Simple cupcake decorating tutorial to make some Haunted Tree Cakes for Halloween

Easy Haunted Tree Halloween Cupcakes for Kids to Make

Create these simple Halloween Cupcakes with Kids with spooky haunted trees. Fun to make and great to give as treats and for Halloween Parties.
Course Cake
Cuisine Halloween
Keyword Cupcakes, Halloween, Halloween Cupcakes
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Author Cerys Parker


  • 12 Cupcakes Simple chocolate cupcakes Made with the simple chocolate cupcakes recipe check the notes for the recipe
  • Buttercream Icing Check the notes for our delicious buttercream icing recipe
  • Green paste food coloring
  • Leaf sprinkle
  • 283 g Wilton black candy melts


  • Make 12 cupcakes using the Basic Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  • Pour the black candy melts into a microwavable safe dish.
  • Follow the instructions on the Candy Melts packet and adjust to your microwave. Check our top tip above.
  • Leave the candy melts to cool a little.
  • Add a few drops of green gel food colouring to the buttercream icing and stir to combine.
  • Once the melted chocolate has cooled a few minutes, scoop some into a silicone pipping bag.
  • Use a small pipping nozzle gently squeeze onto the wax paper.
  • Let the trees set. Too speed up the process place the baking sheet in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Squeeze from the bottom to the top of the tree and then add the branches and smaller branches.
  • While the trees set on the wax paper fill another silicone pipping bag with your green icing and add a larger pipping nozzle.
  • Swirl lots of icing on top of the cakes go from the outside into the middle.
  • One the trees have set, place one in the middle of each cupcake. If it appears to have trouble standing - insert a toothpick directly behind it into the cupcake so the tree has some support until the buttercream sets.
  • Sprinkles with 'leaves'.
  • Repeat with all cupcakes.