I’ve been finding so many great ideas for Halloween cupcakes on the web this year! I wanted to share some of what I have found with you. If you’re planning a Halloween bash, having a few friends over, or your kids are having a party at school you should give some of these cupcake decorating ideas a try. The ideas range from super simple to do, to a few requiring more advanced skills. They look like they would be fun to make, and I think people will be charmed by your creations.
This first cupcake decoration is pretty easy to do. Just make concentric circles with piping gel, frosting, or chocolate thinned with shortening. Then, using a skewer, drag lines outward from the center, like the spokes of a wheel. Voila! Instant spider web. You can find better instructions, and a recipe for Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes that look absolutely incredible at The Sweetest Kitchen. The caramel filling in these cupcakes looks amazingly good!
This next Halloween cupcake decoration has a surprise of candy inside the ice cream cone hat. The sugar cone is coated with black candy melts. For complete instructions go to Crazy for Crust.
These free, printable cupcake toppers could make decorating cupcakes super simple! Just print, cut out, and add a toothpick taped to the back. Download them at Johanna Parker Design. I love the retro look of these!
This next decoration is easy with store bought candy. For the gummy worm cupcake adding some chocolate cookie crumbs to the top so it looked more like dirt could be fun! Image courtesy of Red Couch Recipes
The cauldron cakes below are a really cute idea! Turn your cupcakes upside down, dip the bottom in chocolate, give it a chocolate handle and some bubbling toil and trouble. These are filled with a white chocolate ganache. You can find the recipe at Grown to Cook.
The spider cupcakes below are filled with a raspberry coulis to simulate spider guts. The legs are made using a thin cookie found in Asian stores called “Pocky”. I think licorice or bendy straws could give a similar effect if Pocky is not available in your area. You can find the complete instructions for making these spiders at Not Martha.
This witch crash cupcake uses peppermint sticks for the witches legs and black marzipan for the boots with a yellow m&m for the buckle. No recipe included, idea and image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.
Bleeding Brains anyone? These brain cupcakes are filled with cherry pie filling to resemble a blood clot. The buttercream frosting tinted to look cerebral is piped on to create curves and hemispheres of the brain. More complete how to instructions can be found at Annie’s Eats
Cupcake decorating doesn’t get much easier than this! Oreo cookie spider with frosting dots for eyes and licorice legs. So cute! Image courtesy of All Things Cupcake.
How about glow in the dark cupcakes? They actually glow under black light not in the dark. This is achieved by adding tonic water to the frosting. You can make drinks, ice cubes, and jello shots glow by using tonic water too. You can find the recipe for glow in the dark frosting at Recipe Snobs.
I love the bright colors of the next cupcakes! It really sets off the witches hat. The hat is made from fondant. Image courtesy of The Cupcake Blog.
This is a pretty genius idea. Witches hat decoration made from two cupcake liners. Wish I would have thought of it. You can find the instructions for making it at The Cake Blog.
What’s Halloween without skeletons? These are made with white jellybeans for the teeth, black licorice for the nostrils, M&M’s for the eyes, and purchased chocolate wafers and chocolate mini cupcakes for the hat. You can find the instructions for these at My Recipes.
I absolutely love the look of this next cupcake. The link is image only but the legs are made from straws, the feet are fondant, the hat is a chocolate wafer with a Hershey’s kiss.
The next decorating idea “Zombie Graveyard”. The hands are purchased but could easily be made with fondant. Oreo tombstones with cookie crumb dirt. Find out more through this link
This next one isn’t technically a cupcake but it was so darned cute I just had to include it. The pumpkin is made from rice krispie treats. It has a tootsie roll stem, and frosting leaves and tendrils. Link included image only but I think you can do it pretty easily by copying the picture.
These pumpkin cupcakes from Duncan Hines look pretty easy to do. With colored sugar and licorice decorations they look magically delicious! Did you know you can make your own colored sugar for decorating baked goods. Just put granulated sugar into a baggie, add a couple of drops of food color, then just smoosh (technical term) it around until the sugar is evenly colored. Find the recipe for the cupcakes here
Last but not least, these eye cupcakes are incredibly cute. The iris is a purchased candy in this case. You could come pretty close to the same effect by using gummy lifesavers with a chocolate chip in the middle. Find the recipe and instructions at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Halloween cupcake tour and it will inspire your creativity!
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