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Witch’s Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe

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Are you looking for a Halloween treat? Check out this Witch’s Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe! It’s a fun holiday treat that is spooky good!

These black cupcakes are a fun way to catch everyone’s attention and leave a dark color in your mouth! The black will surely dye your mouth – but it’s worth it!

It’s not every day that you see cupcakes that look like this! They’re fun, festive, and delicious – the perfect trio for Halloween desserts.

Witch’s Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe

It’s no secret that I use a cake mix for my baking recipes – and I’m obsessed with how simple that makes things to bake. If you’re looking for a fun and easy dessert recipe, you honestly can’t go wrong with this.

My boys love that these cupcakes are all one color – frosting! It’s fun to bring to a party because everyone’s mouths turn colors!

The next time you need to bake up a batch of treats, add these cake mix cupcakes to your list. They’re moist, yummy, and perfectly sweet.

Will black food dye color my mouth?

The answer, unfortunately, is usually yes. Black food dye is made up of a combination of different dyes, including blue and green dyes, and it tends to stick to anything it comes into contact with, including your tongue, teeth, and lips.

While the effect isn’t harmful, seeing your mouth turn an unnaturally dark shade of black can be startling. Luckily, you can use a few tricks to minimize the staining effect, such as drinking plenty of water before and after eating and swishing with mouthwash to rinse away any excess dye.

So, if you plan to indulge in some black food dye treats, it’s best to be prepared and take preventive measures to avoid mouth color mishaps!

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    What does sanding sugar taste like?

    Sanding sugar is a coarse sugar often used to add a little sparkle to baked goods. It’s commonly used to decorate cookies, muffins, and other sweet treats.

    When it comes to taste, sanding sugar is similar to regular table sugar. However, because it’s more prominent, its crunchy texture can give it a slightly different mouthfeel.

    If you’re curious about its flavor, imagine the taste of granulated sugar but with a little extra crunch. Some varieties of sanding sugar also come in different flavors, such as vanilla or peppermint, which can add an extra layer of flavor to your baked goods.

    While the taste of sanding sugar may not be drastically different from regular sugar, its texture and appearance make it a fun addition to any dessert.

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    Witch's Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe

    Witch’s Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe

    Yield: 24 cupcakes
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Everyone will love this Witch's Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe! Fun and festive!


    • 1 box of devil’s food cake mix
    • 1 ¼ cups water
    • 1/3 cup pure canola or coconut oil
    • 3 large eggs whites
    • 1-3.5-ounce box of chocolate fudge pudding
    • 1-2 tablespoons activated charcoal powder

    Frosting Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of softened salted butter
    • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1-2 tablespoons activated charcoal powder
    • 2 tablespoons special dark cocoa powder
    • Black food coloring gel
    • Black sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the cupcake liners to the pan.
    2. Add the cake mix and chocolate fudge pudding to a mixing bowl.
    3. Add the oil, water, and eggs. Mix with a mixer at medium speed.
    4. Add the batter into each liner, about 2/3 full.
    5. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    6. Let the cupcakes cool entirely before adding frosting.
    7. To make the frosting, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla.
    8. Slowly alternate and add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder, one cup at a time, until creamy and form peaks.
    9. Add the chocolate syrup and activated charcoal until mixed well.
    10. Add the frosting into a prepared piping bag and then frost the cupcakes and top with the sanding sugar.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 2g

    This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 9/29/2023

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    Tuesday 17th of October 2023

    […] you looking for a Halloween treat? Check out this Witch’s Brew Black Cupcakes Recipe! It’s a fun holiday treat that is spooky good from Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog. The black […]


    Monday 16th of October 2023

    OMGSH! Spooky and yummy, Kelli! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared! Creatively, Beth

    Kelli Miller

    Tuesday 17th of October 2023

    Thank you so much, Beth! I'm thrilled to hear that you found the Witch's Brew Black Cupcakes recipe spooky and yummy. Your support means a lot to me! I'm excited to be featured at the Creative Crafts Linky Party starting Wednesday. It's an honor to have my recipe pinned and shared by you. I hope others enjoy making these cupcakes as much as I did. Creatively, Kelli

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