Halloween Skull Cupcakes


It’s Halloween!!!

Sadly, because of work and school and general adulting, I didn’t do anything terribly exciting this year. That said, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to bake Halloween themed cupcakes! I wanted an orange and green colour scheme, so I went with a vanilla base and a matcha icing. My friend’s 6 year old daughter crushed 3 of these, so I think that means they’re good! 


These kind of remind me of dark marks!



  • 1.5 cup milk
  • 1.5 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 288 g (2-5/8) cups flour
  • 300 g (1.5 cups) sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 126 g (9/16 cup) oil
  • 3 tbsp. apple sauce
  • 3 tbsp. vanilla
  • orange food colouring (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake tins with ~15 liners
  2. Add vinegar to milk. Set aside. 
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  4. Mix milk mixture with apple sauce and vanilla in another bowl. (I added orange food colouring here)
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Don’t overmix.
  6. Fill liners ~2/3 high. Bake for ~15 minutes. Rotate halfway through baking.



  • 170 g (¾ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 70 g white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. matcha powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • green food colouring (optional)


  1. Cream butter until fluffy. Add in melted white chocolate chips (making sure they aren’t too hot) and mix well.
  2. Add matcha powder, icing sugar, salt, and food colouring. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Add icing sugar or milk as needed for desired texture. 

For the final assembly, I added white chocolate skulls that I made with my skeleton mold! 

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