Frankenstein Cupcakes Recipe
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Frankenstein Cupcakes Recipe

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For your Halloween party, these cupcakes are sure to impress all of your guests. They will disappear as soon as you set them out! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 to 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
  • Cupcakes of your choice
  • Large marshmallows
  • Corn syrup
  • Green and black sprinkles
  • M&M's miniature baking bits
  • Candy coated licorice


  1. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Lightly coat marshmallows with corn syrup. Roll sides of marshmallows in green sprinkles; dip tops in black. Carefully place a marshmallow in the center of each cupcake.
  2. For eyes, attach baking bits to the face of each marshmallow with a small amount of frosting; pipe pupils using frosting. Attach licorice candies to sides of head for bolts. Pipe frosting onto faces for mouths and stitches as desired. Yield: Varied.
Originally published as Frankenstein Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p10/5/09

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WhidbeyIslandGal User ID: 6291030 128613
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"So adorable! I really enjoyed making these. I used a kitchen basting brush to apply the corn syrup. I only made the top of the heads black and the whole body green. I let them dry and then put them on the frosted cupcake. (They don't fall off easily) I didn't use licorice or make bolts. But just used frosting to put the m&m's on and put smiley faces on them. My boyfriend/neighbors/co-workers thought they were cute and original. I can't wait to have kids so I can make these every halloween!! :)) (Warning - it does get a LITTLE sticky!)"

suziethefoodie User ID: 5544582 146351
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"These really did not turn out well at all. Decorative gel fell of the miniature baking bits and bled through the mouth. I had to really got the marshmallows in the corn syrup because it would not cover enough but then the sprinkles started to droop off. Putting them on toothpicks helped and spearing the side also helped to put in the licorice bolts. I would not make these again. Super messy and looked terrible when I was done. Not tasty either."

swimom User ID: 6212051 146350
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"takes a delicate hand, maybe a ton of experience, looks easy but didn't turn out picture perfect like you see"

mariesta User ID: 5428459 128612
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I made a similar one from a different web site, the only thing I did differnt was to add vanilla pudding in the cupcakes and I sprayed the marshmellos with green food coloring. It toke alot of work but they are so cute and creative, so worth it!! Kids love it!!"

Corely User ID: 3313396 107160
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"These are very labor intensive, it took me 2 and a half hours to decorate and assemble after baking and cooling the cupcakes. By the next morning when I needed them most had lost their eyes. I was not happy. Most people preferred my worms and dirt cupcakes to the Frankensteins' and I ended up bring half home."

red_savage1 User ID: 854436 171255
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I have not made this particular recipe, but something very similar. For ease and less mess, do not use the corn syrup. Dip marshmallows in water, gently shake off excess, roll in colored sugars and place on wax paper or whatever to let set. Works great."

topdesk User ID: 1227689 171549
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"Instead of using cupcakes we used giant marshmellows and used pretzel sticks for the bolt on Frankies neck. I will possitivly make these again. My grandchildren love them. So did thier parents."

mattsmom53 User ID: 5530847 187663
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"They are cute but a little too time consuming and messy for me to want to make again."

Mare1960 User ID: 1587617 211572
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"It amazes me how critical people are about recipes! Saying "not healthy".....then DONT MAKE IT if you want healthy and leave your opinions to yourself. Whats wrong with one cupcake that is sweet and yummy? Its not like one child will eat the entire dozen."

Suzzie12 User ID: 5481579 175617
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"I didn't like this recipe. Corn syrup isn't good for kids, especially if they are going to eat those marshmellows. Next time think of something healthier. This is a poor recipe and could be made better."

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