It’s that time again this year when parents like me are scouring the internet for Halloween treat ideas for class parties.  When I used to be the room mom for my daughters’ classes I always challenged myself to bring something beyond either pumpkin or spider web decorated cookies and cupcakes.

Fortunately my daughters are now old enough to decorate their own treats with very little help from me.  Over the weekend we made these Halloween Three Eyed Monster decorated cupcakes which did not require any special pasty bags or tips.  Instead, we piped multiple spikes using a sandwich bag we filled with frosting and cut the tip off.  Mini marshmallows and black piping gel were used for the eyes. Three different types of colored cake batter elevated the traditional white cupcake into a ‘spooktacular’ treat.

Today I am going to show you how to make these multicolored cupcakes for your Halloween party.  So let’s get started.

Prepare the cake batter according the package instructions and divide the batter between three bowls.  Tint each bowl with black, green, and purple food coloring.

Fill each baking cup 2/3 full with alternating layers of color batter.

Bake the cupcakes according to package directions.  Remove the cupcakes from the oven when done to cool.

Fill a plastic zip top bag with frosting which has been tinted green.  Seal the bag.  Snip a bottom corner by 1/4″.

Squeeze the frosting through the tip, like squeezing toothpaste, in the center of the cupcake.  Attach three marshmallows using the frosting as glue. 

Working around the eyes, continue to squeeze droplets of frosting over the top surface of each cupcake.  When the cupcake is covered, apply three black dots with piping gel on top of each marshmallow.

PS: Be sure to check out these Zombie cupcakes by mother and father duo, The Peche!

Recipe: Monster Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 12

Multicolored cupcakes


  • 1 box white cake mix, batter prepared according to package instructions
  • black, green, and purple food coloring/gel
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • mini marshmallows
  • black piping gel


  1. Divide the cake batter equally into three bowls. Tint each bowl of batter with a different shade of food coloring until you achieve your desired colors. Preheat the oven according to cake mix instructions. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Spoon one tablespoon of black cake batter to form the first layer in each baking cup. Spoon a layer of green batter followed by the purple one. Resist the temptation to mix the colored batter. Continue to spoon batter into each tin until 2/3 full. Bake the cupcakes according to package baking times. When the cupcakes are ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Tint the vanilla frosting green with food coloring. Transfer the frosting from the can to inside a sealed zip top bag. Snip the corner 1/4" from the tip with scissors. Once the cupcakes are cool to touch apply the frosting.
  3. To decorate the each cupcake, apply enough pressure to the frosting bag and make pointed dots around the surface of the cupcake. Attach three mini marshmallows for eyes and dot each marshmallow with black piping gel for eye balls.

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13 Responses to “Halloween Monster Cupcakes”

  1. HapaMama

    What’s that container the icing bag is propped up in? Is it just a mug? That looks really handy.

    Cute cupcakes!

    • alice

      Hi HapaMama,
      Yes, I used a mug to hold my icing bag. Take a sandwich bag, place it in the mug and fold the outside edges over the mug. It makes for filing the bag easier and less messy.

  2. Jocuri Noi

    you doing great, I eat this one I think about frighten me not to eat them myself before I eat them:)