GRUESOME Halloween Hospital Pus Wound Cupcakes

Halloween Hospital Themed Party

These Pus and Wound Cupcakes are INSANELY eye catching and gruesome! As we were having a Hospital themed Halloween Party I thought these would be perfect. It's a mixed berry flavoured cupcakes topped with delicious amaretto buttercream and flesh coloured fondant with fondant "maggots"!

They looked so much like real wounds, pus and maggots I started to worry for my own wellbeing...

Pus, Wound and Maggot Cupcakes

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An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 60 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes 12 Cupcakes

For Cupcakes

  • 100g/3.5ozs. butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster or superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 200g/7ozs. self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (frozen is fine)


  • 250g/8.8ozs. butter, at room temperature
  • 125g/4.4 ozs caster or superfine suagar
  • 75mls/2.7 fl ozs. room temperature water, test with wrist
  • Amaretto flavouring (or use any clear flavouring that you like)
  • Green and yellow food colouring

For Skin

  • 300g/10.6ozs. fondant
  • Skin tone colours
  • Red edible gel

Step 1 - Line a muffin tray with 12 liners and preheat oven to 180C/350F. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy-around 3 minutes or so. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition and then add vanilla. Using a spatula fold in the flour and milk in two lots alternating and add the berries. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop into the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Halloween Hospital Themed Party

Step 2 - Make the buttercream. Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until as white as possible on a low speed of about 3 out of 10 where 10 is the fastest. Do this for about 5 minutes. Beat in sugar, water, flavouring and green and yellow colouring in two batches. Beat and scrape for about 10 minutes until the buttercream no longer feels grainy (test it between your fingers). Set aside until ready to use. This buttercream does not crust. Pipe on top of the cupcakes.

Halloween Hospital Themed Party

Step 3 - Colour most of the fondant (reserve a small walnut size to keep as white) to a rough skin tone colour (mine was too pink so go gently with the colouring) and roll out and cut rounds out that will fit above the amount of buttercream. I put these on cupcake fondant domes to get the rounder shape as the buttercream won't have a rounded shape.

Halloween Hospital Themed Party

Cut out a circle in the centre with a large straw and draw a little red gel "blood" around the edge. Shape little "maggots" using the remaining white fondant.Place on top of the buttercream and serve within a couple of days.

Halloween Hospital Themed Party
Shaping little "maggots"

Halloween Hospital Themed Party
Say "Squeeeeze!!"

Halloween Hospital Themed Party

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