Mummy Cupcakes

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These chocolate Mummy Cupcakes are the perfect treat for Halloween. Get my easy tips for how to decorate these sweet and spooky festive cupcakes and delight your friends and family!

a platter of mummy cupcakes

Here we are again! Another Halloween Treats Week is upon us and I’m very excited to be sharing these adorable (I mean spooky) mummy cupcakes with you! 

They’re so easy to make that they’ll be a go-to Halloween treat as my kiddo gets older. Last year I shared my easy to decorate pumpkin cupcakes, but I actually think these are even simpler – it’s okay if you make them a little scraggly or the piping bag doesn’t cooperate, they’re mummies, they’re meant to be a little ragged!

Supplies for Decorating

Ready for the easiest list of decorating supplies? All you need is:

  • A flat piping tip, I used a basket weave tip, #48
  • A piping bag (I love my reusable ones)
  • Eyes – You can opt for candy eyes, m&ms, or any other small round candy. I used ruby chocolate chips because they were on sale in the bulk bin! 

You’ll also need chocolate cupcakes and a white frosting of course. I’m sharing both a very easy moist chocolate cupcake recipe in my recipe card below, and I used my cream cheese frosting made with my sponsor’s Dixie Crystals powdered sugar. But you can use whatever white frosting you like (my very easy vanilla buttercream is just as tasty!).

mummy cupcake on black netting

How to Decorate Mummy Cupcakes

If you’re a visual learner, check out this super quick video that shows you exactly how I decorated each cupcake quickly and easily! Or read on for step-by-step instructions and my best tips. 

  1. Fit your tip and fill your piping bag. 
  2. Starting at the edge, near the middle of the cupcake, make one line to the opposite edge horizontally at a slight angle. 
  3. Repeat going at the opposite angle to create an X. 
  4. Layer more strips of frosting at slight angles, leaving a small space above the initial X open for eyes.
  5. Don’t forget the top! Just leave a small spot for the eyes. 
  6. Stick on the eyes! I didn’t have to do much, just gently pressed the pointed end of the chocolate chips into the cupcake. If you’re using flat or rounded candies, use a small dot of frosting on the back to stick them on. 

Really there’s no wrong or right way to decorate a mummy cupcake, just create layers of lines. We like them with a good amount of frosting, but not so many layers that you can’t see the cupcake at all. If you like a really sweet cupcake, layer on more!

a platter of mummy cupcakes

How to Store Them

If you’re using my cream cheese frosting, or any other buttercream with whipping cream, mascarpone, etc, then they should be stored in the fridge within 2 hours of decorating. 

You can bring them out an hour before serving safely, but honestly, if you also use my cupcake recipe, I really, really like them cold! They were fudgy, sweet, and of course spooky! They stayed good for a week.

If you’re using a standard American buttercream or Italian or Swiss Meringue buttercreams, they do not need to be stored in the fridge and can safely be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

I hope you love every sweet and spooky bite of these cupcakes, I’m so happy with how they turned out that I know I’ll be making them again next year! Don’t forget to check out the other cupcake recipes on the blog, and be sure to enter the giveaway below the recipe card!!

a chocolate mummy cupcake

Mummy Cupcakes

Print Recipe
Moist chocolate cupcakes decorated with easy cream cheese frosting to make mummy faces for a quick and simple Halloween treat.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:18 mins
Decorating time:15 mins


Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 100 grams all-purpose flour 3/4 cup
  • 56 grams cocoa powder 1/2 cup
  • 230 grams white sugar 1 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 ounces oil 1/2 cup
  • 125 grams greek yogurt 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting + Decorations

  • 6 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 565 grams powdered sugar 4 1/2 cups
  • 24 candy eyes chocolate chips, m&m's etc.


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a cupcake pan, or grease it.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a bowl and whisk until evenly combined and no more lumps exist.
  • Combine the eggs, yogurt, oil, vanilla, and sugar in another bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Fold the dry into the wet ingredients until a chocolate batter forms and no more streaks of flour are present.
  • Scoop into the cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Immediately remove to a cooling rack to let them cool completely.
  • Make the frosting by first beating the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar in once cup at a time, beating between additions, until a thick frosting forms.
  • Fit a lattice weave piping tip onto a piping bag and fill it.
  • Pipe from one edge of the cooled cupcake across to the other, making a line across the middle at a slight angle.
  • Repeat going the opposite way to form an X. Layer on more lines, leaving a small gap for the eyes.
  • Press the eyes into the remaining gap between the 'mummy wrapping', using a small dot of frosting to stick them if needed.
  • Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week. They can be brought out to room temperature 1 hour before serving if desired.



Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked goods, chocolate, cupcakes, dessert, Halloween
Servings: 12
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Mikayla M

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