This cute and easy ghost Halloween cupcakes recipe is the perfect dessert for a spooky Halloween party.
I love making cupcakes for Halloween parties.
They are an easy-to-serve Halloween treat that everyone loves.
And you can make them a day in advance, which always makes getting ready for a party easier.
But since I’m not a great baker, I always have to come up with easy-to-decorate versions of the fancy ones I see on Pinterest.
Of all the Halloween cupcakes I’ve tried so far, these spooky ghost cupcakes are the easiest ones yet!
The inspiration version came from jennakateathome.com.
I used these spooky cupcake wrappers* around the bottom of the cupcakes to dress them up a bit. They fit around regular cupcake liners, so you could even use them on store-bought cupcakes to make them look more like Halloween.
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This recipe makes about 24 cupcakes.
- cake mix: To make it easy on myself, I used a store-bought chocolate cake box 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 icing.
- candy eyes: You can find them on Amazon HERE*.
- To make these even easier, buy the cupcakes already baked and just add the ghost on top with your own icing.
- You can use chocolate chips instead of the candy eyes.
How to make ghost Halloween 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 with a large round tip is kind of necessary.
It’s hard to get enough height on the icing if you are just scooping it on with a spoon.
Fill the piping bag about half full with frosting. I find it hard to control the flow of the icing if the bag has more icing than that.
Swirl the icing on by going around the outside edge of the cupcake first and then filling in the middle to create a peak. Like you would if you were serving a soft ice cream cone.
I like to smooth the edges out with a knife so the cupcakes look most ghost like. But you can keep the swirl if you prefer.
Then add two candy eyes to the top of the cupcake and you’re done!
I told you it was easy 🙂
Other Halloween Cupcake Ideas you might like
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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes
- Mixer with a mixing bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- 12 cup muffin tin
- cupcake liners
- Piping bag with a large round tip
- 1 package Chocolate cake box mix
- 1 can frosting
- 1 package Candy eyes
- Line the cupcake tins with the cupcake liners.
- 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 and follow the instructions on the package for baking cupcakes.
- Let cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
- Pipe your favorite canned or homemade vanilla frosting onto the tops of the cupcakes with a piping bag and large round tip.
- 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
- You can also buy already baked cupcakes and just add the ghost on top with frosting.
- Substitute chocolate chips for candy eyes if you prefer.
- Make sure the cupcakes have cooled completely before icing or the frosting won’t hold its shape.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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This post was originally published on July 20, 2018 but was updated with new content on September 7, 2023.