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

Monster Cupcakes

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Monster Cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 158 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net



  • 1/2 cup (113g) 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup (227) unsalted butter
  • 1 two-pound bag powder sugar about 7-8 cups
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 pkg McCormick Color from Nature Food Color



  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes, so prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and whisk on medium speed until smooth. (about 1 minute)
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  6. Slowly add in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.
  7. As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. (You do not want to over-mix!)
  8. The batter will be very thick.
  9. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The center of the cupcake should spring back up if gently pressed.


  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