Spiced Caramel Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

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You all know how much I love to make holiday treats.  Once I start I just can’t stop!   However, it’s hard to make batch after batch of cupcakes and cookies and not eat them so lately I’ve been making a basic batch of batter then tweaking it so I’m making anywhere from 2-4 different flavors of cupcakes in a single batch of batter.  It’s not hard to do and I’m only really making 1-2 dozen cupcakes instead of 5-8 dozen cupcakes.

Spiced Caramel Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

The recipe for Spiced Caramel Halloween Cupcakes started as a basic yellow cupcake batter.  I used my favorite recipe and then I added in caramel sauce and spices to switch it up a bit.  I had to adjust the amount of liquid as well since the caramel sauce is so runny.

These cupcakes baked up pretty well although they began to sink once I took them out of the oven.  It wasn’t too bad though and that just meant that I would add a touch more frosting to the mix.   They ended up being pretty light and airy which I was surprised about but they had a great flavor.   They were full of spices and tasted of a light caramel.   Spice Caramel Cupcakes are perfect for fall.

Take a bite of these awesome Spiced Caramel Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

For decorating I made an easy caramel buttercream frosting which is basically my buttercream frosting with some caramel sauce added to it.  Then I rolled the outside edges in Halloween sprinkles.   I found these fun edible tombstones that you can write on from Wilton and put those on top along with a few candy “bloody bones”.

Caramel Spice Halloween Cupcakes

The resulting cupcakes looked like a graveyard scene which is great for Halloween.  They were also super easy to decorate since the tombstones and bones came in a decorating kit.  While I whipped up my frosting from scratch you can use a can (though I NEVER do) or make your own favorite frosting recipe.

Spiced Caramel Halloween Graveyard Cupcakes

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T. caramel sauce
  • 1/3 c. milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 T. caramel sauce
  • 1-2 T. milk

For decorating:

  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Candy Tombstones (optional)
  • Candy bones (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
  5. Add in the egg and caramel sauce and mix well.
  6. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add the milk and mix until well combined. Add the remaining flour and mix well.
  7. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.
  10. Add in the powdered sugar a cup at a time and beat until well combined.
  11. Add in the caramel sauce and milk and beat at medium speed until the mixture is smooth. If needed add in a bit more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.
  12. Place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes.
  13. Dip the edges of the cupcakes into Halloween sprinkles.
  14. Top with edible tombstones and bones if desired.


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  1. I love that spiced mixture flavor profile – it sounds delicious!! I’ve done a cupcake graveyard before too; we used milano cookies for the tombstones. It’s such a cute dessert for party!

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