Original kaboose.com recipe, developed by Wendy Kalen
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These bewitching cupcakes are perfect for your next ghoulish Halloween bash. The kids love doing their own hocus pocus to turn these into witches, and they'll cackle with delight when they bite into one of these scrumptious sweets.
- 1 package (18.25 ounce) Devil's food or yellow cake mix
- Green food coloring
- Yellow food coloring
- 1 can (16 ounces) white frosting
- 1 large box (7 ounces) assorted fruit flavored gumdrop candies
- Whole peanuts
- 24 sets large candy "eyes" or other small flat, round candies (see tips below)
- 1 container (6.5 ounces) candy coated milk chocolate sprinkles (see tips below)
- Black shoestring licorice
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
- Line two 12-cup cupcake pans with paper liners. Divide batter evenly and bake according to package directions. Cool in pans on wire racks about 10 minutes.
- Remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks and cool completely.
- Stir green and yellow food coloring into vanilla frosting in mixing bowl to tint chartreuse.
- Frost cupcakes; stick a gumdrop on the lower edge of each cupcake and cover with frosting to make the chin. Stick a peanut in the center of each cupcake for the nose.
- With a small sharp knife or scissors, cut two thin slices off the flat end of each gumdrop.
- Place these on each side of peanut to make the base for the eyes; top with candy eyes, securing with a dab of frosting if necessary.
- Cut the remaining ends of gumdrops in half and use crescent shapes for mouths.
- Using a dab of frosting, attach chocolate sprinkles to each witch on the chin and nose for warts.
- Cut licorice into varying lengths and stick into icing to make hair. Use short pieces to make eyebrows.
Parental supervision is recommended.
As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions,
etc. Please try any recipe out before attempting in a group setting.
Candy eyes are available where confectionery supplies are sold. You'll find the sprinkles in the ice cream toppings section of your supermarket. You can substitute miniature chocolate morsels.