I saw this edible craft last year and vowed to try it this year for Halloween. They’re just as cute as I wanted them to be and oh so easy to make. Halloween edible craft #2: Skeleton Cupcakes.
Note: The ingredients listed below will make 10 skeletons. Since most cupcake recipes make 18-24 cupcakes, you’ll need to get 2 bags of pretzels and another container of white frosting if you want all the cupcakes to have skeletons.
- 1 bag of white chocolate covered pretzels (I used Flipz, $1.67 at Walmart)
- 1 small container of white frosting (the frosting needs to be white, not vanilla)
- 20 4″ lollipop sticks (I bought a bag of 50 for $1.50 at Michael’s)
- Cupcake liners (I got 75 for $1.50 at Michael’s)
- 1 box of cupcake mix + ingredients listed on the box OR your favorite cupcake recipe (I used Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix)
- 1 small container chocolate frosting (I used left-overs I had in the fridge from another recipe)
- 1 plastic Ziploc bag
- Muffin tin
Step 1: Line a muffin tin with the cupcake lines. Mix ingredients according to the box of cake mix or follow your own recipe. Bake cupcakes according to directions. Remove from pan and allow cupcakes to cool to the touch, about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Using an icing spatula or flat edged knife, spread about 1/4 cup of frosting onto of each cupcake. Spread the frosting all the way to the edge of the liner. Make sure the frosting is thick enough so that you can’t see the cupcake.
Step 3: Place 1 pretzel in the middle of each cupcake.
Step 4: My pretzels had a large bottom hole, so I needed 2 lollipop sticks per cupcake: Take 1 lollipop stick and insert it into the cupcake as close to the left side of the hole as possible. Take another lollipop stick and insert it into the cupcake as close to the right side of the hole as possible. Gently press down on the sticks until they reach the bottom of the cupcake.
Step 5: Grab another pretzel and gently squeeze the lollipop sticks together to fit into the pretzel hole. Move the pretzel down the sticks until it’s about 1/3 inch above the bottom pretzel. To make the pretzel stay in place, you may need to angle it down a little in the front. The chocolate coating should hold onto the sticks. Repeat with the third, and final, pretzel.
Step 6: Gently flatten the marshmallow in your hand. Spoon about 1/2 cup of chocolate frosting into 1 corner of a plastic Ziploc bag. Cut a very small 1/8 inch off of one corner of the bag. Carefully pipe two small dots onto the marshmallows. Add 2 small lines for the nose. Add a curved line for the mouth and small lines crossing the mouth to make the stitches.
Step 7: Gently press the marshmallow onto the lollipop stick.