A fun and easy Halloween Cupcake recipe, these Worst Witch Cupcakes feature three-color frosting and a homemade chocolate cupcake recipe.
Easy Halloween Cupcakes Recipe
My daughter is obsessed with The Worst Witch. It’s a Netflix series and book series (we got into it via the Netflix series) set at a magical boarding school. Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, and she’s quickly taken on the title of “The Worst Witch” as a result of all of her clumsy misfortunes, like getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick.
When I saw these cute Witches’ leg cupcake toppers, I immediately thought of Mildred Hubble, legs up after crashing her broomstick.
Of course, they work perfectly for a Wizard of Oz-themed cupcake or Hocus Pocus theme, too.
(And if your kids are too young for the Worst Witch, one of my favorites is The Curious Little Witch by Lieve Baeten.)
You can also get these Edible Witch Leg Cupcake Toppers, which might be a little easier at a party. (Or you could DIY some out of straws and some black construction paper, but that’s a bit too much work for me!)
The three-tone frosting is the second really fun feature of these super simple cupcakes – and I totally cheat and use this piping bag to achieve this effect. Ella picked these colors as the most “witchy” but feel free to customize to your personal preferences.
Ingredients for Witch Cupcakes
- All-purpose Flour
- White Granulated Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Vegetable Oil
- Large Egg
- Vanilla Extract
- Boiling Water
Three-Tone Witches Frosting:
- Butter, softened
- Powdered Icing Sugar
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Vanilla Extract
- Orange, Purple and Green food coloring <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can use boxed cake mix for the cupcakes, but don’t skimp on the homemade buttercream. These cupcakes can be frozen – unfrosted – for up to one month.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- 1 package of Witch plastic legs, cake decoration
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer<– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Cupcake tin
- Cupcake scoop
- Three-color Swirl Piping Tip
- Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe
How to Make Witch Cupcakes for Halloween
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Now line each cupcake tin with paper liners. Start by mixing the flour, sugar, dark cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
In a second bowl add the egg, whole milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat all of the ingredients together for three minutes on medium. After these ingredients are mixed slowly begin to add the boiling water, a little amount at the beginning, stirring as you add, then pour in the remaining boiling water. Your batter may be a little runny but that is okay.
Using a medium ice cream scoop pour the batter into the lined cupcake tins until about 3/4rds filled. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven allowing them to cool for 10 minutes. Finally, remove each cupcake from the pan placing them on a wire rack to completely cool.
Making the Witches frosting:
Cream powder sugar and butter until mixture is light and creamy. If for some reason it doesn’t cream you can add a few drops of heavy whipping cream until it creams.
Test to see if the frosting can form and hold a stiff peak by getting a spoonful of frosting and turning the spoon upside down to see if the frosting stays on the spoon or falls off. If it stays on the spoon, you’re good, if not add more powder sugar 1/4 cup at a time and mix well.
Divide the frosting equally into three bowls. Add several drops of each of the gel food colorings into each of the bowls. One color per bowl. Mix well until the color is thoroughly blended.
Once the frosting is ready, you can place it into a pastry bag with a large tip (we used a 13-inch tip) Scoop one color of your frosting at a time, putting it on one side of the bag. Add the other two colors of frosting to the two other sides of the pastry bag.
Twist the open end of the pastry bag and pushing the frosting to the tip, test to make sure that the colors are mixed together, and frost the cupcake edges inward to the center of the cupcake.
Stick a pair of the witches legs in the center of each of the cupcakes. Set the cupcakes aside.
Grab your free printable for our super simple Halloween cupcakes:
Making the Witches frosting: As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
For the Three-Tone Witches Frosting:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 2g
Making the Witches frosting:
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This super fun and easy Worst Witch Cupcake recipe is perfect for making with kids who are fans of the book series – or any other witch book or movie.