Adorable and Easy to Make Monster Cupcakes for Halloween

Over the weekend, I got a chance to go to a fun Fall Festival here on St. Croix! I was super excited because, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the change of seasons, so it was nice to attend an event that was centered around everything that makes Fall wonderful, like pumpkin picking and candy apples!

This particular festival was a ‘Bark’tober Fall Festival sponsored by the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. The money spent on all of the various games and crafts went to benefit the center! Not only was it a fun day, but it was for a wonderful cause!

One of the fun ways to help out the Animal Welfare Center was a bake sale. Anyone interested could donate at least a dozen homemade cupcakes, decorated for the season, to be sold for three dollars a piece. A friend of mine here on island knew I’d have fun participating in the bake sale and invited me to join in. I’m so glad she did! It was a great way to get back in the kitchen after a long, sad, and exhausting last minute trip back home these past couple of weeks. I’m a huge animal lover, and there are so many absolutely adorable stray dogs here on the island. It’s next to impossible for me not to bring them all home, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that I was able to help in my own small way!

For my cupcakes, I chose to do a Halloween theme: Monsters!

I knew the cupcakes would be outside, though, so I kept them simple and stuck with basic buttercream (I had grand aspirations of making beautiful fondant puppies in their own Halloween costumes to top each cupcake, but let’s be realistic, those poor puppies wouldn’t have lasted long enough to show off to anyone). These little guys were super fun, and very simple, to make! They could certainly be a lot more elaborate, but the beauty of them is that they don’t have to be, and they’re still adorably awesome! I chose to make one of my favorite basic chocolate cake recipes, then set to decorating.

To help keep things simple, I divided my frosting up and only used three colors (plus white). Normally, I’d have made a nice black for detail work, but I seriously had to keep the weather in mind and knew black would be very unattractive if it started melting into the other colors. I simply spread a little frosting on each cupcake, then grabbed my decorating tips and went to work!

For the “spikey”mosters, I used a small offset spatula to make their “fur”stand on end. Simply press the spatula gently into the frosting…

…then pull straight away from the cupcake to make a spike, then repeat all over the surface of the frosting.

I love how they each have their own little personalities! Since I only made one dozen of them, I had a great time making each one individual, but if you’re making more than that, you could easily make little clones of your favorites!

For the fangs on my monsters, I used a Wilton #352 leaf tip.

And I made a little mummy by using a Wilton #102 tip. I just strategically layered the frosting as I added it. Be sure to add the eyes first, then add the mummy “wrappings”around them.

There were lots of other great cupcakes at the bake sale, so I had to share a couple.

My friend made these wonderful cupcakes! I love how fun and creative they are, without being super difficult! The “headstones”are nutter butters!! Love it!

These are some others that were donated. Cupcakes, candy, and sprinkles? There is not a single thing in that sentence that doesn’t belong!

Someone else donated delicious caramel and candy apples for the bake sale and I died. Seriously, I love candy apples so much I can’t even express! Ironically, I’ve never attempted making them. Maybe they should be added to my list…

Besides the bake sale, there were great crafts and games to join in on! This table was a cookie decorating table. Um, yeah. Yum! They provided the cookies, frosting, and all sorts of great toppings, candy, and decorations!

Just look at this totally awesome cookie! The most adorable little ninja made this, and I was hard pressed not to shove him out of the way and bolt with it. Alright, alright. Not really. I mean, sort of. But the point is I didn’t. I let him enjoy his cookie in piece and wandered back to the candy apples.

There was also face painting, and this little boy was hilarious! He was getting a bat painted over his eyes, and he took the whole situation very seriously. People were stopping and watching and asking questions, but he was very focused and wanted nothing to do with any of them. He was like a little statue, so that he wouldn’t mess the painter up! It was adorable!

The people doing the painting were great. They weren’t professionals, but they had all sorts of pictures of various face paintings printed out for people to choose from, and they did a fantastic job recreating them!

Kids and dogs alike were dressed in Halloween costumes, and this little girl and her dog in matching bumble bee costumes were just too sweet!!

There was a small pumpkin patch where kids could pick out a pumpkin to bring over and hand paint, rather than carve (carved pumpkins on the front step would last about as long as my fondant puppies before moldering).

This little guy was another very focused kiddo. He was taking this particular craft very seriously. It was so fun to watch him!

This pumpkin totally made me not want to attempt painting one myself! It was done by a local artist and was raffled off! I love that there are even bolts to be attached for Halloween!!

Finally, and most importantly, there was this handsome little sweetheart. This is Harpo and he is one of the beautiful dogs up for adoption at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. He was one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever encountered, and I didn’t think I’d be able to get our boy out of there without him! There are lots of beautiful animals like Harpo at the Center, waiting for homes, so if you’re local and looking for a companion, make sure that this is your first stop. You’ll not only find a great new friend for yourself, but you’ll be giving a loving animal a home and a life that wouldn’t have had otherwise. If you’re not in the market for a new furry friend, but you want to show your support, you can do so by donating or buying one of their great tees on their website (even if you’re not local).

Thanks to everyone who supported this great cause, and I hope you give the monster cupcakes a try! I promise they are really fun and incredibly easy! Enjoy!

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  1. Heather says

    This is a great post :) I love that you took pictures of the festival, and some of people there…. It was neat to see some of the other sweet treats people made. Even though I still think yours are way better. LOL Gabe totally wants those monster cupcakes now! I'm so not surprised! LOL

  2. Beth says

    What a beautiful post. Hope everything went okay for you over the past week.
    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the "One Lovely Blog" award. You can check it out on today's post on my blog.

  3. bttrflybabydoll says

    Oh that looks like it was fun! Caramel apples are on my list of to try also. I think about doing it every year, but I have yet to do it.

    Your cupcakes are super cute too! And that Frankenstein pumpkin is so cute! I let the kids paint pumpkins last year. They had a blast!

  4. Sweet Things by Laura says

    I love the cupcakes and all of your pictures! I wish Halloween was celebrated in Australia – it looks like a lot of fun :)

  5. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says

    This is such a great post. I love bake sale-y get together posts. Wish we celebrated Halloween in such furor here though, we only do the party part of it :P