Halloween Oreo Surprise Inside Cupcakes

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I have an easy and fun Halloween treat for little ghouls and goblins, Oreo Surprise-Inside Cupcakes!

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I used a doctored cake mix for quick & easy spelling  to whip up a batch of these cupcakes, along with a package of Halloween Oreos.

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HomeGoods is a short broom ride away, where I found this Meri Meri Happy Halloween Cupcake Kit for $5.99 recently. I always check out the baking section and their seasonal goodies when I’m there and this cupcake kit made me cackle with glee.  <|:>)

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The packaging is like a spooky doll house that my inner 5-year-old couldn’t resist playing with. . .

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You can use your favorite cupcake recipe or cake mix to whip up a batch of these Oreo Surprise Inside Cupcakes. I used a Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil’s Food Cake Mix that I doctored. To doctor any cake mix, substitute buttermilk for the water, 4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix. Follow the box directions for mixing and baking.

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Place your cupcake wrappers in your pan. Fill each of the lined cupcake wells 1/3 of the way full with the batter. Place one Oreo on top of your batter in the middle of each well, and top with more batter until 2/3 of the way full. Alternatively, you could place your Oreo in the bottom of each well and bury it with batter.

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Follow the directions for baking on the back of the box and according to your oven until cupcakes test done and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. My cupcakes baked in about 15 minutes.

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Allow cupcakes to cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

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Add your favorite frosting and sprinkles. This witch likes Pillsbury cream cheese frosting, but if the idea of canned frosting makes your black teeth ache, use your favorite frosting recipe. You can find a 5 star-rated Chocolate Frosting here, or a 5 star-rated Cream Cheese Frosting here.

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You could use any variety of Oreo and cake mix for any holiday for surprise inside cupcakes.

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Happy Haunting!

Halloween Oreo Cupcakes

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  24 comments for “Halloween Oreo Surprise Inside Cupcakes

  1. October 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    These are adorable and great photos!

  2. October 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

    How much fun! I love the little display Halloween house. I’ll see if our Homegoods has the Halloween cupcake kit. It would be the perfect backdrop for a project I’m working on! :)

  3. October 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I saw the Halloween Oreos Mary but I thought they were all jack-o-lanterns, love the skellies and bats too! Wish I had a cupcake to take to work:@)

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    October 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

    SURPRISE!!!! So easy and so good!!! Great pictures!! I won’t bother going to my Homegood store because after followers read this, there will be a run on decorations there and the shelves will be bare!! So maybe next year!! 🎃🎃🎃🍪🍪🍪

  5. October 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Well, I’m the lucky one to have those darling cupcake liners and cute Halloween picks!! Thanks for the inspiration on the recipe, Mary! I’ll go out and buy the ingredients and they’ll be ready for my little grands. I bought each of the families some of those Halloween Oreos, but didn’t get myself any. I’ll be heading to Target today before they fly out of the store, and before I fly out to Ohio!

    • October 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Hope you and your grands enjoy baking with them Kitty! ♥

  6. Sandi Allen
    October 14, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Yum! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to make these for my boys!

  7. October 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I wish I had a cupcake surprise for breakfast Mary, they look wickedly good! With your easy recipe any kitchen witch can whip these up without special tricks and spells~ Love your Halloween house full of decorations and your cupcake playground!! Fun recipe to try with all the Oreo varieties and cake mixes!
    Jenna

    • October 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

      “With your easy recipe any kitchen witch can whip these up without special tricks and spells” -> Jenna, can you write my posts for me please :)

  8. October 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I enjoy your postings so much. You make me feel the fun and whimsy of the season. The cupcakes are a great idea. Also like how you changed the cake mix recipe. Thank you.

    • Lil D
      October 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Celeste – I feel the same way! I get so excited that I can make these colorful and tasty treats, and I wind up making fun social connections! For example, I just shared this post with my sweet tooth teenage son and we both went shopping together for the ingredients. Looking forward to baking with him this afternoon! This time with him his senior year is so precious:). Also, last week I made the Rice Krispy treat Jack-o-lanterns with my 8 yr-old and his friend during a play date. I went next door to my new neighbor for food coloring and we wound up planning our spring bulb plantings together! Then when my son’s friend’s mom came to pick him up, she came in to see the treats and commented on how pretty my back porch looked, so we made plans to spend an afternoon there. I look forward to seeing the next seasonal project!

  9. Sherlie Magaret
    October 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

    These are great and look so easy, I may try them for a potluck the last week of the month.

  10. October 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Mary, your dialog is as much fun as your treats. Love this idea, and the Meri Meri kit is oh, so cute. I’m always drawn to Meri Meri’s clever packaging. ;-)

  11. October 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    so cute, they look really yummy!

  12. October 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Need me some of those cookies now! That’s my inner 5 year old talking. =)

    Jeanine

  13. Melodie Strickland
    October 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Love the idea of cream cheese frosting on the cupcakes with sprinkles–mmmm!! You have wonderful Halloween decorations and ideas.

    Melodie

  14. October 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    A cookie & cake combined? Yes, please! These look like the perfect treat and simple enough to make, thanks for sharing!
    xo – Michelle

  15. Paula
    October 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Hi ~Mary~

    So very Cute !! Love the little kit you used!! What does using the buttermilk do to a cake mix?? And does the cookie get soft in the cake mix??

    Wish we had a HomeGoods !

    Paula
    IN

    • October 17, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Thanks Paula! The buttermilk makes the cupcakes moist and taste homemade! The science behind it being that the acid helps tenderize the gluten in batter, same as adding sour cream when baking but without the fat. The cookies don’t get soft since the cupcakes bake in about 15 minutes. Hope you have a beautiful weekend! :)

  16. Laurie
    October 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Bewitchingly Brilliant👻

  17. October 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    These are great fun! I am hoping my little Colleen will like them and next year will be old enough to bake with me!!!

  18. October 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Are you sure that you did not have a bakery in your former life?….Cute, cute, cute!!!!

  19. November 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    you find so many cute little foodie projects!

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