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You’ll love these moist Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes and how easy they are to make as a Halloween treat.
On Friday, we received an email from our son’s teacher about dressing the kids up for Halloween.
The last sentence of the email stated that parents could send a treat if they’d like for the class, with no pressure.
Ugh, that pressured me to pull something together fast over the weekend, but what?
The treat had to be nut-free, meaning I couldn’t make my spooky Witch Finger Cookies.
I had three goals: 1) I didn’t want to leave the house for ingredients, 2) the treat had to be easy, and 3) a treat I could make in advance.
Bringing Mummy Vanilla Cupcakes To Life
I’m not a cake decorator, but I do enjoy baking and have for many years.
I pulled down the baking junk bucket to see any decorations that could inspire me.
Would you believe I had a package of candy googly eyes that I hadn’t opened?
Rushing out at the last minute to find something nut-free was not on my radar.
That’s when Mrs. CBB said, make vanilla mummy cupcakes with frosting and googly eyes.
Making a moist vanilla cupcake is a breeze, as is a vanilla cream cheese frosting.
That extra pack of candy eyes tied the Halloween treat together perfectly.
Don’t judge my beginner dad’s piping skills, as I’m not skilled in this area.
However, you might be an advanced decorator and dig the mummy vanilla cupcakes idea for a Halloween dessert.
Either way, they turned out amazing, and everyone will enjoy them for Halloween.
How To Make Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes
I realize that not everyone will have a spare pack of candy eyes in their cupboard; however, they are easy to find.
For the vanilla cupcake, I had to improvise because I usually add 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt, but we didn’t have any.
No problem if you don’t, as full-fat sour cream is a great alternative, or if you’re like me, strawberry Iogo yogurt drink.
Two things you’re probably thinking;
- Did it work with the strawberry yogurt drink?
- Could you taste the strawberry?
The quick answers are YES, it worked perfectly, and no, we could not taste the strawberry.
Using yogurt or sour cream allows for an airy, light-tasting cupcake that is moist.
You’ll also need flour, sugar, baking powder, pure vanilla extract, one large egg, and melted butter.
Full Printable Recipe Below
Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients
- 1 1/3 Cups All-purpose flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup Melted unsalted butter
- 1 Large egg
- ¾ cup 2% Evaporated milk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream or Yogurt Drink
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
- Line a muffin tray with 12 large liners.
- In a stand mixer, add the melted butter, granulated sugar, and egg, then mix until fluffy, one to two minutes.
- Add the yogurt, milk, and vanilla and mix for one minute.
- Slowly add the flour and baking powder until combined. (Do not overmix).
- Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, evenly distribute the batter into twelve large muffin liners.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before frosting.
- Put the icing into a piping bag and make a swirl of icing around the outer edge of the cupcake and a blob in the middle.
- Add two candy googly eyes over the top of the blob of icing.
Tips To Make The Best Vanilla Cupcakes
- Do not over-mix the batter- Only mix until combined.
- Use a large muffin scoop to ensure each cupcake liner gets an even amount of batter.
- Do not over-bake the cupcakes, or the tops will get crusty.
- Baking is a science, so follow the measurements and watch your oven, as they are not created equally.
- Yes, you can substitute yogurt for sour cream.
Basic Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
I made my quick cream cheese frosting, but you can use icing or whipped.
- 4 oz (1/2 brick) softened cream cheese
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (icing sugar)
- 3 tbsp softened butter
- 24 candy googly eyes for the top of the cupcakes (two per cupcake)
- While the cupcakes are baking, make the vanilla cream cheese frosting.
- Put the softened cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer and mix until combined, about 30 seconds.
- Add the pure vanilla extract and the confectioner’s sugar and mix for another 1 1/2 minutes.
It’s my go-to vanilla frosting for cakes, bars, and cupcakes that can easily be tinted.
However, if you’re pressed for time or don’t have the ingredients, go for Duncan Hines vanilla frosting.
I scooped the frosting into a dollar-store icing piping bag (buy a good one if you’re a decorator).
Since I’m serving the Vanilla Mummy Cupcakes to kids, I wanted to reduce the amount of frosting.
They likely won’t eat all of the frosting and waste it anyway. Besides, you don’t want it to be too sickly sweet.
I add a thin layer of frosting to the cooled cupcake as a base before I pipe swirls around the cupcake.
In the center of the cupcake, I added a blob of frosting before adding two googly eyes.
Simple, delicious, follows a Halloween theme, and our son thought they looked scary!
You can use this vanilla cupcake recipe for any occasion, including a wedding.
That’s all my CBB friends. Let me know if you bake my vanilla mummy cupcakes.
Store in a container on the counter for up to three days. Best eaten fresh.