Jack Skellington Halloween Cupcakes – My Family Ties

Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween conjures up lots of spooky and scary characters, one of the most recognisable to kids, is Jack Skellington from the brilliant movie ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’.   I always have a go at making Jack Skellington cupcakes, the piping is didn’t turn out perfect but I had a lot of fun with these spooky cupcakes.  It all looks better with a bit of glitter on top, and I found the best halloween decorations at TKMaxx which I haven’t seen before and looked really effective.  The proof was in the eating and these had a thumbs up from my little monsters! 


200 g butter softened

200 g caster sugar

1.5 teaspoons of vanilla essence 

3 large eggs beaten

200 g self raising flour 

For the cupcake glaze

4 tablespoons Monin Rose Syrup

For the cupcake decorations

Sheet of pre-rolled white icing 

100 g icing – sieved

Black food colouring paste

Candy eyeballs 

Edible glitter


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4 and line a cupcake baking tray with cupcake cases.
  • Add the butter, sugar and vanilla essence to a food mixer and beat until pale and smooth, and the sugar granules have disappeared.
  • One by one add the eggs, scraping the bowl down after each addition, until the eggs and the butter and sugar mixture are fully combined.  As you are adding the eggs, if the mixture starts to look lumpy or separated, just add a spoonful of the flour and mix slowly to combat the lumps.
  • Next add the flour slowly and mix gently until combined.
  • Add to the cupcake cases I use an ice cream scoop for equal measurements and baking consistency and it works really well.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes, and then remove and turn out to a wire rack.
  • While the cupcakes are still warm take a skewer and spear through the top of the cupcakes. Next take a pastry brush, dip it into the Monin Rose Syrup and brush the syrup onto the top of the cupcakes to feed the syrup into the holes. 
  • It should be enough that the cupcakes absorb the syrup without getting soggy, and I found that 4 tablespoons was just enough for these 24 cupcakes.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled completely you can decorate them with the sheet icing which you cut out into circles, by securing with a little brushed water to stick to the cupcakes.  
  • Pipe on the ‘Jack Skellington’ faces, and any candy decorative eyes then add a little edible glitter to finish. (I love a bit of sparkle!)
  • I found some great decorations at TKMaxx to put around the cupcakes to decorate, they were the best ones I have seen this year! What do you think of these great liquorice skulls and pumpkin marshmallows?

If you are looking for some fun and free templates for your pumpkin carving, then why not head over to the Camping Insider Website  where there are 10 different designs to choose from. 

They are easy to download and with 10 designs there is plenty of choice to have some fun carving pumpkins. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Jack Skellington Halloween Cupcake recipe, I will be adding lots more recipes for Halloween over the next couple of weeks, as I will be making lots of little treats for my two girls, which I will share with you. 

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  1. October 20, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Wow! These look incredible!

  2. October 20, 2014 / 11:28 pm

    These look so good, love them.

  3. October 21, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Wow love these will be recreating them! Felicity kelly

    • October 22, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you – I would love to see your bakes, do tweet or Facebook me! 🙂

  4. October 21, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    Your cupcakes look fantastic, you're so creative! x

  5. October 22, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Well thanks a bunch. My son saw these on the computer screen and made me PROMISE to make them for Halloween. They do look really great though! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • October 23, 2014 / 10:43 am

      Haha thanks Lucy, can I just say that they were really easy to make and my daughter helped me make them. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for the great link up, tweet me a pic when you make them for your son! x