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I wanted to make some cupcakes and I thought, why not make them Halloween themed.  I can't remember how I finally decided on doing these skeleton cupcakes, but I'm happy with how they turned out.  The plan started with making candy melt graves and when I tried to make gray candy melts for the graves, I quickly found out it was impossible (at least for me).  Luckily, my genius husband suggested going with the old time wooden crosses as grave makers and things went smoothly from there.
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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Gather up your supplies.  Not all are absolutely necessary, but this is what I used.

Supplies:
  • Cupcake Mix (chocolate would be good if you want the cupcake to be like the dirt in the graveyard)
  • Green Frosting
  • White Candy Melts (you will not use a whole bag, I didn't even use half)
  • Cocoa Candy Melts (you will not use a whole bag, I didn't even use half)
  • Chocolate Flavored Jimmies (Sprinkles)
  • Cupcake Liners (if you want them, I used what I had left and then did the rest just in the pan, you will need cooking spray if you don't use liners)
  • Cupcake Pan
  • Black Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Wax Paper
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Cling Wrap
  • Wilton Piping Tips (I used the round tips size 2 for the skeletons and size 5 for the grave markers)
  • Various Utinsels: Spoon, knife...

Step 2: Make Cupcakes

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You can use whatever recipe you like for your cupcakes.  I chose to just use a box of vanilla that I had in the cupboard and I used some food coloring to make it darker.  

Give them plenty of time to cool before frosting them.  I would suggest making the cupcakes first, then doing the candy melts, then frost, then put them all together.
dummy19771 year ago
Very good design, most halloween cupcakes I see that try to pull off genuine eeriness don't pull it off this well.

I wonder if there's a way to finagle chocolate-covered pretzels for crosses..though they wouldn't look as realistic as these.

Wow !!! Long Live us fun people who live for Halloween !
bajablue1 year ago
Congratulations on this prize-winning entry! ;-P~
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thank you! I was quite surprised this was a winner!
Your candy skulls, hands and grave markers turned out great. Thanks for sharing a picture on Hungry Happenings Halloween Picture Party.
No problem! I like to share my little treats :)
This is amazing! I voted.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
Thanks :)
No problem! You deserve the prize.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
If only I could win...
I really hope you do! I hope I win the drawing contest, I think I'm quite good at drawing for an 11 year old.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Spooky!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Yes, Scoochmaroo's tips with taking the photos really helped bring the cupcake to life :)
This looks amazing, you did a wonderful job with capturing the true spirit of Halloween with this cute treat.
THank you :)
danlynne072 years ago
great job, i love that you use chocolate jimmies for the dirt.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  danlynne072 years ago
Thanks! I thought they looked good, and are tasty too!
Love this skeleton! The hand and all other settings are very cool!
Thanks :)
so delicious!
Thanks!
The pictures are so spooky! I love it. The candy piping looks awesome too.
Thanks! I got some tips from Scoochmaroo on how to make the photos more spooky!
Ares2522 years ago
Very creative :D you have my vote.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Ares2522 years ago
Thank you! I've very happy with how they turned out!
Very creative and yummy...;-O)
Thanks!
Density2 years ago
Looks vert tasty and creative. Cant wait to make one myself!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Density2 years ago
I hope you do and I hope you have a better time working with the candy melts :)
Mrballeng2 years ago
This is so creative. Save one for me.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Mrballeng2 years ago
I do have a few left!
Mrballeng2 years ago
This is so creative. Save one for me.
ChrysN2 years ago
Cute and yummy!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thanks!