Cthulhu cupcakes

Happy October! Here’s a quick and easy Cthulhu cake or cupcake (cthupcake?) decorating idea for your Halloween or Lovecraft-inspired party.

I just kept this really simple and went with a box yellow cake mix and buttercream frosting. A can of frosting from the store will also do just fine, it’s just nowhere near as tasty. If you have the opportunity, make it yourself. It’s very easy! I also had some little colorful frosting tubes to make the designs and lettering. And used a couple drops of blue food coloring to get an ocean-colored backdrop. All in all this is a super cheap and easy way to add a little classic horror to your life, whether you’re having a party or just sitting around by yourself and get a craving for some cake, which is how I ended up making this. 🙂


The Call of Cthulhu cupcake, Lovecraft


I kept the design pretty simple, too, just opting for a Cthulhu-inspired outline. Even if you doubt your skill with a frosting tube, as long as you get those signature face tentacles involved, you should be good. Then just add some wings on the side and some creepy red eyes and you’re set.

I made both a cake and cupcake versions of this, as you can see, and on the cake I felt it’d be fun to include one of the most recognizable quotes from Lovecraft’s story: “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” Or for extra credit, you can write it in the human approximation of the language of the Great Old Ones: “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”


Cthulhu cake, H.P. Lovecraft


Now, if you make these, I’m going to have to insist that you throw on Metallica’s “Call of Ktulu” (my favorite of their songs!) or “The Thing That Should Not Be” when you enjoy ’em. You may know that I’m something of a Metallica fan, but the Lovecraftian vibes in these songs are pretty essential for any Cthulhu worshiper enthusiast, too.


Cthulhu cupcake and Metallica Ktulu


Enjoy and may Cthulhu devour you last!





Cthulhu inspired cupcakes design

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