Have a Ghoul Time With This Halloween Recipe

Brown and green Halloween-themed chocolate cupcake.

‘Tis the season for pumpkins, ghouls and witch’s brew. If you love baking, here’s a treat for you. Inspired by tea time with Holland America Line, we’re sharing the Halloween recipe for our yummy Witch’s Hat Cupcakes. Don’t love cooking but enjoy decorating treats? You’ll also find some fun shortcuts below to achieve a similar look to our tasty treats. Let the ghoul times begin!

Brew Up Tasty Cupcakes

Note: Measurement in grams and ml below for precision purposes. Makes about 25.


Cocoa Powder (sieved, 120 grams)
Water (warm, 300 ml)
Sugar (600 grams)
Eggs (5 total)
Oil (350 ml)
All Purpose Flour (sieved, 450 grams)
Baking Soda (20 grams)
Water (300 ml)

For buttercream icing: 

Food color (green, 5 grams)
Unsalted Butter (750 grams)
Powdered Sugar (sieved, 200 grams)

For garnish:                   

Chocolate Kisses to top the cupcakes
Mini Oreo Cookies (25 pieces) for rim of witch’s hat


For cupcake:

  • Sift together all-purpose flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Mix cocoa, warm water and sugar.
  • Add Eggs.
  • Add oil.
  • Add dry ingredients slowly.
  • Add remaining 600 ml water.
  • Fill mini muffin molds ¾ full and bake at 175 C. For a normal-sized cupcake (around 2 oz), it will take about 14-17 minutes to cook. Once you confirm cupcakes are cooked through, set aside to cool down.

For Buttercream:

  • Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Finally, assemble the Witch’s Hat Cupcake with the green buttercream, placing the Oreo cookie and Chocolate Kiss on each cupcake.

White, green and brown Halloween-decorated sweet treats on plate.

Halloween Sweet-Treat Shortcuts

If you don’t find yourself on board during Halloween to enjoy our treats made from scratch, and you’re looking for some sweet-treat shortcuts, consider decorating ready-made desserts:

  • Chocolate Coffin Cake
    Purchase a ready-made chocolate cake with icing and cut into coffin shape(s). Decorate the top with icing.
  • Mummy Donut
    Purchase ready-made chocolate donuts and use icing to decorate similar to image above.
  • Meringue Ghost
    Purchase ready-made meringue (or sweet treat of similar consistency) and use icing to decorate similar to image above.

What are some of your favorite Halloween treats? Share in the comments below.


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One Comment

  1. Sophie yeo October 30, 2023 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Those really made me feel like eating them. Lol hehehe I cannot believe it is Halloween. Happy halloween! I like cupcakes the most or cakes.

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