You can assemble these fun little cakes the day before serving. Refrigerate in a covered, deep container and remove 1 hour before serving.

Graveyard Cupcakes

Tombstones:
12 oval sandwich cookies
1 (.68-ounce) tube red or black writing gel
Trees:
6 black licorice twists
Cupcakes:
12 unfrosted cupcakes, homemade or purchased
1 (16-ounce) container vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
12 candy pumpkins (similar to candy corn)
  1. For tombstones: Cut 1/3 off each cookie; pipe "RIP" (Rest in Peace) on large pieces with writing gel; set aside.
  2. For trees: Cut each licorice twist in half crosswise. Starting at cut end, cut 6 to 8 "branches" to about halfway down twist; set aside.
  3. Tint frosting to desired shade of green. Frost cupcakes. Insert tombstone in center, tree behind and a candy pumpkin in front.

Serves 12.

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