Looking for simple Halloween ideas to do at home with the kids this year? Why not try making some Halloween Cupcakes that will go down a real treat. These easy Halloween Cupcakes to make simple Witches’ cauldrons cakes are ideal for cooking with kids. The first time we made them was back in 2011 with a 2-year-old and we’ve made them every year since. So dust off your aprons and get baking with kids to make some Cauldron Cupcakes for Halloween.

Witches Cauldron Cupcakes Ingredients

We like to make our own cupcakes, but you could use a cake box and create them that way. But part of the fun of baking for us is always the measuring, weighing stirring and baking. Of course, the kids love licking the bowl as well!

We have used lime Jello in this recipe, but you could have red cauldrons, or orange just use your favourite jelly instead. And yes, lime is our kids favourite (crazy that they are!)

How to make the Witches Cauldron Cupcakes

As our previous baking, I measured everything out and put them into Tupperware contains to make it easier for J to use – however, if you have older children or have been baking more often then it’s great to let your children help measure out the ingredients as well.

J mixed up the fairy cakes helping to cream the butter and sugar together (remember to take the butter out of the fridge for a while beforehand otherwise it’s really tough to mix up). Then add the vanilla and mix together. Add 1 egg and a few spoons of sifted flour. Then add the other egg and add the remaining flour and mix well. Use the milk to get a good dropping constituency.

Making cupcakes from scratch with kids - simple recipe for the batter

I lined a 12 hole muffin tin with Halloween paper cases and then we dropped the mixture into the cases. J loved this as he likes to watch the mixture drop off the spoon (thinking we maybe doing some things with gloop in the near future). And I put them in the oven – in my oven it was 15 mins however I would say check after 10mins and probably no more than 20mins (but oven dependent).

Basic Cupcake recipe to use with kids that works every time

With Mini Faithful helping we mixed up the jelly so that it was lumpy and then spooned it into the hole in the middle of the cakes. I then added some jelly sweets to the green slime in the cauldron as it really finished them off.

Making witches cauldron mix from jello for cupcakes

To make the butter icing for decorating – cream together the icing sugar, room temperature butter, vanilla essence, milk and coco powder until smooth. I have a syringe piping tool that we use – as J was asleep I had to do this myself but last time we used it J loved to pretend to inject the cakes with it first before icing them.

Adding the cauldron mix to the cupcakes to make this simple Halloween Treat for Kids

I scooped out a piece from the centre of each cupcake to make a hole for the cauldron and then iced around the outside of the hole so that from the top the cakes looked dark.

halloween cupcakes to bake with kids with step by step instructions - making simple cauldrons
Finished Easy Halloween Cupcakes for Kids to Make
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Halloween Witches Cauldron Cupcakes to bake with toddlers and preschoolers perfect for easy Halloween treats

Witches’ Cauldron Cupcakes

Cerys Parker
An easy to make Halloween Cupcake recipe that you can make with your Toddlers and Preschoolers. Perfect for a Halloween party and delicious as well!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Decorating 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine Treats
Servings 12 Cakes
Calories 269 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Muffin Tin
  • Electric Scales


For the cakes

For decorating

  • 1 packet Lime Jelly (Or flavour of your choice)
  • 75 g Unsalted Butter (At room temperature)
  • 175 g Icing Sugar (Sifted)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tbsp Coco powder


To make the cakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 180c.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together then add the vanilla and mix.
    creaming butter and sugar together in a bowl
  • Add 1 egg and a few spoons of sifted flour. Then add the other egg and the remaining flour and mix well. Add a little milk to get a good dropping consistency.
  • Line a 12 hole muffin tin with Halloween paper cases. Divide the mixture into the cases and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes to allow for oven variations).
    cupcake cases filled with cupcake batter

To decorate:

  • Cream together the icing sugar, butter, vanilla essence, milk and coco powder until smooth.
  • Mix up the jelly to create a lumpy texture.
    mashing jelly for witches cauldron cake
  • Scoop out a piece from the centre of each cupcake to make a cauldron.
    cupcakes straight from the oven
  • Spoon the jello into the hole in the middle of the cakes.
    Adding the cauldron mix to the cupcakes to make this simple Halloween Treat for Kids
  • Pipe the icing around the rim with a syringe or piping bag.
    cupcake cauldrons with jello and chocolate buttercream
  • Add some Halloween- themed jelly sweets to the green 'slime' in the cauldron to finish.
    cauldron cupcakes with halloween candy



Serving: 12gCalories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 14mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 456IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Simple Halloween Cupcakes to make with Kids ideal for class treat or Halloween Parties

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Thank you for the inspiration!! The Cauldron’s were being call “Puke Pails” by the end of the day but hey.. I call it a win šŸ™‚ Photo url of mine http://i48.tinypic.com/343p1sz.jpg

    I used the “jiggler” recipe and mixed in some Halloween sprinkles and added some Halloween themed candy and added the licorice handles. The kids loved them!

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