Ghost High Hat Cupcakes #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These adorable Ghost High Hat Cupcakes are vanilla based with black and orange sprinkles topped with candy corn buttercream and dipped in white chocolate.

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek!

I was sent products by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions, bad grammar, and overuse of emojis are 100% mine.

In this post I used Dixie Crystals Sugar granulated sugar as well Wilton Candy Eyes and orange and black sprinkles which were sent to me free by both companies for participating in #HalloweenTreatsWeek.

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

Today’s #HalloweenTreatWeek treat combine quite a few of my favorite things.

Number one they are mini.

I love mini food because in my mind I can eat a ton of them and it’s totally fine.

Like, have you ever notice that you wouldn’t really sit down and eat a King Sized Snickers (well, you might) but we will somehow eat 12 mini Snickers that ends up being more than the King size.

I find also with high hat cupcakes that have so much frosting that bite size is better.

Number two I have sprinkles.

I’m all about sprinkles on just about anything.

Sweets and Treats Shop let us pick what sprinkles we wanted.

They had these tiny little balls (nonpareil sprinkles) that I thought would be great for folding into cupcakes to make my own funfetti cupcakes.

The black does leak a little but that just kind of made a cool gray streak which normally you wouldn’t want but for a Halloween cupcake you do.

These Ghost High Hat Cupcakes certainly looked cute using them.

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

Number three is Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Most high hat cupcakes are chocolate and they usually have a homemade marshmallow top.

But I find those to get weepy if not eaten right away.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream holds up beautifully and as you can see works just as good for making Ghost High Hat Cupcakes.

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

I did flavor the frosting with some candy corn syrup I made.

If you are not a candy corn fan then you can simply use vanilla extract instead.

I just think adding the candy corn syrup as flavoring is a little more Halloween-ish.

And yes, I used cake mix.

If you want to make a white cake from scratch go right ahead.

But these are most likely going to kids who don’t care that I used a cake mix. 😛

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

What did the other bloggers make today for #HalloweenTreatsWeek?

Check out the amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Jack Skellington Dessert Cheese Ball from Big Bear’s Wife

Spooky Graveyard Layer Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Bloody Vampire Cake from 4 Sons R Us

Halloween Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls from Pastry Chef Online

Fall Apple Cider Sangria from I am a Honey Bee

Eye See You Bundt Cake  from Cookaholic Wife

Ghostly S’mores and Caramel Dip  from Our Good Life

Crystal Lake Punch from Cheese Curd In Paradise

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Coffin Fondue Dippers from Jen Around the World

Halloween Muddy Buddies from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats

 Poison Halloween Milkshakes from Daily Dish Recipes

Monster Eye Cookies from Everyday Eileen

Gooey Halloween Brownie Cups from Desserts Required

Ghost Hi Hat Cupcakes from Sweet ReciPEAs

Kid Friendly Wicked Witch Punch from Katie’s Cucina

Sanderson Sisters Cocktails from Love & Confections

Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Sprinkle Frosting from The Baking Fairy

Spider Cider Cocktail from Who Needs A Cape? 

Bat-tastic Caramel Apples from The Beard and The Baker

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

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Ghost High Hat Cupcakes


  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange and black sprinkles
  • For the Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 (4 sticks) cups unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • For the White Chocolate Coating:
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips
  • 3 TBSP vegetable oil
  • candy eyes for ghosts
  • sprinkles for garnish


    1. For the Cupcakes:
    2. Preheat oven to 350F.
    3. Line 2 mini cupcake tins with mini cupcake liners. Set aside.
    4. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl and electric mixer) add the cake mix, oil, egg whites, and milk.
    5. Mix together until fully combined.
    6. Fold in the sprinkles.
    7. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full.
    8. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
    9. For the Candy Corn Syrup:
    10. Using a small saucepan heat together the candy corn and water.
    11. Let come to a rolling boil.
    12. Boil down until it’s has decreased by half and has a syrup like consistency. Set aside.
    13. For the Frosting:
    14. Place the egg whites and sugar in the metal bowl of a stand mixer and set over a small pot of simmering water (the bowl should not touch the water).
    15. Heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is 160F or hot to the touch.
    16. Transfer bowl to stand mixer and beat on high speed with a whisk attachment to medium stiff peaks, about 8 minutes.
    17. Reduce mixer speed to medium low and add butter a tablespoon at a time, letting it incorporate into the meringue for few moments before adding more.
    18. Add 3 TBSP candy corn syrup (or vanilla extract), and salt and beat on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
    19. Frost cupcakes and place in fridge for at least 2 hours.
    20. For the White Chocolate Coating:
    21. Combine white chocolate and oil in a medium heat-proof bowl set over a medium saucepan of barely simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.
    22. Transfer to a small bowl, and let cool about 15 minutes.
    23. Holding each cupcake by its bottom, dip cupcake in the white chocolate to coat frosting, allowing excess to drip off.
    24. Add ghost eyes or sprinkles to your cupcakes, your choice
    25. Transfer to a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and allow 30-60 minutes for coating to set. If taking too long place in fridge to speed up process.

Ghost High Hat Cupcakes

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