Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and “from scratch” to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party!

Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates

Are you ready for Halloween?! For some reason, I love Halloween stuff even more than I love Christmas decorations. Not the gory stuff, but the fun Halloween things. I’m drawn to nearly every pumpkin I see at the stores.

BROWNIE BOTTOM HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES

I’ve loved following Cupcake Diaries 30 Days of Halloween the past few years so I’m really excited to be a part of the series this year! Scroll down to the bottom for more creative Halloween treats and crafts.

Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates

Today happens to be my 7th wedding anniversary (!) and we got engaged on Halloween! Another reason it’s one of my favorites.

Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates

These Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes are really simple. Start with a base of my favorite dark chocolate brownies then take some help from a white cake mix for the next layer.

I dyed it orange with a new food coloring kit I ordered and they turned out beautifully – bright & vibrant. I know some people are anti-food coloring but I very rarely use it so whatever, I’m not worried about it.

I think the brownie layer is dark enough when you use dark cocoa powder, but you could add a few drops of black food coloring if you want it even darker.

Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates

For the buttercream, I tried a new Pillsbury Buttercream mix I picked up at Target. You just add butter and water and I really liked it. If you want to make it from scratch, go for it. (You can find my favorite “from scratch” buttercream frosting recipe here.)

I stocked up on Halloween sprinkles and cupcake wrappers at HomeGoods last year so I had plenty to choose from.

Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates

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Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates
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Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and “from scratch” to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party!

Ingredients
 

For the brownie layer:

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the cake layer:

  • 15.25 ounce white cake mix + ingredients called for on box
  • orange food coloring exact blend given in “Tips” above

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cupcake pans with 24 liners. Set aside.

To make the brownie layer:

  • In a medium bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine.
    1 cup granulated white sugar, ½ cup all purpose flour, ⅓ cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • In a large measuring cup, add 1/3 cup vegetable oil then add the eggs and vanilla, Mix with a fork right in the measuring cup until well combined.
    2 large eggs, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just combined. Set aside.

To make the orange cake layer:

  • In a large bowl, make the white cake as called for on the box then dye orange (exact drops I used given in “Tips” above).
    15.25 ounce white cake mix, orange food coloring

To assemble

  • Add a small cookie scoop (approx. 2 teaspoons) of brownie batter to the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  • Follow with a medium cookie scoop (approx. 1.5 Tb) of cake batter to the top of the brownie batter.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool then frost with buttercream and add sprinkles.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Two Sisters Crafting
Funfetti is fun in place of the white cake mix.
Orange dye is optional. 
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week (they won’t last that long!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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Brownie Bottom Halloween Cupcakes have a layer of dark chocolate brownie topped with orange cake batter and finished off with buttercream and sprinkles. They are the perfect mix of semi-homemade and "from scratch" to be easy but really fun and festive for your next Halloween party! | Persnickety Plates
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