Friday, October 4, 2013

Frankenstein Marshmallow Cupcakes

I'm on a cupcake kick right now.  I've always enjoyed making cupcakes and Halloween just seems like a great time to add fun decorations.  This has been my favorite decoration so far!  These Frankenstein marshmallows are so much fun to make! I had a "monster" of a good time!

Using vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream as the base, most of the work is in the marshmallow topper, so use boxed cake mix if you prefer.  It will save the time you'll use on decorating the marshmallows.

Frankenstein Marshmallow Cupcakes

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To make these cupcakes, you'll need:
24 Vanilla cupcakes (use a box mix to save time, if needed)
24 large marshmallows
Vanilla flavored Almond Bark (use white chocolate if you prefer)
Black pre-made icing
Orange pre-made icing
Chocolate sprinkles
24 small pretzel sticks, ends broken off

1.  Begin by preparing your marshmallows for dipping.  When you melt the Almond Bark it cools very quickly so you  need to be ready to dip.  I used skewers to hold my marshmallows and a block of Styrofoam to stick them in.  Use whatever you have handy, though.  Toothpicks or Popsicle sticks should work too.

2.  Melt your Almond Bark (or white chocolate - I just don't like the taste of white chocolate).  I use a microwave because it's just easy.  Put it in a bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring each time until melted.  Add a little green food coloring until you reach the color desired.  Once my chocolate was colored, I moved it to a smaller, deeper bowl to dip that would completely cover the marshmallow.

3.  Dip your marshmallows in the chocolate covering the top and sides completely.  It doesn't matter if the bottom is not covered because that will sit on the cupcake.  Work quickly because the Almond Bark hardens fast.  I only did 10-12 at a time with a 1/2 of the Almond Bark because I was afraid it would cool before I completed all 24.  It might be best to melt a little Almond Bark at a time to work with.

Place your marshmallows back on the Styrofoam to cool.  It really doesn't take long at all. 

Time to Decorate!!

4.  Once the marshmallows have hardened, you can add the hair.  I used black colored cookie icing.  This icing is neat because it smooths out after sitting, however it can be really drippy so it's best to not use a lot on the sides of the marshmallows.
Add the black icing to the top of the marshmallow.  You can also scallop it around the front to look like hair but, again, it's very drippy so don't make it too thick there.

5.  Using orange icing (I had some left over from my Pumpkin Iced Vanilla Cupcakes but you can use packaged icing as well), make circles for eyes on the front of the marshmallow.  Then, using a small chocolate sprinkle, add these to the center of the eye.  

It would also be fun to use those candy eyes that Wilton makes.  I wonder if these would be too big?

Using the a VERY thin line of black icing, draw the mouth and a scar on the side of the Frankenstein's face.  You can also add eyebrows.  I don't show them in the image but my completed picture has them (I forgot to add them here!).  Add sprinkles to the scar to look more like stitches.

6. Take the ends of the pretzels and place them on the sides your Frankensteins for the bolts. 

I had some bolts fall out of my Frankensteins when I was adding them to the cupcake.  I just added a little white frosting to them and stuck the bolts (pretzel ends) back in Frank's head.

7.  Adding the Frankenstein marshmallows to the cupcakes was the easiest part.  I stuck with a very simple bottom of vanilla butter cream with some Halloween sprinkles.

Pour the sprinkles in a bowl to roll the frosted cupcake in.  Using a piping bag with no tip, add frosting around the edges of the cupcake, leaving the center plain.  Roll the frosted cupcake in the sprinkles to add sprinkles around the edges.

 8.  Take your decorated Frankensteins and add a dollop of vanilla butter cream frosting to the bottom of it.  Add the marshmallow to the center of the cupcake.  You might have to push down and twist a little but it should stick pretty well to the cupcake.

9. And there you have it.  You've created a MoNsTeR!  It's ALIVE!!  ALIVE!!


Pumpkin Iced Vanilla cupcakes and the Frankenstein Marshmallow cupcakes in a box ready to gift


  1. These came out so cute! I especially love their perfect little hairstyles :)

    1. Thanks Heather! Their hairstyles were by accident with unexpected gooey icing but I agree. I like their hair! Thanks so much for the kind comment!