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Kill it at your Halloween party with these three deadly but delicious desserts. Whether you use store-bought, box mix, or made from scratch, you can easily transform plain cupcakes into terrifying treats — and all it takes is a bit of white fondant and red icing. Here, we're sharing three simple but spooky ways to decorate cupcakes to look as if they were attacked by creepy creatures of the night.

Three cupcakes decorated with zombie brain, vampire bite & monster claw

Things You’ll Need

  • Cupcakes

  • White frosting

  • White fondant

  • Powdered sugar

  • Rolling pin

  • Circle cookie cutter or jar

  • Straw

  • Red gel icing

  • Toothpick

  • Serrated knife

  • Pecan halves

Frost the Cupcakes

Step 1

First, frost your cupcakes with white frosting (all three cupcake variations start with the same frosting base). You want to create a somewhat flat layer of frosting so the fondant can lay on top.

Cupcake with white frosting

Step 2

Roll out the white fondant with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4-inch thick. To prevent the fondant from sticking, it helps to lightly dust your surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar first.

Rolling out white fondant

Step 3

Cut out circles using either a round cookie cutter or the rim of a jar or glass.

Cutting out white circles of fondant

Step 4

Place a white fondant circle on top of each cupcake, and gently press it into the frosting to secure it.

Pressing white fondant circle into frosting

Vampire Bite

Vampire bite cupcakes

Step 1

Use a straw to poke two holes through the fondant that are spaced apart like two fangs. You need to poke all the way through the frosting into the cupcake to create deep impressions.

Two holes poked into cupcake

Step 2

Use a toothpick to fill the holes with red gel icing.

Filling holes with red gel icing

Step 3

Drag some red icing around the holes and downwards to look as though blood is dripping from them.

Creating blood drips with red icing

Monster Claw

Monster claw cupcakes

Step 1

Use a serrated knife to cut a long vertical slit in the center of the fondant. Then make three smaller slits so you have four vertical slits across the cupcake. You want the edges to be a bit jagged versus perfect incisions.

Cutting four slits in fondant

Step 2

Push against the sides of each slit with the knife to open them up and make them less straight.

Opening up slits with knife

Step 3

Use a toothpick to fill each slit with red gel icing.

Filling slits with red icing

Zombie Brains

Zombie brain cupcakes

Step 1

Mix a teaspoon of red gel icing with a teaspoon of water to create a watery red icing.

Mixing red icing with water

Step 2

Place a pecan on top of the fondant, and secure it in place with a bit of white frosting underneath.

Pecan halve on top of fondant

Step 3

Use a spoon to drizzle the watery red icing on top of the pecan, and let it run down the sides. You can also use a toothpick to flick some icing on top to look like droplets of blood.

Drizzling red watery icing on top of pecan

And that's all it takes to create three ghoulish goodies for your Halloween table that will certainly impress your guests!

Killer halloween cupcakes


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