Make Your Own Cauldron Cupcakes

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Make Your Own Cauldron Cupcakes
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"Macbeth." "Harry Potter." "The Crucible." What do these literary greats all have in common? Witches! Society has been under their spell for centuries, fascinated by the idea of witchcraft and magic. Come Halloween, witches appear everywhere, in the form of costumes, decorations, and now food! With some simple ingredients, you can channel your inner witch and conjure up some adorable cauldron cupcakes.

Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog
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Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog

Before you start brewing your potion, make sure you have the necessary ingredients and supplies: Chocolate cupcakes (store-bought or from a mix); Chocolate frosting; Vanilla pudding; Neon green food coloring; Green sprinkles or sanding sugar; Black licorice ropes; Stick pretzels; Cookie sheet; Bowl for mixing; Microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolate; Large spoon or spatula for moving cupcakes; Small spoon or metal cone for hollowing out cupcakes; Spoon for stirring pudding

A Blank Canvas
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A Blank Canvas

Unwrap the cupcakes from their liners; you'll be frosting the sides of the cupcakes. If you baked the cupcakes yourself, make sure they are completely cool before you do any unwrapping or decorating. Hot cupcakes will melt frosting and could break apart, and let's face it--you're already going to make a mess with pudding and frosting, so why add even more clean-up time?

"Sleepy Hollow" Meets Cupcake
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"Sleepy Hollow" Meets Cupcake

Flip the cupcakes over so they are standing on their tops. Using a small spoon or a metal cone (like the top of an icing piper), slowly carve out the middle of the cupcake. This hollowed-out area will soon be filled with a bubbling green goo (and by "bubbling green goo" I mean pudding). Be careful when carving; you don't want to go too deep or you might hit the bottom of the cupcake.

I'm Melting!!!
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I'm Melting!!!

Once you've hollowed out your cupcakes, it's time to frost the sides. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate frosting for 20 seconds or until it's a thick liquid. Dip one cupcake at a time into the melted frosting. Use a spoon to fully saturate the sides of the cupcake, making sure to avoid the top. Remove the cupcake from the bowl with a large spoon or spatula and place on a cookie sheet. For a thicker frosting, skip the melting and use a spoon or a spatula to spread chocolate frosting along the sides of the cupcake.

Green With Envy
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Green With Envy

Here comes the fun part! Empty the vanilla pudding into a bowl and bust out the neon green food coloring. Liberally add drops of food coloring, stirring evenly. Continue adding food coloring until the pudding has achieved the desired shade of green.

Fill 'Er Up!
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Fill 'Er Up!

Once you're satisfied with the color of the green pudding, spoon dollops into the center of the cupcakes. Make sure to fill them as deep as possible; you may have to push the pudding in with a toothpick. Let the pudding bubble over the center for maximum gooey effect.

The Final Touches
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The Final Touches

Sprinkle green sprinkles or sanding sugar onto the pudding for added texture; the green in the sprinkles will run and make the pudding two-toned. Cut the black licorice ropes into 2-inch pieces, sticking a piece into each side of the center to create handles. Finish the cauldrons off with a pretzel stick for a stirrer. Your cauldrons are now complete and ready to help cast a spell on your friends.

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