This recipe for Easy Graveyard Cupcakes really couldn’t be simpler to make! I used a box mix that I augmented a bit with chocolate sandwich cookies (oreos), but you can use whatever chocolate cupcake recipe you want… I did make my own frosting… but you can use the stuff in a can.Just dip it in to crushed cookie crumbs to get the dirt look. All up to you.
Also, I tend to make mini-cupcakes for mini people. I HATE waste. I can’t stand giving a kid a cupcake, and they eat just one bite, so you have to pitch the rest in the bin. It’s better to give them a mini, and then give them a second one if they want it.
Now, the decorations I made are just melted chocolate that I piped out in the shape of headstones, trees without leaves and bones. Get those candy melts… super easy to use. I melt them in the microwave, and pipe them out of a zipper bag that has the corner clipped.
If dealing with melting chocolate is just too much of a hassle? Order one of these cute graveyard kids, or Stick on some gummy worms… the kids will love them.
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Easy Graveyard Cupcakes Recipe
Makes 24 large, 48 mini or 12 and 24
Prep Time: 10 to 15 min
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
box of chocolate cake mix
whatever it takes to make box mix…
Preheat oven to 350
Line the cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
Put the 10 Oreos… or chocolate sandwich cookies… in a plastic zipper bag, and smash them to pieces with a hammer. WHEEEE!!! this is a great job for the kids.
Mix the cake batter as directed on the back of the box…. add in the cookie crumbs… blend thoroughly.
Scoop the cake batter into the cupcake liners. Fill only 2/3 full. Bake as directed on the box.
Cool on rack.
Prepare (or open can of) frosting
Frost the cupcakes… use a piping bag or spreading tool.
Smash the other Oreos to fine crumbs. Put into a bowl.
Dip the frosted cupcakes into the crumbs.
Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave. Put the melted chocolate in a zipper bag or piping bag.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper… pipe designs on to the wax paper… trees, creepy branches, and rectangles for headstones.
Melt the white chocolate… and pipe bone shapes.
Put the cookie sheets in the refrigerator for a few minutes until they are solid. If you have a fine enough tip, you can pipe initials or words on the “gravestones”. (I made these for my daughters soccer team, and put their numbers on the stones… the girls LOVED it)
Decorate the cupcakes… Ta DA!
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Don’t want to fuss with the chocolate… you can order pre-made tombstones and graveyard cupcake toppers…
Chocolate Tombstone Molds
You can Freehand the tombstones… but if you want them to look more “professional”, go with a mold.
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Step By Step- Easy Graveyard Cupcakes
Dip the Cupcakes in Oreo crumbs
Pipe the Chocolate into Shapes for Decorations
Trees, graveyards and bones
Neatness doesn’t count
Cluster The Cupcakes for a Graveyard Effect