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For a quick and easy Halloween cupcake decorating session, just grab some extra cupcake liners, assemble them together and you’ve got witch hats! The rooibos tea mixed in with this creation gives an extra layer to the classic vanilla cupcake adorning adorable sorceress hats. Other additions can turn them into melted witch cupcakes too!
Wicked Rooibos Cupcakes
Makes 20-25 cupcakes // Total time: 50 minutes // Active time: 25 minutes
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 4 tbsp loose leaf rooibos tea (Try using Rooibos Spiced Chai by Davidson's Organic Tea for an added fall spice flavor.)
- 2 cups flour
- 1⁄2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup rooibos butter
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Icing of choice
- Cupcake liners
- Mini cupcake liners
- Double sided tape
In a small saucepan, melt the butter until it turns into a liquid. Add in the tea leaves and continue to heat the mixture for 5 minutes on low heat. Then remove from heat and let stand for an additional 5 minutes (or until the butter looks tinted from the tea leaves). Next pour the mixture through a mesh sieve, pressing on the tea leaves to extract maximum butter, and discard the leaves. Allow the butter to cool to room temperature (about 5 minutes).
Preheat oven to 375°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder). Then add the dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with additions of milk, and finally add in the vanilla extract.
Distribute the batter evenly, filling each cupcake liner half to three-quarters full. Bake for 18 minutes, checking doneness with a wooden spoon. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool fully. Then top with your icing of choice!
Take one regular sized cupcake liner and fold it in half three times so you have a solid triangle. Tape the flaps together so the triangle stays together, then fluff it up with your finger to make a cone.
Put a toothpick in the center of the cupcake and place the cone over the toothpick - this is the body of your hat!
Then grab a mini cupcake liner, fold it in half, and cut a 'c' shape at the folded edge. Open it up and flatten it out with your hand - this is the hat's brim!
Slide the brim over the cone and you've made yourself a witch hat! If you'd like, crinkle or smush the brim and bend the tip of the hat to add a bit of character!
To make melted witch cupcakes - use green icing for the melted witch puddle, and add brown M&M's for the shoes and a Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cup stuck on a pretzel stick for the broom!