Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes: Decorating How-To

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes: Decorating How-To

This Halloween, go bold with your treats: Skeletons, monsters, spiders, ghosts and of course, Frankenstein … in cupcakes! Choose your favorite gluten free Halloween cupcakes recipe (I have lots!) and get creative! Homemade frosting and gluten free decorations make it easy — you make it fun!

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes Frankenstein

gluten free chocolate cupcake bite handHere are a couple gluten free cupcake recipes I love to use as a yummy base:

Follow my frosting recipe below, and as for toppings, choose Dandies® vegan, nonGMO, kosher marshmallows (pumpkin flavor!), TruSweets® for gummy treats (worms, spiders, bears and more), Free2B® organic, dairy-free dark chocolate peanut butter cups,  NoWhey Foods Chocononos™ vegan, all natural, milk free, nut free, gluten free, wheat free, soy free chocolate M&M clones, or even just  Marshmallow Peeps®. I use Enjoy Life Foods® Mega Chunks for the Frankensteins.

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes with bowl

For gluten free sprinkles and candy eyeballs, try brands like these: India TreeOasis SupplyQualityFestival. To make your own candy eyes, follow this recipe from my friend Sharon at

Check my gluten-free Halloween Candy List for more ideas, brands and tips on how to shop for the treats that meet your sweet tooth and your dietary restrictions.

gluten Free Halloween cupcake Mummy

Gluten Free Halloween Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening (I like Spectrum® Palm Oil Shortening)
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (omit if making vanilla/white frosting)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • up to 1/4 – 1/2 cup dairy or non-dairy milk of choice (less if making white frosting)


Choose a gluten free cupcake recipe from the ones I linked above or your own. Once baked and cooled, follow these instructions for frosting and decorating.

To make the frosting, cream the sugar, cocoa (if using) and shortening together with an electric mixer (whisk attachment makes it fluffier).

Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk, beating well to combine, and additional milk (if and only as necessary)  to achieve a piping consistency, beating for several minutes at the end until light and fluffy.

To make Frankenstein cupcakes, prepare frosting and add green food coloring. Pipe or spoon onto the top of each cupcake in a squared off "head" shape. Top with chocolate sprinkles for hair and nose, candy eyeballs and chocolate chunks for "ears."

To make mummies, use a flat decorating tip or petal tip with piping bag and pipe white frosting "bandages" across mummy faces. Add candy eyeballs.

To make the spider webs and legs for the spiders, I melt Enjoy Life Foods® or Pascha® vegan chocolate and use a Lekue Decorator Pen. You could also put warmed chocolate into a small zip-top bag and snip a corner out, piping the spider webs onto wax paper. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to set. I used NoWhey Foods Chocononos™  vegan candies for the spider body, but regular M&Ms are also gluten-free (contains dairy).

To make this funny skeleton, I used one large marshmallow which I covered with homemade frosting and stuck to the top of the cupcake with more frosting. I cut another marshmallow into small "teeth," used chocolate sprinkles and candy eyeballs, then gave him a top hat of a Free2B® organic, dairy-free dark chocolate peanut butter cup.

This cute little ghost is simply a pile of homemade frosting piped out of a bag and given some candy eyeballs. It might be my daughter's favorite (more frosting!!), but it's so easy to make!

This googlie-eyed monster is very free-form. I simply used Dandies® vegan, nonGMO, kosher marshmallows (pumpkin flavor), and attached candy eyeballs with some extra frosting. The sprinkles are just an added touch.

This unassuming spider is super easy to make with just frosting, sanding sugar and some candy eyeballs. Plop it into these cute spider leg cupcake holders and voila!

Which is your favorite? How will you ever choose? At least this way, you don't have to!

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    • Aw, that’s so sweet of you, Alisa! I try to write them like I would NEED if I was following the directions! 😉

    • I’m so glad you like them too, Kristin! We had fun making them and my daughter took the skeleton to school for a lunch treat (and probably to make her friends jealous!). Have a great Halloween!