Creepy Critter Cupcakes

Spooky creatures have never been this tasty! Jelly Belly jelly beans and Confections make these cupcakes perfect for Halloween, or any time you want a scary treat.

Recipe makes 16 Creepy Critter Cupcakes.

Video Tutorial

Creepy Critter Cupcakes
Recipe and photography courtesy of Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors of Hello, Cupcake!


  • 4 jumbo cupcakes, baked in orange paper liners
  • 12 standard cupcakes, baked in orange paper liners
  • 1 can (454 g) chocolate frosting
  • 32 Mint Cremes (about 113 g)
  • 32 Licorice Pastels (about 28 g)
  • 6 cups (about 1.4 kg) Jelly Belly jelly beans in flavours:
    Watermelon | Juicy Pear | Island Punch
  • 64 Sour Neon Inchworms (about 510 g)
  • 16 Very Cherry Jelly Belly jelly beans (about 14 g)


  1. Spoon ¼ cup of the chocolate frosting into a small zipper bag. Press out the excess air and seal. Snip a small corner (1/8 inch) from the bag. Pipe a dot of frosting on the flat side of the Mint Cremes and attach a Licorice Pastel to make the monster eyes.
  2. Working on 1 cupcake at a time, spread some of the chocolate frosting on top of a cupcake, mounding slightly. Arrange like-coloured Jelly Belly jelly beans all around the outer edge of the cupcake lengthwise from center to outer edge. Place another row of jelly beans, slightly overlapping the first row. Continue adding rows of Jelly Belly jelly beans until it is covered. Remove 4 of the jelly beans along the outer edge and in their place add 4 Sour Neon Inchworms as legs. Add a dot of chocolate frosting to secure if necessary. Pipe dots of frosting and attach the Mint Creme eyes and red jelly bean nose on top of the cupcake. Repeat with the other cupcakes, jelly beans and frosting.