Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween cupcakes come in a array of cupcake designs and ideas that could cast a spell on adults as well as children. If you want something spooky, you could decorate with ghosts or skulls. Or how about the proverbial black cat with gleaming eyes and fierce fangs. On the lighter side, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns can inspire you with their funny expressions. Check out the ideas below to find your cupcake inspiration!

Halloween Cupcake Tutorials

Spider Web Cupcakes

Melted chocolate creates the spindly lines of these cleverly cute cupcakes. The only thing missing is the spider!

>>Check out the directions for our Spider Web cupcakes

Stenciled Halloween Cupcakes

Get creative with stenciled cupcakes. Use sanding sugar, glitter or frosting to create your designs.

>>Learn more about stenciling cupcakes

BOO Halloween Cupcakes

These cupcakes may spell B-O-O, but your guests will be so busy admiring your cupcake design to be spooked.

>>See how we made these BOO Halloween Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes

Add something cute to your Halloween table with these feline creatures. Black Fondant forms the basis for our quick and easy kitty designs.

>>Check out the instructions for our Cat Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

These pumpkin themed cupcakes are so quick and easy to make you'll have your very own pumpkin patch in no time.

>>Learn how to make these cupcakes on our Pumpkin Cupcakes page

Bat Cupcakes

Spooky Halloween bats are a fun decoration to make for this holiday. You'll have bats galore with our cupcake decorating ideas!

>>See how we made our cupcakes on our Halloween Bat Cupcakes page

Skull Cupcakes

Spooky skeletons create the perfect Halloween-themed cupcake! Bone shaped candy molds and white candy that melts in the microwave set the foundation for your cleverly designed cupcake masterpieces.

>>See how to make Skull Cupcakes

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Spider Web Halloween Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

The delicate chocolate candy strings of these Halloween spider web cupcakes will make any Halloween occasion special. Handling the melted chocolate might be tricky at first, but the microwave makes working with the candy a snap.

Bakery/Cake Goods needed:

  • Your favorite batch of chocolate cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting tinted Orange (we used Wilton's paste icing color in Orange)
Spider Web Decorating Supplies:
  • 12-oz bag of chocolate chips OR bag of Wilton's chocolate candy melts
  • Icing Bags OR zip lock food storage bags
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
  • Spider Web template
    (you can freehand the design or use our template)
Cupcake Icing Tools
  • Wilton 1M Star Icing Tip
  • Icing Bag
Finishing Touches
  • Brown Cupcake Liners OR Halloween themed cupcake wrapper
Directions for making the spider webs:

Step 1: Fill icing bag half full with chocolate chips or candy melts. Microwave for 30 seconds. Check bag consistency. Make sure the candy warm, but not too hot to handle and lumps are gone. If the candy is not the right consistency, microwave again in short 20 to 30 second increments until candy is ready.

Step 2: Snip the end off the icing bag or plastic bag and pipe out a spider web design. You can pipe something freehand using a swirl with lines crossing over the top or you can use a template. (Download our free spider web template here.) Tape the template to the table, and place wax paper over the top. Trace the lines with the melted candy. Let candy cool and dry completely.

Directions for Icing the Cupcake:

Step 1: Fill the icing bag with orange butter cream and fit the opening with a 1M tip. Using a circular motion, squeeze out icing to cover the top of the cupcakes.

Step 2: Place a spider web on top of the cupcake.

Directions Finishing Touches:

If you've already baked your cupcake in a brown liner, you are set to go. You can also embellish your cupcake with a fun Halloween themed cupcake wrapper you purchased or made yourself.

Stenciled Halloween Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Fondant Covered Cupcake
with Edible Glitter

One of the simplest ways to decorate a cupcake is using stencils. It may not seem very sophisticated, but even well-known creative designers like Martha Stewart have used this idea. Below are a few ways you can use stencils to decorate your Halloween Cupcakes for the best results:

Unfrosted Cupcakes and Powdered Sugar

This is the easiest method to stencil. Chocolate cupcakes work best (you can use brownies or gingerbread as well). Place your stencil over the cake and sift powdered sugar over the design. You can also use very fine sanding sugar. If you have a hard time locating that ingredient, the powdered sugar works fine.

