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Cupcake Quickies for Halloween


2008 Cupcake Quickies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.

Here's a couple of solutions for quickly decorating cupcakes for Halloween.

2008 Cupcake Quickies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
Here are some quick ideas for decorating cupcakes for Halloween.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 24 frosted cupcakes
  • chocolate cookie crumbs*
  • oval shaped cookies
  • various tubes of decorating gels and icings
  • halloween candy
  • gummy treats
  • orange and other colored sprinkles
  • pretzel sticks, optional


Shop at a store with the largest selection of Halloween candy. Choose candy that would look good as cupcake decorations.

I was able to purchase individually-wrapped gummy Halloween finger puppets. For stability, I stuck a pretzel stick down into an already frosted cupcake and then put the puppet on top of it.

For the tombstone cupcakes, I dipped my already-frosted cupcake into a shallow bowl of chocolate cookie crumbs turning it so crumbs covered the entire top. I wrote R.I.P. (Rest in peace) on the top of an oval cookie (Milano) and gently, but firmly pressed the cooking into the cupcake.

For the worm cupcakes, I also began with a cupcake dipped into chocolate cookie dirt. I used a pretzel stick to make a hole in the top of the cupcake. I pushed the worm half way into the hole, so it looked like it was coming out of the dirt.

Some bags of candy corn come with little pumpkins in them. You could make a little pumpkin patch on your cupcakes using these.

*You may either purchase chocolate cookie crumbs or you can make your own. I just threw an 1/2 cup of plain chocolate cookies into a small food processor and processed until they became crumbs. For a tastier "dirt", feel free to use your favorite sandwich cookie. Don't worry, the white icing won't be that visible.
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