Hats off to these witchy Halloween cupcakes, topped with colorful buttercream and crafty cupcake liners. Just bake-up our easy chocolate cupcakes, top them with frosting and use toothpicks to adhere the cupcake-liner hats! They may look scary, but the rich and chocolatey treats are actually pretty sweet.

Top tips from the Test Kitchen:

- We love the natural food coloring from Color Kitchen, which gives frosting a vibrant hue from plant-based dyes!

- Think about trying gel paste food coloring instead of liquid. The paste is thicker and creates a more vibrant, intense color without thinning out the frosting. Just be aware— a little goes a long way!

- Halloween is just the start of holiday (and cupcake-decorating!) season. Make an extra batch of buttercream frosting and freeze it for up to 3 months.

- Not all hats have to be black— find funky patterned cupcake liners to give your witches some extra personality.


2 dozen


1 hour 0 mins


Chocolate Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttercream

Gel food coloring

Black cupcake liners

Black mini cupcake liners

Double-sided tape


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Bake cupcakes as directed and let cool. Prepare buttercream and tint desired colors. Frost the cupcakes.

To form the witch hats: Fold one cupcake liner in half, then fold in half again. Tape the two flaps together to form a solid wedge shape. Fold the wedge in half again and tape again to form a cone.

Insert a toothpick into the frosted cupcake and place the cone on top of the toothpick. This is the top of the hat.

Cut a hole in the middle of the mini cupcake liner. This is the base of the hat. Slide the cut-out mini cupcake liner onto the cone to create the hat. Repeat for remaining cupcakes.

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