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The Easiest Witch Hat Cupcakes

No need to break out the fondant because these witch hats are pure frosting goodness! Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party for the kids or just throwing it down at the office potluck, these cupcakes are sure to delight ghouls both big and small! And with the help of some store-bought frosting and cupcakes, they come together in just 30 minutes.

  • Author: The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 cupcakes
  • 2 ½ cups vanilla frosting
  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate frosting
  • Wilton color right food coloring in yellow, blue and black
  • Wilton 127 tip
  • Ateco 809 tip
  • Medium piping tip ½” wide
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Tint your vanilla frosting lime green and your chocolate frosting black.
  2. To get this exact shade of green, I used Wilton’s color right system. It took 37 drops yellow and 4 drops blue.
  3. Scoop your green frosting into a piping bag and, using a large round tip (like an Ateco 809), pipe a swirl of frosting onto the tops of each cupcake.
  4. Roll the sides of your frosting in sprinkles (if using).
  5. Tint your chocolate frosting black. I used approximately 50 drops of Wilton’s color right system in black.
  6. Scoop 1/3 of your black frosting into a piping bag with a Wilton 127 tip.
  7. With the narrow end of the tip in the center of your cupcake, turn the cupcake while piping to create the brim of the hat. Repeat for each cupcake.
  8. Scoop the remaining black frosting into a bag with a medium round tip.
  9. Pipe a large dollop of frosting in the center of the cupcakes and release the pressure as you pull up to create the tapered end of the hats.

Notes

  • A fluffy frosting pipes more easily than a thick buttercream. If you’re making your own, an Italian or French meringue buttercream work best. If you’re buying something from the store, try a “fluffy” vanilla frosting and a “creamy” chocolate frosting.
  • Want the same shades of frosting? Using Wilton’s color right system, I used 37 drops of yellow and 4 drops of blue for the lime green. The black took 50 drops of black.
  • To get really black frosting you have to add a lot of black food coloring. This will change the consistency of your frosting and may make it too soft to use initially. If this happens, simply refrigerate it for 30-45 minutes until it’s firmed up.
  • Fill that piping bag like a pro: Spoon your frosting onto a large piece of plastic wrap, roll and twist the ends. Trim one end so there’s about ½” in length, drop your frosting into the piping bag (short end first) with the tip already on and pipe!
  • Make sure you have the right piping tips for the job. Here are all of the tips I used and how I used them:
    • Initial layer of green frosting: Ateco 809
    • Hat brim: Wilton 127
    • Hat body: Piping tip coupler that was ½” across
  • Storing frosted cupcakes: While cupcakes are always best when eaten the same day they’re made, these can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for 1-2 days.