and tape to a cookie sheet.
Melt yellow candy melts. Either put the melted candy in a squeeze bottle in a zip top bag with the corner cut off.
Trace around the line first and then fill in. ( to help cover the unevenness of the candy I added yellow sugar sprinkles.
Put in freezer for 10 minutes.
Once the moons are hard shake off any excess sugar sprinkles.
Place back on the covered cookie sheet.
Turn the moons over.
Dip small lollipop sticks in more yellow melted candy and lay in the center on the back side of the moon.
Put back in freezer for 10 minutes.
Melt black candy melts.
Dip cooled cupcakes in the melted candy and then directly into the colored sugar sprinkles.
Immediately add the moon and then the cat pick.
VERY IMPORTANT....ADD THE MOON IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIPPING THE TOP OF THE CUPCAKE IN MELTED CANDY AND ADD SPRINKLES. IF YOU WAIT TOO THE LONG MELTED CANDY WILL HARDEN AND MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ADD.
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Beautiful!!! These are wonderful!!! I hope you will link up at the TGIF Link Party! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html
These are adorable Sheryl!Not only pretty to the eye but oh the recipe looks delish! Thank you so much for sharing and have a great week!
Oh my, these cupcakes are amazing! Fabulous job. I’m pinning it now. Stopping by from Made by you Monday. Have a great day!
Sheryl, those are awesome! You make them look so simple to duplicate. 🙂
These are total showstoppers! I love that bright yellow moon and adorable cupcake liners 🙂
These sound yummy and I LOVE how you decorated them!
Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow. 🙂
So cute pinned! Thanks for linking it up to our Block Party
Sherly, these are beyond cute. I love the cat and the moon in the background, it adds the perfect Halloween touch to the cupcakes. You are so creative. Those cupcakes also sound delicious, I’m not sure I would want to eat them though because they are just too cute. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I’d love it if you linked this recipe up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/
Sheryl, I absolutely love both of your cupcakes and thank you so much for sharing them at Best of the Weekend! Sharing them, of course, and pinning! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and a great week!
I just love your Cupcakes and the polka dot liners are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, and have a great weekend.
Everything about these cupcakes is so festive. Pinning!
I love these! They are just gorgeous! Pinning to my Halloween board. Thanks for sharing!
I think these are so cool, Sheryl! I’m picking these as one of my favorites at tomorrow’s All My Bloggy Friends – I can’t wait to see what you share this week! 🙂
Absolutely beautiful! Wow!
Sheryl, these are so cute! I love how detailed and pretty they look.
These cupcakes look amazing, Sheryl! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing them at the HalloWonderful Week Link Party!
This is SOOO creative! Have you shared it on my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop yet? If you have not, PLEASE do! 🙂
So cute. Thank you.
I LOVE this cupcake idea!!!! I came across these and making these for Halloween. I purchased the cat picks from Amazon but all black cats, did you color in the eyes, if so what did you use yellow marker?
Hi Monica, I’m so glad you like the idea. No…my cats came with yellow eyes.