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Spooky ghost cupcakes


These spooky ghost cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make and are perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit 👻.


For the cupcakes

  • 140g Co-op plain white flour
  • 150g Fairtrade Caster Sugar
  • 40g Co-op Fairtrade cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 120ml Co-op whole milk
  • 60ml Co-op vegetable oil
  • 1 large Co-op British free range egg, whisked - or why not try some from our cracking local suppliers Fairburn's Eggs or Quack Eggs 💚
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100ml boiling water

For the decoration

  • 300g ready-to-roll fondant icing
  • Fairtrade icing sugar, to dust
  • 24 Co-op marshmallows
  • 50g Co-op Fairtrade dark chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4
  2. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases
  3. Put all the dry ingredients for the cupcakes in a large bowl or stand mixer and mix well
  4. Add all the wet ingredients, except the boiling water, and whisk until smooth
  5. Beat the mixture for 1 minute, slowly adding the boiling water
  6. When everything is fully combined, whisk on a high setting for 1 minute, until you have an airy batter
  7. Divide the batter between the cupcake cases and bake for 18-22 mins, rotating the tin halfway through, until the cakes are springy to touch
  8. Allow to cool completely before decorating
  9. Roll out the icing very thinly
  10. Use a 10cm cutter to cut out 12 circles, re-rolling the scraps with a little icing sugar as needed
  11. Stick 2 marshmallows on top of each other using a little melted chocolate
  12. Drape over a circle of icing and gently press down to form a ghost shape
  13. Repeat until all ghosts are made, then use a little melted chocolate and a cocktail stick to dot eyes and a mouth on each one
  14. Drizzle the rest of the melted chocolate over the top of the cupcakes, carefully lift a ghost onto each one, then leave to set for 10 mins