prune and orange cupcakes decorated for Halloween

California Prune and Orange Halloween Cupcakes

Citrus meets sweet in these delightful Prune and Orange Halloween Cupcakes. These festive cupcakes make a particularly boo-tiful dessert when dressed up with Halloween-themed frosting.

Baking with Prunes

Prune and Orange cupcakes decorated for Halloween

Wondering why we add prunes to our Halloween cupcakes? You probably know that prunes are great for gut health. But did you know that they can add moisture and depth of flavor to your favorite baked goods? And that’s not all…with the addition of prune purée, bakers can reduce refined sugar by up to one-third, as well as reducing the amount of needed eggs and fats. Whether you are trying to reduce refined sugar, cut unhealthy fats, or simply make healthier baked goods, California Prunes and Prune Purée are ingredients more and more bakers are relying on to enhance their cakes, cookies, muffins, and more.

Making Halloween Cupcakes with different flavored cupcake batter

We adore these citrus and prune cupcakes. However, if you’ve got picky kids that only eat chocolate or vanilla (or whatever the flavor of the day happens to be), you can easily create cupcakes using your favorite cake batter. Just pour the batter into a cupcake tin until it’s 3/4 of the way full. Then bake for 12-15 minutes at 350F (180C) or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Pro-tip: Looking for the best recipe for chocolate cupcakes? Try making cupcakes using our chocolate fudge cake batter!

California Prune and orange Cupcakes decorated for Halloween

Halloween Cupcakes

Citrus meets sweet in this delightful Prune and Orange Halloween Cupcake recipe. These festive cupcakes make a particularly boo-tiful dessert when dressed up with Halloween-themed frosting.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Holiday, Kid Friendly
Servings 12
Calories 157 kcal


  • 70 g California Prunes finely chopped
  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter room temperature
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • 125 g self-rising flour
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • Zest from 2 oranges


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180°C).
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the beaten egg and combine until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in the flour, orange zest and chopped California Prunes and mix together.
  • Place the cupcake cases in the muffin tray and divide the mixture evenly.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked.
  • Place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before decorating with either homemade or store-bought icing, fondant or frosting.


We styled these cupcakes for Halloween, but these irresistible orange and prune cupcakes are a delicious treat any time of year!


Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 12mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 314IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword cupcake, halloween, orange
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These witches’ fingers are the perfect spooky season treat! They’re sure to be the star of your Halloween bash.

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