Cauldron Cupcakes

What holiday is complete without a special treat? …….trick or treat. Cauldron Cupcakes!

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I was inspired by a Pinterest pin from  House of Yumm. These cupcakes are so flipping cute.

I knew this had to be something I tried. I used my own dark chocolate cake recipe. Dark cocoa powder, with dark melted chocolate, and strong brewed espresso make decadent cupcakes. Moist and super dark chocolatey.

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Everyone has a recipe for buttercream frosting, but they are all pretty basic…butter, powdered sugar, and flavoring. I like a blend of vanilla and almond extract. My key is to whip the dickens out of it. I whip it for like 5 to 7 minutes to get it really fluffy.

The decorations are what make these so cute. Wilton has a large variety of edible decorations and a company called SweetWorks  has a wonderful selection of edible decorations, with a line made out of Sixlets. If you have never had Sixlets, well all I can can say is you do not know what you are missing.

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Hard candy coating and a chocolate inside with a slight malt taste. They are sold in cellophane tubes, I loved them when I was a kid. They are now sold in the cake decorating aisle in the grocery store. Beautiful colors, they add a touch of class to anything you bake and decorate.

Once the cupcakes are frosted……after you watch the video I found at i am baker that shows how to get a perfect swirl on top of a cupcake, add the bubbles to of your cauldron, using different sizes and colors to create a bubbling witches cauldron.

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I used red striped birthdays candles for witch legs and added witches shoes using a dab of frosting. Goggly eyes just add to the fun and seem to be all the rage in Halloween baked treats this year.

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So, be creative and brew up a bubbly bunch of Cauldron Cupcakes for Halloween.

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Cauldron Cupcakes

  • Author: Adapted from House of Yumm
  • Yield: 24 1x


  • Cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup brewed espresso
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 24 tablespoons whole milk or heavy whipping cream
  • pinch salt
  • Decorations
  • Edible balls of caring sizes in different shades of green
  • Goofy eye
  • anything witchy


  1. Cupcakes:
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake tins with paper liners. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined
  3. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, melted dark chocolate, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake liners filling 2/3 of the way.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  7. Frosting:
  8. Beat butter in bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  9. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  10. With mixer on low, slowly add in powdered sugar , milk, and salt; frequently scrape sides and bottom of bowl.
  11. Once incorporated, whip frosting for at least 3 minutes on medium high to high, or until light and fluffy.
  12. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.
  13. Assembly:
  14. Tint frosting with a lime green gel color. Use small amounts of coloring at a time as the color is very intense.
  15. I found this video at i am baker that shows how to get a perfect swirl on top of a cupcake.
  16. Frost cupcakes, and decorate with differing sizes of green edible candies, and google eyeballs. Wilton has a nice variety.
  17. For the witches legs I use small red striped candles and attached with shoes with frosting.


Recipe will make two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan instead of cupcakes.


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