These quick and easy Halloween themed graveyard cupcakes are sure to WOW your guests and you won’t believe how simple and fun they are to make!
Halloween to me is the start of the holiday season. Halloween is when all the fun beings and we start doing seasonal things as a family. There are movies to watch, school functions to attend, parties to have, fun places to visit to get you in the spirit, and of course themed treats to make! From Halloween to Christmas there is always an abundance of fun to have and memories to be made. We are totally in the Halloween Spirit here at our house! I feel like it all began last week when we as a family watched the classic “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. We have been watching it every year since Xander was little and it was so fun to watch with Elise fully enjoying it this year! And in complete honesty, I am watching it right now as I write this post this because I just love The Peanuts! Xander and I have also been watching the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship.We are so impressed with all the talented bakers and we always choose who our favorite baker is then cheer them on throughout the show. Xander loves watching holiday baking championship shows and he always comes up with his own very cool and creative ideas. That is what inspired me to make Halloween cupcakes this year that we can share with our neighbors and bring to the Halloween Party at school.
Xander and I decided to make spooky Graveyard Cupcakes! I chose to use a gluten-free cake mix for the cupcakes because since going gluten free I have been on the hunt for a delicious cake mix I can make anytime and I found the jackpot! As a person with a HUGE sweet tooth going gluten free is not easy and it is hard to find tasty treats that are GF approved and taste good as well, but I am not lying to y’all when I tell you that this cake mix from King Arthur Flour is so decadent and delicious! I honestly like this mix over others I have used in the past so I’m so excited it discovered it.
** Edited to add: My husband and kids are head over heels for this cake mix! Michael even asked me to make this mix as a cake for his birthday and typically he hates cake. I’m not being paid or sponsored by King Arthur i’m just a new fan!
I was so happy with how these turned out! Not only were the delicious but they looked
great and spooky too!! I loved watching how excited Xander was to make his very own cupcake. It is always so fun to see what their little but big minds can come up with. We all had a great laugh when Xander wrote the year “1987” on his gravestone and told us when we asked him why he wrote that; “because that’s someone old and dead!” OH MY, haha!!!
What you need:
- Cake Mix
- Frosting (see my secret ingredient recipe below)
- Cupcake Pan
- Lined Cupcake Cups
- Candy to Decorate (see what I used pictured below)
Make the cake mix according to the directions on the box or use your very own homemade cake mix! For an easy was to get the cake batter into the cupcake cups just use an ice cream scoop!
Once the cupcakes are done and have cooled down apply the icing. I found it useful to add more icing towards the back where I would be placing the “grave” that way the grave had more of a base to adhere to.
Here comes the fun part, DECORATE! Get creative! You can do what I did or come up with your very own ideas! As always, make sure you get the kids involved. The mess is temporary, but the memories are forever!
What I Used To Decorate:
For the Grave:
Simply frost the cupcake and sprinkle the crushed cookie crumbs on top the cupcake. Using the edible food marker write “RIP” or whatever creative tombstone wording you can think of then write it on the Milano cookie and insert cookie into the back of the cupcake. Add gummy worms or chocolate skeleton bones or both to the top of the cupcake.
Chocolate Skeleton Bones:
I found the mold for the chocolate skeleton bones at Michael’s or you can find it here.
Melt the chocolate to a smooth consistency and pour into mold. I let mine sit over night since I made mine late a night but you really only need to let it sit about 10 minutes.
For the Bat:
Ok so I know that the bat doesn’t quite fit the graveyard theme but it definitely has the Halloween vibes and it is too cute to pass up! I figured since we had the Oreo’s already then why not make a Bat?! All you do is split the Oreo and use the side with the icing as the head and place icing side down on the cupcake. Then take the other half and carefully break in two down the middle to make the wings. Add the candy eyes and you got yourself a cute little bat! You can also make this into a spider and use candy rope for the legs!
My Homemade Frosting with a Secret Ingredient:
2/3 c Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
3 c Powdered Sugar
1/3 c Milk
1/3 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Stick Melted Butter
* Secret Ingredient*- Icing from the Oreo cookies used above
Mix the melted butter, milk, vanilla, Oreo icing, and cocoa powder in bowl. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth. Let frosting sit for 20 minutes.