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Vampire Cupcakes for Halloween

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Make cute vampire cupcakes for your Halloween party. These non-scary vampires are perfect for kids to enjoy at home or Halloween parties at school.

No time to bake cupcakes from scratch? Easily decorate store bought or semi-homemade cupcakes with this vampire cupcake tutorial. I’ve also included printable instructions at the end of this post.

Bats and vampires go well together and these coffee filter bats make great decorations to hang near your cupcakes. Plus, kids will have a terrific time creating them!

Want more spooky treats? Check out these mummy themed recipes and even more Halloween party food ideas.

Five completed vampire cupcakes on gray table with decorative red plaid napkin and fake red leaves.

Halloween Vampire Cupcakes Recipe

Making cupcake decorations with fondant is fun and I love how easy it is to assemble these vampire faces.

These fondant vampire heads are an excellent way to dress up and decorate store bought cupcakes. You can easily use a box cake mix or your favorite from scratch cupcake recipe too.

If you want a yummy chocolate cupcake for your vampires, check out the homemade chocolate cupcake recipe in our easy ghost cupcakes tutorial.

Besides Halloween parties, these also make sweet treats for a Halloween family movie nights.

Serve these vampire cupcakes for a Transylvania Hotel or Addams Family movie viewing party with the kids!

Cute finished vampire cupcakes with fondant

Vampire Cupcake Ingredients

Printable instructions are also available at the bottom of this post for you.

Tools Needed

**Please note: This ingredient list and tutorial is for making 12 vampire faces with fondant. Most cake mixes yield approximately 24 cupcakes.

You can cut the cupcake recipe in half to make a dozen cupcakes, double the fondant ingredients to make more vampire cupcakes, or you can decorate 12 as vampires and the rest as something else.

How to Make Vampire Cupcakes

Use your favorite cupcake recipe or use a box cake mix to prepare and bake cupcakes according to package directions. Remember to allow cupcakes to completely cool before you begin decorating.

Brown gel food coloring added to ball of white fondant on pastry mat.

Take the white fondant and set aside about 1 ounce of it. Add a drop of brown gel food coloring to the rest of the white fondant and knead until it is completely tinted. 

Roll out the beige fondant to about ¼ of an inch thick. Use the circle cookie cutter and cut out 12 circles. These will be the vampire faces.

Circle cookie cutter cutting out beige and black fondant circles on pastry mat.

Next, roll out the black fondant to about ¼ of an inch thick. Use the circle cookie cutter and cut out 6 circles.

Now, we’ll make the vampire’s hair with the black fondant circles.

Heart shaped cookie cutter on black fondant. Circle cookie cutter and beige fondant scraps on pastry mat.

To create the vampire’s widow’s peak, use the heart cookie cutter to trim off ¾ of the black circle. What will be left is the top portion of the circle with a point in the middle.

Demonstrating how to use heart cookie cutter to create hair with widows peak for fondant face

Flip that black fondant circle and repeat. You should be able to make 2 widow peaks per black circle.

Place one widow peak onto each beige fondant circle. Lightly brush water on the back of each fondant piece to help secure it in place.

Black fondant hair placed on blank fondant vampire faces.

With the remaining 1 oz of white fondant, roll out 24 small spheres, about ¼ of an inch in size.

Roll each sphere into a small oval and flatten it slightly. Give each one a point at the bottom – these are the vampire fangs.

Shaping small pieces of white fondant into vampire fangs

I suggest frosting your cupcakes and placing the fondant vampire faces before adding the final details.

Thinly frosting cupcakes. Cupcakes are on wire cooling rack next to bowl of frosting.

To make homemade buttercream frosting, place butter, confectioner’s sugar and milk in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Start the mixer on slow and gradually increase the speed to high.

Once ingredients are well combined and form semi-stiff peaks, apply a thin layer of frosting with an offset spatula. (You can also use store bought frosting if you prefer).

After frosting the cupcakes, place one fondant vampire face on top of each cupcake.

Tube of decorating icing used to make two dot eyes for vampire cupcake.

Use the #5 Wilton decorating tip on the black decorating icing to add two dots for eyes on the vampire’s face and a curved line for its smile.

Place two fondant fangs on each icing smile.

Serve and enjoy your adorable vampire cupcakes!

Close up view of completed fondant vampire face cupcakes.

More Ideas for Halloween:

Printable Fondant Vampire Cupcakes Instructions

Cute finished vampire cupcakes with fondant

Halloween Vampire Cupcakes

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Serve cute vampire cupcakes at your next Halloween party. These non-scary vampire faces made with fondant are perfect for kids to enjoy at home or for a classroom treat.

Ingredients

  • Cake mix (or your favorite cupcake recipe) + all the ingredients to make it**
  • 6 oz. white fondant
  • Brown gel food coloring
  • 4 oz black fondant
  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • Black decorating icing
  • 2.5 inch circle cookie cutter
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Wilton tip #5

Instructions

    1. Use favorite cupcake recipe or a box cake mix to bake cupcakes. Remember to allow cupcakes to completely cool before you begin decorating.
    2. Take the white fondant and set aside about 1 ounce of it. 
    3. Add a drop of brown gel food coloring to the rest of the white fondant and knead until it is completely tinted. 
    4. Roll out the beige fondant to about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out 12 circles with cookie cutter. These will be the vampire heads.
    5. Roll out the black fondant to about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out 6 circles with cookie cutter.
    6. Make vampire's hair with black fondant and heart cookie cutter. Use the heart cookie cutter to trim off ¾ of the black circle. What will be left is the top portion of the circle with a point in the middle to create a widow's peak.
    7. Flip that black fondant circle and repeat. You should be able to create 2 widow peaks per black circle.
    8. Place one widow peak onto each beige fondant circle. Lightly brush water on the back of each fondant piece to help secure it.
    9. With the remaining 1 oz of white fondant, roll out 24 small spheres, about ¼ of an inch in size.
    10. Roll each sphere into a small oval and flatten it slightly. Give each one a point at the bottom - these are the vampire fangs.
    11. To make homemade buttercream frosting, place butter, confectioner’s sugar and milk in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Start the mixer on slow and gradually increase the speed to high.
    12. Once ingredients are well combined and form semi-stiff peaks, apply a thin layer of frosting with an offset spatula. (You can also use store bought frosting if you prefer).
    13. After frosting, place one fondant vampire face on top of each cupcake.
    14. Use the #5 Wilton decorating tip on the black decorating icing to add two dots for eyes on the vampire’s face and a curved line for its smile.
    15. Place two fondant fangs on each icing smile. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Times are estimates and will vary depending on your cupcake recipe and how quickly you can roll out, cut, and assemble fondant pieces.

**Most cake mixes yield approximately 24 cupcakes, so we suggest cutting the cupcake recipe in half to make a dozen of these Halloween treats or doubling the fondant ingredients. Another option is to decorate 12 cupcakes as vampires and the rest as something else.

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