Halloween Cupcake Decorating: Delicious Mummies, Ghosts, Bats, and More! (+ Free Templates)

by Stephanie Yankova

Do you want a quick and easy Halloween treat that you can enjoy with your family and friends? There’s only one right answer to this calling – cupcakes! You can easily turn this simple dessert into the perfect festive snack in seconds! Find inspiration for your sweet delight from our spooky Halloween cupcake decorating ideas! 

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas

ghost cupcake decoration halloween dessert

It’s important to choose the decorating technique depending on how much time and effort you want to invest in the process. If you want to have more intricate elements, it’s best to use templates. Keep in mind that unless you are using premade fondant, it is a much more time-consuming process to make it and decorate with it than, for example, with frosting or chocolate. Let’s explore different options together and help you choose the best one for you!

Ghost Cupcakes with White Fondant

white fondant ghost halloween decoration chocolate cupcakes

For this recipe, it’s best to buy premade white fondant as it’s quite easily accessible on the market and will save you a bunch of precious time! Roll it out thin enough for you to be able to manipulate it with your fingers. The idea here is to make the material look like a loose hanging sheet – just like with ghosts! For the eyes, you can use chocolate chips or small edible fondant buttons.

decorating halloween cupcaakes fondant ghosts

Once you’ve shaped your little ghosts, carefully place them on top of your muffins. You can use a toothpick to fix them in place.

Read also: All-Black Healthy Halloween Cookies Recipe: Make an Impression with This Dairy and Gluten-FREE Treat!

Decorating with Paper Bats

decorating halloween cupcakes free template

If you are running out of time, and you need a quick decoration for your cupcakes, we’ve got exactly what you need! All you need to do is print out our free template with Halloween motifs and prepare scissors, hot glue or scotch tape, and toothpicks. Cut out the shapes and outline them on print paper in a color of your choice. Use the glue or the tape to attach the toothpick to the shape, then pin it into the cupcakes, and you’re done!

free template halloween motifs cupcake decoration

Make Your Own Chocolate Spiders and Spider Webs

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Turning your cupcakes into spooky spiders is super easy and there are a few different ways you can do it. Let’s see what they are:

  • Once you have your cupcakes, you’re basically halfway there, as they will serve as the body of your spiders. The only things that are left to add are the legs and the eyes. Put aside one of the cupcakes to cut out little circles for the heads from it. Arrange them on plates and use chocolate frosting to attach them together. Then with the same frosting draw the legs (4 on each side), and the final touch – red chocolate buttons for the eyes!
funny halloween spider cupcakes
  • Another way to make the legs is with thin strips of licorice. Cut them at an appropriate length according to the size of your cupcakes, and poke them into the fluffy top part of the dessert.
  • To create spider webs you’re going to need white sugar frosting. Put it into a piping bag and draw the webs onto a stretch foil. Once they’ve hardened, carefully peel them off the foil and place them on top of the cupcakes.
white chocolate spider web cupcake decoration

Scary Brain Cupcake Decoration

cupcake scary brain decoration halloween

For this striking decoration, you’re going to need to draw the wrinkles of the brain onto the cupcake using white buttercream frosting and a piping bag. Then, using a small teaspoon take a little bit of red powdered food coloring and sprinkle it on top of the frosting to get the same effect as the one in the picture!


white frosting mummy decoration haalloween cupcake

Using the same buttercream frosting from the previous recipe, you can recreate these not-so-scary mummies! Around this time of the year, it’s quite easy to find chocolate eyes for decoration, so you won’t have any difficulties recreating this Halloween dessert!

Read also: Yummy Mummy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe: Healthy Halloween Treat for Kids and Grown-Ups!


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