These spooky meringue ghost cupcakes are the perfect topping for my Halloween marbled cupcakes. I used orange, purple and green cake batter and they turned out perfect and spooky.

Are these ghost cupcakes cute or spooky? I personally think they are both but I think cute cupcakes go against the whole theme of Halloween. Never mind, they certainly are delicious.

Ghost Cupcakes

I based the ghost cupcakes on my Velvety Vanilla Cupcake recipe. It is the most delicious and easiest cupcake recipe to make. I did slightly complicate it by adding in different food colours but if you don’t want to do that and just want the simple vanilla cupcakes then you can, of course, do that.

As with all my cupcakes, I used Iced Jems Baking Cups. I love these cups because they make the perfect sized cupcakes. They come in so many different colours and designs they are amazing!

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I start by creaming together the butter and sugar until it was lovely and pale and fluffy. Next, I added in the remaining ingredients and mixed until they are combined.

If you just want vanilla cupcakes stop here and pop them into your cupcake cases. If you want the marbled effect then follow the next instructions. I used the same three colours as I did in my Spiders Web Cake, purple, green and orange. I wasn’t sure what other colours were halloweeny if you can think of any let me know!

How Do I Colour my Cake Batter?

To colour the cake batter I split the cupcake mixture into three separate bowls and dyed them each a different colour.

To colour the cupcake batter I used Pro Gel Green, Purple and Orange. I love this brand of food colouring because you really don’t need to use a lot to get a super-effective colour.

I would recommend using a gel-based food colouring as you really don’t need to a lot to get a great colour also it doesn’t leave a weird after taste like some of the supermarket own-brand food colourings.

Once I am happy with the colour I then spoon a teaspoon of each colour into the bottom of the baking cups. Then with any leftover cake batter, I spoon it on top. It doesn’t need to be neat at this point and don’t worry if there are gaps in between each colour.

Finally using either a cake skewer swirl the colours. You don’t want to mix them so that they turn into a horrible brown colour just enough to swirl the colours into one and other. It is the exact same technique I used when making these Rainbow Cupcakes as a Guest Post for Short Girl Walking.

How Do I Know When My Ghost Cupcakes Are Baked?

You want to bake these in the oven until they are golden brown or springy to touch. You can also insert a cake skewer into the centre of them, if it comes out clean then they are ready. If there is still some mixture on the end then they are not cooked. Pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes, and check them again repeat until the cupcakes are completely cooked.

Italian Meringue Ghosts

It took me a while to decide what to make the ghosts with. I wanted to use butter cream but I seem to use that on all my bakes so thought that meringue was a bit different. 

This can be a bit difficult if you have never made it before but trust me it is so worth the faff.

You need to use a super clean bowl and whisk for the egg whites. Your egg whites also cannot have any yolk in it. If it does your meringue will just not work.

You want to have your egg whites in a bowl ready to start whisking. In a pot, you want to make a sugar syrup which is made with caster sugar and water.

How Do I Make The Sugar Syrup?

To make the sugar syrup you need to heat the mixture up to 120C, you don’t need me to tell you that is very very hot! Whilst your mixture is heating up start to whisk your egg whites. You need it to be thick peaks.

With your mixer on a slow speed slowly add the sugar syrup mixture to the bowl. You want the mixture to run down the side of the bowl you don’t want it to touch the whisk or otherwise it will splash back and I really don’t want you to burn yourself.

Leave the meringue to mix until the bowl has completely cooled to room temperature. While it is mixing the sugar syrup is cooking the egg whites.

The hardest part is making sure that your egg whites are whipped enough and you have added all your sugar in time for the sugar syrup hitting 120C.

The easiest way to keep an eye on the temperature is to use a sugar thermometer.

I then added the meringue mixture to my piping bag and I used a large round piping tip to pipe the ghosts on top of my cake. I used some black sprinkles for the eyes but you could also use black food colouring and gently paint the eyes on.


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Cake Tester

Food Colouring

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Unsalted Butter – n the cupcake batter, you can use either unsalted butter or Stork.

Caster Sugar – The caster sugar in this recipe adds to the sweetness of your cupcakes

Self-Raising Flour – The self-raising flour gives the cupcake its strength and holds all of the cake together.

Eggs –  I use 1 egg for every 50g of mixture I use. So I use 145g of unsalted butter, sugar and self-raising flour so I would then use 3 eggs in the mixture.  The eggs in this recipe help to add structure to the cakes. It also helps bind the cupcakes mixture together.

Baking Powder – I used Dr Oetker baking powder. The baking powder releases Carbon Dioxide gas into the batter, causing bubbles which help the cake to rise.

Vanilla Extract –  I used Neilson Massey Vanilla Extract in these cupcakes

Food Colouring – I used Pro Gel Food Colouring. I love the gel colours and would recommend using them. As I said above I find they give a much better colour than liquid food colouring and they don’t have the funny aftertaste either.

