Hocus Pocus Cupcakes

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As Halloween approaches, it’s time to bake up some cupcake magic. What better way to celebrate the season than with a batch of Hocus Pocus cupcakes? These colorful treats are not only delicious but also a really fun way to pay tribute to the beloved Sanderson Sisters and their charmingly wicked world.

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The Magic of Hocus Pocus

Before we dive into the yummy world of Hocus Pocus cupcakes, let’s take a moment to rehash the movie that inspired them. “Hocus Pocus” has become a cult classic since its release in 1993. The story of the Sanderson Sisters, brought back to life in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night, has captured the hearts of viewers of all ages.

The film’s blend of humor, magic, and a dash of spooky makes it a timeless favorite, especially during the Halloween season. And what better way to honor this classic than by bringing its whimsy vibe to your dessert table?

See the directions below and turn OREO cookies into cauldron cupcake toppers!

OREO Cauldron

Ingredients and Supplies

Let’s get cooking! To whip up these magical cupcakes, you will need to gather the following ingredients and supplies:

For the Cupcakes:

For the Cupcake Frosting:

For the OREO “Cauldron”:

Step 1: Bake the Cupcakes

Start by baking a batch of cupcakes using a box mix for white cake. You will use the neon food coloring gels to dye the batter, giving the cupcakes a colorful swirl appearance.

Halloween Cupcakes

Whip up a batch of colorful swirl cupcakes for Halloween.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time21 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcakes, halloween
Servings: 24


  • mixer
  • cupcake pan
  • cupcake liners
  • Cooling rack


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • neon green gel food coloring
  • neon orange gel food coloring
  • neon purple gel food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place a cupcake liner in the well of each cup on the cupcake pan.
  • Use a stand mixer and beat the cake mix, eggs, milk and butter until combined.
  • Divide the batter into 3 bowls.
  • Mix a few drops of orange gel in one bowl of batter, some purple in the 2nd bowl of batter and green in the third bowl of batter.
  • Take a tablespoon of each color of batter and spoon it into the cupcake liner.
    Orange Cupcake Batter
  • Fill the liners 3/4 of the way full with all three batter colors.
    Green Orange Batter
  • Use a toothpick and swirl it gently through each cup of batter.
    Colors swirled in cupcake tin
  • Bake for 21 minutes at 350 F. Cupcakes are finished when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before icing them.

Step 2: Make the Frosting

While your cupcakes are cooling, prepare your frosting. Whip up a delicious and fluffy buttercream by combining butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and a bit of heavy cream.

Cupcake Frosting

Sweet buttercream frosting to top your cupcakes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake, frosting, halloween
Servings: 24


  • large piping bag with wide star tip
  • mixer


  • 2 cups unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Halloween sprinkles
  • neon orange gel food coloring
  • neon purple gel food coloring
  • neon green gel food coloring


  • Pour the Halloween sprinkles in a bowl and set aside.
  • Use a stand mixer to beat the butter, sugar, heavy cream and vanilla together until well combined and until the frosting is creamy and holds a peak.
  • Divide the frosting between 3 bowls. Add a few drops of each gel coloring to one of the bowls so that you have 3 different colored bowls of frosting.
  • Scoop some of each frosting color into the piping bag.
  • Pipe a thick layer of frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Coat the frosting on each cupcake in Halloween sprinkles.
  • Pipe frosting into the center of the sprinkle-coated frosting layer.
  • Carefully place the cauldron cookie (see next recipe card) into the center of each frosting.
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Step 3: Make OREO Cookie Cauldrons

Now comes the fun part – making some cookie cauldrons!

OREO Cookie Cauldrons

Whip up these AMAZING looking OREO Cookie Cauldrons to top your Halloween cupcakes!
Prep Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie, cupcake, halloween, oreo
Servings: 12


  • 12 popsicle sticks
  • 1 piping bag
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 silicone baking mat


  • 12 double stuff OREO cookies
  • 24 large black pearl sprinkles
  • 12 oz dark chocolate candy melts
  • 12 oz vibrant green candy melts
  • 2 C green pearl sprinkles
  • 1 C purple pearl sprinkles
  • 1 C bat shaped sprinkles
  • 1 C candy eyes
  • 1 C skull sprinkles


  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  • Separate the OREO cookies. Keep all of the filling on one side of the cookie. Arrange the cookies on the baking mat.
    OREO open
  • Follow the directions on the bag of dark chocolate melts to melt the candy.
  • Once the chocolate has melted, spoon about 1 teaspoon into the center of the OREO filling.
    OREO melted Chocolate
  • Press a popsicle stick into the chocolate and spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate onto the stick.
    Popsicle Stick melted chocolate
  • Place the other half of the cookie on top and press. Allow the chocolate in between the cookie layers to harden.
    OREO on popsicle stick
  • Re-melt chocolate if needed and then carefully dip the entire cookie on the stick into the chocolate. Tap the stick on the edge of the bowl a couple of times to get rid of extra chocolate.
    OREO Dipped in Chocolate
  • Take 2 black pearl sprinkles and place one on the bottom of each side for the cauldon "legs."
    OREO Cauldron dipped
  • Place the "cauldron" on the silicone making mat and allow it to dry completely.
  • Repeat these steps with the rest of the OREO cookies.
  • While the cauldrons are drying, melt the green candy per the directions on the bag.
  • Once melted, spoon the green candy into the piping bag and gently peel the dried cauldrons off the mat.
  • While holding the cauldron in one hand, use the piping bag and pipe the green candy on top of the cookie to make it look like ooze coming out of a cauldron.
  • Place green pearl sprinkles, purple pearl sprinkles, candy skulls, candy eyes, and candy bats on the green candy. Allow the candy to harden completely and then place the cauldron into the top of the frosted cupcakes.
    OREO Cauldron
  • ENJOY!
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And there you have it – a batch of Hocus Pocus movie-themed cupcakes that will bewitch your taste buds and delight your fellow Sanderson Sisters fans. These treats are not only delicious but also pretty spectacular looking, making them the perfect addition to your Halloween festivities.

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Let us know if you decide to give these Hocus Pocus cupcakes a try! If you post a picture of them on social media, feel free to tag us. We would love to see your version!


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