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Eyeball cupcakes check out everyone that walks by your Halloween treat table. Grab one before they LOOK away!


Mini cupcakes make the perfect canvas for creepy, delicious Halloween eyes. I love having a big platter of these lookers on my treat table! A few simple candies and frosting is all you need to make these treats in just a few minutes.


Eearie Eyeball Cupcakes

I like to make my own frosting with a little butter and confectioners’ sugar. The cupcakes are made in minutes with a cake mix! I do love a cake mix (but always have to have homemade frosting to go with it).

Stare back at these eyeball cupcakes or eat them! It’s your choice.

Once the cupcakes are frosted, I used large gumdrops for the base of each eyeball. The colors are perfect, bright Halloween hues that look fantastic on your table. Just slice the large bottom off each gumdrop and place it, sugared side down, on the frosting. The black M&M eyeballs stick right to the cut side of each gumdrop!

Eearie Eyeball Cupcakes

For these eyeball cupcakes I add the black M&Ms in different places. That makes an entire platter of them look like they are staring in different directions!

For bloodshot eyes I used a little tube of red decorator gel. No need to get out a piping bag, you can just pipe right from the tube. The eyelashes for these eyeball cupcakes take the cake! I snipped black licorice laces on the diagonal to make little bits that look just like lashes. Insert them one by one into the frosting just under the gumdrop. Take a LOOK! You’re done!

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Eerie Eyeball Cupcakes
Work Time
40 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Scare up a batch of your favorite mini cupcakes and you're ready to make these creepy treats.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, halloween
Yield: 36 cupcakes
Calories: 246 kcal
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks, softened)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Dash Salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 36 mini cupcakes
  • 36 large gumdrops
  • 36 black candy-coated chocolate pieces M&Ms
  • Black licorice laces
  • Red gel paste food coloring or decorating gel
  1. Beat butter until creamy, about 2 min. Add sugar ½ cup at a time, mixing well. Add salt and beat in vanilla extract; stir until smooth. Frost cupcakes.
  2. Cut round slices from gumdrops about ⅛ inch thick and center on frosted cupcakes sugar-side down. Top each gumdrop with a candy-coated chocolate piece. For lashes, cut licorice laces in ½-inch pieces on an angle and add to cupcakes. To make bloodshot eyes, dip a toothpick into food coloring and draw squiggly lines through frosting or pipe with decorating gel.
Recipe Notes

You can make your own mini cupcakes or use store-bought.

Nutrition Facts
Eerie Eyeball Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Potassium 42mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Sugars 26g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Recipe Tara Bench. Photographs Hallie Burton. Food Stylist Joyce Sangirardi. Prop Stylist Linsey Freyers. Originally published LHJ 10/09



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