The Last Cupcake: A Zombie Cupcake Deluge (And Other Halloween Treats) {Recipe}

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Halloween is my favorite holiday (with Christmas at a close second), so I try to go all out when it comes to costumes and treats.   This year I went with a zombie theme and tried to recreate the t-shirt design called The Last Cupcake as well as make the scariest zombie costume I could think of.  Both turned out better than expected!

I made the zombie bodies with a template I got from Skip To My Lou and cut the tops off with my Provo Craft paper shapers. I think it was a grass design. I have to give credit to death by cupcake for giving me the idea to make the arms and weapons from paper. It really helped make the cupcakes look exactly like the shirt design.

I also made a couple other Halloween treats for the party I went to this weekend. Since I only used 13 cupcakes to make the zombie display, I divided the rest into skulls and spiders.

I decorated the skulls with white frosting, white jelly beans, M&Ms, half of a mini Oreo, and black gel for the nostrils. The spiders were decorated with chocolate frosting, candy coated sunflower seeds for the eyes, white jimmies for the fangs and metal spider cupcake stands from Target.

The last treat I made were chocolate truffles. They always go over well and are super easy to make. I found the recipe on the Kraft website once and was surprised at how few ingredients went into them.

They can be decorated with pretty much anything. I used a combination of candy melts, unsweetened cocoa, coconut flakes, powdered sugar, Halloween sprinkles and sanding sugar. To make them a little more festive for the holiday, I displayed them in little wooden coffins that I got from Michaels that I painted and decorated with glittery designs.


Easy Chocolate Truffles


  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3 cups  powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 pkg. (12 squares) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/2 tsp.  vanilla


  • BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar, mixing until well blended.
  • ADD melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Roll in walnuts, cocoa, powdered sugar or coconut. Store in refrigerator.


  • For coatings: Ground walnuts, unsweetened cocoa, powdered sugar and/or flake coconut. The sky is the limit for coatings. Come up with your own toppings if you want.
  • Add liqueur: Make as directed except omit the vanilla and add 2-3 tbsp. of almond, coffee or orange-flavored liqueur to the mixture. If you want to use all three, separate the mixture into thirds and flavor each third with one tbsp. of the liqueurs.
Recipe via Kraft Foods.

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

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A Few of My Favorite Halloween Things

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If you want to give your Halloween treats a spooky makeover, give some of these items a try:

1. NOMSKULLS by Fred

These silicone skull cupcake molds are great for Halloween, and if you pipe some grey or pink frosting on the top into a brain shape, they’ll become instant zombie food for your party guests.

2. Metal Spider Cupcake Stands by Crate&Barrel

Have a bunch of creepy spider cupcakes crawling all over your Halloween dessert table with these Spider Cupcake Stands (cupcake liners and cupcakes not included). I’ve also seen them available at Cost Plus World Market and Target.

3. Cake Stand Spider Web Paper Wrapper by Fancyflours

If you have a cake stand that needs to be a little scarier, try Fancyflours’ Spider Web Paper Wrapper. This laser cut paper wrapper adds a delicate spiderweb around just about any cake stand up to 15 inches (cake and cake stand not included).

4. Zombie Cupcake Kit by Layer Cake Shop

This kit comes with plenty of decorations to make an army of 24 Zombie cupcakes.

Kit includes:

  • 24 assorted zombie cupcake toppers.. a mix of eye balls, green fingers, zombie hands, gravestones, graveyard fences, bats, grass, trees, bugs, hatchets, shotguns, revolvers, and daggers
  • 24 assorted black and lime green baking cups
  • 1 ounce of white bone sprinkles
  • 24 royal icing eyes

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