This Halloween Buttercream Board is a monstrously delightful treat! With a cheeky Frankenstein face crafted from decadent buttercream and a wicked assortment of sweet and savory dippers, this board is both a trick and a treat. This spook-tacular dessert board is perfect for all of your Halloween festivities!
This Halloween dessert board is almost too cute to eat. Almost.
I love this new trend of serving frosting boards as a dessert. I love it almost as much as my hot chocolate charcuterie board. 😉 It's so much fun and super easy to adapt to all kinds of holidays and special occasions. So of course I had to try my hand at creating one for Halloween!
What is a buttercream board?
Oh, so you've never heard of a buttercream board? Well it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like - a dessert board that consists of a delicious pile of buttercream frosting and tasty little morsels that you can dip into it!
Sound a bit, crazy? Perhaps. But you can't argue with delicious. Plus they are super fun to make and even more fun to eat - making it totally perfect for entertaining a crowd.
What You Need
Buttercream frosting! Ok, duh. You can make homemade frosting if you have the time, or use any store bought buttercream frosting of your choice.
Gel Food Coloring. I used green and black food coloring to make the Frankenstein face. I highly recommend using gel food colorings for the best rich colors and the least mess.
Piping Bags and Tips. I used a total of three piping bags plus a 1A and 2D tip to make the Frankenstein head. It's also helpful to have an offset spatula if possible! I like to use disposable piping bags for the easiest cleanup, and I love this piping tip set because it has the sizes labeled.
Dippers! I used classic sandwich cookies and pretzels for a sweet and salty combination. See below for more fun dipping ideas.
A sturdy tray or board for serving. You can use a fancy platter if you wish, but something like a large cutting board or cookie sheet will also work just fine.
How to Make the Frankenstein Buttercream Board - Step by Step
If you're anything like me, you're going to need step by step instructions to make that Frankenstein face, so here we go!
Start off by dying all of your white frosting green. Don't worry, we will turn it black at the end for the hair! Then fill up a piping bag fitted with a 1A tip (that's a large round tip).
Draw the outline of the Frankenstein face on your board or serving tray. Fill in the face, as evenly as you can, by piping back and forth in lines. It's like coloring! Use your spatula to smooth out the frosting.
Now you can dye the remaining frosting black. Just mix in the black gel coloring and it will turn black! Add that to a fresh piping bag with a 2D tip (that's a large star shaped tip).
Pipe on the hair, holding the piping tip slightly above the board so it doesn't scrape against the green frosting as you work.
Now you can make the eyes from the sandwich cookies. Separate two large sandwich cookies and place those on as the eyes. Then add two mini sandwich cookies as the pupils.
Put the remaining black frosting into a third piping bag and cut off a very small opening for a tip. Finish piping on the mouth and the scars with stitches to complete the whole Frankenstein look.
Layer the cookies, pretzels, and your own favorite dippers all around the Frankenstein face to complete your frosting board.
More Dipper Ideas
It's always nice to put out a variety of both savory and sweet dippers for a frosting board. Here are some more ideas:
- Any of your favorite cookies - check out some cookie recipes.
- Pretzel rods
- Fresh or dried fruit
- Pound cake (cut into bite sized pieces)
Don't make this dessert too far in advance. The buttercream frosting will harden when left to sit out, so I would not make this more than 1-2 hours in advance of your Halloween party!
Design your own! You can take this frosting board idea and get as creative as you want. Pick up some orange food coloring and try your hand at making a pumpkin. Or use the plain white frosting to make a ghost with a funny face.
More Halloween Inspiration
If you love these Halloween frosting board, be sure to check out these other fun ideas:
Halloween Buttercream Board
- Large Board
- Piping Tip 1A
- Piping Tip 2D
- 3 Piping Bags
- Off set Spatula
- 3 cup vanilla buttercream frosting
- 2 cup mini pretzel
- 2 cup pretzel sticks
- 2 dozen chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1 dozen vanilla sandwich cookies
- 1 dozen mini chocolate sandwich cookies
- Black Gel Food Coloring
- Leaf Green Gel Food Coloring
- Dye the white frosting green by mixing a few drops of gel food coloring into the frosting, in a mixing bowl.
- Add the green frosting to a piping bag fitted with a 1A piping tip (large round tip).
- Draw the outline of the Frankenstein face on your serving board, with the green frosting.
- Fill in the face keeping an even amount of pressure while piping lines back and forth, as if you are coloring in the lines. Use an offset spatula to smooth out the icing.
- Dy the remaining green frosting black, by mixing in the black food coloring gel. Add the black frosting to a new piping bag fitted with a 2D piping tip (large star tip). Pipe on the hair.
- Separate 2 sandwich cookies and place those as the eyes, as shown in the pictures. Add two mini sandwich cookies as the pupils.
- Add the remaining black icing to the third bag without a piping tip. Cut a small opening to serve as the tip. Pipe on the mouth, scars, and stitches.
- Layer the cookies and pretzels around the frosting for serving!