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Crime Scene Cupcakes

Yikes! Looks like some blood was shed on these cupcakes. There’s nothing like a murder mystery to spook your Halloween party guests.

Use your favorite cupcake recipe to make these Halloween darlings - make a variety of flavors to satisfy all your guests!


  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting
  • Red and white food coloring
  • Disposable decorating bags
  • Size “12” decorating tip
  • Rubber band
  • Yellow construction paper
  • 4-inch skewers
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker



Find the food coloring, decorating bag, and decorating tip in the craft store. Find the skewers in the supermarket.


Step 1: Prepare your favorite cupcakes according to the recipe and let cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare frosting according to your favorite recipe, or, use store-bought frosting. (TIP: To thicken store-bought frosting so it’s easier to pipe, stir in confectioner’s sugar until the desired consistency is reached.) Scoop out a few tablespoons of frosting and set aside. Tint the remaining frosting white, fit a decorating bag with the tip, fill with white frosting, and close tightly with a rubber band. Color the reserved frosting red and either fill an empty decorating bag or cover and set aside.

Step 3: Pipe a swirl of white frosting on the cupcakes. Then either snip about 1/2 inch from the tip of the decorating bag holding the red, or with a small spoon, pipe or drizzle red frosting on the cupcake for “blood.”

Step 4: To prepare the cupcake toppers, cut strips of yellow paper about 1/2 –inch by 3 1/2 inches. Write “CRIME SCENE” on the strips of paper. Glue the ends around two skewers, and insert into the cupcakes.

Step 5: Working with one cupcake at a time, pipe a swirl of frosting on top of the cupcake and immediately attach several eyes.



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