Wicked Witch Cupcakes– Halloween Week!


When I was younger, I had a minor obsession with The Wizard of Oz. 

Then again, who doesn’t? (If you don’t, you’re probably slightly inhuman. Just saying).

However, there is something about Oz I don’t like.

1) The music that plays when the Wicked Witch is nearby. It haunts the darkest corners of my soul.

and 2) When the gang enters Emerald City and the Wizard has all that fake lightning going on and his voice is all loud and boomy and it scares To-To. Don’t mess with To-To.

Oh yeah. And the trees that throw apples. I swear, I didn’t look at trees the same way after that. Or after watching Disney’s ‘Grim Grinning Ghosts‘ song on the Sing-A-Long Song tapes. Ask my mom: she’ll tell you I begged her to fast-forward that part of the VHS tape because those creepy trees gave me goosebumps.

And, uh, witches in general. Why are they so warty? Do witches have some kind of genetic predisposition to having crooked noses and warts? If so, I’m thankful I bypassed that chromosome.

As memorable and gorgeous as Glinda the Good Witch is/was, the most iconic had to be The Wicked Witch. Those striped stockings! Those glittery red shoes! Holy technicolor, she was badass from the legs down. And I knew that for Halloween Week with Dorothy, I had to witchify some cupcakes honoring those iconic legs.

These are surprisingly easy to make and make for a pretty snazzy presentation, if you ask me. No need to drop houses or anything.

Wicked Witch Cupcakes

24 cupcakes, baked and cooled
Your favorite buttercream (I tinted mine green using Wilton’s leaf green gel food coloring)
48 black liquorice sticks
2 squares white chocolate, melted
1 square (or a couple disks) milk chocolate, melted
48 red jelly beans (the larger kind)
48 miniature red M&M’s

1. Frost your cupcakes with the tinted green buttercream. For these, I used Wilton tip #1M, a large open star tip and piled it on high (I doubled my usual buttercream recipe, which I’ll include below). Set your cupcakes aside.
2. Let’s make your heels. Take a teensy bit of melted milk chocolate on the tip of a toothpick and dab it onto the printed side of the mini M&M. Gently press the mini M&M onto the bottom of a jelly bean toward the end (like a heel). Hold it for a minute and repeat. Freeze those heels for a couple minutes to set.
3. Next, using the remaining milk chocolate, attach the heels to the black liquorice pieces. Hold for a sec, then pop in the freezer to set totally.
4. Melt your white chocolate squares and pour them into a resealable sandwich baggy. Snip off a tip of the corner and lightly drizzle lines over the black liquorice for the striped tights. Once drizzled, again, pop in the freezer to set for a couple minutes.
5. Once your legs are complete, stick two of ’em on top of each frosted cupcake. Serve immediately.

Quick Buttercream (this recipe is pre-doubled)

2 sticks butter, room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract
Almost an entire 32 oz bag powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter + vanilla until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until light and fluffy. You’ll need to add in a little stream of milk every now and then to fluff up the frosting.

Eeeeek! These cupcakes totally make up for the times when I was scared silly of that spooky Oz witch!

Be sure to pop on over to Dorothy’s site to see her version of a witchy treat (it’s pretty awesome!) Oh, and if you love Halloween like we do (minus the skankarific costumes, of course), be sure to return on Friday when we’ll have a super fun Halloween linky party! You can link up all your fave Halloween treats–new and old–and share ’em with us!

xo, Hayley



  1. That is such a cute idea. I can’t wait for you next one.

  2. Cute! Love that you and Dorothy both had a witch theme! one too the head, one took the feet 🙂

  3. See I couldn’t stand those monkeys!!! Love these cupcakes and they do look pretty simple! You’ve had some spectacular Halloween ideas, I love it!

    • Ew, I know! I hate monkeys in real-life and hated them in the movie, so I understand. My mom used to have a bumper sticker on her van that said “don’t make me get my flying monkeys” lol.

  4. These are hilarious! My mom is obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, she would LOVE these.

  5. Call me inhuman but I always HATED that movie! It’s not allowed on in my house. Mainly because of those Monkeys. Those *WINGED*FLYING*MONKEYS*. They creep me out. Almost as much as the Sleestacks from “Land of the Lost”


  6. I looooooove these! They are supercute Hayley really. Thanks for doing Halloween week with me!

  7. hehehehehe i saw these on FB last night and giggled. they are so stinkin’ cute!! unlike any haloween cupcake decoration i’ve seen Hayley! love those little heels!

  8. Love these!! They are too darn cute! Have you read the “Wicked” series of books? I had a very hard time adjusting from the movies view to the books view of Oz.

  9. These are great! I love the shoes!

  10. So creative! I love how you did the ruby slippers!

  11. Me and Isabella are dying over these!! She is kind of obsessed with The Wizard of Oz (just like I was as a kid). I called her over to see these and she freaked out! “it’s like when the house crushed the wicked witch!!!” Ha! These are perfect! Can’t wait to see the other awesome goodies you chicks have for us!

  12. I just love all of these ideas haha – these made me laugh! So stinken cute

  13. Oh my gosh!! That is so smart!!!

  14. Awesome! These are too cute!

  15. I LOVE them!! Think it’s too early to send in witch stuff for a friday treat?? 🙂

  16. Hi Hayley!! Let me tell you I just love your blog, not only for the fun and delicious recipes but also because of the things you write, you are really funny and seem really honest.

    About those witches’ features you ask, that goes back to the Inquisition era, when Catholic church was trying really hard to get rid of people who didn’t share their beliefs and acusing them of being, for example, witches linked to Satan. Of course, to validate their point of view they wrote a lot of books and draw a lot of drawings about how the witches looked (you know, so the people could hunt them) and they just linked the (super-wrong) stereotype of the jewish people having large and ugly noses and they applied it to the witches’s description and voila, that’s how the ugly witches that scare you were born.

    • Caroline, I totally didn’t know about that historical part! I mean, I knew about the entire Crucible-type witch-hunt where if you sank you were a witch, etc, but not about the Jewish/nose part. Thank you! I’ll have to quiz my history teacher father to see if he knew that! 🙂

  17. You and Dorothy are the Halloween QUEENS!! I NEED to make these stat

  18. Ha ha, I love this! Adorable and doable!

  19. I just found you through Pinterest and my goodness….I’m soooo hungry now! All of your recipes look amazingly delicious (if only I could bake : / ) but on top of that your blog is fun to read!
    Thanks for sharing all of your creations with us!

    (oh and I kinda told everyone on facebook that they HAVE to check you out!)

  20. The Wizard of Oz used to scare the pants off of me. Ok, it still does but with these cupcakes my fear might be over. You made witches cute! Bravo.

  21. These are just adorable! I know what you mean about the scary music in movies, my son was mesmerized by the Lion King video as a baby but I would always fast forward it through the stampede and also Scar and the hyenas. I didn’t want him traumatized for life. Pinned these and hope I get to make cupcakes for my daughter’s class this year!

  22. Freakin’ brilliant! Hehe. I have nothing else to add to that… there are no words. =)

  23. These are the cutest! Since I’m from Kansas, I always get tons of Wizard of Oz jokes, but it really is a great, classic movie. I saw these on your Facebook page the other night and thought they were the cutest! You are sooooooo creative. I’m loving your Halloween week with Dorothy!!

  24. your creativity is seriously out of this world. these are SO SO cute and they made me laugh 🙂 i love this!!

  25. Oh my word!!! These are the best melted witch treat I have seen! I love how you made the legs and shoes!!! Stinkin adorable!!!!

  26. WonkyWonderful says:

    These cupcakes are Awesome!


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