Fun & Easy To Make Ninja Cupcakes For Your Little Ninja’s Party!

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Throwing a Ninja-themed party for your kiddo? You must make these fun and easy Ninja Cupcakes to celebrate! No baking is required as you can just decorate store-bought cupcakes with black fondant, candy eyeballs, and gold sugar sprinkles!

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Ninja Cupcakes

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Every party needs cake, and these ninja cupcakes are perfect for that ninja party you’re throwing!

The cupcake decorations are made using fondant, which might look tricky, but it’s not as difficult as you might think.

It is simply strips of black fondant draped across the top of a cupcake and decorated with some candy eyeballs and gold sugar sprinkles around the edge.

If you’re an experienced cake maker you can probably jump straight to the recipe at the end of this post and get baking!

But if not, please read through the steps as I’ve got lots of tips and suggestions along the way!

Oh, and if you want a fun party activity check out How To Make Paper Ninjas! (You can also use them to make party decorations!)

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Ingredients & Equipment For Ninja Cupcakes

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed to make these cupcakes have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

Cupcakes & Frosting Ingredients

Decorating Ingredients

The full list with measurements is found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Cupcake Decorating Equipment

  • Round Cookie Cutter – to cut out the Ninja’s black outfit. It needs to be as wide as your cupcakes.
  • Fondant Rolling Pin – these have a smooth surface and won’t leave a texture on your fondant when rolling out.
  • Sharp Knife for cutting the fondant.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog! I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. You can mix cup measurements with weighted measures, but never imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

Ninja Cupcakes - Easy to Make for Kid's Parties

Tips For Using Fondant

The cupcakes are decorated with strips of black fondant.

If you have never worked with fondant before, don’t panic – it is really easy to use, follow my tips and you’ll be just fine!

  • Dust your work surface with powdered sugar (icing sugar/confectioner’s sugar) or cornstarch (cornflour) so that the fondant doesn’t stick. Think of it like the way you use flour when rolling dough.
  • Rub a little powdered sugar/cornstarch into your hands and knead a handful of the fondant to make it more pliable before rolling, rather than using it straight from the package.
  • Dust your rolling pin too, and roll the fondant to about ¼” (0.5cm) thick. Some fondant rolling pins have guides you can use. You don’t want it too thick as it will take ages to dry, and you don’t want it too thin as it will become more tricky to work with.
  • When using a cookie cutter to cut fondant, pour a little pile of powdered sugar onto your surface and dip the cookie cutter into it before cutting – this is to prevent sticking.
  • If there is excess powdered sugar on the pieces, you can gently brush it away with a pastry brush, or an unused, clean paintbrush.
  • Alternatively, you can use a vodka spray. Pour some vodka into a mini spray bottle and gently mist the fondant wings. Vodka dries more quickly than water which is why it is usually used when handling fondant.
  • Always make extra pieces – that way if some break or you have another mishap, you have got backups that you can use.
  • After using fondant the surface will be super sticky (it always is in my experience!) so you will probably have to wipe away the sugar first, then give it a soapy hot wash over, and then another clean over! You can always buy a fondant rolling mat for easier cleanup.
  • Always keep fondant covered when making decorations to prevent it from drying out. And when you’ve finished, wrap up any remaining fondant very well – I double-wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. This keeps it fresh and you can use it for future cake-making.

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How Do I Make Ninja Cupcakes?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Ninja Cupcakes Recipe

Ninja Cupcakes

These fun Ninja Cupcakes are easy to make and perfect for little Ninjas!


  • 12 cupcakes (from your favorite recipe or boxed mix)
  • 1 to 2 cups vanilla frosting (from your favorite recipe or canned frosting)
  • 2 (4.4 ounce) packages black fondant
  • 24 candy eyeballs
  • Gold sugar sprinkles


  1. Apply a thin layer of frosting on top of each cupcake.

    Frosted Ninja Cupcakes
  2. Roll out the black fondant to about ¼" (0.5cm) thick.
  3. Using a circle cookie cutter, cut the fondant to the same size as the cupcake.

    Cutting Fondant with Cookie Cutter
  4. Then, use a knife to cut each circle into three pieces: cut halfway down to create a large semicircle, then cut a little gap above that line to create a strip and a smaller semicircle. Use the photo below as a guide.

    Cutting Black Fondant for Ninja
  5. Position the large semicircle of fondant on the bottom of each cupcake and the small semicircle at the top of the fondant, leaving a gap in between.
  6. Add the candy eyes to the empty space. Then, place the strip fondant across the top of the large semicircle and just up to the eyes.

    Fondant Placement on Ninja Cupcakes
  7. Smooth any frosting that escapes under the fondant to create a clean edge.
  8. Roll the edge in gold sugar sprinkles.

    Adding Gold Sprinkles to Cupcakes Edge
  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Ninja Cupcakes Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 347mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 2gSugar: 68gProtein: 3g

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