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Skeleton Cupcakes

Stop the presses! These too-cute cupcakes are a must-bake for your Halloween party. There's room for creativity on these delicious desserts, so make the faces fun or scary--your choice.

All You OCTOBER 2006

  • Yield: 10 Servings
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.62


  • 10 Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 20 brown M&M's
  • 1 long strand black licorice
  • 25 white mini jellybeans
  • 10 mini Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 1 (9 oz.) box chocolate wafers


Beat together butter and shortening for 2 minutes. Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla and salt; beat for 1 minute. Mound 1/4 cup frosting in center of top of each larger cupcake.

For faces, add M&M's, pieces of licorice and halved jellybeans (see photo).

For hats, dab frosting on mini cupcakes, invert and stick to chocolate wafers. Put one on each icing mound.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 572
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 81g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 364mg

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