Gooey Halloween Surprise Centre Cupcakes

A couple of years ago I really must have had some time on my hands because I decided to bake for any potential trick or treaters! Actually, I love baking, but my waistline doesn’t love it when I eat everything I make, so it was a good excuse to have fun baking without the guilt of eating too many cakes afterwards. I came up with these gooey surprise centre cupcakes and was so pleased with how they turned out!

Sorry for the photo quality, these were taken a few iPhones ago, and I haven’t had the chance to make them again this year. They seemed too good a seasonal bake not to share though! So here is the recipe…


For the cake

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 6oz unsalted butter, left out of the fridge to soften
  • 6oz caster sugar
  • 6oz self raising flour, sifted
  • 2tsp vanilla essence
  • Seedless jam – any flavour is fine, I used raspberry
  • Green gel food colouring (gel food colouring is heat stable so will maintain its vivid colour during cooking)

For the icing

  • 3oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 6oz icing sugar, sifted
  • Orange food colouring (this doesn’t need to be gel as its not being baked)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180c
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth
  • Add the eggs and vanilla with a little bit of the flour mixture to prevent curdling and mix until smooth
  • Add the rest of the flour until fully combined
  • Add green food colouring to reach your desired colour (a tiny bit goes a long way with gel colours!)
  • Spoon the mixture into spooky cake cases
  • Bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes until well risen and golden
  • While they cool, make the buttercream by combining the left over butter with the icing sugar. Add orange colouring a little at a time until you’re happy with the colour
  • When the cakes are fully cooled, use a piping bag with a wide nozzle to pipe jam into the centre of the cakes
  • Then swirl the buttercream on top to finish. The jam inside will be a total surprise until someone bites or cuts into their cake!

And there you have it, simple to make cupcakes with a hidden Halloween surprise. Let me know if you make them this Halloween!

Thanks for popping by,

Kimberley x

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6 thoughts on “Gooey Halloween Surprise Centre Cupcakes

  1. They look great! I love the fact they’re different, I’m sure kids will like getting a nice cupcake for a change
    Thanks for linking up to #HalloweenHorrors 🙂

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