Wicked Witch Purple Velvet Halloween Cupcakes

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.

Purple cupcake batter - Felicious Cupcakes

Purple power

When they came out though that purple became a deep dark aubergine eggplant kind of colour, with a hint of burgundy to it.

Deep purple cupcakes - Felicious Cupcakes

Deep purple cupcakes

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

Step 1

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.

Black witches hats in the making - Felicious CupcakesStep Two

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.

Step Three

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.

Witches hats in the making - Felicious CupcakesStep Four

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.

Witches hat buckles - Felicious Cupcakes

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.

Step One

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.

Wicked Witch Legs - Felicious Cupcakes

They look a bit like candy canes

Step Two

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.

Wicked Witch Cupcakes - Felicious Cupcakes

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.

Wicked Witch Cupcakes - Felicious Cupcakes

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!

Wonky witch legs - Felicious Cupcakes

These ones look more like drunk 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!

Wicked Witch cupcakes - Felicious CupcakesSo tell me dear reader, how are you celebrating Halloween? What spooky Halloween treats are you planning to make? Are you going to dress up and trick or treat?

Wicked Witch Cupcakes - Felicious Cupcakes
Wicked Witch Halloween Cupcakes
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Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Wicked Witch Cupcakes - Felicious Cupcakes
Wicked Witch Halloween Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
  • 120 grams butter unsalted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp gel colouring purple
  • 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Buttercream Frosting
  • 180 grams butter unsalted
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp gel colouring amount depends on the colour you want
Servings: cupcakes
  1. Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius and line a tray with cupcake liners.
  2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time ensuring to mix well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract and salt.
  4. Add in gel colouring. If desired colour is not achieved add more. Ensure it is all mixed in well by scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  5. Add cocoa, then one half of the flour mixture and combine well.
  6. Add the buttermilk and the other half of the flour mixture and mix until all combined.
  7. In a small but deep dish mix the baking soda and white wine vinegar. It will fizz a little, hence a deep dish is better. Add to mixture and ensure it is combined well.
  8. Scoop mixture into cupcake liners filling 2/3 full and place in over for 18 minutes. Cupcakes are cooked when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Place on rack to cool, then frost once completely cooled.
Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Add gel colouring and mix well, ensuring you scrape down the sides of bowl. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and gradually add more until desired colour is achieved.
  4. Add sifted icing sugar in batches, ensuring to mix well after each addition. You made need all the icing sugar. Simple keep adding until you achieve the desired consistency.
  5. Frosting is ready when the consistency allows it to not fall of a spatula unless tapped on side of bowl. Pipe on to cupcakes.
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