This simple step by step tutorial will help you put together this wonderful Halloween sweet display. Highly customizable to match your Halloween theme, this cupcake tree will be a big hit at your Halloween party!
How to Make a Halloween Cupcake Tree
This easy to put together Halloween cupcake tree is fabulous for your Halloween party or get-together. The cupcake stand is simple to dress up, and the cupcakes take hardly any time at all to decorate, yet everyone will think this easy-peasy snack/decor tree took you hours to put together. Nothing could be further from the truth!!
If you are interested in some more “spooky” Halloween treats, try these:
• Mummy Cookies Recipe – super simple “scary” Halloween cookie!
• Spider Cookies Recipe – creepy-crawlies never tasted so good! These “spooky” spider cookies are a huge hit with kids, and adults!
• “Spooky” Spider Treats Recipe – that aren’t really spooky at all.
• Candy Apple Pumpkins Recipe – if you are hosting a Halloween party or brings in treats for an after-school functions, these Candy Apple Pumpkins are Jack o’Lantern scary.
Halloween Cupcake Tree Materials:
• Candy. Lots of different candy!
• Orange frosting: I used this recipe: Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe (one batch) with a TON of orange colorant (enough so your frosting is vibrant orange, not peachy) + ½ tablespoon of meringue powder
• Meringue powder will stiffen to your frosting. If you are transporting and the frosting is touched, instead of smearing, the frosting will just dent (once dry)
• You do not want to frost these heavily or to the ends. The cake tree is wrapped in a spiderweb, and you want to avoid getting frosting on it. A 4B star tip was used to frost these cupcakes.
Halloween Cupcake Tree Directions:
• Wrap your cake tree in spiderweb; set aside.
• Assemble your Cupcake Wrappers and set them aside for a moment.
• Insert a 4B Star Tip into the end of a pastry bag.
• Load the pastry bag with orange frosting.
• Frost the cupcakes (three swirls is plenty, try not to over-frost).
• Place frosted cupcakes into cupcake wrappers.
• Decorate frosted cupcakes with candy. You will want some high candy standing up (like the pixie sticks and dumdum pops), some low (like the gummy snacks and candy corn). You can remove candy from the wrappers, or leave the candy wrapped. Do not unwrap malted balls or other chocolate.
• You can decorate all at once before placing the cupcakes into the tree, or do them one-by-one. If you do them all at once, count the cupcakes per row and stagger the heights accordingly. You want the taller ones on the bottom, a little less tall next shelf, shorter on the top, and maybe one very tall item at the very top. If you decorate a cupcake and place it on the tree, you can easily see what height should come next. You can also have them less “matchy.”
• The tree in this tutorial was done all at once. However, my niece has done this tree many times over the years, so she knew exactly what heights for the candies. If it is your first time making this Halloween Cupcake Tree, I would suggest the one-by-one approach.
• And that’s it. It took about 45 minutes to do this fun little Halloween cupcake tree, and that includes the cupcake baking time!! A fast, easy way to dress up a Halloween party table.
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