I played around with a couple ideas this year for easy to do, quick, yet effective Halloween dessert ideas. Cupcakes and cakes were the focus. They mix up quickly and you can prepare the frosting or other foods while they are baking and cooling.
Here are some of my favorites.
NOTE: If you don’t have chocolate clay/modeling chocolate, you can soften Tootsie Roll candies with your hands and shape those.
Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas
Bite of the Vampire Halloween Cupcake
This one is the simplest of all. With all the vampire movies and books around these days, it’s sure to be a popular theme.
Use any flavor of cupcake you like, although red velvet would be a fun and fitting surprise when you bite into it.
Frost the whole cake with a light colored icing. Using a chopstick, poke two holes for the fang puncture wounds. Using red gel icing or frosting, fill the holes and dribble some down, to look like blood dripping.
Zombie Hands Halloween Cupcakes
Use either marzipan or modeling chocolate to make tiny hands, or purchase some novelty hands if you can find them. Make the arm portion extra long, so that it’s long enough to stick up once inserted into the cake.
Leave them out overnight to dry out a bit and harden.
Use any flavor cake and frosting, and poke a hole in the top with the large end of a chopstick. Stick the hand in.
Nummy Mummies Halloween Cupcakes
Use any flavor cupcake you like, and a light or cream-colored frosting. You’ll need two brightly colored, small round candies for eyes, two per cake.
Spread some frosting along the top edge and a little ways down the cake. Think of this as the bandage going over the mummy’s head. Leave an unfrosted area below that, just large enough for the eyes to peek out.
Add more frosting below the eyes, to cover the rest of the cake. Dip the eyes into a small amount of frosting to help them stick, then place them on the cake.
You can add a dot of darker frosting in the center of the candies for a better eyeball look.
Skulls Halloween Cupcakes
Use any flavor of cupcake, plus a light frosting. You’ll also need a darker frosting or chocolate modeling clay.
Spread frosting in a skull shape. Make a figure eight shape, but keep the upper section bigger, and make the lower section with straight sides.
Using frosting or chocolate clay, make two ovals for eyes. Make two tiny ovals or lines for nostrils. And make three narrow vertical lines below that for the teeth.
Cute Vampires Halloween Cupcakes
Use any flavor of cupcake and a light colored frosting. You’ll also need either red gel icing or frosting, plus some fruit leather, chocolate modeling clay, or a darker frosting, but that’s optional. You can make the whole thing in red.
Spread frosting all over the cake. With the red icing, draw a curved line for a smile. Then make two triangles from either red icing, or cut them from fruit leather and add them to the mouth.
Use two dots of frosting, or balls of modeling chocolate for eyes. To make hair, use a narrow triangle, either cut from fruit leather, or use frosting. Have the narrow point down, towards the eyes, to look like a widow’s peak.
Halloween Cake Ideas
Graveyard Tombstones Halloween Cake
You can use any flavor of cake for this, and any type of frosting. You’ll also need pre-baked rectangular cookies, or cookies with a rounded, oval end. For adding tombstone writing, use another color of icing, such as red, orange, or black, or melted chocolate.
Frost the entire cake. Use the icing or melted chocolate to carefully pipe a tiny cross or RIP on each cookie. Insert one into the edge of each cupcake. You may need to place a toothpick behind the cookie to keep it from falling over.
For added effect, add a mound of crushed cookie crumbs, coconut, or frosting, to look like the mound of a grave.
NOTE: The cookies tend to get soggy once you place them into the frosting. So either add them just before serving, or be okay with a graveyard that is falling apart.
Slasher Halloween Cake
This one is really easy, takes no talent, and looks really gross.
The idea behind this is a violent killer with a knife. Use any kind of cake you like, in any flavor. You’ll need to frost the top with a light colored frosting. Using a tube of red gel icing, or some icing colored red, create lines and pools of “blood.”
If you have a severed body part prop, this gets even more gross. Put the hand, foot, finger, or eyeball on top the cake, with a pool of blood icing around the cut area.
For a final sickly touch, have a large knife nearby. Put red icing along the blade and in several spots on the handle, to look like bloody fingerprints.
I wrote “Happy Halloween” on mine, and you can see, you don’t even need to use fancy script or anything. It’s quite an effective look.
I hope you’ll get to try at least one of these quick, easy Halloween desserts this year. Have a spooktacular, fun time!