Easy Witches’ Brew Halloween Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes are topped with fluffy green frosting and decorations to look like a bubbling cauldron of Witches’ Brew. This easy idea starts with your favorite devil’s food cake (box mix and even gluten free is fine), and turns them into an adorable trick-or-treat dessert recipe for your little goblins. 

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Bringing back this contributor post from a few years ago because it’s too cute not to share again. Originally posted on Oct 8, 2015.

Hello Cupcakes & Kale Chips Readers! Serene from House of Yumm back with you for another cupcake! And I figured a Halloween cupcake was definitely called for. Which led to these Witches’ Brew Cupcakes!

Double, double toil and trouble, devil’s food chocolate cupcakes with frosting and bubbles make these as much fun to make as they are to eat.

This easy Halloween cupcake idea starts with your favorite chocolate cupcakes. A Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix works great, or use a homemade cupcake recipe.

Then they are topped with just a few simple decorations to make it look like a cauldron overflowing with a fizzy green potion.

Fluffy green whipped cream cheese frosting and tons of sprinkle ‘bubbles’ to create a bubbly cauldron that any witch (or child, or adult!) would be happy to devour!

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Witches’ Brew Easy Halloween Cupcakes Recipe

Making your favorite chocolate cupcake look like it’s boiling over with a fizzy green potion from a black cauldron is super simple. Just bake them in a black cupcake liner, pile them high with fluffy frosting, and then have fun with sprinkles and candies of all sizes. That’s a magical concoction every kid will love to sink their teeth into.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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What You’ll Need

Chocolate cupcakes

Bake your favorite chocolate cupcakes or gluten free chocolate cupcakes. You can even be sneaky and make them a little healthier and gluten free with these black bean chocolate cupcakes.

TIME-SAVING TIP:  Use a box mix or pick up some unfrosted cupcakes from the bakery or grocery store.

Fluffy whipped cream cheese frosting

Based on this light and airy Cloud Frosting recipe. The end result is so fluffy and soft it’s slightly unbelievable.

  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream
  • Wilton Leaf Green Food Gel – the bolder color of a gel food coloring will ensure you achieve the perfect witches’ brew slimy green color.

Halloween cupcake decorations

Sprinkles and gumballs bring put on the Witches Brew Cupcakes

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  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the instructions or recipe.
  2. Make the frosting by creaming the cold cream cheese and powdered sugar, then beating in the vanilla extract and heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

    TIME-SAVING TIP: No time to make frosting? Canned frosting would be fine to use, too.
  3. Tint the frosting green and pile it high on the cupcakes to make it look like a potion is bubbling over.
  4. To create the bubbles, use a variety of sizes of sprinkles. These cupcakes used gumballs and large candy sprinkles from Wilton. You could create the same effect with any of the round ball type sprinkles that are available in most markets though.

The fun of these is you can really add as much or as few ‘bubbles’ as you want! You can also pile on the frosting to make it even MORE bubbly! Hmm..more frosting?? Ok!

Easy Halloween Cupcakes that looks like a cauldron of witches' brew

Before the sweet treats, have an easy Halloween dinner…

Collage of cupcakes and topping to make them look like green witches brew

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Witches’ Brew Cupcakes

Fun and easy Halloween cupcake decorations the kids will love! Devil’s food cupcakes decorated to look like a bubbling cauldron.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 20 cupcakes


  • 20 chocolate cupcakes homemade or boxed mix, baked according to directions


  • 8 ounces cream cheese cold
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Leaf Green Food Coloring


  • Prepare the cupcakes as according to the cake mix directions.
  • Once the cupcakes are cooled, prepare the frosting:
  • In large mixing bowl cream together the cold cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add in the vanilla extract and heavy cream.
  • Beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Add to piping bag with Wilton 2A piping tip. Or use a large plastic bag with the tip cut off. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes into either a swirl or pile the frosting up to create more ‘bubbles’.
  • Add the gumballs, or large sprinkles, then the smaller sprinkles to create a ‘bubbly’ appearance.
Nutrition Facts
Witches' Brew Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 90mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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