Frosted Cupcakes

Frost your cupcake flat with butter creaam icing. Set it aside to allow the frosting to crust over. (Frostings with shortening crust over pretty easy, but you may need to experiement with your butter cream frosting find the one that gives you a perfect crust.) Place your stencil over the top of the cupcake and dab on a little water. Sprinkle with crushed black edible glitter.

Fondant Covered Cupcakes

Ice your cupcake with a frosting. Roll out the fondant you want to use to cover your cupcake. Cut out a 2" round and place it on your cupcake. Place your stencil over and dab on a little water or gum paste glue into the pattern. Follow with a sprinkling of edible glitter. Your cupcake design will show up very nicely and add a bit of sparkle to the table.

Where to get Stencils

You have a few ways to get stencils for this cupcake project. Download a free stencil from Martha Stewart's web site, purchase stencils (Wilton has a series of Halloween stencils) or make your own by downloading free images on-line and creating a custom design.

Related Cupcake Stenciling products:

Martha Stewart Halloween Cupcake Stencils Wilton Halloween Cupcake Stencils

Martha Stewart
Halloween Stencils

Wilton Halloween
Mini Stencil Set

BOO Halloween Cupcakes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:

  • Your favorite batch of chocolate cupcakes
  • Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe

BOO Cupcake Decorating Supplies:

  • Pre-made batch of black tinted fondant
  • Any shape regular-size metal icing tip
    (we used the large 2” circle cutter from Wilton’s Round Fondant Cut-outs)
  • Metal Alphabet Shaped Cutters
    (we used the letters from Wilton’s Fondant Alphabet/Number Cut Outs)
  • Orange Food Coloring (we used Wilton’s paste food coloring)
  • Plastic Straw
  • Small Rolling Pin
  • Wax Paper
  • Food-safe paint brush
  • Black Sugar Sprinkles
  • Orange and Black Confetti Sprinkles

Cupcake Icing Tools:

  • Wilton 2A Round Tip
  • Icing Bag

Finishing Touches:

  • Brown or Black Cupcake Liners

Making the Fondant Letters:

Step 1: Break off a medium size ball of black fondant and roll it out on a flat surface.

Step 2: Using the alphabet cutters, cut out the letter "B" from the black fondant.

Step 3: Using the wide round end of the regular size icing tip, cut out two circles from the black fondant. Next, cut a hole in the center with the plastic straw to create the letter "O".

Step 4: Slightly wet the front of the letters with a food-safe paint brush dipped in water. Spread black sugar sprinkles out on wax paper and dip the letters into the sugar. Set aside on wax paper.

Icing the and Decorating the Cupcakes:

Step 1: Tint the butter cream orange. Fit the opening of an icing bag with the Wilton 2A round metal tip and fill with butter cream.

Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake.

Step 3: Sprinkle orange and black confetti sprinkles out on wax paper and roll the edges of the cupcake into the candy.

Step 4: Carefully place fondant letters on the cupcake to spell BOO.

Products used to create this cupcake:

Wilton Alphabet & Numbers Fondant Cutters Wilton Black Fondant

Wilton Alphabet & Numbers
Fondant Cut-Outs

Wilton Black
Ready-Made Fondant

Recipe Ideas for
Halloween Cupcakes

Need some help choosing the best recipe to use for your Halloween creations? How about these ideas?

Looking for some Easy Halloween Cookie Recipes to complete your Halloween celebration? Check out Best Ever Cookie Collection’s Halloween Cookies!

More Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Find your inspiration by taking a look at these amazing Halloween cupcakes:

Trick or Treat Halloween Cupcake  
Difficulty Level: Experienced

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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