Ghoulish macadamia cupcakes

The ghoulish and crazy macadamia eyeballs on these cupcakes will induce squeals of spooky delight! They look a little scary but don’t be tricked, they still taste an absolute treat for Halloween.




  • Dessert


  • Celebrations


  • Vegetarian




  • 2/3 cup macadamias
  • 1 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp beetroot powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp macadamia or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • 180 g cream cheese
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

To decorate:

  • 8 whole macadamias
  • A black, blue and red food decorating pen
  • A tube of red edible write-on gel


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place Halloween coloured paper liners into an 8-cake capacity muffin tin. Place the macadamias, flour, sugar, beetroot powder and baking powder into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes a flour-like consistency. Do not over-process or it will start to stick together. Coarse macadamia pieces are ideal. Place the flour mixture into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, butter, oil and milk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine, taking care not to over-mix. Spoon into the cupcake liners so that they are ¾ full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and cooked through when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and beat on a medium speed until the mixture is combined and stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Do not overbeat or the cream will curdle.

To decorate

  • Use the food decorating pens to turn each whole macadamia into a bloodshot eyeball – black for the pupil, blue for the iris and red squiggles for the bloodshot veins. Pipe icing onto each cake and drizzle over some red write-on gel. Top with a macadamia eyeball and serve.
  • Calories: 508 kcal
  • Protein: 7 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 47 grams
  • Fat: 34 grams
  • Saturated fat: 16 grams
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13 grams
  • Trans Fat: 1 grams
  • Cholesterol: 110 mg
  • Sodium: 278 mg
  • Potassium: 199 mg
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 28 grams
  • Vitamin A: 848 IU
  • Vitamin C: 1 mg
  • Calcium: 195 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg