Decorate Halloween Cupcakes with Stencils ReviewedStenciling cupcakes is a fun way to decorate cupcakes. Using stencils is a pretty easy way to decorate beautiful Halloween cupcakes that are certain to be a frightening fantastic addition to your party table.
By simply using stencils, confectioners sugar or sanding sugar, you too will be able to create tasty treats that double as great Halloween decorations.
If you can't find the cupcake stencil you want, why not use a small cookie cutter?
Let me show you exactly what I am talking about and what your guests will be talking about at your Halloween party when you make these creepy cupcakes!
Choose the Right Cupcake Recipe
For convenience, I used boxed cake mixes to make my cupcakes. I baked 12 large Triple Chocolate Fudge with a Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix and 12 large Lemon Supreme cupcakes with Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe cake mix.
I selected these flavors because I knew I would not be icing all of them and I wanted cupcakes that would taste good without icing.
Delicious filled cupcakes would be ideal for these stenciled cupcakes for Halloween since they will not be frosted.
Here are a few recipes you might like for your frost-less cupcakes.
Recipes for Cupcakes that are Delicious Without Icing
Supplies You Will Need to Get Started Stenciling
- Baked Cupcakes ~ I baked Triple Chocolate Fudge and Lemon cupcakes
- Stencils or Cookie Cutters
- Confectioners Sugar
- Sanding Sugar ~ your choice of colors
Recommended Powdered Sugar Shaker
With Stainless Steel Mesh Dome Lid
This cup will allow you to literally sprinkle confectioners sugar onto your cupcake once the stencil is in place. It will cut down on the mess often associated with decorating with confectioner's sugar.
Directions for Stenciling Cupcakes
- Using Cupcake Stencils - Place the stencil on the cupcake
- Sprinkle Cupcake with Confectioners Sugar then Slowly
- Gently Lift Stencil Off of Cupcake
Easy Stenciled Cupcakes for Halloween
Use A Cookie Cutter to StencilIf you don't have stencils on hand, you could also use a small cookie cutter. Owls and ghosts were not included in my stencil pack, but I wanted cupcakes decorated with them. Since I love owls and ghosts at Halloween, I used my cookie cutters. It is the same process, you simply have to make sure you have a good hold on the cookie cutter and have it firmly pressed against the cupcake top so the powdered sugar doesn't escape the sides.
Stenciling Iced Cupcakes
Stenciling cupcakes that have icing is a little messier and a bit more tricky, but can certainly be done!
To stencil an image on icing or frosting, you would want to use sanding sugar instead of powdered sugar. The sanding sugar does have an added "sparkle" benefit.
You do need to be extremely careful when you lift the stencil or cookie cutter off the icing to keep from dropping excess sugar outside of the image lines. The icing tends to try to hold on to your stencil. I recommend lifting it straight up and off the cupcake without tilting the stencil.
Directions for Stenciling Cupcakes with Sanding Sugar
- Using Cupcake Stencils - Place the stencil or cookie cutter on the frosted cupcake
- Sprinkle Sanding Sugar on the Cupcake, then Slowly
- Gently Lift the Stencil Straight Up & Off of Cupcake
Cupcakes for Halloween Stenciled with Sanding Sugar
Lemon Frosting and Brown Sanding Sugar
Using Cookie Cutters & Stencils to Decorate Cupcakes
|Black Cat Cupcake |
Lemon Cupcake & Black Sanding Sugar
They are also great for cakes!
You can see my directions on how to stencil a Halloween cake by clicking this link to Cooking for the Holidays.
Supplies Used in This Article
Confectioners Sugar is available in most grocery stores. A variety of sanding sugar colors is not as easily obtained. I purchase mine online.
I also purchase my cookie cutters and stencils online.
The stencils used in this article are an older pack of Martha Stewart Halloween stencils - M230600 (UPC #015586743364). The pack includes the bat, 2 jack o' lantern faces, the witch, the spider, the web, the skull & crossbones and the raven. (Neither the raven nor the web are shown on the front of the package.) The only place I could find them at the time of writing this article was on eBay.
Since eBay inventory changes constantly, I recommend checking here again soon if you don't see exactly what you want right now.
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