Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes

Hi friends! How are you? I love this time of year. October, November and December are probably my favorite months. The weather is cooler and leaves are changing color. As much as they can change color here in Southern California anyway. Last week I got the house decorated for Halloween. We have a new window cling skeleton the grandkids think is silly. It’s cute! You know what else is cute? These Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

A few years ago, I started storing my special baking pans for each holiday with our decorations. Partially because there was no room in the cabinets for the pans (I have a serious pan problem!) but it’s fun opening up our decorating boxes and finding them waiting for me. It makes them new all over again! So, not only do I get excited over the cute stuffed pumpkins that adorn my fireplace mantel in October every year, I also get excited over Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes, crazy ideas to use for my Skull Pan and how to decorate monster-shaped cookies!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

First in the great “The holidays are here, so let’s bake all the things!” marathon that happens every Fall, are these Jack O’Lantern cupcakes. We’re going to make use of this Wilton Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes Silicone mold in two different ways. Side note: Do you call it a pan or a mold? I’m never sure with silicone… Anyway, two ways! The bottoms of each cup have a Jack O’Lantern face, so I filled the faces with dark chocolate candy melts and then just barely covered them with orange candy melts.

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

Oh, and I got my nails done for Halloween too! Aren’t they cute?

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

After the molds (yeah, I’m going with “mold” for these) hang out in the fridge for about 30 minutes, you carefully pop them out, put them on a plate and return them to the fridge. We’re going to use them as cupcake toppers!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

Speaking of cupcakes, I had some very helpful taste-testers while making cupcakes today!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

There is some serious competition going on here for the “cute” factor: kids, cupcakes, fingernails! I’m pretty sure the grandkids are going to win though.

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

Remember, I said we were going to use the mold two ways? After making the toppers, just wipe out the mold and use it to make cupcakes. This way, the Jack O’Lantern faces fit perfectly on top.

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

Ta-da! So cute and so simple to make. These have definitely put me in the Halloween baking spirit!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

Candy Melt Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes are a quick and easy Halloween Treat for the kids or as surprise for the office!

  • For the toppers
  • Wilton Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Wilton Orange Candy Melts
  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1 Box Devils Food Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed on the box

Place approx 30 dark cocoa candy melts in a small, microwave safe bowl. Heat at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat another 30 seconds always at 50% power. Stir again. If needed heat another 30 seconds and then stir until smooth.

Place melted chocolate in a decorating bag, or plastic sandwich bag. Snip off a tiny portion of one corner of the bag. Carefully pipe the chocolate into the eyes, nose and mouths in the bottom of each Jack O'Lantern cupcake well.

Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

While the faces are cooling, melt approx. half a bag of the orange candy melts using the same method as the cocoa melts. Stirring well after each 30 second interval.

Place melted orange candy in another piping bag or sandwich bag and cut off one corner. Carefully pipe the orange over the top of each face, completely covering the dark chocolate and making sure the orange reaches the edges of the mold. You're just aiming for a thin layer over the top of the face, not to fill the entire cupcake well.

Tap the mold on the counter a few times to get out all the air bubbles. When all the molds are full, return them to the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make cake mix according to package directions.

Remove the molds from the refrigerator and carefully pop out the Jack O'Lantern faces. They should come out cleanly but you may need to manipulate them a little to get them to come free. It's not difficult, just work carefully.

Wipe down the molds and fill with cake batter.

Bake according to package directions.

Allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before taking the cupcakes out of the molds. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

When the cupcakes are cool, melt another 15-20 Cocoa Candy melts as directed above.

Pipe a circle of Cocoa Candy on the plain orange side of the toppers. Place topper on cupcake and press gently to adhere.

Continue until all the toppers are on the cupcakes.

Enjoy!

Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes

I used the following items to make these cupcakes:

Wilton Pumpkin Faces Silicone Molds

Wilton Orange Candy Melts

Wilton Candy Cocoa Melts

Wilton Candy Decorating Bags

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