These great-tasting, ghoulish-looking chocolate cupcakes are a wickedly easy treat for a Halloween party! Our trick: keep kids who are antsy for the festivities to begin busy by letting them help decorate.

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Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes
Buttercream Frosting
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Directions

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  • Chocolate Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center. Line cupcake tins with 12 paper liners; set aside.

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  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter, milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. (Alternatively, combine ingredients in a large bowl, then beat with a hand-held electric mixer.) Add boiling water and beat to combine (batter will be thin). Divide batter evenly among cupcake liners.

  • Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Buttercream Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Begin beating on low speed, increasing to high for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Using food coloring, tint the icing dirty green.

  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, and fill with candy-coated chocolates, if desired.

  • Cover the tops of each cupcake with a generous mound (about 1/3 cup) of buttercream. Insert one candy corn into each cupcake to form a nose. Insert two candy-coated chocolates into each cupcake to form eyes. Place two 1/2-inch lengths of licorice above the eyes to form eyebrows for the witch. Place the 1/4-inch licorice lengths above the eyebrows to form bangs. Place an inverted cone on top of bangs, pressing gently into buttercream to adhere. Place the 2-inch licorice lengths under the cone hat to form the hair. Decorated cupcakes can be stored up to 1 day at room temperature.

Reviews (15)

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10/28/2010
I used Oreo cones. Most supermarkets have them.
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10/28/2010
I can't seem to find the sugar cones anywhere! Do you reckon just dunking a small ice cream cone in chocolate and sticking it in the freezer to solidify will work?
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10/27/2010
Oops! I meant that I went to five different stores looking for chocolate cones and couldn't find them so I already had red
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10/27/2010
I went to five different stores
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10/23/2010
I couldnt find chocolate cones, so I covered them in construction paper and also put yummy treats inside them :D
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10/23/2010
I couldnt find chocolate cones, so I covered them in construction paper and also put yummy treats inside them :D
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10/28/2009
I had trouble finding the black licorice laces so I used the red pull and peel twizzlers that worked out great! I also used the chocolate oreo cones, really cute and yummy!
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11/03/2008
why not use pretzels as hair they sure are healthier than licorice ....
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10/29/2008
I guess that's what I'll have to do with the licorice too. I have my mother and aunt on the look out of any of the laces. If they find any I'll post where for you :)
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10/28/2008
I haven't found the licorice laces either, so I've been taking the regular licorice and cutting them very thin. Thanks for the oreo tip :)
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10/28/2008
I found chocolate Oreo cones at a local Giant but I cannot find the black licorice laces. Any ideas for that?
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10/25/2008
Does anyone know where to buy chocolate sugar cones? I have made these the past few years with regular sugar cones and paint them in chocolate because I cannot find them anywhere here in AZ. Would like to save myself a step, so if anyone has any ideas, please help !
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09/16/2008
Where did you find the chocolate cones?
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09/13/2008
I made these for a Halloween Party a few years ago and they were perfect. Leftovers are tricky because the cone goes soft. I use the buttercream, tinted many different ways, throughout the year!
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02/14/2008
You could easily take this idea to make gnome cupcakes! Dip the cones in red choclate melts and decorate to look like a gnome! :)