How to Make Jack Skellington Cupcakes

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The Nightmare Before Christmas let us know Jack Skellington is the patron spirit of Halloween, so it’s only appropriate to celebrate this holiday with cupcakes that honor him. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s film, kids (and grown ups!) will love this unique treat, which also provides the perfect decor for any Halloween tablescape.

How to make Jack Skellington cupcakes step by step

Fondant Ears recipe

  • 2 container of black fondant
  • 1 container of white fondant
  • 1 4 inch round fondant cutter
  • 1 2 inch round fondant cutter
  • 1 black edible marker
  • 1 small cutting board
  • 1 fondant roller
  • 1 C powder sugar
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 wilton bow fondant mold
  • Sprinkle powder sugar onto cutting board and spread around.
  • Remove black fondant from container and place onto cutting board
  • Coat fondant with powder sugar and roll out onto the cutting board into a flat 1/2 inch dish.
  • Using the 4 inch round cutter, cut out 24 circles
  • Place cut circles onto the cookie sheet
  • Repeat the steps with the white fondant and 2 inch round cutter
Building the ears:
  • Fill a small cup up with water
  • Place a black circle onto the cutting board
  • Using the edible marker, draw on jacks face onto the white circle
  • Dip your finger into the water and rub it on the back of a white circle
  • Place the white circle in the middle of the black circle
  • Allow the water to dry for 10 minutes
  • Using remaining black fondant, make 12 bows


Vanilla cupcakes recipe

Makes 12 Cupcakes
  • 1 box of french vanilla cake mix cake mix
  • 3 large eggs room temp
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • white cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Line muffin pan with the white cupcake liners
  • In a medium bowl, add the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined
  • Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 way full
  • Bake in the oven for about 18-20 minutes.
  • Pull out the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.

Vanilla frosting recipe

  • 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 5 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6-10 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with large star tip
  • Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.
  • Mix until you see stiffed peaks in your frosting.
  • Scoop frosting into the piping bag
  • Frost cooled cupcakes
  • Place the black bow in the middle of the frosting
  • Place one “ear” on either side of the bow.
If you're a big The Nightmare Before Christmas fan, you'll love these Jack Skellington cupcakesEnjoy a spooktacular Halloween and remember to share with us your pictures if you make these Jack Skellington cupcakes.
If you're a big The Nightmare Before Christmas fan, you'll love these Jack Skellington cupcakes. We have step by step instructions!

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