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Halloween eyeball cupcakes recipe

These Halloween eyeball cupcakes are fun to make and the kids will love them. Use them as a feature at your next creepy Halloween celebration. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 1 Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup jam
  • 1 pkt white fondant icing
  • icing sugar or icing mixture, for dusting
  • green Lifesavers 
  • licorice
  • red writing icing


Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with red patty pans and set aside.

Using a mixer, combine the cake mix and eggs; gradually add the oil and water. When all ingredients are combined, mix on high for 3 minutes.

Using a 1/3 cup measure, fill the patty pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the centre springs back when touched. Leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Take out of pans and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Remove the fondant from all of its packaging and microwave for 20 seconds to make pliable. Knead and roll out flat. You may need some icing sugar or icing mixture to ensure the fondant doesn't stick to the bench and rolling pin. 

Use a round cutter to cut circles large enough to cover the tops of the cupcakes.

Heat the jam for 1 minute in the microwave. Brush the tops of each cupcake with the jam. Place the cut-out fondant round on top of each cupcake and smooth down.

Place a small piece of licorice in the centre of each Lifesaver to create a pupil. Use a dab of writing icing on the underside of Lifesaver to stick onto the centre of each cupcake.

Use the red writing icing to draw on the  squiggles that make the bloodshot parts of the eyes.


  • I used a packet mix for convenience and because I knew it would stay fresh if made the night before I was ready to decorate the cupcakes.
  • Do not fear the fondant! I like to consider it play dough for grown ups. 
  • I fill these cupcakes almost to the top so they mushroom over the edge like a muffin.
  • There are exactly 3 green Lifesavers per packet, so you would need 4 packets so that all 12 cupcakes have green irises. Unfortunately, you would have a lot of leftovers of other colours.
  • This recipe was derived from a great recipe that I found on

This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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