Spook-tacular Halloween Cupcake Ideas
Halloween is the perfect time to bake up some scary Halloween treats to share with fellow party-goers and kids on the block. In this article, I've gathered up some of my favorite Halloween cupcake design photos as well as a couple of my favorite Halloween cupcake recipes.
From witches to ghosts and goblins to scary spiders, these cupcake designs are sure to add a festive touch to your Halloween activities. I hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas as much as my family has... Happy Halloween!
Halloween Spiderweb Cupcake Recipe
For at least 10 years, my family has been enjoying a form of spiderweb cupcakes every Halloween. These cupcakes are super easy to make and you can vary the icing color making some white, some purple, and some orange with black or white "webs". For the spiders, I usually use gummy spiders as the kids don't seem to love gumdrops quite as much.
To keep things nice and easy, I suggest purchasing some Halloween themed cupcake baking liners along with your favorite boxed cake mix and a tub or two of white frosting (e.g. vanilla or cream cheese).
To create the cupcakes as shown in the photograph, you'll also need (per cake mix which yields 24 cupcakes):
- Orange food coloring
- 1 tube black decorating gel or melted chocolate
- Black string licorice
- 25 large gumdrops
1) Simply bake the cupcakes in the Halloween liners following the instructions on the cake box.
2) To make the orange frosting base, mix the tub of white frosting with some yellow and red food coloring drops to create the orange frosting color you desire. Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them with the orange frosting.
3) Using the black decorating gel or melted chocolate inside a plastic bag (cut-off the corner to make it like a piping bag), make 3 or 4 concentric circles radiating out from the center of the cupcake. Then use a toothpick starting at the center of the cupcake and pulling to the edge of the cupcake about 8 times around the entire circumference to create the web-like appearance.
4) Take a large gumdrop and attach 3 or 4 pieces of black string licorice to each side to make the spider legs (if you poke a hole in the gumdrop using a toothpick where you want to insert the licorice, you'll have an easier time doing this step). Use the black decorating gel to put a couple eyes on each gumdrop and place the completed spider on top the cupcake web.
Halloween Graveyard & Ghost Cupcakes
These boo-tiful cupcakes are super cute and easy to make in most cases. I've found that Pepperidge Farm Milano and Nutter Butter Cookies dipped in white chocolate are the perfect shape to make tombstones on cupcakes.
Ghosts can be created from fondant either by rolling it out and using a mini-cutter to get the shape or by draping a round sheet of thin fondant over a mound of icing. Then just add some eyes using black gel frosting. My goal is to keep things quick and easy!
Halloween Witch Cupcake Recipe
Making these witch cupcakes tends to be a little more involved and time-consuming than making spiderweb cupcakes. That said, you will be rewarded with some adorable witches that will get rave reviews from all the kids and Halloween party-goers. As with the spiderweb cupcakes, I suggest that you simply bake your favorite boxed cake mix in fun Halloween themed cupcake liners. Cool them and you are ready to decorate as follows.
1) Using green food coloring, tint a tub or vanilla or cream cheese (any white flavor) icing a witch green color. Frost the 24 cooled cupcakes and set aside.
2) The most difficult thing in the entire decorating process is creating the witch's hat and brim. Take 12 Oreo cookies and separate them into 24 cookie halves (remove the cream filling) or you could use 24 flat, round, chocolate wafer cookies. Set the 24 cookie halves on a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Then take 24 chocolate ice cream waffle cones and trim the edges so that they will set flat on top of the cookie halves. Melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power so the chocolate doesn't burn. Then, drizzle the cookie halves with the melted chocolate and press the cones down into the melted chocolate. Let the cones set on the cookies to cool. When fully cooled, the cones and cookies should form a pointed witch hat.
3) After the hat chocolate is set. Place a pointed hat on toward the edge (off-center) of each cupcake. Decorate the cupcakes using licorice for the eyes and mouth, and either black gel frosting or melted chocolate for the hair and eyebrows. I suggest using a small green gumdrop, M&M or other small candy for the witch's nose.
People are just so creative and I'm always thoroughly impressed by all the great home and professional bakers out there that come up with such fun designs. These cute witch cupcakes are no exception. It appears that creating a pointed witches hat is about all it takes to create an awesome Halloween cupcake!
Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Graham Crackers... Oh my!
What kid doesn't love roasting marshmallows over a campfire to make ooey-gooey s'mores? I fondly remember camping with my family and every night sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows that we'd top with classic mini chocolate bars.
Well, we can't go camping every night, but we can enjoy that same taste right in our own homes... with cupcakes! These s'mores cupcakes combine chocolate, marshmallows, and even graham crackers to give you the flavor of this gourmet dessert... without all the smoke. Let's get to the cupcakes!
