Franken Berry (Strawberry) Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Updated on November 19, 2019
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Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.

Cute Halloween Recipes - Franken Berry Strawberry Monster Cupcakes
Cute Halloween Recipes - Franken Berry Strawberry Monster Cupcakes | Source

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.

A simple, easy Halloween cupcake recipe. Great for parties!
A simple, easy Halloween cupcake recipe. Great for parties! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 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
All of the ingredients and supplies assembled.
All of the ingredients and supplies assembled. | Source
The batter in the cupcake liners.
The batter in the cupcake liners. | Source


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare cake per instructions on box.
  3. Crush 3 cups of Franken Berry cereal into crumbs and add to batter. Mix well.
  4. Fill cupcake pan with liners and fill each liner 3/4 full.
  5. 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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Some decoration ideas!Eyeball decorations.A creepy-crawly cupcake holder.
Some decoration ideas!
Some decoration ideas! | Source
Eyeball decorations.
Eyeball decorations. | Source
A creepy-crawly cupcake holder.
A creepy-crawly cupcake holder. | Source

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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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Fun Halloween baking ideas that use cereal!
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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.

Did You Know?

Franken Berry Cereal was first introduced in 1971 and was the first strawberry-flavored cereal. It included marshmallows due to the previous success of Lucky Charms (which debuted in 1964).

General Mills monster-themed breakfast cereals.
General Mills monster-themed breakfast cereals. | Source

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Heather Says

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.

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    • Corrinna-Johnson profile image

      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      These look yummy and too darned cute! I will definitely have to look for some Franken Berry cereal this Halloween to try these!

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      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.

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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 :)

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Heather Says,

      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.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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 :)

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      6 years ago

      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.

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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 :)

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      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This is a nice addition to my recipes online album, I will be sure to try it, nice job!

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Oh, and I love those spider leg cupcake holders!!! Where did you find them?

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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 :)

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      Jeffrey Maskel 

      6 years ago from Boulder, CO

      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.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      6 years ago from Florida

      My daughter would absolutely love these!!! I am saving this, pinning it! I have to make these for her!!

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      6 years ago

      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!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      These are truly awesome!!! Voting up and awesome, of course, sharing and pinning.

    • Heather Says profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @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 :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Suitably creepy and so much fun! Thanks for the great holiday recipe.

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      6 years ago from Puerto Rico


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      6 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and one for me to save .Voted up and shared also.

      Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.



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