BOO! These adorable DIY sugar skull cupcakes complete with yogurt covered pretzel “ribs” is the perfect weekend project for you and your kids to get you all into the spirit of Halloween!

Our family has never been the type to go over the top for Halloween but since our most recent trip to Disneyland for Mickey’s Spooktacular Halloween Party we are so in to it and can’t wait to trick-or-treat! This project has some parts that are probably best suited an adult or older child but I promise it’s not difficult to do!

First of all, how ADORABLE are these cupcake liners and toppers?! You can shop the whole Meri Meri Party collection locally at Little Rose Party Company and the kit makes enough for 4 dozen cupcakes (perfect for a classroom Halloween treat!)

Here’s what you’ll need to create this SPOOKY dessert:

  • 1-2 dozen cupcakes (Check out this recipe for delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes!)
  • Yogurt covered pretzels
  • Candy/cake pop stick (approx. 4″ long)
  • White Chocolate
  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • Sprinkles (any color combo will do, I created my own using yellow and orange non-pareils, white, yellow, orange and pink jimmies all available here)

Step one: Bake cupcakes as per baking instructions using the Meri Meri cupcake liners and allow to cool to room temperature before decorating.

Step Two: Apply a small swirl of vanilla buttercream on the top of the cupcake (I used Wilton 1M for the swirl, but it really doesn’t matter because you won’t actually see the swirl)

Step Three: Now the absolute fun part: DIP THE CUPCAKE IN SPRINKLES! (This step could totally be assigned to a littler one in your family as they’ll definitely get a kick out of it!) Be sure to “toss” the sprinkles around so you get an even mix of the sprinkles on the whole cupcake.

Step Four: Add a nice swirl of buttercream on top of the sprinkled cupcake.

Step Five: Melt some white chocolate discs in the microwave in a small bowl 30 seconds at a time until completely melted. Arrange your yogurt covered pretzels on a parchment sheet and fill the smallest hole with the chocolate. (If your pretzels are smaller and the hole where the stick will fit in is a perfect fit, you can skip this step. Mine were quite big so doing this allowed me to create my own hole.) Chill in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Step Six: Using a toothpick, poke a hole through the space that you just covered in chocolate to create an opening where your candy stick will fit through. Use more chocolate as “glue” to secure the pretzels in the proper spacing. Return to fridge for another 5 mins.

Step Seven: Remove your “rib cage” from the parchment and apply to the top of the swirled cupcake, applying a bit of pressure to gently squish it down so that its nicely centered on your cupcake.

Step Eight: Taking one of the Meri Meri Sugar Skull cupcake toppers, gently break off the toothpick so that only the skull remains. Dip the bottom bit and backing in some white chocolate and affix it to the top end of the stick. Voila!

Step Nine: Instagram it and then maybe eat it….just kidding!!! Eat it!!!

xo, Izabela