Halloween is almost upon us and even though it’s not a huge celebration for us Aussies, I still like to get involved and dress up, trick or treat and of course bake yummy Halloween treats. Hence came forth from the profound depths of evil, these Wicked Witch Purple Velvet Halloween Cupcakes.
I was originally going to make these as red velvet cupcakes, but then thought, why don’t I be a bit creative and try to make purple velvet cupcakes instead, since purple seems a witchy kind of colour. I did a quick google search to read some reviews from other bakers, as I had no idea how the purple would turn out if at all.
My inspiration came from Danguole over at 10thKitchen. She had tried a few different ways to get the best purple colour and like her, my cupcake batter was a beautiful deep violet colour before going in to the cupcake trays and then into the oven.
When they came out though that purple became a deep dark aubergine eggplant kind of colour, with a hint of burgundy to it.
While the cupcakes were cooling I started working on the little witches. I have recently been trawling through Pinterest, as you do, looking for ideas and inspiration for Halloween and also Christmas coming up. That’s where I came along these witches hats. I was initially concerned at the amount of fondant used for these, so I did a few attempts at making them ‘hollow’ hats, but I found it hard to maintain there shape, so conceded and ended up making these hats solid. I will revisit them again in the future and put my thinking hat on (see what I did there?) and come up with a better way to do them.
Wicked Witch Hats
Roll some black fondant to a few millimetres thick then using a basic round cutter, cut circles out of the fondant. These will form the base of the hat. Using a flat edge tool, lightly add some indents into edges of the circles, simply to add some texture.
Grab a small ball of black fondant and roll it into a cone shape, using one finger on the side to keep a flat base, while the other hand rolls the cone shape. Gently bend the pointed end slightly to give the appearance of a witches hat, then place on the middle of your previously made bases.
Take a small piece of purple fondant and roll it to a few mms thick. Cut it into strips, long enough to wrap around your hat and about 1/4 of the height of the hat. Gently wrap it around the bottom of the cone part of the hat, resting it on the base. Repeat with the green fondant.
Finish the hat off with a small buckle made from a square of white fondant with dimensions the height of the green/purple band. Add a smaller piece of black fondant to the white, then attach to the green/purple band with a dab of water.
Wicked Witch Legs
Next up were the wicked witches legs. Now these didn’t quite turn out as good as I had hoped or expected. I am by no means a perfect baker, I make mistakes. But when mistakes are made I always try and salvage the cupcake and do what I can to make it work. So I still wanted to share these with you and add my recommendations as to how it can be done better.
Take a small ball of white fondant and roll into thin sausage shape approximately 5-6cm long. Do the same with a piece of red fondant. Next pinch one end of each of the fondant sausages togerther and gently twist them round each other. Once done, gently roll them on a flat surface to merge them together better, then set aside to firm up. Repeat this for as many legs as you need and in any colours you like.
Take a small ball of black fondant and shape into little witch shoes. These were definitely not easy, so practise makes perfect! Once done, attach them to the legs and thats it.
Frost the cupcakes using buttercream recipe below. I tinted the frosting purple and green as they are ‘witchy’ colours in my opinion. Especially green, it makes me think of the musical, Wicked. I just did a basic swirl using a Wilton 1M tip, but you can do any time of frosting swirl on top. Once cupcakes are frosted simply pop your witches hats on top and stick your legs in with the shoes poking out.
My blunder with these cupcakes was me not allowing enough time for the fondant to dry and the legs to firm up. I would highly recommend making both the hats and the legs at least one day before you make the cupcakes, so they have time to firm up. Or alternatively you may want to use gum paste as that normally dries firmer. My legs were therefore a little wonky, so I am simply calling them wonky witch legs!
You don’t have to make the witch legs stick out from the frosting, you can also simply lay them next to the cupcake and pop the hats on top of the frosting. They look just as cute!