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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Recipe: Easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes for Halloween

Easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe - gluten free, disney desserts, easy halloween dessert ideas

Celebrate Halloween and the Spooky Season with this easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe - gluten free, quick and easy, these Nightmare Before Christmas inspired cupcakes are perfect for any Disney fan!

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange sweet.
Come with me and you will see, a dessert that's simply so easy.

(You're supposed to read that in a sing song voice)

Halloween is just around the corner and with a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan in the family (my sister!), I thought I'd kick things off with some seriously simple Jack Skellington Cupcakes.

These gluten free cupcakes are so quick and easy to make and you'll never even know they're gluten free because they're soft, fluffy and full of flavour.

Let me tell you more! >> 

Easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe - gluten free, disney desserts, easy halloween cupcake ideas

Using The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe, these cupcakes will be a hit with the whole family - and the Jack Skellington faces are both easy to make and delicious to eat.

Jack not your fave? Why not make some spooky ghosts or let the kids play around with creepy monster faces? 

The possibilities are pretty much endless - but the end result is always delicious!

Easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe

Easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe

Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Southern In Law
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Celebrate Halloween and the Spooky Season with this easy Jack Skellington Cupcakes Recipe - gluten free, quick and easy, these Nightmare Before Christmas inspired cupcakes are perfect for any Disney fan!


For the Cupcakes
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice
  • 60ml oil*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (120g) gluten free plain flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp (40g) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
For the Frosting
  • 125g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Blue food colouring
For the Jack Skellington Faces
  • White Chocolate
  • Milk or Dark Chocolate 


For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/355F. 
  2. Line a 12 cupcake pan with paper liners (we used red paper liners) and set aside. (Note: you can also grease your cupcake pans and bake them without liners, but we find they work best with paper liners).
  3. In a mixing bowl, add your sugar, egg, milk, oil and a pinch of salt.
  4. Sift in your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Stir your ingredients until just combined and pour in your boiling water, stirring your mixture for about 2 minutes or until smooth (I use an electric mixer to save my arms!). 
  6. Divide your cupcake batter amongst your pans (it will be runny!) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and a skewer inserted into the centre removes clean.  See below for baking tips.
  7. Leave your cupcakes to cool slightly in the pan before removing and cooling on a wire rack.
  8. Cool completely before frosting.
To Make The Frosting
  1. Add your softened butter and sifted icing sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. 
  2. Add your vanilla and milk and beat until all of your ingredients are incorporated and your frosting is fluffy.
  3. Add in a few drops of food colouring, mixing until all is combined. Add more food colouring as needed to create your desired colour, ensuring everything is mixed through.
  4. Using a piping bag and star tip, pipe your frosting onto your cupcakes, adding two chocolate melts for Mickey's "ears" and decorating with sprinkles.
For Jack's Face
  1. First, melt your white chocolate (we used about 3/4 cup for 12 faces) in the microwave or using the double boiler method.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place spoonfuls of your white chocolate on top, shaping into a slightly flattened circle for Jack's face.
  3. Place your faces into the fridge to set until firm.
  4. Once your faces have set, melt your milk or dark chocolate and place into a piping bag or zip lock bag - but don't cut the end yet!
  5. Place your piping bag or zip lock bag into the fridge to cool the chocolate down. You want to still be able to pipe it without the chocolate running straight out. 
  6. We left our chocolate in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  7. Once your chocolate has cooled down, snip a very small corner off the end of your bag and pipe Jack's mouth, nose and eyes onto your white chocolate rounds.
  8. Once you've added all of the expressions, chill your chocolate faces until set and place on top of your cupcakes.


*We use liquid coconut oil for this recipe but you could use any neutral tasting oil or melted butter. TIP! I bake my cupcakes on a non-fan forced setting so they bake evenly. Sometimes the fan will cause your cupcakes to bake uneven, with the cupcakes leaning to one side. Turning the fan setting off stops this!
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