Orange and Black Halloween Cupcakes



  • 1-1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 drops orange food coloring
  • 8 drops black food coloring
  • 2 cups white buttercream frosting


  1. Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Place cupcake liners in a pan large enough to hold 12 cupcakes.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed. Mix for about one minute.
  5. To sugar and egg mixture, use a spoon to gently stir in oil, milk, and vanilla.
  6. Add the dry flour ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat with an electric mixer for one minute at medium speed.
  7. Divide batter into two equal portions, pouring them into two separate bowls. Into one half of the batter mix the orange food coloring and beat well. Into the second half mix the black food coloring and beat well.
  8. Using large spoons - such as tablespoons or soup spoons - start layering the colored batters into the cupcake cups until they are 2/3 full. Take a butter knife and gently swirl the colors together a tiny bit. Don't mix them too much, or you will just end up with gray cupcakes! They key is to just create a few swirls within the batter so that they look interested when you bites into them.
  9. Place pan in oven on center rack. Bake for about 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a rack for five minute before removing cupcakes from pan. Allow cupcakes to cool completely on rack before frosting.
  11. Pipe on buttercream frosting. Decorate with Halloween decorations of your choice.


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