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Sharp Character Cupcakes

It’s a snack attack! This trio of boldly-colored cupcakes comes at your Halloween guests with fun features and our Knife Icing Decorations in hand.


Difficulty: Easy


Step 1

Bake and cool cupcakes. Ice smooth with spatula in green, orange or violet buttercream icing. Build up orange and violet cupcakes in center.

Step 2

Make two arms for each cupcake. Tint 1 oz. fondant green, orange or violet. Roll out 1/16 in. thick. Cut lollipop sticks to 1 1/2 in. long. Cut a 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. fondant strip and wrap around stick. For hands, shape a 1/2 in. ball; flatten and cut 1/4 in. slits for fingers. Attach hands to arms using thinned fondant adhesive. Position knife decoration in hand. Fold over fingers and attach with thinned fondant adhesive. Set aside; reserve remaining tinted fondant.

Step 3

Make one mouth for each cupcake. Tint 1 oz. fondant black. Roll out 1/16 in. thick. Use knife to cut a free-form shape, 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. wide for violet and orange cupcakes and 1 3/4 x 3/4 in. wide for green cupcake. Position on cupcake.

Step 4

Make teeth. Roll out white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Use knife to cut small rectangles or triangles. Position on cupcake.

Step 5

For green cupcake, pipe tip 5 dots on top in a darker shade. Flatten and smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. For eye, roll 1/2 oz. of white fondant into a ball. Roll out orange fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut a 1 in. circle for iris and attach with damp brush. Roll a 1/4 in. black ball flat; cut a 3/8 in. circle and attach for pupil. Cut a small dot from white fondant for highlight and attach. Outline iris with black FoodWriter; draw vein lines with red FoodWriter. Position eye and insert arms.

Step 6

For orange cupcake, pipe tip 18 pull-out star fur in orange. For eyes, roll two 1/4 in. balls of white fondant. Flatten slightly. Roll two 1/16 in. balls of black fondant for pupils; flatten and attach. Cut thin strips of black fondant and attach for eyebrows. Position eyes and insert arms.

Step 7

For violet cupcake, pipe tip 12 balls on cupcake top in violet buttercream, building up at center. For eyes, roll two 5/8 in. balls of white fondant. Roll two 1/4 in. balls of black fondant for irises; flatten and attach. Cut two small dots of white fondant for highlights and attach. For eyelids, roll out white fondant very thin; cut a 1/2 in. circle, then cut in half. Attach one half for one eyelid. Position eyes and insert arms.