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Ghost Cupcakes on a platter

Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween just got a whole lot cuter and more delicious, too! Ghost cupcakes are easy to make and they're the perfect Halloween dessert.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Amee


  • For the buttercream:
  • 1 stick 8tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp 2 % milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For "Ghosts":24 frosted vanilla cupcakes
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips melted
  • 16 oz white fondant I use Fondarific fondant, but you can make your own
  • black writing icing for eyes and mouth


  • For the Buttercream:In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.  
  • Gradually add sugar, milk and vanilla and blend until frosting is smooth and spreadable.  If texture is too thick, add a little more milk.
  • To Assemble "Ghosts":After your cupcakes are cooked, cooled and frosted, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler while stirring frequently.  
  • Dip the bottom of each marshmallow in the melted chocolate and place on top of each frosted cupcake.  Set aside to harden and cool (I put mine in the refrigerator overnight).  
  • Prepare your fondant by rolling out onto a flat surface sprinkled with a little confectioner’s sugar.  A fondant roller is best suited for this purpose.
  • I used a small glass bowl, about 4″ in diameter, to use as a template for my “ghosts”. Using a sharp knife, slice around the sides of the bowl to make a complete circle.
  • Once your circle is cut, pick up and gently stretch out the sides like you are working with homemade pizza dough.  You just want to make them a bit easier to mold to your ghost shape.
  • Now gently place on top of the cupcake, covering your marshmallow and mold to your desired ghost form.  Add eyes and mouth with black writing icing.