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Cauldron Cupcakes


  • 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


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.