Skeleton Cupcakes

These Skeleton Cupcakes are easier than they look! So fun for Halloween.

We all know Halloween is coming soon, so I thought I would share a fun idea for cupcakes that a friend emailed me from Woman’s Day.
I hadn’t seen a cupcake so cute in a while, so I knew I had to make them and share with you guys!
Here’s how I made these Skeleton Cupcakes…
First bake some cupcakes.  I used sprinkles on mine because I’m addicted to sprinkles.  If you don’t share this addiction you can leave them off.
Next, assemble your supplies…
-white chocolate covered pretzels
-large marshmallows
-lollipop sticks
-food writer (or black icing)
also reserve a little extra frosting…you’ll see why in a minute.
Cut an inch or so off the stick so it’s not so long.
Flatten your marshmallow slightly
Carefully press your stick into the flattened marshmallow
Next using your food writer or black frosting make a skeleton face…
Now you need to make his bones…
Slide on the pretzels.  Here’s where your extra frosting helps.  It holds the pretzels in place.
Now stick your arm-less skeleton into your cupcake.
So, he needs some arms…
Cut the top of some extra pretzels off.  Do this carefully, otherwise the pretzels break.  Trust me.  I had to eat A LOT of pretzel casualties.
Now, with some more frosting carefully attach the arms.
Your skeleton has come to life…
Aren’t they adorable??

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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131 Responses
  1. Amy K

    I can totally relate to this, and you know what's even better….when these types of cliquey-conversations happen at a church potluck!!! Gotta love that one!
    My husband has a saying, "the quickest way to get into a conversation is by not being there"! Those "friends" of ours that as soon as they get the chance, they're talking about us and stabbing us in the back — so junior highish!!
    At any rate….thanks for keeping it real, and your cupcakes are awesome, as always!

  2. foodlova

    Oh no! I'm about to enter the world of moms and I didn't know it involved a time-warp back to high school. Maybe I'll attract really nice and friendly moms with these super creative cupcakes 🙂

  3. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)

    Mums seriously can be like girls at highschool it's insane! Whilst I dislike people like that..your cupcakes are another story! Fantastic.

  4. myovenandme

    hahahah the 'Mums' episode was really funny! thanks for enduring the conversation and sharing it here! And those cupcakes are seriously cute!

  5. Bridgett

    There should be a reality show about Park Moms. It would be hilarious!
    These are so cute and seem easy enough to make where I won't feel violent halfway through getting them done. I may just be able to pull these off for my kids. Yay!

  6. Monet

    These are just about the cutest Halloween treats I've seen! How creative you are! And I loved the run-down on all those catty moms. You and I think a lot alike. I adore people watching (even though I often feel pretty disgusted by some human behavior). Thanks for sharing! These are my favorite cupcakes of the month!

  7. Kate

    I love these and have never seen them before. The white pretzels make the perfect skeleton. Thanks for sharing all of the steps!

  8. Joanne

    Ugh. I really hope I never become that kind of mom. Never. Ever.

    These cupcakes are gorgeous. And this is one of the manymanymany reasons why you are the coolest mom. Ever.

  9. Meghan @ Domestic Sugar

    Edit to my original comment, Parents are cruel some times. I have had several strange run-ins with parents who feel that their perfect angel (in school) can do no wrong, and it must be me who failed their child on the test because I hate that child, because the child is WAY too smart to fail my test, and why did I give a test anyway, because their child is far too busy to concentrate on tests, as they have to round themselves out in dance/hockey/soccer/football/insert random after-school activity here. ARGH!

  10. Kelley

    What a great idea for the cupcakes. Yes mean girls grow up to be mean woman and once a bully always a bully. Peer pressure exists at every age. Isn't that sad?

  11. Tracy

    LOL, I was rolling on the floor laughing while reading your commentary. I know too many moms like that…it'd probably be more obnoxious if it wasn't so hilarious. 😉

    Love the cupcakes too – so festive!

  12. Melody

    The cupcakes are beyond cute! I wish I had the energy to make them. Your story is the reason I have been leery of playgroups. I can't stand the other moms!

  13. Kate H.

    I love your personality and the mom story. Women/girls are so dramatic and gossipy, that's why i get along better with guys! lol.

    Those cupcakes are too cute 🙂

  14. Kristie Maynard

    Love the cupcakes! Just adorable.
    As for that Mom, I'm surprised that she didn't make the other little girl apologize to little Spencer for getting in the way of her fist. LOL! Takes all kinds doesn't it?

  15. SprinkleBakes

    These are so, so, soooo cute! And your mom commentary is awesome. I feel like I got a play-by-play. I bet doily mom has a drawer full of scrunchies, or possibly banana clips.

  16. I run for cake!

    Love these cupcakes, what a great idea to use chocolate covered pretzels for skeleton bones! I got a kick out of your park story too!

  17. Leslie

    Lol LOL LOL…Some Mom's are such catty little bitches!!! I know the exact ones you speak of!!! LOL
    Love the 80's bangs. And the "Mom capris" CLASSIC!!!! lol

  18. Pink Little Cake

    LOL, Love this post. I have seeing just the same playground scenario, hate it! specially when I am at the park in my only day off of the last 2 weeks.

  19. Kristan

    This, my dear sweet Shelly, is why I have more blog friends than real life friends.
    Because a lot of real moms are weird and have make very questionable fashion choices. Plus, they think they are All THAT.
    And I realize that noone says ALL THAT, but it is really the best description of what's doin' with those ladies.
    Anyhow, I love the cupcakes and you, as usual. They look like Jack Skellington, who is my morbid son's favoritest EVER.

  20. Danielle

    Those are the cutest halloween cupcakes ever! I love the halloween themed recipes. And the mom's sound like a bunch of mean girls from high school!

  21. Chic Cookies

    OK, was just cracking up. Thank you for that! I'm so lucky to have recently found a solid, witty, smart, non-judgmental group of moms to commiserate with about our hitting, tantrummy toddlers! Over wine. Because I have witnessed just the same playground scenarios. Capris and running shorts and all. Agreed: Mom 1: What I'd call "Alpha Mom." Mom 2: Lacy doily on jeans never OK.
    Mom 3: Mix up the Gap with some Banana Republic.
    Mom 4 and 5: Find better Moms 1,2, and 3.

    Oh, and I'll be sure to link to these awesome cupcakes on!

  22. Tiffiny Felix

    I can't believe how cute these are! 🙂 And, yes, mom's can be no better than the mean girls in high school. Loved your conversation, BTW 🙂

    1. Kara

      Are you sure you weren’t sitting at my local Starbucks watching the Tuesday morning mom group “socialize” with each other??? LOVE the cupcakes, they look fantastic.

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