One of our main childhood memories of Halloween (apart from the candy coma that mysteriously afflicted us on the hazy mornings of November 1st every year… how strange) is getting our candy buckets ready for the big night! Last year we created a cake version of this Halloween accessory, but we thought that this year a smaller and quicker Jack-O’-Lantern cupcake tutorial would be perfect for everyone to re-create! PLUS, how amazing would all those mini versions of everyone’s favourite sweet treats look spilling out of this beauty? Check out our tutorial below for a freakishly fun time!
Jack-O’-Lantern Cupcake Tutorial!
Materials and tools needed…
- Domed (with a round domed rise to them) cupcakes in black cupcake cases
- Orange tinted fondant / sugar paste
- White fondant / sugar paste
- Black fondant / sugar paste
- Candy (mini jelly beans, candy coated chocolate beans or fun sized lollipops work best)
- Circle cookie or pastry cutter
- Large round cupcake piping tip
- Blade tool
- Ball tool
- Melted white chocolate
- Black liquorice (optional)
- Tylo / CMC powder
- Pink edible petal dust
- Edible glue
- Paintbrushes (only used on food items)
- Mini 6″ silicone rolling pin
- Small sharp knife
01: The first step of this Jack-O’-Lantern cupcake tutorial is to flat ice your cupcake. Begin by smothering a little buttercream on top of your cupcake. You only need to use a small amount for the fondant / sugar paste to stick. If you add too much you’ll end up having buttercream squishing out from underneath.
02: Roll out white fondant / sugar paste to a thickness of around 4-5mm and cut out enough white circles to ice the amount of cupcakes you have. Lay the circles on top of your cupcakes and carefully smooth and flatten the fondant / sugar paste to the edges.
03: Repeat step 02 for the orange fondant / sugar paste circles. Make sure to attach the orange onto the white fondant / sugar paste layer with a little bit of edible glue.
04: Add in a pumpkin-like texture or lines to your cupcakes by lightly using a blade or veining tool to scour vertical lines around the sides of the iced cupcake.
05: To add the facial features roll out some black fondant / sugar paste and with a small sharp knife cut out whatever features you want your cupcakes to have! A fun idea is to give each cupcake it’s own personality. Attach with a dab of edible glue.
Arrange all your super ghoul Jack-O’-Lantern cupcakes on cake stands strewn with fake cobwebs, meringue ghosts and sticky caramel apples for one fang-tastic Halloween dessert table!