Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcakes



Wha’s this? What’s this? I was asked to bake some halloween cupcakes for Pat’s co-working space 6th annual spookiversary this weekend, so I made 3 dozen cupcakes: vanilla, chocolate and green tea.  I topped these cupcakes with chocolate ganache and meringue frosting (these are definitely my go to frosting recipes) and decorated them with homemade fondant.  This is what they look like!


Is Nightmare Before Christmas too early for Halloween? Either way, Pat was playing the soundtrack and my halloween decorations turned into Nightmare before Christmas and I think they came out really cute! I’m not going to lie, the fondant took me about 3 to 4 hours to complete, but I was pretty pleased with the results. This was definitely a 2 day task, but I was super happy that everyone enjoyed them.  Some people even told me I should cater for birthday parties or something :p I don’t know if I’m good enough for that, but I would love to give it a try.

I made these cupcakes again for another Halloween party and added some more characters like the Mayor of Halloween Town, Lock, Shock and Barrel, the Corpse Kid and the Mummy Kid 🙂 Next year maybe I’ll try some of the harder characters (i.e. the werewolf, a witch, the bone jazz group)



Anyway, let’s get started!


Meringue frosting 


  1. Make your cupcakes
  2. While the cupcakes are cooling, make your fondant. Timing wise, it’s probably best to make the fondant a day beforehand (fondant lasts indefinitely if you wrap it well and store it in an airtight container, trust me, it’s literally just sugar and more sugar). Divide your fondant and make the various colors.  Obviously if you have a lot of food coloring, you can just buy the shades, but in case you only have primary colors (I only had red, pink, blue, yellow, green and black) and need to mix some colors together, here’s what I did:
    1. Sally’s hair, Dr.Fink’s brain and lips: drop two or three drops of red food coloring into the white fondant and mix to get a bright red. Add the smallest amount of black food coloring (too much and it could turn out bad) and mix to get a rusty red color. I actually like to just take red fondant and mix it with  a small amount colored black fondant.
    2. Hero’s nose and collar, pumpkins: Mix together equal parts red and yellow food coloring to get the orange color.
    3. Sally’s face: Sally’s face is a pale blue, so what I did was run my finger along the top of the food coloring to get the smallest amount of blue food color possible and mixed it with some white fondant.
    4. Oogie Boogie: Mix together some green food coloring with a dot of black food coloring to create a sickly swamp-y green.
    5. Purple: mix together equal parts blue and red. For a warmer toned purple, add more red, for a cooler tone, add blue. (Maybe I’ll make a fondant coloring post sometime)
    6. Grey fondant: Black fondant with white fondant. Alter amounts to control the shade of grey.
  3. And them make the faces! I used little dabs of water to make the fondant moist so that they would stick to each other. Also some chopsticks to help with the tiny details (i.e. stitches, eyelashes, etc.). Also wash your hands or wipe them after using dark colors like black and red or else the color will transfer from your fingers to the beautiful other pale colors, have a laptop handy so you can look up photos for reference and use PLENTY of powdered sugar if the fondant gets too sticky. Dust the surface with lots of powdered sugar. The worst thing that can happen is you finish your beautiful fondant decoration and it’s sticking to the surface that you’re working on.  You can always use a damp paper towel or q-tip to gently dab away the powdered sugar.Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.43.31 PM

    1. Sally (she is probably the hardest): Roll out the pale blue fondant and using a round cookie cutter, cut out the shape of her face. Cut small crescent moons for her eye lids. Take a small amount of the pale blue fondant to make her nose.  For her eyes, roll two small amounts white fondant to create little sphere and then squish it between your fingers to flatten into circles. Place the eyes on her face and top with the little pale blue fondant crescents. To make her stitches, I mixed some light grey fondant with the pale blue fondant. Roll out two thin thin ropes and place one across the circle for her mouth and one vertically across her left eyelid. Add the stitches using the same color. Next take some black fondant and make two small spheres (smaller than her white fondant eyes) and place in center of her eyes for pupils. Next roll out thin, short strings for her eyelashes. Take red fondant to make her lips and use the rust-red fondant to make her hair. I found that making an oval shape of fondant and rolling it out works perfectly. Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.43.36 PM
    2. Jack: Roll out the white fondant and using the same round cookie cutter for Sally’s face, cut out Jack’s face. Take the black fondant to make his eyes and stitches. Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.43.14 PM
    3. Dr. Fink: Cut out smaller cirlces of white fondant (about a size smaller than Jack or Sally). Cut off the top of the circle (about 1 cm, and gently pull the bottom of the circle to make his lips. I gently pinched the center and kind of pulled it out. Make his brains and lips using the rust colored fondant. Roll the rust colored fondant in a small string and gently cover the bottom portion of the circle (the area that is his lips). Then roll out longer thin strings of red and roll them around each other to make the folds of the brain. I made a spiral and then some waves and then more spirals. Make his glasses and his eyebrows with the black fondant. Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.44.17 PM
    4. Zero: Take a small sphere of white fondant and flatten it to make a circle. Pinch one end and pull it out a bit to make his muzzle. Make his ears by making thin short strings of white fondant and flattening them, making them more pointed at the top. Make his nose and collar with the orange fondant, his eyes with the black fondant and the rest of his body with the white fondant.
      Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.43.22 PM
    5. Oogie boogie: Take the swamp-y green fondant and shape it into a circle, take the top and kind of like what you did with Zero’s face, shape the top into a point of sorts. Roll out the face so it flattens a bit and arrange the top tip to look more like Oogie’s head. Using the black fondant make his eyes, nose and mouth. Using a chopstick or some other thin utensil, pul around the edges of Oogie’s mouth to make his mouth look more sack like. Fill his mouth with “worms” by rolling thin short strings of colored fondant and placing it in his mouth. Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.44.01 PM
    6. Graveyard/pumpkin patch: cut out a round circle of white fondant for the moon, roll out a bit of black fondant so that you get a lopsided log of sorts, it should be thicker on the bottom and thinner on the top. Flatten it a big and roll the thin side into a spiral. make mini pumpkins using orange and green fondant. 
      Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.45.30 PM
    7. Vampire doll: cut out small circles with your white fondant. Shape thin red fondant strings for the mouth. Place one horizontally across the middle and a shorter piece along the bottom edge of the fondant circle. Using black fondant, make the eyes, teeth, widows peak and ears.Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.44.50 PM
    8. The Mayor of Halloween TownScreen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.43.49 PM
    9. Corpse KidScreen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.44.57 PM
    10. Mummy KidScreen Shot 2014-12-15 at 11.48.20 PM
    11. Lock
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    12. Barrel
  4. Let the fondant rest for a bit and harden on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper. I found that rolling out fondant too thin results in breakage while transferring the fondant from wax paper to cupcakes.
  5. Frost your cupcakes with colored meringue frosting or ganache and top with your fondant decorations.

Hugs and puppies!


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