Eyeball Cupcakes for Halloween

by Erin @ Food Doodles on September 20, 2020

These Eyeball Cupcakes for Halloween have a delicious and moist chocolate base, cream cheese frosting and eyeballs that consist of canned lychees, blueberries and strawberry jam “blood.” Can be made gluten-free.

I always struggle to come up with Halloween desserts that aren’t processed or that use food coloring. So I took the bloody eyeballs idea from my Bloody Eyeball Brownies.

I plan to continue using that idea because it’s so perfect! Easy to make, creepy and unique.

I also featured these eyeballs in my Halloween Monster Mouths, which are really fun for kids to make! And they just consist of fruit, nuts / seeds and jam, so they’re a truly healthy Halloween treat.

 

I’m sure a lot of you must be thinking…

What are lychees?!

These cupcakes use canned lychees with a blueberry in the middle to create the eyeball. 

Lychees are a fruit native to China, but in the US, they’re also grown in Florida and Hawaii. They’re quite sweet and fragrant with floral notes. 

While you can use fresh lychees, they’re quite challenging to find. However, you can find canned lychees at any Asian food store. At least you can at every one I’ve ever looked at!

I’ve read that you can also often find them at Whole Foods. Sometimes in the Asian food section and sometimes in the canned fruit section. But perhaps it’s safer to call first before making a special trip.

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