Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

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5 from 54 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes are an easy and creative dessert your kids will love. Not only are they delicious, these cupcakes make an easy and hilarious April Fools day prank. This recipe is perfect for school events, parties, or even just a day you want to create something new!

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes on a gold serving tray.

Inspiration for Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

These easy Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes focus less on your baking skills, and more on your creativity. Check out pinterest for more inspiration related to this recipe. You will be surprised how simple this recipe is compared to how amazing and professional they turn out! Save this recipe for April Fools day! Your kids will not forget it.

What We Love About This Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: By using your favorite yellow cake mix, prep time is made easier. It allows you to clean up while they bake, and prepare all the toppings while they cool.
  • Easy Ingredients: With only 4 main ingredients, this cupcake recipe is very pantry friendly.
  • Family Friendly: This recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball cupcakes is fun and collaborative. Get messy in the kitchen with your family and make it an experience. Also, cake mix boxes generally make 24-30 cupcakes, enough to last for a couple days of fun.
  • Adaptable: This recipe can use any type of cake mix, and egg substitutions are listed on many cake mix boxes.

If you’re looking for related recipe ideas, check out Corn on the Cob Cupcakes, Up Cupcakes, and Cotton Candy Cupcakes.

Ingredient Notes

cupcakes, candy, and frosting in piping bags.

This recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes requires four main ingredients. The rest is sure to be found right in your pantry!

  • Yellow Cake Mix : For the cupcakes themselves, use your favorite yellow cake mix. Bake by following box instructions.
  • White and Red Buttercream: The white frosting will resemble the spaghetti, while the red will resemble the sauce.
  • Ferrero Rocher Candies: A Ferrero Rocher will resemble the meatball.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions

Adapt this recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes so that it is perfect for you!

  • Yellow Cake Mix: Bake any type of cupcakes you want with your favorite box mix.
  • Red Buttercream: Try mixing beet root powder in with white buttercream to avoid red dye. The color may lean more towards pink, but with trial and error, you can adjust the shade to your liking.

How to Make Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

STEP 1: Bake The Cupcakes

Prepare, fill, and bake the cupcakes according to the recipe on the box mix you chose. Remember to not overfill the cupcake liners with batter, this ensures there is enough room for the decorations.

a collage of 3 images showing how to frost the Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes.

STEP 2: Frost The Cupcakes

Use a piping bag and Wilton 10 tip to pipe a mound of “spaghetti” on the cupcake. Then use the red buttercream to pipe “sauce” on top of the spaghetti.

STEP 3: Decorate The Cupcakes

Unwrap and place one Ferrero Rocher Candy on top of the “sauce” to resemble the meatball.

a collage of 2 images showing the decorated Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes.

Recipe FAQs

Store cupcakes in an airtight container to keep fresh for at least 3 days.

Yes, after the cupcakes are completely cooled, you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes on a gold serving tray.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Baking Tip: Insert a toothpick to check doneness of cupcakes. If it comes out clean, they are ready to start cooling.
  • Decoration: Take it a step further by sprinkling powdered sugar over top of the cupcakes to resemble parmesan cheese!

What to Serve with Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

5 from 54 votes

Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

Yield: 10 People
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes are an easy and creative dessert your kids will love. This fun recipe is perfect for parties or anytime.
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Equipment

  • 1 Whisk or Electric Mixer
  • 1 Cupcake Pan (If box makes 24 cupcakes, you may need 2 pans.)
  • 2 Piping Bags
  • 1 Wilton 10 Piping Tip
  • 1 Tooth Pick (optional)
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix, add ingredients and bake per box instructions.
  • 1 Can Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, or your favorite recipe.
  • 1 Can Red Buttercream Frosting, or your favorite recipe.
  • 24 Ferrero Rocher Candies, 1 per cupcake.

Instructions

Prepare

  • Preheat oven to suggested temperature in box mix recipe.
  • Follow cake mix box instructions or make your favorite cupcake recipe.
  • Fill cupcake liners halfway with batter.
  • Bake for designated time.

Decorate

  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  • Put the vanilla buttercream in a piping bag with the Wilton 10 tip. Pipe a mound of "spaghetti" on top of the cupcake.
  • Then put the red buttercream in another piping bag with a large cut tip. Pipe the "sauce" and smooth lightly with a knife overtop the spaghetti.
  • Unwrap a Ferrero Rocher Candy and place on top of the red icing.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar on top. (optional step)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Expert Tips

    • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
    • Baking Tip: Insert a toothpick to check doneness of cupcakes. If it comes out clean, they are ready to start cooling.
    • Decoration: Take it a step further by sprinkling powdered sugar over top of the cupcakes to resemble parmesan cheese!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Cupcakes
Cuisine: American

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