Vanilla Mummy Cakes

To me, Halloween and cupcakes just go together.  Maybe that’s because I’m a mom, maybe that’s because cupcakes are easy, or maybe that’s because these individual cakes fill the need for a small(ish) sweet treat when you’re the parent responsible for snacks at the school class party. Whatever the case, I like cupcakes and I like to make them for Halloween.

Halloween is a bit of a crazy holiday. I would say I have a love-hate relationship with it.  My boys become slightly obsessed in the days leading up, have boundless energy the day of, and become fixated on who will collect the biggest haul of candy, all on what normally seems to be a school night.  It’s a lot.  All that said, I loved Halloween as a kid and I try to make it fun for my boys, without going overboard. While I admire over-the-top Halloween décor, it’s not my thing. We don’t lavishly decorate our house on the holiday; I’m more about subtlety. Not that there’s anything wrong with holiday decorations. I enjoy them very much; particularly looking at them in someone else’s house.

These are my simple and subtly decorated Halloween-themed cupcakes, or mummy cakes as I call them. If your child has been in a class with either of my boys in the elementary school years, chances are, you have seen them or had one yourself before.  I’ve made thousands of them.

mummy cakes

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s a cake recipe; a good cake recipe can almost always make a good cupcake as well.  I did an Easter cupcake post back in April, which had my favorite olive oil chocolate cake recipe in it.  So if vanilla cake is not what you want, that one is super moist and another great option.  For my mummy cakes, I use one of my favorite recipes from Magnolia Bakery In New York.  Now in Los Angeles and Chicago too, Magnolia is worth the lines that often form outside.

This is an old-fashioned, light, flavorful vanilla cake with fluffy frosting made from egg whites and it’s super easy.  I have adapted the original recipe only slightly. Magnolia uses this recipe for their coconut cake and you can find it in their fabulous book Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. I already have my special recipe for coconut cake which I prefer, but I think this recipe is just perfect for these cupcakes.

A small offset spatula allows you to smooth out the cupcake frosting and make the little streaks in the frosting for a “mummy-like” appearance.  Top with some Wilton decorative candy eyeballs and you have an easy, cute, and delicious Halloween cupcake that is not too time-consuming.

mummy cakes

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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