Can you frost a cupcake? If so, then you can make the easiest, crowd-pleasing, kid approved cupcakes ever. Look at how cute they are! It has taken everything I have to not say “witch, please” every five seconds. I’m saying it here instead of in my house, because kindergartners are all about sharing.
A perk about virtual school is now I know how much my kinder shares with her classmates and teachers. In summary it’s EVERY SINGLE thing that happens in our house. For example, last week my Kinder announced that there is a spider living in my bathroom that she named “Bitsy”. At the time, this was news to me, because I DID NOT KNOW A SPIDER TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN MY BATHROOM.
Why is the spider story relevant? Mostly because I do not like them and this is Halloween cupcake post. My daughter really wanted to make a spider cake, and I had to use every single power of persuasion to convince her that witches cupcakes are the real deal. But it wasn’t that hard of a sell, because these are just adorable.
About the Cupcakes:
Because the focus of these cupcakes is on the decoration, I decided to take off half of the stress by using a box mix. This is a baking blog, and sometimes I bake box mixes. I have a very busy job and sometimes I don’t have time to mix up a perfect cake from scratch. That’s just life. Besides, some very smart food scientists created a perfect cake that you just add a few ingredients at home and move on with the decorating. Feel free to make your favorite cupcake recipe.
I used a devil’s food cake mix and I “jacked it up” by adding a cup of coffee instead of the recommended water, melted butter instead of oil and an extra egg. Mix. Pour in muffin tins and bake according to the package. Easy. Peasy.
About the Buttercream:
I planned to make a killer Italian Buttercream, but then my candy thermometer broke in a tragic apple cider doughnut frying incident. RIP candy thermometer. So instead I made a simple American buttercream. The secret ingredient is the Crisco. I know, I know. The butter purists will be up in arms. But here’s the thing, the Crisco smooths out some of the inconsistencies in the frosting, making it perfect to pipe and with no risk of becoming a gloopy mess.
Easy and adorable Halloween Cupcakes
- 1 batch of 24 cupcakes (make your favorite recipe or use a box mix)
- A lot of buttercream frosting and food coloring
- 12 Oreos
- 24 Hershey Kisses
First Make the Witches Hats:
- Separate the Oreos and scrape out the cream, so that 12 Oreos will yield 24 witches hats.
- Fit a piping bag with a small piping tip, I used Wilton #14 and fill the piping bag with frosting two-thirds of the way full.
- Pipe a small dot of buttercream on the top of the Oreo and press a Hershey Kiss in the center. Pipe more buttercream around the Hershey Kiss and add a few sprinkles. Set the hats aside while you decorate the cupcakes.
Next decorate the cupcakes;
- Fit a piping bag with the large cupcake tip of your choice. I used Ateco #828.
- Fill the piping bag with frosting two -thirds of the way full. Pipe the frosting on each cupcake, swirling as high you want.
- Embellish the frosting with a few sprinkles.
Put it all together:
- Gently place the witches hat to the top of the cupcake, pressing down slightly.
- Piping buttercream is optional! You can also frost the cupcakes using an offset spatula or even a knife. Just get the frosting on the cupcake!
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