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Witch Cupcakes

Martha Stewart Kids, Fall 2003

Happy times with kids call for cheerful cupcakes. Easier to serve than cake, cupcakes require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.

The designs on this page start as Chocolate Cupcakes or Vanilla Cupcakes iced with Swiss Meringue Buttercream -- perfect for spreading in thin layers or sculpting into thick mounds (and licking from the bowl).

The cupcakes can be baked a week ahead and frozen, but decorate them no more than a day before serving. Set up an assembly line, and put kids in charge of affixing candy eyes, gumdrop cheeks, and other trimmings. Pack the cupcakes in a shallow plastic container, and stuff crumpled waxed paper in between. Then dole them out and watch kids marvel for a second before opening wide!

Witch Cupcake How-To
This coven of witches is neither toil nor trouble. Heap on green icing; press on mini-candy-coated-chocolate eyes, a candy-corn nose, and licorice-lace hair and eyebrows. An upside-down chocolate ice-cream cone makes a wicked hat.

Comments (6)

  • drlauk 28 Oct, 2010

    I plan to use chocolate dipped pretzels for hair instead of licorice. However, I am concerned about the cupcakes rising right. They look pretty rounded on top, and cupcakes I make usually look flat. Any helpful suggestions?

    I am at a high altitude if that helps..

  • Carmenid 29 Oct, 2009

    Made these last night, the licorice hair was a pain. I will pipe next time like VG52083 suggested.

  • thebeez 30 Oct, 2008

    to fargo13- Oreo makes the cones. I have seen them at Shop Rite and Kings where I live.

  • fargo13 25 Oct, 2008

    Where do you get Chocolate Ice Cream Cones. There are none to be found in Atlanta, Georgia. We have also thoroughly searched the Internet and there are none. Are these homemade?

  • bff201 23 Sep, 2008

    Thank you VG52083 for the cone tip, also that was a good Idea too about the frosting hair. What you can do instead of putting the cones in the fridge, You can put the cones on after your done with the cupcakes and putting it in the fridge so in the last minute the cone is as fresh as a new cone.

  • VG52083 31 Jul, 2008

    Made these last year and plan to make them again. However, I didn't use licorice for the hair, I had too much trouble trying to get it to stay. I just piped lines of chocolate frosting. Warning: if you store these in the refrigerator, the ice-cream cone hats will soften.