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Triple chocolate witch cupcakes are fun for the whole family

Chelsea is the author of the food blog Chelsea's Messy Apron where she shares a wide variety of recipes including family-friendly and easy meals, lots of baked goods and desserts, and plenty of healthy eats. She received her BA in Exerci...

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

These supercute and festive witch cupcakes have three different layers of chocolate in them: a chocolate cupcake, a chocolate cookie (the base of the witch's hat) and a chocolate cone (the top of the witch's hat). They're as tasty as they sound and such a fun way to celebrate Halloween.

To make your witch cupcakes, start off with a sugar cone and some melted chocolate. If you want, you can buy cones that are already chocolate, but I absolutely love the taste and flavor of a chocolate-dipped cone. It becomes the highlight of these cupcakes — besides, of course, how cute that angry little witch looks.

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

To melt the chocolate, combine chocolate chips and a little bit of vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring for about 20 seconds between each burst.

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

Once the chocolate is melted, dip the cone into the melted chocolate, and shake off the excess. Place the dipped cone onto some parchment paper, and allow the chocolate to dry. For a faster dry, place the cones onto a parchment-lined tray, and put the tray in the fridge until the chocolate has completely hardened.

While the cones are drying, bake the cupcakes, and allow them to cool. Once the cupcakes are cooled, top them with a huge spoonful of green-dyed frosting.

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

I just used frosting from a container that I squirted some food dye into. You want there to be a lot of frosting to work with, so pile it high. Using a butter knife, smooth and spread the frosting to form a round, headlike shape. This will be the witch's "head."

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

And now it's time to decorate the cupcake to make it look like a witch. Start with pressing a candy corn into the cupcake. Place the candy corn just a little bit above the cupcake wrapper. Then press in 2 miniature chocolate chips above the candy corn to form eyes.

Now it's time to add some personality to the witches with some "angry eyebrows." The eyebrows are just black licorice that have been cut small with scissors. Position them right above the eyes like in the picture for the "angry" effect.

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

Make the hair using the same black licorice string and cutting it into pieces. I like cutting it into different sizes to give the witch a more scraggly look.

You can make the pieces all the same length, if desired, or go even more scraggly than the example above. Press the hair pieces into the wet frosting to hold.

Take the dried chocolate cone, pipe some more melted chocolate along the opening, and attach it to a fudge cookie. Press the cookie and cone "hat" onto the still-wet frosting. Press it so that it holds, but not too hard to deform the witch's face.

These triple chocolate witch cupcakes are an easy (and fun!) Halloween treat

Triple chocolate witch cupcakes recipe

These cute witch-decorated cupcakes have three different types of chocolate layers, making for one decadent treat. These cupcakes are fun to decorate and don't take too long to have ready for a Halloween party.

Yields 24

Prep time: 40 minutes | Bake time: 25 minutes I Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix plus the ingredients called for
  • 1 container vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 chocolate fudge cookies (I used Keebler Fudge Stripes Dark Chocolate cookies)
  • 2 (12 count) packages sugar cones
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 24 candy corns
  • 48 miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 package black licorice string

Directions:

  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to the package directions. Bake, and allow to completely cool.
  2. Combine the frosting and green food coloring, mixing until a rich green color has formed.
  3. Meanwhile, remove the sugar cones from the package.
  4. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and vegetable oil. Microwave in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring in between.
  5. Dip the cones into the melted chocolate, and shake off any excess. Place the cones onto a parchment-lined tray, and allow them to completely dry.
  6. Generously frost the cupcakes with a lot of frosting to form an even, round "head" for the witch.
  7. Press a candy corn into the cupcake right above the cupcake wrapper. Place 2 miniature chocolate chips above the candy corn.
  8. Cut some black licorice into small pieces to make "angry eyebrows." Cut more licorice strips to make hair, and press them into the wet frosting.
  9. Place the fudge cookie on top of the head, and press it into the frosting to secure it. Place some more melted chocolate around the opening of the cone to attach it to the cookie.
  10. Allow to completely dry, and then enjoy.

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