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A chocolate cupcake with cherry filling, dark chocolate ganache, OREO cookie crumbs, and an edible tombstone! The homemade version of Disneyland’s Graveyard Cupcakes found at Jolly Holiday Cafe during Halloween Time! 

A graveyard cupcake with a candy headstone and bones.

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I am loving all of the Halloween treats that are available at Disneyland and Disney World.

Seeing them really makes me wish I was experiencing some Disney Halloween magic right now!

One of my favorite things to do is to recreate these yummy and adorable treats so that people like me, can make them at home.

Six graveyard cupcakes

When I saw these Graveyard Cupcakes on the menu at the Jolly Holiday Cafe, I knew my kids would love them!

The Jolly Holiday Cafe is on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland just before the entrance of Adventureland.

Not only can you find Graveyard Cupcakes, but you can also find Mickey Mummy Macarons! Get the recipe HERE.

Mickey Mummy Macaron

This is how the menu describes these cupcakes:

Chocolate Cupcake with Cherry Filling, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Halloween Sprinkles, and a Tombstone Chocolate Piece

Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? I promise you, that your mouth will thank you if you make these cupcakes.

And they are perfect to make for a Halloween party or get together!

Graveyard cupcakes with candy bones and candy tombstones with funny names

Here are more Disney Halloween treats you might want to make at home: 

Check out my homemade Disney Recipes HERE

OREOS to make edible dirt for graveyard cupcakes

Where Can You Find Candy Tombstones?

There are a couple of ways to make the edible headstones to go on top of your cupcakes. One way is to use a candy mold and make them out of chocolate or candy melts.

The other option is to get this Graveyard Cupcake Decorating Kit. I found mine at Michael’s but you can also get one HERE from Amazon.

Which ever method you choose, prepare the headstones before making the cupcakes.

That way they will be ready when it is time to put them together.

Candy Headstones with funny Names

Graveyard Cupcake Ingredients

  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk
Chocolate Cake Mix to Make Graveyard Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

Dark Chocolate Chips to make ganache

Other Ingredients

Graveyard Cupcake Decorating Kit

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Parchment Cupcake Liners for Disneyland's Graveyard Cupcakes

How to Make Disneyland’s Graveyard Cupcakes

Cupcakes

[1] To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs, melted butter, cake mix, and milk. Beat on low for about 30 seconds, then turn the mixer up to high for 2 minutes.

Ingredients in a stand mixer for Graveyard Cupcakes

[2] Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. If you want yours to look like they do at Disneyland, use these parchment liners. Standard liners work great too!

Parchment Cupcake Liners for Graveyard cupcakes

[3] Use a one Tablespoon cookie scoop to add 3 Tablespoons of cupcake batter to each cup.

[4] Bake the cupcakes at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Baked chocolate cupcakes

[5] Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

[1] Place the dark chocolate chips in a glass bowl.

A bowl of chocolate chips to make ganache

[2] Pour the heavy cream over the top.

Heavy cream poured on chocolate chips for ganache

[3] Microwave the mixture on 50% power for 30 seconds.

[4] Remove from the microwave and stir.

Cream and melted chocolate for Graveyard Cupcakes

[5] Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the chocolate chips are completely melted.

A spoonful of chocolate ganache for Graveyard Cupcakes

[6] Refrigerate the ganache until it reaches a thick consistency.

Refrigerated chocolate ganache

[7] When the ganache is cold, place it in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until the ganache is the same consistency as buttercream frosting.

Whipped chocolate ganache

[8] Add the ganache to a piping bag.

A piping bag of whipped chocolate ganache

How to Assemble Graveyard Cupcakes

[1] Use a knife or a cupcake corer to remove the center of the cupcake.

A chocolate cupcake with a hole in the middle.

[2] Add one scoop of cherry pie filling.

Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling

[3] Pipe the ganache on to completely cover the top of the cupcake.

Graveyard Cupcakes from Disneyland

[5] Add one tombstone to each cupcake.

A candy tombstone for Graveyard Cupcakes

[6] Sprinkle OREO crumbs over the ganache covered cupcakes to look like dirt.

OREO crumbs sprinkled on graveyard cupcakes.

[7] If you used the graveyard cupcake kit, place a few of the candy bones on top of the OREO crumbs. If not, use your favorite Halloween Sprinkles.

A graveyard cupcake with a candy headstone and bones.

Disneyland Graveyard Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Chocolate cupcakes with cherry filling topped with whipped dark chocolate ganache, OREO crumbs, and a candy tombstone! Just like the Halloween cupcakes found at Disneyland!

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 Cup Milk

Ganache

  • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream

Filling/Topping

  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • 12 OREOs, crushed into crumbs

Instructions

    Cupcakes

  1.  To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs, melted butter, cake mix, and milk. Beat on low for about 30 seconds, then turn the mixer up to high for 2 minutes.
  2. Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. If you want yours to look like they do at Disneyland, use these parchment liners. Standard liners work great too!
  3. Use a one Tablespoon cookie scoop to add 3 Tablespoons of cupcake batter to each cup.
  4. Bake the cupcakes at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely.


Dark Chocolate Ganache

  1.  Place the dark chocolate chips in a glass bowl.
  2. Pour the heavy cream over the top.
  3. Microwave the mixture on 50% power for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove from the microwave and stir.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the chocolate chips are completely melted.
  6. Refrigerate the ganache until it reaches a thick consistency.
  7. When the ganache is cold, place it in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until the ganache is the same consistency as buttercream frosting.
  8. Add the ganache to a piping bag

How to Assemble Graveyard Cupcakes

  1.  Use a knife or a cupcake corer to remove the center of the cupcake.
  2. Add one scoop of cherry pie filling.
  3. Pipe the ganache on to completely cover the top of the cupcake.
  4. Add one tombstone to each cupcake and cover the ganache with OREO crumbs to look like dirt. 
  5. If you used the graveyard cupcake kit, place a few of the candy bones on top of the OREO crumbs. If not, use your favorite Halloween Sprinkles.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

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