Make Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes This Year With These Essentials

It's a baking smash!

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August 20, 2019

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Though most people would say the best part of Halloween is the candy, for me the holiday is about one thing and one thing only: cupcakes! It all started one stormy Halloween night years ago. It had been raining all day, and, as the evening got darker and darker, and the rain poured heavier and heavier, it became apparent to my twin sister and me that we weren’t going trick-or-treating. Now just imagine, telling one little kid that terrible, awful, horrible news, then multiply that by two.

Suffice to say we didn’t take it all that well. But my mother — being the creative genius that she is — had spent the day doing her own tricking and treating. After convincing my sister and me to put on our matching M&M costumes, we came downstairs to find the kitchen table covered with bags of icing, sprinkles, cupcake liners and, of course, candy. The three of us spent the rest of the night baking up a storm of ghoulish treats. We’ve been baking cupcakes every Halloween since.

Whether you want to bake a batch for your own little ghouls or bring them along to a graveyard smash, here’s everything you need to make your Halloween cupcakes absolutely spellbinding!


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These boo-tiful ghosts are handmade from edible fondant, so you can top your cupcakes and eat them too!


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You'll be saying, "double, double, toil and cuteness" when you lay your eyes on these adorable pumpkin-shaped measuring cups.


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These elegant sprinkles are bound to put a spell on you. Each bag is filled with a fun mixture of shimmery jimmies, crunchy chocolate Sixlets candy, glittery confetti rounds and sugar pearls to give your cupcakes a fancy touch.

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Get up to your very own hocus pocus with these pumpkin-colored mixing bowls. With six sizes to choose from, you can whip together everything from buttercream frosting and batter to Eyeball Punch and Witch Finger Cookies. They also come with airtight lids, so you can refrigerate your cupcake mixture while you're out trick-or-treating with the kids.

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Who needs a bubbling cauldron when you've got a KitchenAid Stand Mixer? This mini metallic version is 25% lighter than the brand's larger models and 20% smaller, so you can store it just about anywhere... even a magical vanishing cabinet.


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Add a playful note to your cupcakes and other goodies this Halloween with these sugary candy eye toppers. Whether you use them to make Ghouly Cupakes or Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding, there's no doubting all eyes (get it?!) will be on them.


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Dress up your cupcakes with these whimsical paper liners. With over 300 in each set, you'll have more than enough to make cupcakes for every ghoul, witch, goblin, werewolf, wizard, vampire (you get the point) in your life!


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This bewitching nonstick muffin pan comes with a quilted bottom to give your cupcakes a beautifully golden base after every bake.

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Just trust us on this one: you're going to want to catch a few of these gorgeous spatulas in your web (or shopping chart). Not only are they completely heat-resistant, but their beautiful pumpkin-spice color makes them perfect for mixing, scraping and spreading all autumn long!


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Kids are sure to have a wickedly good time putting together these laser cut cupcake wrappers. Simply chose between the spiderweb, haunted house or witch-themed designs and place your baked cupcakes inside. It's an easy and fun way to get everyone involved and add an air of elegance to your baked treats.


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It just isn't a cupcake without icing. Make sure yours are adequately frosted with these squeezable icing tubes from Wilton. The set also comes with black and orange jimmies and sugar sprinkles, so you can cause as much delicious mayhem as you want!


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These un-boo-lievable cupcake picks are completely customizable. You can choose from a variety of glittery cardstock combinations to make them uniquely your own.

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Show off all your delicious treats with this adorable cardboard cupcake stand. With its playful Jack-o-Lantern design, it's bound to be a hit.

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