Halloween Candy Cupcakes

Halloween candy cupcakes are the perfect solution for when you’re still staring down that bowl of Halloween candy and wondering what to do with it. A perfectly sweet way to end the season.

Several chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and candies on top on a wooden chair.

These Halloween candy cupcakes, not surprisingly, attract and delight many a child of any age who comes into our bakery. Our own children also request them over and over again for special occasions—and they can participate in the decorating process.–Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas

Candy Cupcakes FAQs

What else can I do with leftover Halloween candy?

We’ve got a couple of great suggestions. Melt it down into this Halloween hot chocolate, or turn it into candy bar s’mores. Still have some left? Try this leftover Halloween candy bark.

How should I store these cupcakes?

Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting and pieces of candy on a children's chalkboard with pieces of chalk on the side.

Halloween Candy Cupcakes

Several chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and candies on top on a wooden chair.
These candy cupcakes are a perfectly over-the-top way to celebrate anything, really. It doesn't even need to be Halloween, you just need a few handfuls of your favorite candy.

Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
12 cupcakes
154 kcal
5 from 1 vote
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  • 12 cupcakes any flavor, whether white or coconut or chocolate or whatever you crave
  • 1 batch buttercream or other frosting preferably chocolate, whether bittersweet or Nutella
  • Assorted candies in an array of colors such as M&M's, candy necklaces, gummy candies, malted milk balls, candy bars, marshmallows, sprinkles


  • Frost the cooled cupcakes with the buttercream. (You can use vanilla buttercream, although we prefer chocolate because it takes longer for the frosting to firm up, giving you and your wee ones more time to decide on which sweets to use as decorations before the frosting sets.)
  • Immediately go footloose and fancy-free, plopping sweets of varying shapes, sizes, and colors onto each cupcake quickly before the frosting sets. We find it better to use too many candies rather than too few, so heap them on without hesitation.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 154kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 25g (8%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 1g (6%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 141mg (6%)Potassium: 41mg (1%)Fiber: 0.3g (1%)Sugar: 15g (17%)Vitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 56mg (6%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Recipe Testers’ Reviews

The thing about this candy cupcakes recipe that I most love? The fact that it’s not a recipe. It’s a suggestion, an inspiration. As such, it allows you to do what you will. So there’s no wondering or worrying or hand-wringing over whether the cupcakes will turn out moist or if the frosting will be as silken smooth and luscious as your mom’s buttercream.

Go ahead and use your most trusted recipes here—or, if you’re in a pinch, go with bakery-made cupcakes—as well as whatever leftover candy is driving you insane just sitting there and tempting you. In truth, this is simply a decorating suggestion that’s too clever for us not to post seeing as it gets the temptation out of the house.

Originally published November 1, 2012



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