Ghost cupcakes with a dark wood and orange background
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Ghost Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword Ghost Cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 199kcal
Author Miranda Couse



  • 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Fondant Ghosts

  • 12 oz. white fondant
  • Black food color marker


  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 T. milk
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with yellow cupcake liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the yellow cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Beat with a hand mixer on medium until incorporated.
  • Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full with the cake batter.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until done. Insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean or with moist crumbs, the cupcakes are done.
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely. Work on making the ghost toppers and frosting while waiting.

Ghost Toppers

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll your white fondant into 24 1-inch balls. Continue to roll the fondant until it's completely smooth.
  • To start forming your “ghost” shape, flatten the ball out to become an oval and then pinch the end slightly. Then bend the pinched end up to form a curve.
  • With scissors or a sharp knife, snip a little portion of the fondant on each side to form arms. Using a black food coloring marker or black frosting, draw two oval eyes.


  • In a mixing bowl, add in butter, sugar, milk and 2 drops of red gel food coloring and 2 drops of yellow. Using a hand mixer, beat on low and gradually increase to high.
  • Add the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a straight tip or coupler. Add a swirl of frosting to the top of each cupcake.
  • Place your fondant ghosts on top and serve.


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.5mg