Creepy cupcakes: Ghosts in the graveyard cupcakes

Ghosts in the graveyard cupcakes recipe

Create an eerie cemetery scene with these ghosts in the graveyard cupcakes. Garnish cookies with messages like “RIP” to create tombstones. Use dollops of vanilla frosting to dot the cupcakes with spooky ghosts.

Ghosts in the Graveyard Cupcakes

  • 1 package (2-layer size) white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Black Food Color
  • 2 containers (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • 24 oval-shaped cookies
  • Chocolate sprinkles, (for decoration)
  • Miniature chocolate chips, (for decoration)

Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Tint cake batter grey with 1/4 teaspoon black food color.

Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

Tint 1 container frosting black with 1 teaspoon black food color. Frost cupcakes, reserving 1/4 cup of frosting. Spoon reserved frosting into small resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner from bag. Pipe “RIP” onto top half of each cookie. Push tombstone cookies gently into cupcakes.

For the ghost, spoon remaining container of white frosting into large resealable plastic bag. Snip a corner from bag. For the body of the ghost, pipe 1/2-inch dollop next to tombstone. Pipe a smaller dollop on top, lifting while squeezing bag so that top of dollop is pointed. This is the head of the ghost. Use chocolate sprinkles and chocolate chips to decorate the ghost’s face.

Makes 24 (1 cupcake) servings

Tip: For easier measurement, 1/4 tsp. food color = 20 to 25 drops

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