Tombstone Cupcakes

Tombstone Halloween Cupcakes

Tombstone Cupcakes

Tombstone Cupcakes


Chocolate Cakes:
1 box Devil's Food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
1 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips, optional
Chocolate Frosting:
1 C. butter
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk
2-3 C. powdered sugar
24 Milano Cookies
2 C. chocolate melts, melted
2 Tbsp. white chocolate melts or white chocolate chips, melted
Crushed Oreos, about 1 C.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. Combine eggs, oil, milk, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Stir in cake mix.
5. Stiri in chocolate chips.
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Chocolate Frosting: Beat butter and cocoa for 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and milk and slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
8. To make Tombstones, dip Milano cookies in melted chocolate and set or parchment paper or foil to cool. (You don't have to dip the entire cookie since part of it will be inside the cupcake.) Once cool, use the melted white chocolate to pipe "RIP" onto each cookie. I put my meted white chocolate into a small plastic bag and snipped off the corner and used it as a mini piping bag. Let cool. Cut slits into the tops of your cupcakes so that it easy to stick in the cookies, then pipe a ring of frosting around the cookie. (See photos.) Cover frosting with crushed Oreos!

Get whatever flavor you want!  You can even get the mint ones and add peppermint extract to the frosting…Mmmm! 

Milano Tombstone cupcakes

Using Milanos as gravestones isn’t all that original, but I wanted to dunk mine in chocolate to make them a little more special! 2 years ago I just used Oreo cookies as the gravestones, they’re a circle, but they’re already black.  So you can use those if you’re in a pinch!

tombstone cupcakes

Do you see my “fail” one?  Write the letters big enough or it will look silly like my first one.

Milano Gravestone cupcakes how to

Cutting a little slit in the cupcake helps a lot!  And I liked to put my crushed Oreos on with the cookie in place because then the “dirt” piles up around the cookie a bit.  You can also add a gummy worm on each cupcake for a creepy-crawler Halloween look!

tombstone cupcake recipe

The cute greaseproof liners?  From Sweets & Treats

Tombstone cupcakes recipe

12 thoughts on “Tombstone Cupcakes

  1. 1
    emma sturgeon says:

    oooohhhh!!!!! love

  2. 2
    Lauryn says:

    Can’t wait to try these for my students!

  3. 3
    Stephanie says:

    These are super cute! My kids would adore these.

  4. 4
    Chelsey says:

    I thiink I ned to make these for my moms halloween party! So cute!!

  5. 5
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    So creative using the Milano cookies! Love these!

  6. 6
    Jackie Gibson says:

    Very creative

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  8. 8

    I can’t handle how cute these are!!! I definitely want to give these a try.

  9. 9
    Allie Gower says:

    These are so fun, I love ideas using some of my favorite treats.

  10. 10
    ome says:

    I make them and add a no bake cheesecake filling, ice cream, or chocolate mousse 🙂 I usually only do 1 coat and they are so fragile…2 coats is genius! Thanks!

  11. 11
    katie says:

    I made these yesterday and they turned out WONDERFUL!!! Used the boston creme pie Milanos, yummmm

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