Easy and Fun Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcake Recipe

I am really beside myself with how cool these Sally Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes turned out. They’re everything Sally, and stitched perfectly together.

Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes with Sally

Sally Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are kindred spirits with the sweet, stitched girl that only slightly poisons her “father”-creator, whatever. She’s just the most relatable young lady and I can’t help but sympathize with her. So, when the kiddo asked for a Nightmare Before Christmas movie night, I was all about making a set of Sally cupcakes and cuddling under a blanket!


What really got me was how into making these cupcakes my kiddo got. She was all about drawing the stitches on and making the bows. If you’re not letting your kids help make these cupcakes, you’re missing out on a great time. If you’re ready to get some NBC cupcakes made, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Nightmare before Christmas 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.
  • Be sure to cool your cupcakes completely before you frost them. While warm cupcakes are tasty, a warm cupcake and icing means mess. So, don’t waste your time.
  • Your hands should be cleaned and lightly dusted with a little powdered sugar every time you work with the two different colors of fondant. The pink can be easily colored by the blue and the blue can easily turn purple if the pink gets mixed in. Either way, plan to wash hands and clean the work surface between working with each of the colors.
  • Try not to roll your fondant too thin or your Sally ears won’t stand up.
  • You definitely want the ears to be stiff, so make them first (as we did), then let them dry on a flat surface 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 your fondant – it’s definitely worth it! Coloring fondant with food coloring isn’t hard but it changes the consistency and then you need to put it in a fridge it and all that. I got this package of teal fondant, this small package of pink fondant and this small package of yellow fondant.
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How to Make Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Cupcakes

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcakes

Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes with Sally

I am really beside myself with how cool these Sally Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes turned out. They're everything Sally, and stitched perfectly together.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes



  • 12 Vanilla Cupcakes (batter only)
  • Pink, Yellow, Teal Food Coloring

Fondant Ears

  • 1 cup of sky blue fondant
  • 1/4 cups Yellow fondant
  • 1/4 cups Pink fondant
  • 1/8 cup Black fondant
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar


  • 2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter, softened

  • 5 cups powder sugar

  • 2 tsp vanilla 
6 TBSP heavy whipping cream


  1. Start by making the Sally ears, sprinkle a bit of powder sugar, then coat blue fondant with powder sugar and roll it out into a flat 1/2 inch disk.
  2. Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 24 blue circles.
  3. Using both yellow and pink fondant, pinch off small pieces of fondant and form bows by pressing the pieces into a large bow mold, being careful not to blend the colors. Repeat until you have 12 bows.
  4. Using your black fondant and a smaller mold to make bows, make 12 small black bows.
  5. With a black edible marker, draw stitches like Sally's dress onto each blue fondant circle.
  6. Dip your finger into a cup of water and lightly rub it on the back of a black bow.
  7. Place that black bow onto the center of a colorful bow.
  8. Allow the bows to set for about 30 minutes while you bake your cupcakes.
  9. Make your cupcake batter according to your recipe directions.
  10. Separate the batter into 3 small bowls.
  11. Mix in a few drops of yellow food coloring into one bowl, teal food coloring into the second and pink food coloring into the last bowl.
  12. Place about 1 tbsp of each color into a cupcake lined tin.
  13. Bake cupcakes per the directions on that recipe. Allow to cool completely.
  14. To make the icing, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.
  15. Continue to mix until there are stiff peaks in your frosting.
  16. Place frosting into the decorating bag.
  17. Ice each of the cupcakes.
  18. Place two stitch-covered circles on each sides of each cupcake for "ears".
  19. Place a bow in the center of each cupcake.
  20. Enjoy! how to make Sally cupcakes from Nightmare Before Christmas


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 996Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 146gFiber: 0gSugar: 135gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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