Super-Easy Yeti Cupcakes

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Super easy yeti cupcakes from Our Best BitesSo have you seen that doughnuts with vampire fangs thing circulating around Pinterest? You know, where little vampire fangs are placed in the hole of a doughnut and all you have to do is slap some eyes on there and call yourself a rockstar mom? I thought it was too easy to fail. I thought this was something I could do. So I bought a whole bunch of vampire fangs and just went into it with the assumption that they’d be adorable.

They were not.

See, what they don’t tell you on Pinterest is that about 3 minutes after you insert the plastic teeth, the jaw is going to open again, thus tearing apart your doughnut. Mine didn’t look cute or clever, they looked like mutilated doughnuts with plastic teeth sitting on top of them. They looked like Pinterest Shame.

So then I was up quite the creek because I had, like, 100 sets of plastic vampire fangs and nothing to do with them (except, of course, embarrass my children by wearing them when their friends come over…not that I would ever do that.)


Also, what was I EVER going to do with 100 sets of plastic vampire fangs? I’m pretty sure my kids combined don’t even know 100 people.

I realized that part of the problem was that I didn’t think the hole in the doughnut was strong enough to support the teeth. So really, all it needed was something more supportive…like a cupcake. Enter in the fact that my cutest monster doughnuts were made with coconut doughnuts AND that I have an unhealthy obsession with Bumble the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolph movies…


(hey, he’s a monster–it totally counts for Halloween even if he IS a Christmas-related monster!) and voila! Easy yeti cupcakes. Back to something I could do and still have the brain capacity to remember to take my mangy dog to get her hair cut, unlike the last three times I made an appointment and forgot.

So. These are super-easy. Depending on how much of the legwork you outsource (like buying unfrosted cupcakes from the grocery store bakery or buying canned frosting), this could take you, in the immortal and completely original words of Katy Perry, from zero to your own hero with almost no legwork.

You’re going to need any flavor of cupcakes, (I used this recipe, minus the whole layered color element), completely cooled (learn from my mistakes); frosting (like this); coconut; candy eyes (like these ones); and plastic fangs (like these ones, although right now they’re cheap and widely available in dollar stores, Walmarts, and Targets near you.)

yeti cupcakes ingredients

Frost the cupcakes (not too heavily, but enough to get the coconut to stick).

frosted yeti cupcake

Gently press the fangs deeply into the cupcake.


Place the eyes onto the frosting.

yeti cupcakes from Our Best Bites

Coat with coconut and serve.

Super-Easy Yeti Cupcakes from Our Best Bites

Super-Easy Yeti Cupcakes

These cupcakes are not only cute and festive, but super-duper easy to pull off thanks to a bit of coconut, dollar store fangs, and googly eyes!


  • 1 batch of cupcakes any flavor, completely cooled
  • Frosting
  • Coconut
  • Candy eyes
  • Plastic fangs


  • Frost the cupcakes (not too heavily, but enough to get the coconut to stick). Gently press the fangs deeply into the cupcake. Place the eyes onto the frosting. Coat with coconut and serve.
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Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I made these work by snipping the folded ends so the upper and lower teeth were separated. (When I put them in whole, they ripped the cupcake apart.)

  2. OK ~ I had a look at the fangs that we bought and if you close the teeth and pinch the crease shut (like with some pliers) they work fine. This way they barely open at all, and definitely not with any pressure. (It may also differ by brand ~ some might be weak enough to not need pinching.)

  3. Thank you for answering the question I have always had about those doughnuts! And how to truly embarrass my kids when they have friends over cuz the flannel pajama pants and no make up was getting old. I love these cupcakes!

  4. Cute cupcakes. I wonder if a different brand of doughnut would have worked better for you. I used the original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts and by scrunching up the fangs from top to bottom and on both sides I got them to work. I made them only an hour before they would be eaten so they would not dry out since they do crack a little around the hole. The kids loved them. I put the fangs in and my kids added the eyes and tongue. I tried making one the night before and did not scrunch the fangs in on the sides. I was not happy with the results of it opening up and cracking the doughnut.

  5. thank you for this post. I was going to purchase 50 donuts this week for a school Halloween party and do the fang thing. I would have been so upset! I love this blog.

  6. For the last few years I’ve given out glow bracelets and glow-in-the-dark fangs like these on Halloween. The older kids love the vampire look and the little ones (and their parents) love the bracelets.

  7. I have an unhealthy obsession with Rudolph as well. It makes my holiday season!
    Go Bumble!

  8. Just say it’s the Yeti from Monsters, Inc. and voila! No more worries about using a Christmas inspiration for a Halloween cupcake.

  9. If you really wanted to make the vampires or alternately yetis using doughnuts and don’t care about the kids being able to use the fangs after, you could probably just cut the fangs in half at the bendy joint part (that’s the techincal term folks), right??? My kids would complain about that, though!

  10. LOL! Oh glory, I think I liked them without the coconut – kind of a maniacal ghost with really big teeth. Maybe I could use green frosting to create the Ghost Busters Slimer ghost? You are a hero-mom, Kate. = )

  11. C-U-T-E! These might be exactly what “food craft” I use for the kids Halloween party!! Thanks for the heads up on the donuts. I did donut hole bats last year… yeah. The donut holes totally broke apart when you stuck the Oreo cookie wings in the sides. The kids didn’t care. I did. 🙁

  12. I was wanting to make those donuts for my kids…good to know that they don’t work well. This is a totally cute idea!

  13. It makes me want to color some frosting blue and put it in his mouth or around his eyes –but why add an extra step, these look so easy and cute!
    I think you’ve got the teeth upside down, but maybe that’s just a matter of opinion. Where did you get those cute cupcake papers?

  14. Oh my goodness! I bought the fangs to make those donuts for our party this weekend. Thanks for the heads up!!