This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Orange and brown brownie bottom cupcakes are decadent semi-homemade cupcakes topped with fluffy buttercream frosting and Halloween sprinkles!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love making themed baked goods for the occasion. I have a ton of Halloween recipes on my blog but I’m always looking for new ideas.
These Halloween Brownie Bottom Cupcakes are awesome because they look and taste amazing but the secret is that they are semi-homemade! They are made with a jazzed up brownie mix and a jazzed up cake mix topped with homemade buttercream frosting.
Honestly the secret is in the frosting. You can make just about any boxed cake mix and if you top it with homemade frosting everyone will think that they are homemade. Also, I put some caramel in the brownies which just put these cupcakes over the edge.
For the cupcakes you will need:
- yellow cake mix
- vegetable oil
- brownie mix
- caramel sauce
- food coloring
First I made the brownie mix according to the package directions. Then I added in some caramel sauce and a touch of sea salt. I filled the bottoms of each cupcake liner with the brownie batter so that it went about a quarter of the way up the liner.
Then I made the yellow cake according to the package directions. Once the batter was smooth I mixed in the orange food coloring so that my cupcakes would be orange and black for Halloween!
This is where it gets tricky. I tried three different ways to layer the cake mixture over top of the brownie mixture and the way that worked best was to put the cake mixture in a large measuring cup with a handle. Carefully pour the cake batter over top of the brownie batter until it is covered and the cake batter fills the cupcake liners about three quarters of the way up.
While the cupcakes baked I made a batch of my homemade buttercream frosting using Dixie Crystals powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. You can really make your favorite flavor of frosting but I enjoyed the fluffy buttercream with these cupcakes.
After the cupcakes have cooled I piped the frosting on top of each one and then sprinkled them with fun Halloween sprinkles! You can simply use orange and black sprinkles or use any Halloween themed sprinkles. Then I found some trick or treat cupcake picks and stuck those in half of the cupcakes to finish them off.
These cupcakes are out of this world. They have a few different flavor combinations going on that all just work together. My husband and I had a hard time not eating them all. The chocolate caramel on the bottom topped with the yellow cupcake and the rich, fluffy buttercream is perfection. I can’t wait to make them again!
Pro Tips & Substitutions:
- You can use white, yellow, or Halloween funfetti cake mix in this recipe.
- Feel free to add your favorite add-ins to the brownies like peanut butter, chocolate chips, or Nutella instead of the caramel sauce.
- Don’t skip the homemade frosting! You can totally make chocolate or cream cheese frosting but make it from scratch. It brings these cupcakes together and will convince everyone they are homemade.
Recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting
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Recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting
Take a look at more spooky Halloween recipes from our #HalloweenTreatsWeek Bloggers today:
Halloween Cookies & Bars:
- Bat Sugar Cookies from The Flour Handprint
- Voodoo Doll Cookies from Sweet ReciPEAS
- Halloween Confetti Cookies from Fake Ginger
Halloween Cakes & Cupcakes:
- Marshmallow SpiderWeb Cupcakes from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Poke Cake from Devour Dinner
- Halloween Brownie Cupcakes from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from It’s Shanaka
Halloween Pies & Cheesecakes:
- Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes from Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Halloween Themed Layered Drinks from 4 Sons R Us
Chilled Halloween Treats:
- Easy Chocolate Pudding from Pastry Chef Online
Sweet Halloween Treats:
- Halloween Bark from West Via Midwest
- Halloween Snack Mix from Savory Experiments
- Healthy Halloween Snacks from House of Nash Eats
- Sweet & Savory Halloween Snack Board from An Affair from the Heart
- Spooky Candy Bark from Sweet Beginnings
- Poisoned Candy Apples from Fresh Coast Eats
- Donut Hole Mummies from Family Around the Table
- Halloween Caramel Popcorn Munch Recipe from Back To My Southern Roots
- Spiderweb Baked Donuts from Lemon Blossoms
Savory Halloween Recipes:
- Mini Monster Meatball Sliders from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mummy Brie from The Spiffy Cookie
- Halloween Deviled Eggs from I am a Honey Bee
Spooky Season is here and it is time for 2020’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For the 3rd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week!
Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
Plus, don’t forget that we have some great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsor and bloggers this year!
Prize #1 from Dixie Crystals
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Prize #2 from Angie at BigBearsWife
Ninja OP301 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More, with 6.5 Quart Capacity and 45 Recipe Book, and a High Gloss Finish
Prize #3 from Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar
Origami Owl Locket and Halloween Charms
Prize #4 from Kathy at Lemon Blossoms
6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Prize #5 from Terri at Our Good Life
Young Living’s Thieves Mints ($50 Value)
Pop a Thieves Mint into your mouth for cinnamint-fresh breath after meals. Made with naturally derived ingredients and free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives, Thieves Mints are a choice you can feel good about. Created with Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend, these mints deliver minty coolness with a hint of warm, sugar-free sweetness. Thieves Mints come in a conveniently sized container that is great to take on the go!!
Prize #6 from Julie at Back To My Southern Roots
1 Copy of – The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-Ups
Prize #8 from Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS
1 Copy of her new cookbook “Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Desserts”
Prize #9 from Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
1 Copy of her cookbook, “Incredible One-Pot Cooking: Easy, Delicious Recipes for Exciting Meals Without the Mess”
Prize #10 from Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog
1 Copy of “Friends: The Official Cookbook”
ONE (1) $75 Amazon gift card
Prize #12 from Shanaka from It’s Shanaka
ONE (1) $25 Amazon gift card
Prize #13 from Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Prize #14 from Amy from House of Nash Eats
ONE (1) $100 Amazon gift card
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 5th – October 10th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 14 prizes and therefore we will have a total of 14 winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. We would also love to give a huge thanks to our Halloween Treats Week bloggers because a lot of them also donated prizes for the giveaways, including: Angie of BigBearsWife , Nicole of Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar, Kathy of Lemon Blossoms, Terri of Our Good Life, Julie of Back To My Southern Roots, Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS, Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen, Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog, Michaela of An Affair from the Heart, Jennifer of Take Two Tapas , Michele of West Via Midwest, Shanaka of It’s Shanaka, Ashley of Cheese Curd In Paradise, and Amy from House of Nash Eats!