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Halloween Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

A delicious cupcake with a brownie bottom. These are topped off with delicious buttercream frosting
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake recipe, cupcakes, halloween, Halloween recipe
Servings: 22
Calories: 466kcal


  • Cupcake Baking Tin
  • Medium Mixing Bowl (2)
  • Large Mixing Bowl


  • 18.4 ounces brownie mix I used Pillsbury chocolate fudge for a 9 x 13 pan
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 15.25 ounces vanilla cake mix  I used Betty Crocker
  • 1 cup water
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • teaspoon orange food coloring about 12-15 drops


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • cup sprinkles optional topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tin with paper cupcake liners.
  • Mix brownie mix according to package directions. With the Pillsbury brand brownie mix, blend together brownie mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs. Stir together just until incorporated. Set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the vanilla cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Mix on low speed until blended. Then stir in your food coloring.
  • Fill cupcake liners 1/3 of the way with brownie batter. I was able to fill about 22 cupcakes.
  • Then carefully spoon orange cake batter on top of the brownie batter to fill muffin cups 2/3 full. (I had leftover cake batter) You can make regular cupcakes with the extra cake batter if you want.
  • Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. Just until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed. Remove from pan and cool completely.


  • In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter, shortening and vanilla. Then add in milk and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix together until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and add sprinkles to the top.


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg