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Hocus Pocus Book of Spells Cupcakes

Hocus Pocus Book of Spells Cupcakes Recipe
Servings 22 cupcakes


Spellbook Brownie Ingredients

  • 1 large Pillsbury chocolate chunk brownie package Found at sam's club or any other boxed chocolate brownies
  • 1 two-inch rectangle cookie cutter
  • 1 tube of black cake frosting
  • 1 disposable piping bag fitting with #4 tip
  • 1 package of Wilton small eyeball icing transfers
  • 1 large cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper

Hocus Pocus Cupcakes

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 lg eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter (softened)

Homemade Vanilla Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter (softened)
  • 4 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Neon Green gel food coloring and Purple gel food coloring
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with open star tip (Wilton 4B)
  • 1 medium piping bag fitted with a star tip (Ateco 823)
  • 1 package Wilton Sprinkle Pouch, green
  • *OPTIONAL - Use your favorite premade vanilla icing to start



  • Using the cookie cutter, cut out 22 rectangle brownies and place onto the cookie sheet
  • Fill the piping bag with the cake frosting
  • Using the piping bag, pipe a small dollop of frosting on the back of the edible eyes
  • Place the eye onto the brownie
  • Using the piping bag again, pipe a squiggly line on the side opposite of the eye to create the ‘Spine’ of the book
  • Pipe a line and then squiggly line over the straight line next to the spine like in the IP image
  • Pipe half circle on the corners of the ‘Book’
  • Pipe two dollops on the book
  • Repeat steps with other brownie rectangles then set aside while you make your cupcakes

Cupcake ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with liners
  • Using a large bowl and hand mixer, beat all ingredients until combined
  • Scoop into the cupcake liners, filling about 3⁄4 way full
  • Bake in the oven for 21 minutes
  • Remove and allow to cool completely

Homemade Vanilla Frosting

  • Using a standing mixer, or large bowl and hand mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream until combined, smooth and stiff peaks form
  • Scoop about 1 1⁄2 C of frosting into another bowl and mix in a few drops of the purple food coloring
  • Add a few drops of neon green into the main bowl of frosting
  • Scoop 1 1⁄2 C of the green frosting into one side of the medium piping bag
  • Scoop the purple frosting into the other side of the medium piping bag
  • Scoop the remaining green frosting into the large piping bag

Decorating the cupcakes directions

  • Using the large piping bag, pipe a ring around the top of the cupcakes
  • Sprinkle some of the green sprinkles on top
  • Using the medium piping bag with the two frosting colors, pipe a medium size dollop in the middle of the frosting
  • Carefully place the ‘spell book’ brownie on the frosting of the swirled frosting
  • Enjoy!