Cauldron Cupcakes

These Cauldron Cupcakes (complete with spooky smoke) are so cool looking – you’re going to be surprised how easy they are to put together!

Welcome to Day 1 of #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I’ve teamed up with a great group of sponsors & they sent me a good bit of free goodies to make this week of recipes happened. As always, all opinions & general chit chat is all 100% me. 

I am so in love with how cute these cauldron cupcakes turned out. I absolutely suck at decorating cakes & cupcakes, so anytime that I can make one look cute – you know that is has to be easy to decorate. This one is so simple and I’m just in love with them!

For these cupcakes, you can go with store-bought cake mix & premade frosting, or you can go all out & make them from scratch. The assembly of the cupcakes doesn’t take long at all, but the end product is adorable.

To make the cauldron cupcakes, you will need:

  • baked cupcakes
  • chocolate frosting (recipe at bottom of the post – or use store-bought or your own favorite)
  • mini chocolate donuts, cut in half – making two thin donuts
  • green frosting (I used store-bought vanilla frosting & dyed it green with my Adams food coloring)
  • red sanding sugar (I like Wiltons)
  • pretzel sticks
  • cotton candy
  • black licorice strings

To assemble the cupcakes:

  1. Lightly frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
  2. Place a halved chocolate donut on each cupcake, & cover with frosting – leaving the center of the donut hole empty.
  3. Dip the bottom edge of the frosted cupcake in red sanding sugar
  4. Pipe green frosting into the center of the donut hole (I used a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off) letting it ‘bubble’ out for effect
  5. Stick a small piece of cotton candy on the green frosting for cauldron smoke
  6. Fit a licorice string over top for the cauldron handle, burying the ends in the cupcake
  7. Pop a pretzel stick inside the donut hole for the cauldron stirrer
  8. ALL DONE!!

I hope you will join me for the rest of the week. I will be sharing 5 more easy-peasy Halloween recipes that I think you’re gonna love!

Sponsored products used in this recipe – Dixie Crystals Sugar, Wilton sanding sugar, & Adam’s food coloring.

Cauldron Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • baked cupcakes
  • chocolate frosting
  • mini chocolate donuts cut in half - making two thin donuts
  • green frosting I used store-bought vanilla frosting & dyed it green with my Adams food coloring
  • red sanding sugar I like Wiltons
  • pretzel sticks
  • cotton candy
  • black licorice strings

For the chocolate frosting:

  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 5 3/4 cups powdered sugar I use Dixie Crystals
  • 1 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 heaping cup heavy cream

Instructions

To assemble the cupcakes:

  • Lightly frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
  • Place a halved chocolate donut on each cupcake, & cover with frosting - leaving the center of the donut hole empty.
  • Dip the bottom edge of the frosted cupcake in red sanding sugar
  • Pipe green frosting into the center of the donut hole (I used a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off) letting it 'bubble' out for effect
  • Stick a small piece of cotton candy on the green frosting for cauldron smoke
  • Fit a licorice string over top for the cauldron handle, burying the ends in the cupcake
  • Pop a pretzel stick inside the donut hole for the cauldron stirrer
  • ALL DONE!!

To make the frosting:

  • Beat butter until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, vanilla extract & heavy cream. Stir until combined, and then beat at high speed until creamy. Spread frosting between the cake layers and on top and sides of the cake.