Gluten Free Cupcakes: Creepy Skulls for Halloween

Gluten Free Halloween Cookbook by Kathy Addis


You could make a small army of these simple but cool decorated gluten free cupcakes. To display the cupcakes once finished, there are a few easy options. One, you can buy a paper cake circle at a craft or cake supply store and cover it with black paper. Then set the cupcakes right on top.

Two, you can cover the paper cake circle with aluminum foil and tape down a black crepe paper ruffle around the edge and then arrange your gluten free cupcakes on top. Three, you can just buy a Halloween cupcake stand at Michael’s, JoAnn’s, or Target.  They come in all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Once it is set up, put your gluten free cupcakes on top. Done!

Creepy Skull Gluten Free Cupcakes


Chocolate or white frosting

Green food coloring (optional)

1 bag of large marshmallows

Chocolate sprinkles


1. Frost gluten free cupcakes with chocolate frosting and set aside. Another option is to tint white frosting with green food coloring, if you want your skulls to sit on top of “grass.” Either way, the white skulls head will need a contrasting background to make it pop out.

2. Take a large marshmallow and snip off the sides to form a chin.

3. Snip the front of the marshmallow about 1/4” up from the bottom of the chin to form a mouth. Using your fingers, open it up slightly by pulling up and down on the marshmallow mouth.

4. Take a toothpick and poke holes for the eyes and the nose, doing at least 4 or 5 times to make it large enough.

5. Place a small chocolate jimmy or use chocolate coated sunflower seeds and push into the holes made by the toothpick.

6. Place the “creepy skull” on top of your frosted gluten free cupcakes. Repeat for as many servings as you need.

For a detailed tutorial, watch my video to see how to form the skull head. It’s really very easy.

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