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??

130 Responses

  1. Tiffiny Felix

    I can't believe how cute these are! ๐Ÿ™‚ And, yes, mom's can be no better than the mean girls in high school. Loved your conversation, BTW ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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!

  12. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love the cupcakes too – so festive!

  13. 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?

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. Kate

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. myovenandme

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

  20. Les rรƒยชves d'une boulangรƒยจre (Brittany)

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

  21. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 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!

  23. Andrew's Mom

    Those mom hang out here too but my motto is (stolen from Cougar Town) -"if I took time to worry about everyone who thought they were better than me – I wouldn't have time to do stuff" — one of the best lines ever. Cute cupcakes.

  24. Evan B

    haha I love your observation.. and these cupcakes are adorable! I saw them when I was in line at the grocery the other day and thought they were too cute!

    ps found you through your friends on twitter ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Sondra

    The skeletons are too cute! And great commentary about annoying moms. Haha, I always felt left out on preschool field trips with my daughter's class because I work and therefore wasn't able to be a part of the regular after school playgroups, etc. But listening to all of the petty gossip, I realized I wasn't missing out on much!

  26. Joanna

    First off, I'm a nanny in a very wealthy town, so I hear you! I am surrounded by snobby, wealthy, obnoxious women all the time. Loudly voicing their opinions to everyone as if they rule the world. Gag! Makes me want to key their Hummers.

    And second, I love these cakes. Such a creative idea!

  27. HoosierHomemade

    Super cute!Love the pretzels!
    And I love Halloween too, so many fun ideas!
    Thanks so much for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  28. sugarswings

    Do you happen to live in my town? (except the moms here are never at the park with their kids, just their nannies) but a similar coversation could be heard at the baseball or soccer games or the PTO…! Very cute cupcakes, will need to try these ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Becki D

    Oh my gosh these cupcakes are AWESOME!! I am definitely going to have to try this one out.

    And I'm so glad I kept reading the whole catty story…cause when I was at the part about the capris I was all, "but..but…I wear Mom capris…"

  30. Camron and Lonna Connolly

    LOL! I just found your web site but I thoroughly enjoyed that post! The cupcakes are AWEWOME! But possibly your story is awesome-ER! HAHA! Gotta love moms who think the whole world revolves around them and their "super long lean legs!" haha! Loved it!

  31. Jak

    Oooh what long lean skeletons LOL, sorry couldnt resist!

    Shame on those moms!

    Those cupcakes are adorable, Ive linked to you/them on my blog hope thats ok x

  32. ScarletSquirrel

    Sprinkles ARE addictive. These are THE best cupcakes of the season that I have seen! Wish I had time to make them for my kids' forty classmates.

    And I love the park scenario; those ladies have it all wrong. I AM god. WTF? ya know?
    Mind if I follow? I like ur sense of humor.

  33. Shannon

    I love the cupcakes and the post!! I am a new mom and my daughter is only 16 months, but I guess I need to prepare for "these" Moms. HA!!!

  34. Jeff and Steph

    I just found your blog from snooping around other blogs… what a laugh I had this morning!!!! So funny, because I can picture everything you're saying!!! That was really funny!!!

  35. Jessica {The Novice Chef}

    I am in LOVE with these! How fun! I wish I could make them and give them out for Halloween to the kids! But I know no one wants home baked goods anymore! ๐Ÿ™

  36. Monica H

    You are a nut Shelly- you totally had me laughing aloud everytime I read Mom #3's conversation.

    This is what I think she'd say about these cupcakes:


  37. Kim

    Just came over from Mimi's Kitchen and I'm dying in laughter about the "mom chat" you overheard. I'm a stay at home mom and I DREAD those types of conversations with those silly women! In fact, I avoid them at all costs;-)

    The Halloween cupcakes are the cutest. My daughter and her friends would go crazy for them.

  38. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]

    These are absolutely the most adorable things ever!! And loved reading your post. I overhear a lot of conversations too, and once they have left, we all discuss and laugh over them ๐Ÿ˜›

  39. Barbara

    I've seen those adorable marshmallows, but never the cupcakes. Those are adorable!

    And the conversation of moms was high school stuff. What's wrong with them???

  40. Beth

    Those are ridiculously cute! And thanks for your playground observations. My kids are older now, but your description brought back memories!

  41. Alison

    I bought some white chocolate pretzels to support a Boy Scouts troop at the diner yesterday. Now I have a super great use for them. Thank you!

  42. bridget {bake at 350}

    I think you must have been at a park around here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOVE it!

    And these cupcakes are the cutest thing EVER!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  43. Sarah

    These are so cute, makes me wish we could take homemade things to daycare – but alas, rule apply for food allergies. But I'm thinking I may whip these up anyway and let my 4 and 3 year olds help. Wish me luck – I am not crafty at the baking!
    And your playground dialog – PRICELESS!

