Halloween Cauldron Cupcakes

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These Halloween Cauldron Cupcakes are a quick and easy way to make any celebration special!

So basically we are inviting you to hop on the Halloween train and get all your ideas in order.

Only a month left!

ANNND we’re have a link up party on Friday where you can share all your Halloween ideas!  FUN!

Now, I have to say that I’ve been off the cute food for a while now.

I basically OD’d on cute food early in my blogging years.  I used to be all caught up in adorableness.

I got over that pah-rity quickly. Ain’t nobody got time to be tweezering sprinkles onto a cookie.

But I’m going back to my roots and this week we’re gonna be giving you loads of ideas on how to wow the Halloween dessert table.

I’m also going to dip into my archives and remind you guys of come cute stuff I made in the years of yore.

Back when the food was cute and photography was el-crappo. But first we must focus on cupcakes.

Mini ones.

Mini ones that look like a little Witch’s Cauldrons.

Seriously cute.

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Yes, they look fancy, but they are oh-so-easy.  Trust me.

Just a few steps to cupcake domination.

I started by making Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes.

(I’m gonna get you guys the red velvet recipe tomorrow.)

ps.. you could totally make these full sized cupcakes with a Miniature Peanut Butter Cup, instead of the itty-bitty-already-unwrapped-kind.  Because, FYI…a whole cake batch of mini cupcakes basically makes infinity.

Anyway…start with the cupcakes.

Here’s the mini cupcake pan I use.

PicMonkey Collage

Then make some frosting.

I always use my favorite vanilla buttercream recipe.

Take out one cup of the frosting and save that for later.  Then divide the remaining frosting in half.

Color half yellow and half orange.

PicMonkey Collage2

Then using a piping bag, put about 1 cup of the yellow on one side of the bag and the same amount of orange on the other.

Just smoosh it in.  It’s fine, trust me…you want it to be swirly so it looks like a flame.

Also I used a Wilton 1M tip on my bag.

You’ll need to refill the piping bag when you run out, and just do it the same way as the first time.  Overfilling piping bags is mucho annoying.  I speak from experience.

Pipe the frosting on the cupcake like this…

Just a quick swirl.


Also, I don’t recommend ever using a ziplock bag to pipe with a tip.  Again, take the advice.

With the reserved frosting, go ahead and color that green.

I filled another piping bag with the green and attached a Wilton #12 tip, but any medium round tip will be fine!


Next grab some mini peanut butter cups and pipe on some frosting like this…kinda messy, to look like bubbly witches brew!


These are a little bit of a riff on Kristan’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake Toppers she made a few years ago!

To make a little “spoon” for the cauldrons I grabbed some black candy melts and melted them in a zip-top bag.

I cut off a tiny corner and piped lines onto a piece of parchment paper.

(you could also just use melted chocolate)


You could easily use black licorice for this too, I just couldn’t find any at my supermarket.

OR you could omit the spoon altogether.  Honestly.

As soon as they set up I broke them into small pieces and placed it in the green frosting…

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See how adorable?

Like really.

And stay tuned all week for more fun Halloween Party treats!

Also from my archives check out:

Melted Witch Push Up Pops

Witches Broom Cupcakes

Spider and Owl Krispie Treats

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Oct 1, 2017 7:31 am

I’m not shy to say this…. The very first time i saw this i was like what is this? and my wife smiled and explained what it is and its functionality. seeing it here is awesome. i’ll share this link with my wife. she will love it, Awesome post.

Jun 15, 2017 7:56 pm

Guess this is one of my best cupcakes. the looks alone make me crave for it. Nice work Shelly

Aug 17, 2015 8:24 am

I’m looking for your red velvet cupcake recipe and can’t find anywhere. You had said you would post tomorrow, but I can’t find it.
Please share.
You make adorable cupcakes.

Nov 1, 2013 11:24 am

I love these! The cauldron sitting on the icing “fire” is so cute! : )

Awesome Halloween idea, I will try this recipe because it sounds very easy.

You won’t believe if I say that my town has gone crazy over cup cakes.

Oct 10, 2013 2:28 am

Aww, even though you`re not into cute food, I`m glad you`re going back to your roots for Halloween, because I`m dying over all your cute foods!

Oct 7, 2013 7:21 am

These are so stupid adorable. As in, so adorable, they’ve made me go stupid! And easy, too!! Love them!

Oct 6, 2013 10:55 pm

Love. Such a neat idea!

Oct 2, 2013 10:58 am

LOVE it. Very cute and original. Good job!!

Oct 1, 2013 8:30 am

These are so fun! I cant wait to see what’s next! Oh, I’m glad you’re doing all the cute food this week! Hopefully, I find the time to do some! These look so easy and semi-quick, totally doable!

Ah Freaking dorable!!! Can’t wait to see all the fun things you make this week!

Sep 30, 2013 11:06 pm

Adorable cupcakes! Looking forward to the link party!! 🙂

Sep 30, 2013 9:38 pm

I tend to think MOST cute food is totally overrated…but these are so not. Anything topped with a PB cup is good stuff.

Sep 30, 2013 8:22 pm

I love when you two do things together! Halloween week is going to be so fun! These cupcakes are so cute and creative!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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