3 Killer Halloween Cupcake Decoration Ideas

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.

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Things You'll Need

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.

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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.

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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

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Vampire Bite

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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.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

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Monster Claw

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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.

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

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Zombie Brains

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Step 1

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

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Step 2

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

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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.

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

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Buy materials for this tutorial:

White fondant

Rolling pin

Red gel icing

Toothpick