This post is more about sharing my idea with you than giving you an exact recipe. I intended to make these with my kids, all they could say was “naaaaaaa, you do it”, so I did. Yes, I guess I should be doing something more productive with my time but what the heck, it was actually a really fun activity, so I make no apologies.
The basic idea is this……you will need two cupcakes to make one witch. You cut the top off each cupcake, making sure they are as flat as a table. You then remove the wrapper off the second cupcake, put a little bit of butter icing onto the top of the other, then turn the second cupcake upside down and sandwich them together.
As you can see in this next photo, I pipe the icing on as it would be too difficult to use a knife. The end result will look like this.
Once you’ve covered them all, you need to dip them in coloured coconut. I colour the coconut with a small amount of runny coloured icing. For 1 cup of coconut I used 2tsp of icing sugar, mixed with green colouring and a teensy bit of hot water until it had a runny consistency. I then rubbed this icing into the coconut.
After you have dipped them in coconut you kind of press it down a little bit to even out the icing. You are only half way there, sorry, the hats are a mission.
For the hats, you will need icecream cones and plain wafers biscuits.
I cut the cones down to the size I wanted and used a cookie cutter for the circles. I covered the cones and circle wafers with a chocolate/kremelta mix. I am guessing I had about 150g of chocolate and 1tsp of kremelta. By adding the kremelta the chocolate is easier to paint on. Once you have painted the cones and circles and dipped them in chocolate sprinkles, put them into the fridge to set, about 30 minutes. Now you can join them together with the melted chocolate. IMPORTANT: I attached the cone to the wafer with JUST melted chocolate, no kremelta added as I wanted it to harden fully and be secure.
Now you are ready to pop some licorice on the top for hair, glue on some eyes(using butter icing) and stick a bit of pretzel in for the nose. I found some ready made eyes at the local cake shop.
If you want to make this easy, purchase the icing and make up some packet cupcakes. If you are up for the full blown challenge you could use my chocolate cupcake and butter icing recipe.
BTW, I nearly had a breakdown making these, the licorice box I purchased which usually has strap licorice in it….didn’t. The only way I could get thin enough strands of liquorice for the hair, was to unwind the spiral variety in the box. It was quite some task but at least I know it can be done.
Good luck with these.
- 18 cupcakes
- butter icing
- green food colouring
- icing sugar
- icecream cones
- wafer biscuits
- candy for eyes or eye candy
- and some serious patience
- You will have to read the blog post.