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Spooky Ghost Cupcakes

Sarah Mark
These spooky meringue ghost cupcakes are the perfect topping for my Halloween marbled cupcakes. I used orange, purple and green cake batter and they turned out perfect and spooky.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes


To Make the Cupcakes

  • 145 g Caster Sugar
  • 145 g Unsalted Butter
  • 145 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Orange, Green and Purple Food Colouring

To Make the Italian Meringue

  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 90 ml Water

To Decorate

  • Black Sprinkles or Black Food Colouring


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder and vanilla and whisk until allcombined
  • Split the mixture into three separate bowls. Add a little of the food colouring to each bowl and mix until you have the desired colour.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cakes. I did one teaspoon of each colour and then with any left over cake batter I added that on top.
  • Using a cake skewer marble the colours.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are readywhen they are golden brown and springy to touch

For the Italian Meringue

  • Make the meringue willyour cupcakes are cooling.
  • Pour the sugar andwater into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir it occasionally to make surethe mixture doesn’t burn. Monitor the temperature until it reaches the FirmBall Stage or 120C.
  • While the sugar syrupis boiling, start whisking the egg whites. You want your egg whites to be stiffpeaks.
  • Once the sugar syrupis ready gently pour it down the side of the bowl while still whisking. Youneed to do this slowly and you don’t want the syrup to touch the whisk or elseit will splash back.
  • Continue to whisk themixture for another 5-10 minutes or until the bowl has completely cooled downto room temperature.
  • Pop the cooledmeringue mixture into your piping bag with round nozzle and pipe little ghostsonto the top of your cupcakes.

To Decorate

  • Use black sprinkles or black food colouring to decorate the ghosts and give them little faces.


  • These will last 3-4 days in the fridge. 
  • If you don’t want to make Italian meringue you could make normal buttercream just use 500g Icing Sugar, 250g Unsalted Butter and 1tsp of Vanilla Extract. Mix together in a bowl until it reaches the desired consistency and pipe onto the top of your cupcakes. 

If you do have any questions about this Spooky Ghost Cupcake recipe or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by the Facebook message symbol in the bottom right corner of your screen. You can also send me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 


  • Ming Qian

    19 October 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Sarah, these cupcakes look really cute and festive! I am not much of a baker, oh I am a terror in the kitchen, but I would love to see anyone else give these recipes a try too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you! I hope you do give them a try and of course enjoy them!

  • Lauren Mikael

    20 October 2020 at 6:02 am

    How cute! 🙂

  • Johana

    20 October 2020 at 1:31 pm

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I will be making these for my son this Halloween! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you! I hope you and your son enjoy and have a great Halloween!

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader

    20 October 2020 at 7:56 pm

    These are so cute! I bet they’re a favourite of kids and adult alike!

  • Lucy

    20 October 2020 at 10:31 pm

    These cupcakes looks adorable and delicious! x

    Lucy |

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Kalin

    21 October 2020 at 2:07 am

    5 stars
    These are so unbelievably cute!! I love the meringue ghosts on top! And the marble colors are so fun and festive

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you! They definitely are more cute than spooky haha!

  • Alghashiyah

    21 October 2020 at 1:06 pm

    These cupcakes look so cool I pinned it on Pinterest. When my kitchen is completely finished I have to try one of your recipes. Keep it coming Happy hump day!!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:57 pm

      How exciting! I hope your kitchen is finished soon. Thank you so much lovely!

  • Jennifer Marston

    21 October 2020 at 2:56 pm

    5 stars
    Ah I love the colours you managed to get the inside! I made cupcakes with marshmallow ghosts on last week but not from scratch. The ghosts were super cute though!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Ooh, those cupcakes sound delicious! Thank you!

  • Stephanie

    21 October 2020 at 11:36 pm

    These are the cutest little ghosties I ever did see. I love that you made cupcakes like these. They’re right up my alley. Cute, mostly simple, and delicious! So fun and festive too!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you like them! I couldn’t decide if they were spooky or cute but I definitely think they are more cute!

  • Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    22 October 2020 at 8:04 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing, these look amazing perfect for a Halloween party 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

  • Lisamarie

    22 October 2020 at 11:40 pm

    5 stars
    You always have THE cutest posts and THE BEST recipes! I absolutely love how you do your step by step guides for these recipes, you make me feel like I Could really do it and my kids will be so happy to try this fun treat.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate this! You would 100% be able to make this it would be so much fun to make with your kids. If you do I would love to know how you get on.

  • Sarah

    23 October 2020 at 4:25 pm

    What a fun Halloween treat. I like that each ghost looks just a little bit different, so every cupcake is unique. I should make these this year since we aren’t trick or treating and it would be nice to have something fun to do and eat beyond the store-bought candy.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      31 October 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, they are all individual! If you enjoy I hope you do enjoy them!

  • Delightful Parenting

    29 October 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Lovely post, nice recipe of spooky cupcakes!!

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