Marshmallow-and-Pretzel Skeleton Cupcakes



1 h


1 h


24 cupcakes

Marshmallow-and-Pretzel Skeleton Cupcakes

Recreate these frightful cupcakes using marshmallows, pretzels and pipe cleaner. They are sure to liven up any party.


  • 94 yogurt-covered pretzels
  • 24 small or medium marshmallows
  • 24 white pipe cleaners , cut into 5-in. pieces
  • 48 white pipe cleaners , cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • black food-colouring pen
  • 24 frosted chocolate cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup chocolate-cookie crumbs


  • Thread a wooden dowel through the smallest opening of 4 pretzels to make the skeleton’s rib cage. Push a small or medium marshmallow onto the bottom of the dowel and slide halfway up to keep pretzels in place.
  • At the other end of the dowel, twist the centre of a 5-in. pipe cleaner to secure pretzels and make the skeleton’s arms. Twist a 1-in. piece of pipe cleaner at the end of each arm for hands.
  • Using kitchen scissors, make two angled cuts from the bottom to middle of a large marshmallow to make the skull’s chin. Snip two small pieces off the top to round off the skull. Use the black food-colouring pen to draw a face. Insert the dowel into the bottom of the skull until it rests right above the arms.
  • Sprinkle cookie crumbs on frosted cupcakes. Insert the dowel into the top so the skeleton looks like it’s coming out of the cupcake.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent October 2014 issue.