Spooky Halloween Cupcakes – My Family Ties

Halloween Cupcakes

With a Coconut Syrup Glaze

With Halloween looming I have been baking a few tasty, but spooky treats for my girls and this one had the gore factor. They loved these because they looked realistic and bloody! It made me laugh that these should go down so well, and that they were bickering about who would have the brain first, and who would have the severed finger!  Simple to make and yet they ended up looking really effective, perfect for any Halloween party.


200 g butter softened

200 g caster sugar

The seeds from 1 vanilla pod

1.5 teaspoons good quality vanilla essence

3 large eggs beaten

200 g self-raising flour

For the cupcake glaze

4 tablespoons Monin Coconut Syrup 

For the decoration 

Sheet of pre-rolled white icing sugar cut into circles

Halloween sugar decorations (I found these at Waitrose)

Red food colouring paste

100 g icing sugar

Water to a thick paste (be careful too little is better than more)


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4 and line a cupcake baking tray with cupcake cases.
  • Add the butter, sugar and both vanilla seeds and extract to a food mixer and beat until pale and smooth, and the sugar granules have disappeared.
  • One by one add the eggs, scraping the bowl down after each addition, until the eggs and the butter and sugar mixture are fully combined.  As you are adding the eggs, if the mixture starts to look lumpy or separated, just add a spoonful of the flour and mix slowly to combat the lumps.
  • Next add the flour slowly and mix gently until combined.
  • Add to the cupcake cases I use an ice cream scoop for equal measurements and baking consistency and it works really well.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes, and then remove and turn out to a wire rack.
  • While the cupcakes are still warm take a skewer and spear through the top of the cupcakes. Next take a pastry brush, dip it into the Monin Coconut Syrup and brush the syrup onto the top of the cupcakes to feed the syrup into the holes. 
  • It should be enough that the cupcakes absorb the syrup without getting soggy, and I found that 4 tablespoons was just enough for these 24 cupcakes.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled completely you can decorate them with your spooky Halloween decorations.  Take the sheet icing sugar and place on top of the cupcakes, to secure you can brush on a little water to stick to the cupcake.
  • Next add the Halloween sugar decorations again securing with a little water brushed on, and mix the icing sugar, water and red colouring paste and put into a piping bag.
  • Pipe the red ‘blood’ spots on the cupcakes and then leave to set.

I hope you have enjoyed my Spooky Halloween Cupcake recipe, I will be adding lots more recipes for Halloween over the next couple of weeks, as I will be making lots of little treats for my two girls, which I will share with you.

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  1. October 21, 2014 / 10:24 am

    Your cupcakes just get better and better!

  2. October 21, 2014 / 11:31 am

    They look fantastic and sound very tasty too x

  3. October 21, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Love the coconut glaze twist, I love a themed cupcake!

    • October 22, 2014 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you, me too I'm a bit of a sucker for a seasonal treat! 🙂

  4. October 21, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    wow they look great x i'm going to try it i doubt they will look this good but will be fun to try x

    • October 22, 2014 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much Linda, I would love to see your bakes do tweet or Facebook me a photo 🙂

  5. October 21, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    Charming! I like how particularly spunky the designs of the cupcakes are. They look really cute and I'm sure they also deliver when it comes to taste. That is important, especially with the type of visuals you are playing there. Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you!

    Jason Underwood @ La Patisserie Bakery

    • October 22, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Jason, I really appreciate your feedback. I have my own two judges at home of course – my daughters, who gave this recipe the thumbs up! It is always great to receive such positive feedback, and from such an esteemed baker as yourself. I have just been admiring your amazing cakes on your website! Thanks Jason, all the best to you too, Caroline 🙂

  6. October 23, 2014 / 3:43 am

    Ahhh what a great recipe/activity to do with the kids! Thanks!