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Ghost Cupcakes

Jumbo and mini cupcakes, held together by marshmallows, are cloaked with fondant to create deliciously creepy ghosts.

  • yield: Makes 12 Ghost cupcakes

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 cups of a jumbo-muffin tin (each 1-cup capacity) with extra-large cupcake liners. Butter and flour 12 cups of a mini-muffin tin, and tap out excess flour.

  2. Step 2

    Divide batter among muffin tins, filling each cup 1/2 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until testers inserted in centers come out clean, 8 to 9 minutes for mini cupcakes, and 40 to 45 minutes for large cupcakes. Let cool in pans on wire racks. (Cupcakes can be wrapped in plastic, and frozen for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature before frosting.)

  3. Step 3

    Remove cupcake liners from large cupcakes, trim tops of each cupcake to create a flat surface, and reserve tops for another use. Flip cupcakes over. Spread 1 teaspoon frosting on top of each cupcake. Arrange 3 marshmallow halves on top of each (pictured right), cut sides down, pressing them into frosting. Spread 1 teaspoon frosting over each marshmallow trio.

  4. Step 4

    Trim tops of each mini cupcake to create a flat surface, and reserve tops for another use. Press 1 mini cupcake, cut side down, onto frosting-topped marshmallows.

  5. Step 5

    Spread 1/4 cup frosting over each cupcake stack to create a crumb coat, leaving a 1/4-inch unfrosted rim around bottom. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Divide fondant into 12 equal pieces. On a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch, roll a piece of fondant into a 1/4-inch-thick, 10-inch-wide circle. Center fondant over top of 1 frosted cupcake, smoothing downward and creating ruffles around the bottom. Press candy-coated seeds into soft fondant for eyes, remove, dot with royal icing to secure if desired, and then press seeds into icing. Repeat with remaining fondant, cupcakes, and seeds. Let fondant harden slightly at room temperature before serving.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

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Reviews (16)

  • Carmenid 29 Oct, 2009

    I made these last night, very very cute! I used Lolly pops instead and pre made fondant.

  • Dottieanne 30 Oct, 2008

    I agree with the need for more visuals. There have so many times that I can't follow the instructions, they have been unclear and seem to leave out steps.
    With visuals, if might be more clear. It is disappointing that no one has been listening to the readers of this site.

  • dianeandnat 30 Oct, 2008

    I totally agree with the first reader. I can not understand with out pictures. I need visual details to understand this recipe. I have not been able to do so many of these recipes because of lack of pictures to show us step by step.

  • carpenter 29 Oct, 2008

    I would really like to make your receipes, but you have been told numerous time by othe people, you need to have more visualy directions. I have a hard time understanding what I read and have to re-read all the time to understand it what I read. If you had more pictures it would help greatly. Please lisen to your readers, you want these comments but I have not seen any changes.

  • carpenter 29 Oct, 2008

    I would really like to make your receipes, but you have been told numerous time by othe people, you need to have more visualy directions. I have a hard time understanding what I read and have to re-read all the time to understand it what I read. If you had more pictures it would help greatly. Please lisen to your readers, you want these comments but I have not seen any changes.

  • terrie-bear 29 Oct, 2008

    Happytransplant--Marshmallows are ever so sightly taller than wider so it is possible to cut them lenghwise. I imagining that I would just line them up side-by-side on top of the up side down cupcake. I think the idea is to make the ghost taller. So the marshmallows are just a filler of sorts.

  • happytransplant 28 Oct, 2008

    I'm not picturing the marshmallow addition. Marshmallows seem to be pretty much the same shape. What would be lengthwise? How are they grouped? Is the recipe somewhere else with a video?

  • happytransplant 28 Oct, 2008

    I'm not picturing the marshmallow addition. Marshmallows seem to be pretty much the same shape. What would be lengthwise? How are they grouped? Is the recipe somewhere else with a video?

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Opps! Sorry for so many comments. I just love this idea!!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Opps! Sorry for so many comments. I just love this idea!!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Spookey!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Spookey!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Spookey!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    Spookey!

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    These are incredible! They are an entirely new way of thinking about cupcakes.

  • ManicCat 28 Oct, 2008

    These are incredible! They are an entirely new way of thinking about cupcakes.