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Usually I try to make my cupcakes look as beautiful as they taste, but at Halloween I love making hideous looking food.  These vanilla cakes are not for the faint hearted….well not for those who have a thing about eyes anyway :-S

zombie eyes halloween cupcakes

I found the eye ball sweets in my local bargain store and they’ve sold them for several years so I’m sure they’ll be easy enough to come by. I use gel food colouring because you get a brighter colour with less product and it doesn’t water down your mixture.  You can dye your cake any colour you like, but I chose green and Beth, biting into hers and seeing it exclaimed “urgh, Mummy I think they’re off!”  Which was exactly the kind of reaction I was looking for!

beth with zombie eyes


beth with zombie eyes

You Will Need:

2 eggs 

11o grams margarine (just less than 4 oz)

11o grams caster sugar (just less than 4 oz)

120 grams self raising flour (just more than 4 oz)

pinch of baking powder

teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract

food colouring

strawberry jam

eye ball cupcakes halloween

To Decorate:

250 grams icing sugar (just less than 9 oz)

120grams margarine (just less than 4 oz)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon milk

red food colouring

eye ball sweets

main eye ball sweets cupcakes halloween recipe


  • Preheat oven to  Gas mark for or 180
  • Combine margarine, sugar and vanilla until the colour pales.
  • Add the eggs and mix again
  • Add food colouring until you get the colour you desire

green cake mixture

  • Fold in baking powder and flour
  • Spoon mixture into cases

mix in cases

  • Smooth the top of the mix and add a small splodge of jam

splodge of jam

  • Swirl the jam gently

swirl slightly

  • Bake for around 15 minutes or until cakes are golden and spongy


  • Allow to cool
  • Stick eye ball sweets on with a little jam

stick on eyes

  • Mix together icing sugar, vanilla, milk and margarine and beat well until the mixture pales.
  • Add food colouring.
  • Pipe two lines above and below the eye ball sweet.

pipe icing halloween eye ball cupcakes

These cakes may look odd but they taste lovely. The jam sinks into the cake and comes as quite a surprise when you eat it!


Happy Halloween

Love Rachel












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