The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies. Although it's not technically considered a horror movie, the Wicked Witch of the West still sends chills down my spine. I grew up in the generation of Freddy Kruger, Jason, and Chucky flicks, so I'm no stranger to scary movies. But the antics of these creepy characters don't hold a candle to the "I'll get you my pretty!" threat of the wicked witch. Whether she's writing "surrender Dorothy" with her broomstick or screaming "I'm melting, I'm melting," she's the ultimate wicked villain of the big screen I created these melted witch cupcakes so my kids can share in the wicked fun this iconic character has created throughout the years. I'll never forget dressing as the Wicked Witch of the West at my first Halloween party or dressing my daughter as Dorothy on her first Halloween. She may be wicked, but when the wicked witch melts on the screen, my heart melts a little, too!
Cupcakes: 1 box devil's food cake plus water, oil, and eggs or ingredients for our recipe for devil's food cake
Buttercream frosting: 1 pound powdered sugar; 1 stick butter; 1/4 cup shortening; 1/4 cup milk; 1 tsp. vanilla; several drops green food coloring
Witch hats: one small bag of Bugles snack food; 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips; 2 tablespoons shortening; one box Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies
Broomsticks: 1 small bag of pretzel sticks; 1 box Rainbow Punch Fruit by the Foot flavored snacks
Cupcakes: Prepare cupcakes according to directions on back of box of prepare our recipe (see link above)
Frosting: Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening. Add the vanilla and milk. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Add 5-7 drops of green food coloring. Stir on medium speed until combined.
Witch hats: Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50 percent power for one minute. Stir. Microwave for 30 additional seconds. Repeat until chips are melted. Dip Bugles into the chocolate and cool on waxed paper. When chocolate is hardened, use a knife to spread a line layer of frosting around the outside round top of the Bugles. Attach the Bugles to the center of the fudge stripe cookie and place onto the center of the cupcake.
Broomsticks: Break off Fruit by the Foot snacks into 1 inch strips. Wrap around the ends of a pretzel stick. Wrap tightly, but leave a small "cone shape" at the end for the tip of the broomstick. Set on the brim of the witches' hats.