Monster Cupcakes

Adorable Monster Cupcakes using plant, seed, and vegetable based food color that are as easy as they are delicious!

A few decorators tips and some all-natural food color make these the PERFECT Halloween treat!

You guys. YOU GUYS!! (This is worth yelling about!)

I have been looking for years for a food color without artificial dyes that produces a beautiful and vibrant color. This new product from McCormick is it!  It is made with ingredients from nature like plants, vegetables, and seeds. We can finally achieve a bright color with a convenient product!

To make these cupcakes you will need:

Chocolate cupcakes (I used this Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe)
#10, #21, #233 decorator’s tips (see how I store my tips here)
disposable pastry bags
kitchen knife
marshmallows, large and small
pull and peel licorice
candy eyes
Mini candy-coated chocolate pieces

Monster Buttercream

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Serves: 12
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 1 two pound bag powder sugar (about 7-8 cups)
  • 1 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 pkg McCormick Color from Nature Food Color


  1. Put room temperature butter, vanilla, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.
  2. If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk.
  3. Equally divide buttercream into four bowls.
  4. BLUE: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sky Blue food color packet to bowl.
  5. PINK: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Berry food color packet to bowl.
  6. YELLOW: Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the Sunflower food color packet to bowl.
  7. GREEN: Add 1 teaspoon Sky Blue and 1 teaspoon Sunflower to make green.
  8. Gently stir to combine.
A few decorators tips and some all-natural food color make these the PERFECT Halloween treat!
Green Eyed Monster
Fit pastry bag with #21 tip and green frosting. Starting at the center of the cupcake, hold tip near the top and apply pressure. Build a small base of frosting then quickly pull away. You should have a star “spike” of frosting. Repeat over the entire surface of the cupcake. Add 7-9 candy eyes over top of frosting.
Zombie Brain
Fit pastry bag with #10 tip and pink frosting. Pipe out a dollop of frosting onto the cupcake and then smooth out with a kitchen knife. Starting just to the right of the center of the cupcake, pipe a line from top to bottom. Then start to wiggle the tip back up towards the top moving back and forth and making sure the frosting touches on the sides. Repeat on the left side of the cupcake.

A few decorators tips and some all-natural food color make these the PERFECT Halloween treat!

Yellow Centipede Monster
Fit pastry bag with #233 tip and yellow frosting. Using short, quick action while applying pressure, add small dollops of “fur” to the cupcake. Do this over the entire surface of the cupcake. Cut two small marshmallows in half and then fit the four pieces (cut side down) in a smile on the cupcake. Add two eyes and stick a 1-2 inch piece of pull and peel rope licorice into the top of the cupcake above the eyes.
Blue Cyclops
Fit pastry bag with #233 tip and blue frosting. Cut the upper third off of a large marshmallow and place the larger piece on the cupcake.
Apply pressure to the pastry bag and start moving out and away from the center of the marshmallow while applying pressure. This will create small loops of blue frosting. Continue this around the entire cupcake. Place the smaller piece of marshmallow on top of the frosting, cut side up. Set an M&M in the center of the marshmallow.
See a video on how I made these cupcakes here:

A few decorators tips and some all-natural food color make these the PERFECT Halloween treat!
I am fortunate to be able to work with brands that I use and love. Thankful to McCormick for partnering with me!
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Sooooo making these for our Halloween party next month! Was looking for a cute dessert idea, and of course, leave it to you to come up with just the idea! Perfection!


This is amazing Amanda!! I have been looking high and low for natural food dyes that actually work. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!


So cute.They kind of look easy.The colors are clear and bright.

Alma Sample

These little cupcakes are so cuteee. I am going to try this recipe for my son’s birthday party next week. The kids will love it.


Where did you find the natural dye. My son is allergic to all artificial dyes.


    It is in most grocery stores and Amazon! 🙂