How To Make A Jack Skellington Cupcake For Halloween


I love this Jack Skellington Cupcake, it’s and one of the ones I did at my recent Cake & Bake Show demonstration at ExCeL in London. Check out below the tutorial for a video on how I made it!

I’ve used white sugarpaste for the top of the cupcake and pre-coloured black modelling paste for the details. I recommend using modelling paste for stability and keep your decorations 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.

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.

I’ve used my flat top vanilla cupcake recipe which can be found here.

Equipment can be purchased from Iced Jems. Cases from Scrumptious Sprinkles.


  • Flat topped cupcake
  • Cornflour in a shaker
  • Small rolling pin
  • Large circle cutter
  • Piping gel & silicone pastry brush (OR small amount buttercream)
  • White sugarpaste
  • Black modelling paste
  • Edible glue & paintbrush
  • Dry paintbrush

To top the cupcake

Roll out white sugarpaste on a surface dusted with cornflour and cut out a large circle, a little bigger than your cupcake.

Paint the top of the cupcake with either piping gel or a little buttercream and secure the circle of orange sugarpaste using your hand. Make sure to fix it all the way around and to the case so no cake is showing. This will help for the end design and also keep the cupcake fresh underneath.

For the face

To make the eyes, roll out two balls of black modelling paste. Flatten them slightly and pinch the one end to create the shape. Stick these on with edible glue.

Roll out two small balls of black modelling paste and elongate them into small sausages for the nose holes. Glue these underneath the eyes.

Roll two small sausages of black modelling paste and shape them into a curve for the eyebrows and glue them in place. It doesn’t matter if they are different shapes and sizes, as my beautician tells me “eyebrows are sisters not twins”. Haha!

For the smile, roll a large sausage of black modelling paste and stick down, then roll seven smaller sausages for the mouth detail and stick this down using a little edible glue.

Halloween Cupcakes by She Who Bakes

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Happy Halloween and happy baking!

Britt xo


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