Happy Halloween folks! Creep out your friends and family with these simple but gross maggot and worm cupcakes! I’m not kidding, they were easy to make. This was my first time working with fondant and it was pretty fun. It’s like sugar clay.
I’ve had a lot going on lately what with moving and Halloween costumes, so I planned to make some quick cupcakes for the Halloween party I went to. I found an awesome recipe for a doctored chocolate cake mix from My Baking Addiction. She fancied up a regular ol’ box of chocolate cake mix into something moist and delicious. Check out her website for the recipe!
For the frosting, I used Savory Sweet Life’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe. I love this frosting because it’s chocolately, not too sweet, and tastes great with chocolate cake.
You could put these creepy cupcake toppers on any type of cupcake though. It’s not difficult to make them either. I chose to go the store-bought route with my fondant this time since I’d never used it before. Some people suggested I make marshmallow fondant. Maybe next time.
If you start with white fondant, color the fondant a little bit at a time with gel or icing dyes. Liquid food coloring might thin out the fondant too much. Gel-like coloring is best. I added the coloring to the fondant with a toothpick and kneaded it until the color was uniform.
Make the shapes for your maggots and worms just like you would when you were a kid playing with clay. I flattened out a separate piece of fondant for the band on the worm and attached it after I had rolled out the worm’s body.
Clay tools are handy when sculpting fondant. I have this basic set I found on Amazon.
I used a small tool that I could easily make impressions on the fondant to create the ring indentations on the worms and maggots. If the fondant gets sticky from the moisture on your hands, have a little powdered sugar on hand to sprinkle on the fondant and your hands to dry it up.
Press your tool into the fondant all the way around the worms and maggots. I drew some features on the maggots with a food marker too.
To make them even more realistic, I made a sugary glaze to brush on top of the maggots and worms once I had placed them on the cupcakes. The glaze recipe is below.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbs corn syrup
- Bring the sugar and 1/2 of the water (1/4 cup) to a boil.
- Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining water. Add to the boiling water and cook till clear and thick.
- Stir in the corn syrup. Bring back to a boil and remove from heat.
- Let cool and then brush onto your fondant.
*If you let it cool too long, the mixture will be come gelatine-like and too thick to spread.
*This recipe will make more than enough glaze. You can cut the recipe in half if you want.
Are you making any Halloween treats this year? What about costumes? I love Halloween costumes and I would love to see yours. Post a picture below or on my Facebook page of your spooky treats and costumes.
Have a wonderful, safe, and happy Halloween!
Here’s a peek at my Roy Lichtenstein comic book girl costume.
By the way, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of Lily Vanilli’s A Zombie Ate My Cupcake. Giveaway ends Oct. 31st!