These full moon and black cat cupcakes look spooktacular do they not?! They would be perfect for a Halloween party and look amazing on the dessert table! The moon and cat decorations are easy to make, and they’re all edible too. So put on your witch’s hat and learn how to make these fun Halloween cupcakes!
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Black Cat Cupcakes
If you’re looking for easy-to-make Halloween cupcakes that have a big wow-factor, then I think these full moon and black cat cupcakes are for you!
You don’t have to worry about making a batch of cupcakes – just buy them ready-made from the grocery store (but if you do want to make your own, I have got the best vanilla cupcakes recipe – that can also be turned into chocolate cupcakes for you to bake). And you don’t have to worry about making frosting either – buy that in the store too.
They come together surprisingly quickly too, so if you need to make some spooky cupcakes in a hurry, this recipe is it.
The cupcake decorations are made with Candy Melts, which actually sets pretty quickly – around 15-30 minutes. Once they’re made, you just need to assemble the cakes, and you are done!
Ingredients used in this recipe
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe. I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting.
- Oreo Cookies (Chocolate Sandwich Cookies)
- Yellow Candy Melts
- Black Candy Melts
- Yellow Sugar Sprinkles
- 12 Cupcakes
- Green, Vanilla Frosting
Equipment used in this recipe
You are likely to have many of these cooking tools in your kitchen already, but I’ve added some Amazon links for your convenience should you need to purchase anything for this recipe.
- Measuring Cups
- Piping Bag with Small Open Star or Grass Tip
- Cat Silicone Mold
- Microwave-Safe Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Wax Paper
- Lollipop Sticks
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How to make Black Cat Cupcakes
Since this recipe makes use of ready-made/store-bought cupcakes and frosting, we’re skipping ahead to the cupcake decorations, which are both made using Candy Melts – see my melting tips below! Always follow the package directions as it may vary depending on the brand of candy melts/candy wafters you use.
To make the cats you will need to melt the black candy and pour it into the candy mold. Candy Melts harden quite quickly in the fridge, so after about 30 minutes the cats should be ready. They do change shade a tiny bit, so you might be able to tell from that alone. Test one, and if it’s not quite ready, leave for a bit longer. Be mindful of the cat’s tails as you pop them from the mold!
To make the full moons, insert a lollipop stick into the middle of an Oreo (use a little melted candy to make them stick if you like) and dunk into melted yellow Candy Melts. Immediately sprinkle with yellow sugar sprinkles and leave to dry.
To assemble the cupcakes, pipe a layer of frosting to resemble grass – you could use a grass piping tip or a regular star tip.
Insert the full moons into the cake – the lollipop stick will help to support the weight of the candy-coated cookie.
Finally, sit the candy cat in front of the moon and your Halloween black cat cupcakes are done!
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses? Here are some recipes to take a look at to make a complete meal!
- Appetizer: Grandma’s Pumpkin Soup
- Main Dish: Slow Cooker Beef Stew + Dumplings
- Side Dish: Cheesy Cornbread Recipe
- Beverage: Apple Cider Dark & Stormy
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.
More Recipes Using Candy Melts
More Halloween Recipes
Once you’ve made these Halloween cupcakes you may be looking for more Halloween desserts – here are some for you to take a look at:
- 1 (12 oz) package black Candy Melts
- 1 (12 oz) package yellow Candy Melts
- 12 Oreo (chocolate sandwich) cookies
- Yellow sugar sprinkles
- 12 cupcakes
- 2-3 cups vanilla frosting, green
- Melt the black Candy Melts according to package directions. If the candy is too thick to pour, add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Stir well. Do not add water. You can add up to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per bag of candy wafers. Pour into cat mold and allow to harden completely before removing.
- Melt the yellow Candy Melts as above.
- Insert a short lollipop stick in between the two Oreo halves. Use a little of the melted yellow candy to hold in place.
- Dip each cookie into melted candy. Remove cookie, tapping gently against the side of the bowl, allowing excess candy to return to the bowl. If air bubbles form, pop them with a toothpick. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Sprinkle immediately with yellow sugar and leave to dry completely before decorating the cupcakes.
- Pipe green frosting over the top of the cupcakes, insert the yellow Oreo cookie full moon, and place a black cat in front.
You will also need:
- Small open star or grass piping tip
- Piping bag
- Cat silicone mold
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 851Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 131gFiber: 2gSugar: 114gProtein: 3g
This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
The Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween and Fall! You can check out Crafty October from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 for tons of awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!