New This Month

Stenciled Chocolate Cupcakes


Make a bevy of bats, a swarm of spiders, or an assortment of other scary designs atop chocolate cupcakes. Similar Halloween stencils for this recipe are available from Martha Stewart Crafts.

  • Yield: Makes 18

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 5017


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

  2. Mix in eggs, water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla until smooth, about 3 minutes. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.

  3. Before serving, place a stencil atop each cupcake, and dust with confectioners' sugar. Carefully remove stencil.

Reviews Add a comment

  • sheilabeth47
    27 OCT, 2009
    They have the stencils at Michaeils craft stores if there is one near you.
  • MS11374000
    23 OCT, 2009
    You can find them by searching this site for Halloween Stencils.
  • kelecello
    17 OCT, 2009
    How can I get this stencile on this website?