When the kiddo asked for Jack Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes, I couldn’t wait. And this simple recipe for Jack cupcakes is so fun–the kiddo had a great time making it with me!
Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcakes
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we all love a good Nightmare Before Christmas movie night. I mean, if there was ever a more perfect crossover of our two favorite holidays, well, I’ve never seen it. I love the whimsy and, frankly, crazy, of the Tim Burton universe. And the love story…oh…the love. So, when the kiddo asked for a movie night with our favorite fall movie, well, how could I not make a few Pumpkin King cupcakes?!
He’s the king of Halloween and if we are being honest here, I might have a little crush on him from a loving-a-cartoon kind of perspective. You know. If you’re with me and ready to make some Jack (The Pumpkin King) desserts for your movie night, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make Jack Skellington Cupcakes
- Definitely start with your favorite vanilla cupcakes. I always start with my Lazy Girl Cupcakes. They’re a simple, no-fail recipe that anyone can make, as long as you can follow instructions. And you can easily turn them into chocolate cupcakes by adding a 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to your flour mixture.
- Be sure to let your cupcakes cool completely before you try to ice them. Warm cupcake and icing just doesn’t mix–it becomes a melty mess. So, don’t try it.
- Your hands should be cleaned and lightly dusted with powdered sugar between working with the two colors of fondant. The white is easily colored with the black and the black can turn grey when the white is mixed in. Either way, wash hands and clean the work surface between the colors.
- Be sure not to roll the fondant too thin or your Jack faces will flop over.
- If you want the ears to be stiff, make them first (as we did) and let them dry on a baking sheet for a while with a fan blowing on them. When pressed for time, you can try another of these ways to dry fondant quickly.
- Order the fondant – it’s worth it! Coloring fondant with food coloring isn’t hard but it changes the consistency and then you have to refrigerate it and all that. I got this package of black fondant and this small package of white fondant.
How Do I Make this Nightmare Before Christmas cupcake?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- 12 vanilla cupcakes
- 2 container of black fondant
- 1 container of white fondant
- 1 C powder sugar
- 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 5 C powder sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 6-10 TBSP heavy whipping cream
- Bake cupcakes per the recipe, then allow them to cool completely.
- While those cupcakes are cooling, make your Jack faces by sprinkling powder sugar onto cutting board.
- Coat black fondant with powder sugar and roll out into a very flat 1/2 inch thick disk.
- Cut out 24 circles with a 4 inch round cutter. Set aside.
- Repeat with the white fondant cutting out 24 2-inch round circles.
- To assemble the ears, start by drawing Jack faces onto the white circles.
- Dip your finger into a small bowl of water and rub it on the back of a white circle.
- Place this moist white circle in the center of a black one.
- Set aside and allow them to dry for at least 10 minutes.
- With the remaining black fondant, make 12 bows by pressing them into a bow mold.
- To make the frosting, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed until it reaches the stiffed peak stage.
- Place frosting into the decorating bag.
- Ice each cupcake.
- Place a black bow in the center of each cupcake and one "ear" on either side of the bow.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1228Total Fat: 71gSaturated Fat: 39gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 149gFiber: 0gSugar: 138gProtein: 5g
All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.
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More Disney Cupcake Ideas You Might Like
- Sally Cupcakes – You could practically make a whole Halloween town with these cupcakes. I mean, why not?!
- Stitch Cupcakes – He’s not the bad guy–in the end. Maybe. But he’s adorable and I love those ears! They’re the best.
- Ursula Cupcakes – This is the wildest and most wicked cupcake I think I’ve ever made. It’s all sorts of planning-to-drag-me-under-the-waves.
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