Witches Broom Cupcakes

I was scarred early in life by witches.

As a small girl I was obsessed with the movie The Wizard of Oz.  As much as I wanted to be Dorothy, in her blue and white gingham dress and her perfectly braided pigtails, I decided I couldn’t really deal with the witch that I would inevitably have to encounter if I were to walk a day in her red, sparkly shoes.

To make matters worse, I am part of a family who, once they know your weakness, will torment you with it until you are rocking in the fetal position.

My mom bought me a Wicked Witch of the West commemorative plate to mount on the wall of my bedroom.  Of course I balked at the idea of waking up with the witch staring and pointing at me everyday, but my mom insisted the plate was a “collector’s item”, as most wall plates are, and that I must keep it up.  Commemorative plates were my mom’s way of trying to look fancy.  It was a disease she inherited from my grandfather who is a staunch member of the Franklin Mint rare coin club.

Anyway, the Wicked Witch was part of my life for many years…until the plate got “broken”.  I am sure it was my brother’s fault, as most trouble in my childhood was, but the plate came crashing down, along with it’s plate “mounting” apparatus.  My mom then literally transformed INTO the Wicked Witch of the West…  One moment she was walking down the hallway to see what the crash was, the next she was sprouting a cape and hat, facing turning green as the witch music started to play in the background.  I blocked out what happened next, as you frequently do when experiencing childhood trauma, but I do remember that clacking my heels 3 times, chanting “there’s no place like home” was surprisingly ineffective.

So you can see that witches tend to bring up all sorts of feelings that I try to keep buried deep down.  DEEP down.

But since Halloween is coming up and there will be plenty of cute witches, mean witches and the inevitable slutty witches trick or treating I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make a witch themed treat.

I’ll mail you my therapy bills.

You’ll need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Mini Donuts
  • Fruit Roll-ups
  • Piping bag, if you are going to use a piping tip.  I used Wilton tip #48 (the one for basket weave)

Here’s how:

First you bake up some cupcakes and make some frosting.  Color your frosting yellow…

Then put a thin layer of frosting on your cupcake.

Take one of your mini donuts…

…and hollow the center out a little but more with a knife, so your pretzel rod will be able to fit through.  Then place it on top of your cupcake.

Next you stick your pretzel through the donut into the cupcake.

Lightly frost the whole donut and then fill your piping bag and pipe on the “broom” and wrap a piece of Fruit Roll-up around the pretzel.

Pipe a touch of frosting on top of the Fruit Roll-up to look like straw peeking out.

Then you’re done!

Now for some other fun Witch inspired treats check out:

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen’s Witches Cauldrons

and Sweet Sugarbelle’s 3D Witches Hat Cookies

40 Responses

  1. Love these. LOVE love love. SO cute and simple.

    Also, I am not a fan of the inevitable slutty witch. Or the slutty M&M, nurse, or army girl. We got a costume catalog in the mail the other day and my son picked me out a costume. When he showed it to me…it was called the “Naughty Navajo”.

    In his defense, I am pretty sure he doesn’t know what that is.


  2. Shelly, These are darling! You are so clever! Love the use of the donut:)
    FUNNY post. I can relate to my favorite part: ” I am sure it was my brother’s fault, as most trouble in my childhood was” ~LOL!

  3. I don’t have QUITE the aversion to witches that you do…but it was the book “the Witches” by Roald Dahl, and not the wizard of oz, that always tormented me. They say if you’re afraid of something, the best way to beat that fear is to face it. And by face it…they obviously meant to eat these cupcakes.

  4. what a fun neat idea….I will make these in honor of me..as I can be a real witch some days. I have this T Shirt w/ a witches broom that says, “Frequent Flyer”. Hey, truth hurts.

  5. I had an EVIL Raggedy Ann Doll. Mom did the witch transformation once when I added lashes and full fed lips to improve the evil look she had. Long story short, it DIDN’T work. Just made her scarier, and turned my mom into this mean witch you spoke of. My mom got as riled up about handmade gifts as your mom did collectible plates…In any case, I bet momma would be proud that the scary plate inspired such cuteness!

    PS…I strongly dislike Slutty witches. I strongly dislike the face that people use Halloween as an excuse to dress like slutty anything. But, that’s just me…

  6. I’m planning on doing these with mini cuppies for a halloween dessert table. I am going to use a gummy life saver in place of the donut and a small pretzel stick instead of the pretzel rod.

    Do you foresee any issues with piping on the bristles? Should I use just a round tip instead of a basketweave tip?

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