How to Make a Decorative Halloween Cupcake Topper

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I’m a firm believer in cupcakes. Since Halloween is a great excuse for a party, a decorative Halloween cupcake topper is definitely a must~have.

As a firm believer that you shouldn’t keep a good thing to yourself, I’m going to share with you how to make a decorative Halloween cupcake topper. In fact, how about two decorative cupcake toppers for Halloween?

I love cupcakes for parties, any kind of party. And I also believe that cupcakes are even better for a party if they have a cute, party~themed cupcake topper.

The first time I made these cupcakes, they were for a fall party. The cupcakes were really pretty as is, but I hate to let a pretty cupcake stay just pretty when it could be really, really stupendous.

The second time I made them, as pretty as these cupcakes are, I wanted to dress them up for Halloween.

Do you want to know a couple of ways to make a decorative Halloween cupcake topper? Great, let me show you how. You have to have a cupcake to decorate, right? So I have a delicious cupcake recipe for you, too.

I made these Halloween cupcake toppers for delicious Chocolate~Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting.  These cupcakes were one of the delicious fall treats I made for a previous fall event I hosted and shared as How to Decorate for a Fall Party. The recipe is at the end of this post.

chocolate pumpkin cupcakes on a tiered cake stand
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I looked for a cute cupcake topper at Michael’s, but I couldn’t find any I liked. A stroll down the aisle of the Halloween decor got my creative juices going and I found a few items that I thought had the potential for cute cupcake toppers. So here’s the topper I made for these cupcakes.

CUPCAKE TOPPER SUPPLIES

  • decorative Halloween paper
  • decorative Halloween tape
Halloween cupcake topper
Halloween cupcake topper

I selected these 5 patterns from the book of decorative Halloween paper.

PAPER CUPCAKE TOPPERS

First, I wrapped the toothpicks with decorative tape. I cut the tape a little shorter than the toothpick and rolled the tape around the toothpick.

Halloween cupcake topper

Using the circle cutter, I cut 2~inch rounds. You need 2 for each cupcake topper.

Halloween cupcake topper

Then I cut 1~inch circles and glued those onto the 2~inch circles, mixing up the patterns and colors. Next, I used the decorative sunburst cutter and glued those onto the circles.

Halloween cupcake topper

Pick a back and front circle, put glue on one of the circles and glue 2 sides together with a toothpick in between.

Halloween cupcake topper

I had a piece of styrofoam and I placed each cupcake topper in to hold while the cupcakes were baking.

Halloween cupcake topper

This was an easy project and I’m really happy with the way the cupcake toppers turned out. Now I want to buy more decorative cutters to use in projects.

Halloween cupcake topper

I hope this post inspires you to be a little creative and crafty. All it takes is a little paper and glue. And the tools you need are minimal. Here are the baked cupcakes with the toppers. Pretty cute, huh?

Halloween cupcake topper

HOW TO DRAW CUPCAKE TOPPERS

You might remember the Halloween place cards that I made for a Halloween tablescape. Those place cards, with a little adjustment, can also be used as Halloween cupcake toppers.

Using a 2 1/4~inch punch, I cut out 8 circles with a scallop edge. You will need 2 circles for each topper.

circle hole punch with scallop edges

Use the process that I explained in the place card post to draw the circles with Halloween illustrations.

Next, follow the process that I showed above to make the Halloween cupcake toppers. Attach toothpicks or wood skewers using glue between two paper circles.

glue and skewers
4 halloween cupcake toppers

These Halloween cupcake toppers are so easy to make. Get your kids involved. They will enjoy making them.

Of course, I had to have chocolate cupcakes to “model” these cupcake toppers.

Halloween cupcakes with toppers

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR MAKING CUPCAKES

I have to share a few essential tools you will need for these cupcakes.

You have to have a good standing mixer. My favorite is my Kitchen Aid, which I have had for over 20 years. It’s a workhorse and you can add attachments if you like.

Muffin/cupcake tins. Get good quality that will last.

Next, how about some really cute Halloween cupcake liners?

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN CUPCAKE RECIPE

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Delicious and moist cupcakes with the fall flavor of pumpkin with a rich, creamy frosting.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream frosting, chocolate cupcakes, nutella frosting, pumpkin cupcakes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: My Name is Snickerdoodle

Equipment

  • 2 muffin tins
  • paper liners
  • stand mixer and bowl
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • spatula
  • ice cream scoop (optional)
  • piping bag and tip

Ingredients

  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon cloves

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • cup Nutella
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • mini~chocolate chips

Instructions

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a large standing mixer, mix together all cake ingredients for 2 minutes on medium speed. Scape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Using an ice cream scoop*, fill each paper liner 2/3 full and bake for 15~17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin tin and allow to cool completely before frosting.*

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

  • In standing mixer, cream together butter and Nutella until smooth.
  • Add in powdered sugar a little at a time and blend until smooth.
  • Add in milk, one tablespoon at a time to create a smooth consistency.
  • Place frosting in a piping bag with your tip of choice. Pipe frosting over cupcakes.*
  • Sprinkle cupcakes with mini~chocolate chips.

Notes

*Instruction that I added for clarity.

I hope you will make Halloween cupcake toppers for your next holiday party. Please PIN for that future time.

pin for later graphic in blue

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  2. Absolutely beautiful toppers! And those cupcakes look delicious too! Thanks for sharing these at the #HomeMattersParty. Can’t wait to see what you have for us next week 🙂

    1. Thanks you, Kimberly. I’m so glad you liked them. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Enjoy sharing at Home Matters.

  3. So cute! All your cupcakes look adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at my Sundays on Silverado Link Party.

    PS. I ordered a Cricut through your affiliate link. Thanks for letting me know!

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

  4. Very cute Carol. You are so crafty and creative. I appreciate you sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am featuring these cute Halloween cupcake toppers on Sunday.

  5. Your cupcake toppers are SO much better than any you could buy already made and those cupcakes sound delicious! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

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