I'm posting this to share decorating ideas.Mine are far from decorating perfection but oh, so fun to make and eat. Decorating like this takes time - You are warned - but well worth the effort! You can make it much simpler by only make one or two designs. These were a huge hit at our work Halloween party and kids love them! Use your favorite cake and frosting recipes, your frosting must be soft enough to squeeze through a cone and tip but firm enought to hold it's shape. My frosting was a basic buttercream with a little egg white added for firmness - egg white powder will work too. The bright blue frosting lost some of it's shape due to mixing powdered food coloring with extra milk to avoid grainyness, this is one reason I suggest using gel or paste food color. I went throught the bulk candy section at the grocery store and picked out the items I thought most condusive to monsters and such - the assorted licorice candies are fabulous and slice up easily; sour strips make great tounges : ) , and I loved the yellow Runts for making horns and fangs! I had mini baking M&M 's on hand; they were a good size for eyes, but regular ones could work too. I was looking for the skinny string licorice but couldn't find any - it would be a nice additon as is edible glitter - Wilton makes it and you can find it at JoAnne's or Michael's, or where ever you buy your cake decorating supplies For frosting Decorating Tips - I used open star #18, plain round #7, a #68 leaf tip, Atteco 47 or 45 for the mummy, and a Wilton or Marpol 233/ Atteco 133 for the grass and some of the monsters . You may have similar tips but slightly different sizes. I make my own parchment cones, unless you do a lot of decorating and make your own to save money, it's much easier to buy the nice plastic bag cones. I always use couplers so I can change tips but you could make seperate cones for each tip. The Mummy and Worm Cupcakes are the easiest and take the least amount of time to make. The spiders are the messiest and most time consuming. If I were to do this assortment again I would prep for the decorating ahead of time - slicing licorice candies for eyes, cutting sour tounges, dipping the spiders etc., and bake the cupcakes the day before. Doing everthing at once took hours.