Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.
It's Franken Berry Time!
I'm a sucker for anything strawberry-flavored—especially delicious treats that remind me of being a kid. I also have special spots in my heart for autumn and Halloween.
While doing some Halloween shopping recently, I grabbed all five flavors of the General Mills monster cereals. Instead of just plowing through each box like everyday cereal, I challenged myself to include each of the five flavors in five different recipes as part of my Halloween baking. I was also eager to create a unique batch of Halloween cupcakes that I hadn't made or seen before.
I decided to add some strawberry Franken Berry cereal to my cupcake batter recently, and I loved everything about the final product. These cupcakes were a blast to make, decorate, and bring to life. I felt a little like Dr. Frankenstein as my plan was coming together—especially when I gave each sweet little cupcake its own monstrous eyeball.
If you're looking for Halloween cupcake ideas that are unique, give these little monsters a try! This Halloween recipe will save you some time and money without sacrificing flavor or creativity.
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18 to 24 Creepy Cupcakes
- 1 boxed white cake mix (and ingredients listed on box)
- 3 cups Franken Berry cereal, crushed
- 16 ounces strawberry frosting
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare cake per instructions on box.
- Crush 3 cups of Franken Berry cereal into crumbs and add to batter. Mix well.
- Fill cupcake pan with liners and fill each liner 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F or as instructed on the cake mix box. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool them on racks. Frost and decorate as desired.
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Tips for the Best Halloween Cupcakes
- Add your favorite Halloween cereal to your favorite cupcake mix. Have fun naming your Halloween cupcake creations.
- Crush your cereal using a large Ziploc bag and rolling pin. If you're out of large Ziploc bags (like I was), crush your cereal in the bag it came in. Pour all of the cereal into a large bowl, measure, and pour three cups into the empty bag and crush.
- The marshmallow bits easily crush into crumbs like the rest of the cereal but you can omit them if you prefer.
- Foil-lined cupcake papers prevent color from bleeding through light-colored paper designs. If your papers are not foil-lined, simply use a plain foil paper tucked inside the decorative one.
- Ensure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting otherwise your frosting will melt.
- Save marshmallows for decorating the tops of your cupcakes.
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Where Can I Find Franken Berry Cereal?
You'll have to act fast because these seasonal cereals are only made and sold during the Halloween season. I bought my General Mills monster cereals at my local Target. I've seen them carried at traditional Target stores as well as the Super Targets with grocery sections. You can usually find your monster cereal in the Halloween section. I often see it displayed on an endcap or sometimes up front by the registers. You can also buy Franken Berry online.
I love to make cupcakes from scratch but I also enjoy taking a break sometimes! Holiday baking can be stressful, especially if you're planning and hosting a party. Sometimes you need all the shortcuts you can get. This recipe enhances a regular box mix while laying the foundation for an awesome Halloween themed dessert. Kids will love crushing the cereal and decorating Halloween cupcakes that are as unique as Frankenstein's monster.
Do You Bake for the Halloween Season?
Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on September 02, 2014:
These look yummy and too darned cute! I will definitely have to look for some Franken Berry cereal this Halloween to try these!
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 31, 2013:
@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Awesome! I hope you get a chance to try these out and I hope you guys love them as much as I do. I've had a ton of fun baking with all of the monster cereals this season.
Claudia Mitchell on October 28, 2013:
Well now I have to make these for my husband. He has a thing about this cereal and when it comes out this time of year, it's always on the shopping list. My daughter will love these too. Awesome idea! Pinned.
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 16, 2013:
@PurvisBobbi44-- Thanks so much for stopping and leaving a great comment. I don't have children either-- I make everything just for my husband and I but I really enjoy it. Thanks for all of the kind words! Happy Halloween to you too :)
Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on October 16, 2013:
After reading your hub I do hope you are writing a cookbook, because these Halloween recipes are wild and delightful. I do not have children so I've never heard of these cereals. But I have made my own treats for my nephews over the years.
This hub was a delight to read. Have a Happy Halloween---your pictures were great.
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 12, 2013:
@Stoneage2010-- Thanks for reading and commenting! I really do love transforming food with things that are affordable and practical! Thanks for all the kind words and Happy Halloween to you too :)
Stoneage2010 on October 11, 2013:
What a great recipe-- I love it when a simple secret ingredient can take a food to a whole new level, this is awesome. And what beautiful decorating on the cupcakes as well-- love the images. Voted up, happy Halloween.
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 09, 2013:
@Deborah-Lynn-- Thanks! I hope you can try them out. Come back and let me know how it goes :)
@mbrownauthor-- Thanks for stopping by and the kind words :)
@Anna Marie Bowman-- I bought them at Target last year. They came in a pack of four and are made from a sturdy metal. I was eager to buy more this year but haven't seen them at Target :(
@SamitaJassi-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
Deborah-Lynn from Los Angeles, California on October 09, 2013:
This is a nice addition to my recipes online album, I will be sure to try it, nice job!
Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on October 06, 2013:
Oh, and I love those spider leg cupcake holders!!! Where did you find them?
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 05, 2013:
@jeffreymaskel-- Thanks dude. They're too yummy to not try. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for the kind words :)
Anna Marie Bowman-- Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to make these this season. Come back and let me know how it goes :)
@hlwar-- Boo Berry is so yummy! It might be my favorite also. Somedays I can't decide. I also just realized we're both Heathers ;) Thanks for stopping by :)
@Crystal Tatum-- Thanks for pinning! I'm glad you could stop by :)
Jeffrey Maskel from Boulder, CO on October 04, 2013:
Oh my goodness those look wonderful! I will have to try to make these myself. I don't even have any kids or family to feed them to. Just me and the roommates. Thanks for a great recipe. Great photos as well by the way. They really give your hub a quality look to it.
Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on October 04, 2013:
My daughter would absolutely love these!!! I am saving this, pinning it! I have to make these for her!!
hlwar on October 03, 2013:
Oh my gosh, this is so awesome! The Boo Berry was one of my favorite cereals when I was little, and to put them in a cupcake for Halloween is ingenious. I'm definitely hanging onto this recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 03, 2013:
These are truly awesome!!! Voting up and awesome, of course, sharing and pinning.
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 02, 2013:
@randomcreative-- haha @ "suitably creepy!" Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)
@IslandBites-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by :)
@Eiddwen-- Thanks for reading and the kind words :)
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 02, 2013:
Suitably creepy and so much fun! Thanks for the great holiday recipe.
IslandBites from Puerto Rico on October 02, 2013:
Eiddwen from Wales on October 02, 2013:
A wonderful hub and one for me to save .Voted up and shared also.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.