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The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe

Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Tutorial

Boo! Are you ready to set the spooky tone this Halloween season? Dive into this easy yet eerily delightful Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Tutorial.

Crafted with simple ingredients and an eye for the spooktacular, these skeleton cupcakes are the perfect way to elevate your Halloween party. Let’s bone-appétite our way into this delectably haunting treat!

The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe

Why This Recipe Works

Skeleton cupcakes are not just about aesthetics; they’re a blend of flavors and textures that scream Halloween. The blend of crushed oreos over frosting gives a ‘dirt’ illusion, and the marshmallow skull pops out, making it visually appealing and a flavor hit. This recipe is a beautiful merger of craft and taste.

The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe


  1. Can I use any cupcake for the base? Absolutely! While chocolate cupcakes provide a night-time effect, any of your favorite cupcake recipes will do the trick.
  2. Yogurt pretzel or chocolate pretzel for the ribcage? While chocolate pretzels add depth, flips yogurt pretzels can offer a tangy twist.
  3. Is there an alternative to almond bark? Yes, melted white chocolate or candy melts can be used as substitutes.
The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe

Tips and Tricks For Skeleton Cupcakes

  • Using a lollipop stick or cake pop stick can make assembling the marshmallow skull easier.
  • Place a piece of parchment or wax paper beneath when crafting the skeletons to avoid mess.
  • When using the food writer or edible black marker, ensure the marshmallow surface is dry for better results.
The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe


  • Spooky Eyes: Embed mini chocolate cookies with a candy bead in the frosting for added eeriness.
  • Graveyard Fun: Add chocolate shavings to mimic ‘dirt’ and pieces of licorice as ‘worms’ popping out!
  • Night Effect: Use black icing or chocolate icing as a base instead of white frosting to craft a ‘night’ background.
The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe

Where to Serve

While these are tailor-made for Halloween parties, they also fit beautifully into any haunted-themed event. And hey, if you want to spook your family on a random day, these are perfect too!

The Best Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe

Storage Tips

These cupcakes are best enjoyed fresh. If you must store, place them in an airtight container in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Consume within 1-2 days.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Marshmallow Skull Melting: If you’re using melted chocolate to attach, ensure it’s cooled a little bit. A hot dollop might melt the marshmallow.
  • Pretzels Ribcages Breaking: Gently push pretzel sticks into the frosting. If they’re breaking, you might be applying too much force.

Making This Skeleton Cupcakes Recipe with Kids

Kids will love this! Here’s how they can help:

  1. Let them crush the Oreos – a great way to exert some energy!
  2. Drawing the skeleton face on the large marshmallows using edible markers can be a fun art project.
  3. Assembling the pretzels as ribcages can be their little constructive project.

Topping Options

Sky’s the limit, or should I say, the graveyard’s the depth? From black sprinkles to simulate a starry night to chocolate wafers as gravestones – there are countless ways to craft the perfect Halloween cupcake.

Enjoy the spooky day!

What are some more fun Halloween Cupcake recipes to try?

If you are looking for more fun Halloween cupcake recipes 29 Spooky Halloween Cupcakes For Kids!

Amazing Skeleton Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Amazing Skeleton Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These skeleton cupcakes are fun and spooky and great for any Halloween party!


  • Pre baked cupcake
  • 1 spoonful of Frosting
  • 1 tbsp crushed oreo
  • 1 standard size marshmallow
  • 1 black food writer pen
  • 1 lollipop stick
  • 4 mini marshmallows
  • 3 chocolate covered pretzels (could also use flips yogurt pretzels)
  • 3 blocks almond bark or candy coating
  • Parchment Paper


Start Instructions Here if making the pretzels:

  1. Melt almond bark or candy coating in 30 second increments, stirring after each to prevent burning.
  2. Dip pretzels into the chocolate, use a fork to drain off excess chocolate
  3. Place on parchment paper to set
  4. For a thicker coating, after they set, dip them again.

Instructions for the cupcakes

  1. Add one spoonful of frosting in an even layer on the top of the cupcake
  2. Add a tbsp crushed oreos to the top
  3. Draw a face on the marshmallow and set aside to dry
  4. Insert a lollipop stick
  5. Slide one mini marshmallow onto the lollipop stick, followed by a yogurt covered pretzel. Repeat twice.
  6. Top with skeleton face
  7. Fun fact 
  8. You can mix the filling from the Oreos (it's just buttercream) in your frosting! Or just eat it lol. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 3mgSodium 138mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 2g

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