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Spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes Recipe

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These spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes are a fun and festive way to celebrate the season. Best of all, they are incredibly easy to make!

Boo! These Spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes are anything BUT scary. Instead, they’re a cute and non-scary way to begin your Halloween celebration.

As you know, Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. From hauntingly delicious Halloween treats to ghoulishly great DIY Halloween decor, there are so many reasons to love it!

And while it is a fangtastically fun time, it can also be extremely busy trying to get costumes, help with school parties, do corn mazes, and all other things fall. So to help, I’ve made this Halloween cupcake recipe super easy!

These spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes are a fun and festive way to celebrate the season. Best of all, they are incredibly easy to make!

Spooktacular Halloween Cupcakes

I absolutely adore how these Ghost Cupcakes turned out. And they were eerily easy to make! You know what? You can make them, too! Down below, you will find the recipe and step-by-step instructions to create these spooky-friendly treats.

And guess what? I used a cake mix to ensure that they really are spooktacularly easy to scare-up!

Of course, you can always use a homemade cupcake recipe like this vanilla cupcake recipe if you prefer.

Aren’t they just so cute? And all it takes is a couple of ingredients to make them. So simple!

Halloween ghost cupcakes on table

If you like these ghost cupcakes, you should also check out:

Halloween Marshmallow Witches
Witches’ Brew Halloween Popcorn
Frankenstein Twinkie Treats

For now, though, let’s talk about how to make these extra cute Halloween ghost cupcakes!

Working with Fondant

Okay so you’ve probably noticed by now that these cupcakes are made with fondant. But don’t fear! Fondant may seem scary, but it really isn’t. I think it’s kind of like working with playdough. You simply roll it out flat, and then cut out shapes with a fondant knife or cookie cutter.

Once you get the hang of manipulating it, you’ll come out with the cutest creations! Like these hauntingly delicious Halloween Bat Twinkies, these adorable Finding Dory Waffle Bowls, and this beautiful Holiday Present Piñata Cake!

So, are you ready to see how to make these Spooktacular Ghost Cupcakes?

close up of Halloween ghost cupcakes recipe

How to Make Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

Like I’ve said, making these Spooktacular Ghost Cupcakes is so easy it’s scary.

It takes about 25 minutes to make the cupcakes and the homemade frosting. Then the rest of the time is dedicated to putting the Halloween Ghost Cupcakes together.

Note: this recipe yields 12 decorated cupcakes. However, since most cake mixes make 24 cupcakes, I suggest cutting the recipe in half.

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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these spookily simple Halloween cupcakes and the homemade icing. You can find everything you need either on Amazon or at Walmart.

For the Cupcakes:

  • Chocolate cake mix + all the ingredients to make it**

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the Decorations

Ghost Cupcake Instructions

Make the Cupcakes

fill muffin tin with cupcake mix
  • Preheat oven according to cake mix’s directions.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • Prepare cupcake mix, fill tins, and bake according to the box’s recipe.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Prepare the Icing

  • In a medium-sized bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together butter, sugar and milk.
  • Once the ingredients are well-incorporated and form semi-stiff peaks, the buttercream has formed.
add frosting ingredients to bowl

Add a Peak of Frosting Center of Cupcakes

  • Scoop buttercream into a piping bag, with a small slit cut at the bottom.
  • Frost the center of each cupcake, forming a peak that’s about an inch high.
add dollop of frosting to baked cupcakes

Make Fondant Ghosts

  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the white fondant so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
  • Use a 3 inch circular cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.
roll out fondant circles to form ghosts for Halloween ghost cupcakes
  • Then use rolling pin to roll out each fondant circle so that it’s about 4 ½ inches in diameter – the circle itself doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Drape one rolled-out fondant circle on top of the cupcake – it will fold and curve naturally, and that’s okay. The beauty of these cupcakes is that they don’t need to be uniform.
drape fondant circle over cupcake top to make ghost on Halloween ghost cupcakes

Add Ghost Eyes

  • For each cupcake, roll out 2 small spheres from the black fondant. Flatten each one and give them an oval shape.
  • Lightly brush water on the back of each black fondant piece.
  • Stick two on each ghost – these will act as the cupcake ghost’s “eyes.”
close up of Halloween cupcakes

And that’s it! Your hair-raising Halloween Ghost Cupcakes are finished! Aren’t they wickedly adorable?!

Happy Haunting!

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Yield: 12 cupcakes

Spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes Recipe

Halloween ghost cupcakes on table

These spooktacular Halloween Ghost Cupcakes are a fun and festive way to celebrate the season. Best of all, they are incredibly easy to make!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Putting It All Together 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • Chocolate cake mix + all the ingredients to make it

For the Icing

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp Milk

For the Ghosts

  • 6-8 oz. white fondant
  • 1-2 oz black fondant

Instructions

    For the Cupcakes

    1. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
    2. Preheat oven according to cake mix’s directions.
    3. Prepare cupcakes and bake according to the box’s recipe.
    4. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

    For the Icing

    1. In a medium-sized bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together butter, sugar and milk.
    2. Once the ingredients are well-incorporated and form semi-stiff peaks, the buttercream has formed.
    3. Scoop buttercream into a piping bag, with a small slit cut at the bottom.
    4. Frost the very center of each cupcake, forming a peak that is about 1-inch high.

    For the Fondant Ghosts

    1. Using a rolling pin, roll out the white fondant so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
    2. Use a 3 inch circular cookie cutter to cut out 12 fondant circles.
    3. Roll out each fondant circle so that it’s about 4 ½ inches in diameter - the circle itself doesn’t have to be perfect.
    4. Place one rolled fondant on top of the cupcake - it will fold and curve naturally but that’s okay. The beauty of these cupcakes is that they don’t need to be uniform.
    5. For each cupcake, roll out 2 small spheres from the black fondant. Flatten each one and give them an oval shape.
    6. Lightly brush water on the back of each black fondant piece.
    7. Stick two on each ghost - these will act as the cupcake ghost’s “eyes.”

      Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 cupcakes

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 589Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 130gFiber: 0gSugar: 124gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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