Make cute cactus cupcakes for Day of the Dead party, Cinco de Mayo fiesta, or if you are a cactus lover!

Easy to make craft tutorial on making cactus cupcakes!
Easy to make cactus cupcakes with printable toppers and wrappers!

Cactus Cupcakes for Day of the Dead: Plus a proven recipe for cupcake batter or mixture

We couldn’t wait to show you these cactus cupcakes we made over the weekend! They were fun and easy to make and tasted good too.

We decorated them with mini crepe paper flowers and Happythought Day of the Dead printables. Perfect for a Day of the Dead party, Cinco de Mayo, or just if you are a cactus lover!

what you will need to make cactus cupcakes

To decorate your cupcakes you will need:

Sprinkles or sugar strands
Icing sugar and food coloring
Tooth picks
Happythought Day of the Dead printables
Crepe or tissue paper to make your flowers

crepe paper flowers on cactus cupcakes for day of the dead

How to make and decorate your cactus cupcakes

Bake a batch of cupcakes (using the recipe below) and then split them into two groups.

Using a sharp knife, carve cactus shapes from one group – an oval, a rounded oblong etc, then cover them in green (and other colors too if you like) icing.

When the icing is nearly dry you can stick in the sugar strands.

Next attach each cactus to a cupcake from your second group, using icing ‘glue’ or toothpicks to hold them steady (WARNING – if you do use toothpicks be sure to warn guests before they tuck in!!)

Add a crepe paper flower, wrap a Happythought cupcake wrapper around the base and your cactus cupcakes are ready to serve!

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos fiesta ideas! Printables, crafts and tutorials!

Toppers and wrappers for Dia de los Muertos cupcakes: Made to look like cacti
Toppers and wrappers for Dia de los Muertos!

For the cupcakes themselves we used this recipe from Glorious Treats. It’s so easy and they always turn out great.

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe by Glorious Treats

Makes 15-16 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)
1/2 cup buttermilk
(or 1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice – add acid to the milk then set aside for 5 minutes before using)

How to make cactus cupcakes for Day of the Dead!
Cactus cupcakes for Day of the Dead!

Have fun making your cactus cupcakes! Experiment with colors and styles.


12 print and make food and drink signs free

Printable food and drink signs for day of the dead!

We also have our very popular Free printable Mexican food signs to download from here: https://happythought.co.uk/day-of-the-dead/mexican-food-signs


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