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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

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This super cute Halloween ghost cupcakes recipe is really easy to make and is perfect for a spooky (but not too scary) Halloween party.

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

I love making spooky cupcakes for my annual haunted house Halloween party.

But since I’m not a great baker, I always have to come up with easy-to-make versions of the fancy ones I see on Pinterest (like these graveyard cupcakes and these bloody knife cupcakes).

Of all the ones I’ve tried so far, these Halloween ghost cupcakes are the easiest ones yet!

They are one of the few Pinterest recipes that I didn’t have to change very much to match my limited baking skills.

The inspiration version came from jennakateathome.com.

She used traditional butter cream icing where I used cream cheese icing (just because I like it better…feel free to use buttercream if you prefer).

And I didn’t use anything for the mouth.

But other than that, no major modifications were necessary!

I did add these cute cupcake wrappers* around the bottom of the cupcakes…another easy way to dress them up. You could even use these on store bought cupcakes to make them look more like Halloween.


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  • cupcake mix: To make it easy on myself, I used a store-bought chocolate cake mix (Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake mix*) for the cupcakes. When I’m trying to get everything ready for a party, I can’t be bothered baking from scratch. But you can if you prefer (I would use my favorite chocolate cupcakes recipe.)
  • white frosting: Again, I used a can of store-bought white frosting but you can make your own buttercream or cream cheese icing.
  • candy eyes: You can find them on Amazon HERE*.

How to make Halloween ghost cupcakes

Make the cupcakes following the package or recipe directions.

Let them cool completely.

Then add the white frosting.

For this recipe a piping bag is kind of necessary.

It’s hard to get enough height on the icing if you are just scooping it on with a spoon.

Add a tip with a large hole to the end of the piping bag.

Swirl the icing on by going around the outside edge of the cupcake first and then filling in the middle. Like you would if you were serving a soft ice cream cone.

Smooth the edges out with a knife to make them look most ghost like.

Then add two candy eyes to the top of the cupcake and you’re done!

I told you it was easy 🙂

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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

These ghost cupcakes will be the hit of for your Halloween party and are really easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 175 kcal


  • Mixer with a mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • 12 cup muffin tin
  • cupcake liners
  • piping bag with a large tip


  • 1 package Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can frosting
  • 1 package Candy eyes



  • Line the cupcake tins with the muffin cups.
  • Mix the cake batter as directed on the package (or make your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe if you are so inclined)
  • Equally divide the batter into the muffin tins.
  • Follow the instructions on the package for baking the cupcakes.
  • Let cool completely on a cake rack.


  • Use your favorite canned frosting (or make it from scratch if you are so inclined).
  • Attach a large piping tip to a piping bag.
  • Fill the piping bag with frosting.
  • Pipe the frosting on to the tops of the cupcakes. Start at the outside edge of the cupcake and go around in circles toward the middle until you have covered it (kind of like you would if you were serving a soft ice cream cone)
  • Use a knife to smooth down the ridges to make the icing into more of a ghost shape.
  • Finally, stick two candy eyes on to the top of the cupcakes


Serving: 1 cupcakeCalories: 175 kcalCarbohydrates: 35.5 gProtein: 2 gFat: 3.7 gSodium: 333.1 mgSugar: 17.9 g
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