Devil's Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes


  • 1 box (15.25 oz.) devil's food cake mix, with ingredients to prepare
  • 20 tbsp butter, softened
  • 10 cups confectioner's sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Black rolled fondant


  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to package directions.  Divide the batter into 24 paper-lined cupcakes, and bake following package directions.  Cool on a wire rack.
  2. To make the frosting, whip the butter in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.  Add 8 cups of confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla, and beat together until smooth.  Add the red food coloring and mix until you get a uniform color.  (Don't forget to scrape the bottom)
  3. Add additional confectioner's sugar to get the desired thickness for piping.
  4. Roll the black fondant into 48 small devil's horns.  Set aside.
  5. Using a round tip, pipe the fondant into a large swirl onto the cupcakes as shown in the picture.  Add two horns per cupcake.
    • I had some problems with the horns falling out.  I recommend you make the frosting thick so that you have a strong base to hold the horns.  The other option is to use toothpicks in the horns to anchor them into the cupcakes.
Adapted from Sophie's Favors & Gifts.