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Day of the Dead Cupcakes
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Make these colorful Day of the Dead Cupcakes this Halloween! They’re so much fun and so eye-catching. Sure to be the talk of the party!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Day of the Dead cupcakes
Servings: 32 cupcakes
  1. Lightly dust your work surface with powdered sugar, and roll the fondant out to a thickness of about 1/8-inch.
  2. Use a 2 1/2-inch diameter cookie cutter to cut circles.
  3. Mark the fondant circles with a toothpick, as a guide for where the eyes and nose will go.
  4. Using a #3 piping tip, pipe 8 long hot pink teardrop shapes in royal icing around the eyes, in an asterisk shape.
  5. Using a #4 piping tip, fill in the centers with bright yellow royal icing.
  6. Pipe large yellow dots at the temples.
  7. Using a #1 piping tip, pipe an upside-down heart in black royal icing for the nose.
  8. Pipe the smile and teeth.
  9. Using a #1 piping tip, pipe a heart in aqua royal icing, at the center of the forehead.
  10. Pipe small aqua dots around the yellow elements at each temple.
  11. Pipe aqua scrolls on each cheek.
  12. Pipe a large black dot above the heart, and 2 smaller black dots below the heart.
  13. Pipe 2 black comma shapes on either side of the large black dot.
  14. Pipe 2 yellow dots above the black elements, and 3 yellow dots above each of the eyes.
  15. Allow the toppers to dry and harden overnight.
  16. Top the cupcakes with buttercream, then press on a fondant topper.

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