3 Simply Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

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So. Cute. So. Easy. Award yourself a hassle-free Halloween and with these beginner-friendly cupcakes that make a huge halloween splash, but don't require a bunch of fancy skills. They're even easy enough to make with the kids!

Graveyard cupcakes

This one's a dream for chocolate fiends. (Or is it a nightmare?!?) Try making custom headstones to use as place settings!

What you need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Chocolate buttercream
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Large, round piping tip (we used the Ateco 809)
  • Crumbled Oreo cookies
  • Black and white gum paste
  • Plaque cutters
  • Small sharp knife 
  • Alphabet cookie stamp

Step 1: Frost the cupcakes

Put your buttercream in a disposable piping bag fitted with the large, round piping tip. Holding your piping tip right above your cupcake, pipe a dollop of buttercream onto the cupcake and dip the frosted cupcake in the crumbled Oreos.

Step 2: Marble the gum paste

Knead the white and black fondant together to create a gray marbled look.

Step 3: Cut out headstones

Roll out your marbled gum paste so that it's about 6mm thick, then use a plaque cutter to cut a gravestone shape. Or you can use a small sharp knife to cut rectangular headstones.

Step 4: Add words

Stamp a message onto each fondant piece and leave out until it's set. When it's completely dry, nestle the headstone into the frosting on your cupcake.

Monster cupcakes

These vibrant cupcakes are just right for the little monsters at your party. You can use whatever color buttercream you like, or — if you're really feeling it — go with rainbow!

What you need:

  • Plain cupcakes
  • Tinted buttercream
  • Cupcake corer (you can even use an apple corer)
  • Pop Rocks or bright sprinkles
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Star piping tip
  • White fondant
  • Black sugar pearl sprinkles
  • Edible glue

Step 1: Fill the cupcakes

Remove the core of your cupcake and fill the open space with Pop Rocks, sprinkles or another surprise candy. You don't have to do this, but it's more fun if you do.

Step 2: Pipe the frosting

Fill a piping bag fitted with the star tip with your tinted buttercream. Then pipe peaks of buttercream on top of the cupcakes. You can do all one color or alternate with others for a rainbow effect.

Step 3: Make monster eyes

Make small- and medium-sized balls with white fondant, then roll them out flat. (Totally fine if all the balls are different sizes — it helps dial up the monster-like look anyway!)

Use a little bit of edible glue to attach black sugar pearl sprinkles onto each piece of white fondant. You could also use edible paint or edible ink markers here too.

Step 4: Finish

Place the monster eyeballs all over your cupcake and proceed to spook city.

Brain cupcakes

BRAINS!!! If you want to bring the gore here, you can also fill your cupcakes with raspberry or strawberry preserve "blood."

What you need:

  • Red velvet cupcakes
  • Pale pink tinted buttercream
  • Small angled palette knife
  • Disposable piping bag
  • Plain round piping tip (we used an Ateco 803)

Step 1: Frost the cupcakes

Using your small angled palette knife, smooth the surface of your cupcake with a bit of buttercream.

Step 2: Pipe the brain

With a piping bag fitted with the round piping tip and filled with pink buttercream, pipe a line down the center.

Then, pipe thick, wiggly lines of buttercream on either side of the center line. That's it!

Now go get gruesome with your fellow ghouls!

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