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Zombie Cupcake Recipe

Zombie Cupcakes

If you love zombie cocktails, or just tiki drinks in general, bake up these zombie cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword zombie cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Calories 333kcal
Author Let's Eat Cake


Zombie Cupcake Batter

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 4 tsp. grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seeds crushed
  • 3 tsp. falernum
  • 1/2 tsp. gold rum optional
  • 7 drops Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring optional

Lime Grapefruit Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 4.5 cups confectioner's sugar divided
  • 5 tsp. grapefruit juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice


Zombie Cupcake Batter

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two muffin tins with 18 cupcake liners.
  • Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Turn off mixer and scrape down sides.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Let stand mixer run for 30 seconds after the addition of each. Scrape down sides after adding both eggs.
  • Mix lime juice, grapefruit juice, grenadine, cinnamon, fennel seeds, falernum, rum, and bitters together in small bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk milk, sour cream, and vanilla extract in small bowl. Set aside.
  • Turn mixer to low speed. Add 1/2 of flour mixture to bowl. When combined, add lime mixture and milk mixture bowl. When combined, add remaining flour mixture.
  • Turn off mixer and scrape down sides.
  • Add green food coloring if desired.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when pressed. Let cool completely on cooling rack before frosting.

Lime Grapefruit Frosting

  • Add butter and 2 cups of confectioner's sugar to mixing bowl. Blend on medium high speed until creamy.
  • Reduce speed and add lime juice and grapefruit juice.
  • Add remaining confectioner's sugar and turn speed up to medium high. When ideal consistency has been reached, turn speed to high for 60 seconds.
  • Add frosting to piping bag fitted with round tip and frost zombie cupcakes.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 333kcal