How To Make Halloween Cupcake Toppers


This trio of toppers are perfect for your Halloween bakes! Here I show you how to make a ghost, witches hat and pumpkin! Check out below the tutorial for a video on how I made it!

These decorations can be made ahead of time. I recommend using modelling paste for stability and keep the toppers in a cake box or another container that the air can get to (not in a sealed box, otherwise they may melt). For more on types of icing, check out my blog post here. The green and orange was white modelling paste, readily available which I have coloured green using Sugarflair Party Green and Tangerine colour respectively and pre-coloured black modelling paste

I recommend using actual edible glue as opposed to water as water can make your shapes soggy. My top tip with edible glue is less is more! Only use a small amount.

Equipment can be purchased from Iced Jems.


  • White, black orange and green modelling paste
  • Cornflour in a shaker
  • Edible glue & paintbrush
  • Dry paintbrush
  • Large circle cutter
  • Small circle cutter
  • Small star cutter
  • Cutting wheel
  • Small triangle cutter
  • Dresden tool
  • Ball tool


Roll a smooth round ball of white modelling paste, elongate this shape to create a ‘tic tac’ or ‘minion’ shape. Set aside.

Roll out white modelling paste onto a side dusted with cornflour and cut out a large circle. Paint the moulded shape with edible glue and place the large circle of modelling paste on top, fixing down the sides. Make sure there are pleats around the ghost as this is essentially the ‘duvet’ he is hiding under!

For the face, roll out three small balls of black modelling paste and flatten the third to create an O shape. Stick these on using a small amount of edible glue.

Ghost Cupcake Topper by She Who Bakes

Witches Hat

Roll out black modelling paste and cut out a small circle, this is the base of the hat. Then roll a ball of black modelling paste, tapering it into a cone shape. Stick this on top of the circle using a small amount of edible glue.

Roll out a longer piece of black modelling paste and check it goes around the circumference of the base of the cone. Then cut a strip using a cutting wheel or sharp knife. Glue this around the base of the hat.

Lastly, roll out a small piece of green modelling paste and cut out a small star. Stick this to the front of the hat using a small amount of edible glue.

Witches Hat Cupcake Topper by She Who Bakes


Roll out a smooth round ball of orange modelling paste. Using a ball tool or the end of a paintbrush indent the top of the pumpkin, this is where the stalk will go.

Roll a small amount of green modelling paste into a sausage. Then taper the end slightly and bend it over. Stick this into the hole we created with a little edible glue.

For the leaf, roll a small ball of green modelling paste and flatten it slightly, squeeze the end to create a point then, using your dresden tool, mark a line down the middle and a few either side to create the leaf pattern. Fix this to the side of the stalk using a little edible glue.

Roll out black modelling paste quite thinly, then using a triangle cutters, cut out two eyes. Then, cut out another triangle but make it a little smaller by cutting off the end using the same triangle cutter. This will be the nose.

For the smile, cut out a small circle of black modelling paste and then cut it again using the same cutter to create a crescent shape. Use the same circle cutter to cut the points off. Using the triangle cutter, cut out two points from the top either end of the smile and one from the bottom in the middle.

Then, stick these to your pumpkin using a little edible glue.

Pumpkin Cupcake Topper by She Who Bakes

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Happy Halloween and happy baking!

Britt xo

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