Hocus Pocus Cupcakes with DIY Sanderson Sisters Cupcake Wrappers

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It’s no secret — Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite Halloween films (and I pretty much watch it all year long).

We recently played the new Hocus Pocus board game from Ravensburger — and since no game night is complete without snacks… you guessed it, I decided to bake a NEW Hocus Pocus dessert.

I’ve made boooOOOoook brownies before, so this time I wanted to make something inspired by the Sanderson Sisters themselves (and their iconic hairstyles).

It’s time to run amok, amok, amok! These Hocus Pocus cupcakes are perfect for game/movie nights, and they’re easy to make with this step-by-step guide and printable cupcake wrappers that you can make at home.

Hocus Pocus Cupcakes

Hocus Pocus Cupcakes

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Decorate Hocus Pocus cupcakes for your Halloween party snacks that are inspired by the Sanderson Sisters and their iconic hairstyles!


  • Cupcakes (you choose the flavor!)
  • 4 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2 lb. bag of powdered sugar
  • 4-6 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Food coloring — orange, yellow, purple

Decorating Supplies

  • Toothpicks
  • Three icing bags and star icing tips

Sanderson Sisters Cupcake Wrappers


First prepare the Sanderson Sister cupcake wrappers.

Print and cut out the wrappers found in the list above — or cut the wrappers out on colored cardstock paper.

Each sister’s cupcake wrapper is made of two pieces. For the top piece with the six circles in the center, cut out each of the circles. Use decorative string to weave between the holes and create a corset-like design (see below).

Tape the top piece of each dress (with the corset design) to the bottom plain piece. (Leave the wrappers flat for now, you will tape them around the cupcake as the final step.)

(Note – I initially thought I would make the cupcake wrappers with three colored pieces for each, but I changed that to just two during the project because… to much paper!)

Prepare and bake your favorite flavor of cupcakes and set them aside to cool.

Prepare your buttercream icing by combining the butter, milk, and vanilla in a mixing bowl, mixing until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a few cups at a time until it is incorporated. (Note – this recipe makes a large batch of icing, feel free to cut the recipe in half if you’re not making a lot of cupcakes.)

Color 1/3 of the icing yellow, 1/3 of the icing orange, and 1/3 of the icing purple. Place a star tip in each icing bag, then fill each bag with a separate color of buttercream.

Time to decorate your cupcakes!

Starting with Sarah — because it’s the easiest decoration — use your yellow buttercream to cover the top of the cupcake in icing. Pipe icing around the edge of the cupcake, working your way in to for an icing mountain. (WOW- not a technical term, but you know what I mean!)

For Winifred, use orange buttercream to cover the top of the cupcake in icing (but don’t add as much icing as you did for Sarah — you do not want a center tip for Winnie’s design).

Next, add two small icing mounds for Winnie’s hair — just be careful that you don’t add too much icing too far to the side (it might slide down the cupcake!).

Lastly, it’s time to decorate Mary!

Cover the cupcake in purple icing by adding rings of icing around the cupcake, allowing them to get smaller and taller and slightly leaning to the right. To help support Mary’s leaning hair, stick a toothpick behind the hair to support it.

(Note – if you’re icing is too warm, it may be hard to work with. Stick it in the refrigerator to cool for a few moments, if needed. Additionally, you may want to store these cupcakes in the refrigerator if you’re having a hard time getting Mary’s hard to stay up.)

As the final touch for each cupcake, wrap the corresponding Sanderson Sister dress around the cupcake, using tape to secure the wrapper in the back.

Purple and green for Winifred, purple and burgundy for Sarah, and purple and orange for Mary.

(Note – depending on the size of your cupcake, you may want to trim some of the excess paper off of the bottom of the cupcake wrappers to better fit your cupcake.)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 536Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 0gSugar: 69gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 9/25/2021. Please note that nutrition information is not always accurate.

And there you have it!

Time to find the book, brew the potion and suck the lives out of the children of Salem before sunrise. Otherwise it’s curtains. We evaporate!

Time to run amok, amok, amok!

Find more Halloween desserts and DIY decor items from my favorite fandoms here!



  1. Sarah
    October 9, 2021 / 3:49 pm

    Hi, Which piping tips were used for each hairstyle? Thank you!

    • Monica Delmonico
      October 11, 2021 / 4:27 pm

      Hi! I don’t have a ton of icing tips, so I used some general “star” tips that I had. I would recommend a Wilton 109 or Wilton 2C for all three sisters! For Mary’s hair, as I was icing around the cupcake, I just did tighter icing “rings” to make the tall hair. I hope this helps! I’m sure other icing tips would work as well. 🙂

  2. Amy
    September 3, 2022 / 10:59 am

    What did you use to put the small holes on the paper for the string? I love this idea and am making them for an upcoming Hocus Pocus party!

    • Monica Delmonico
      September 20, 2022 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! I used my Cricut to cut the wrappers and holes, but you could also use a small hole punch or I imagine you might even be able to use a yarn needle and a piece of yarn to punch through and lace it up!

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