How To Make S'mores Cupcakes
Start with the graham crackers
You will need a chocolate cake mix, homemade graham cracker crust mix, and 4 chocolate Hershey bars.
Picture courtesy of Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake on Flickr
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1.5 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 6 tablespoons room temperature butter
- You can make the can buy the graham cracker crumbs already crushed or take actual crackers and chop them in a food processor. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. Take about 1 T of graham cracker mix and press it firmly into the bottom cupcake liners. Break up Hershey's bar into squares. You should have 48 squares (enough for 24 cupcakes). Place one square in each cupcake tin on top of the graham cracker. Bake in a preheated oven for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Make your cake mix. Go easy on yourself and use a chocolate cake mix from a box - I won't tell anyone!
- Add the mix on top of the melted chocolate. Place one more piece of the Hershey's chocolate bar on top of each cupcake and bake according to box instructions. Let cool.
NOTE - When we are making S'mores for an adult bonfire or other party, we often use gourmet chocolate such as Ghirardelli, Guittard, etc. instead of the standard Hershey bars.
Adding The Marshmallow Cream Frosting
Topping off your s'mores cupcake
Marshmallow Cream Frosting
- 3 Egg Whites
- 2 C Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 C Powdered Sugar
- 1 T Vanilla
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Beat for 10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Then blend in the vanilla. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
- Now comes the fun part! Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the marshmallow cream frosting. Be careful not to burn the liners. Top off with any leftover graham cracker crumbs you may have. Serve immediately.
Easy, Breezy Cupcakes
Everyone loves cupcakes. When they're all displayed on the dessert table they create a magical, happy atmosphere. If you want to bring the joy of cupcakes for your baby shower favors, here are some ideas that won't take more than a few minutes and a little patience to create.
If you want to make homemade cupcakes, go right ahead. Choose a cupcake recipe in a luscious flavor. Plan to bake the cupcakes several hours in advance so the frosting won't melt. Or make them the day before and cover them in an airtight cupcake carrier or cake dome.
If you are short on time, ask a bakery to make you cupcakes and frost them in the color of your choice. Then, you can add decorations that make it look like you're a creative genius.
Image courtesy of Ana_Fuji on Flickr
Making cupcakes lots of fun...
One quick, easy and very cute way to personalize cupcakes for a baby shower theme is to pick up some small rubber duckies from the dollar store. If you can't find them there, try online or at a discount store in the party or bath aisles. The yellow duck baby shower theme is pretty popular so you should be able to find supplies on-hand at most specialty stores.
Sprinkle some blue sanding sugar (available at craft or cooking stores) on the cupcake to simulate water, or use blue frosting to frost the cupcakes to have the same effect. Place one rubber duck on each cupcake. Voila! The perfect cupcake in under 10 minutes.
Edible Rubber Duckies
Cupcakes that silence...
Another shortcut to a cupcake that looks amazing is to purchase some pacifiers in the baby aisle of any discount store. Frost the cupcakes flesh tone colored.
You can find icing tint at any candy or cake decorating store and often in craft stores. Stick one pacifier, nipple side down, into each cupcake. It gives the illusion that the cupcake is a baby's face sucking a pacifier.
Light up the room...
Another 10 minute idea is to take baby-themed candles from any store and place one on top of each cupcake.
You can find them in the shape of baby bottles, rocking horses, baby dolls, etc. These look so adorable when they're all sitting there together, waiting to be munched on.
The image shown here if from All About Gifts & Baskets. The cupcake isn't edible, but these are adorable favors that could be used if you decided to serve cake, or just for decoration.
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Fondant for the Daring
Decorate like a pro...
Rolled fondant is nothing more than flattened icing. It's an easy medium to work in and you shouldn't be intimidated about using it. Find it in the cake decorating aisle of larger craft stores or at specialty shops. You can tint the fondant any color you like. Often, you can find pre-mixed vats of black, white, blue, and pink fondant.
To make adorable "baby in a blanket" cupcakes, take one small ball of fondant in a light color to make a baby head. Roll it and place it on a frosted cupcake. Poke holes for eyes, nose and mouth. The fun part of this is making the baby blankets. Take a small piece of fondant in pink, blue, or yellow. Roll it out with a rolling pin and place it on top of the cupcake just under the baby's chin. The result is a tray of cupcakes that look like sleeping babies under blankets.
One word about fondant. It dries out quickly. So roll a little at a time to avoid cracks. Use any remaining fondant for decorative details. Roll out a sheet and cut out cookie cutter shapes such as circles to decorate the side of a cake or to add tiny details to the blankets. If you keep fondant covered tightly, it will last for your next occasion. Just don't over buy. A little goes a long way.