  44. Lauren

    First let me mention that I absolutely love you playground dialog. While I was in college I worked at a daycare center so needless to say that I have had my share of these experiences even before I had kids. To be honest I think it prepared me for my own future and navigating parenthood loll. Next, I love these cupcakes!! I think a lot of Halloween Recipes especially for cupcake just involve uniquely frosting cupcakes but these are 3D and so easy. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing recipes but this has to be one of the best cupcake recipes I have seen!

  45. di

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever! I can't wait to make these. And, I love your playground story. It is so true. Moms aren't any different than those high school clicks full of snooty mean girls. We moved into a new school when my daughter was in 3rd grade, and those moms had already been together since preschool. It was impossible to break into their gang, they were so tight. It's pretty sad, too, because they lost out on someone who really wanted to help a lot w/ school activities. Oh well, will it get better when we're older and our kids are grown up and we're at that next stage in our lives? I doubt it. lol Girls will always be girls!

  46. Marni's Organized Mess

    LOVE the cupcakes. I'd say hahahaha to the conversation, but I'd hate to be Mom #3. Preferably, I'll have to tell you my legs are not long and lean, so um, I'll be Mom #2?

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I like your observations.

  47. Megan

    I dont know how i missed this post but I'm so glad I read it. You had me cracking up. Great way to start the day.
    Your cupcakes are adorable. You are always so inspiring when ever I come to visit.

  48. Travis

    Wow! These cupcakes are really mouth-watering and very sinful. Kids and even kids at heart do love eating these kinds of luscious treats. But we must keep it in mind that we must not eat lots of sweets because it can really damage our body and our teeth as well.

    Recently, my kids went to our family dentist in Columbia, SC and have some dental check-up because they ate a lot of sweets last Halloween. Our family dentist (West Columbia area) advised my kids to visit them regularly in order for them to maintain their good oral health.

  49. WannaBeRN

    Ok, just recently discovered your blog and I'm smitten. Your story about moms at the park just about sent me over the "LOL" ledge! Had to comment, I simply love your little stories before your fabulous recipes! Thanks for the laugh, now I'm on to stalk your previous blog posts! I'm almost a year in now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. These are absolutely awesome! I’m going to keep these in mind to make for Halloween. Thank you! :o) Or I may tell myself I’ll make them soon so I have an excuse to buy white chocolate covered pretzels… I swear they’re my Kryptonite, ha!

  51. These are SO cute! I’ll be featuring them this Friday on my blog. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit! Thanks for sharing!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  52. Heidi Cano

    I just made these for my son’s birthday treat at school. So much fun to make and easy too, untill I couldn’t get the frosting to hold my pretzles to the stick. My husband saw my frustration and said if it were him making the cupcakes he would use mini marshmellows to keep them on the stick. My husband can be smart somtimes because they worked! And, from the back it looked like a spine! Just wanted to put that out there in case others were having the same problems I was:)

  53. Graciela

    Thank you so much, your cupcakes are so cute. Congrats for your creativity. Iยดm going to try it yeah I have to!!! Saludos desde Mรฉxico!!!

  54. Shea

    I love these cupcakes and plan on making them. I am positive we all could have done without the catty little story this person wrote though. Serves no purpose whatsoever and it was stupid. Thanks for the cupcake receipe though.

  55. That is the funniest thing I have ever heard and so true. I read this story to my husband and we both laughed our a** off. I am so glad I was looking for Halloween treats and came across your site. Thanks for the story and the awesome cupcake recipe:)

  56. 410Robbie

    Great idea! I haven’t seen a fun Halloween cupcake that I’m dying to make–now I do!

    PS. You are correct about Moms- they don’t change!! The high school drama continues! I just chose to distance myself from the drama mama’s & its amazing how quiet & calm I feel now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. folksmith

    those are the cutest cupcakes i’ve ever seen.

    love the playground babble. kind of scary to think there are mother’s out there who are talking like that. kind of scary to think what the kids pick up from them.

  58. Linda

    Can I have the recipe for your beautiful fluffy icing? I am afraid my store bought icing will not look as nice. How did you make the hole in the pretzel to get the lollipop stick to fit tight? Thanks for your help and this idea. My daughter is excited to take these cupcakes to school for her birthday.

  59. Krystal

    These are the cutest cupcakes ever. I am planning on making them this week. But I have a silly question…Where do I find lollipop sticks and a food marker? I obviously don’t bake enough!

  60. June G.

    I made these today! So much fun and received the ooooh’s and aaaahhh’s they deserved! Haha! I used Flipz covered pretzels, only ones I could find, but your pretzels look like they’re covered more.

  61. Shirley

    I LOVE THEM TO BITS!! how cute are they??? You see all these other things to make and you’re like “done that… done that” …. SKELETONS! Haven’t done that…I’m SO gonna do that. Tfs ?

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