Candy Corn Cupcakes

These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness, perfect for Halloween!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Ever since I started to blog full-time, I feel like I’ve gone a bit crazy. I’m at 2-3 grocery stores on a daily basis to find that perfect, ripe avocado, and now I’ve gotten into the habit of personally holding the avocados in my hand instead of throwing them into the shopping cart. You know I can’t have it bruised for the photos. And if I can’t find a certain ingredient, I’ll take extreme measures, like using the tortilla strips from a salad kit for my chicken tortilla soup.

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

But I might have done the craziest thing ever with these cupcakes here. See, I couldn’t find orange and yellow sprinkles so I took my stash of colored sprinkles and a tweezer to individually pick out the orange and yellow ones. But that’s not the end. I then strategically put each of these individual sprinkles on the frosting here. I figured, if I was crazy enough to pick each of them out, I might as well go all the way, right?

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

But aside from my neuroticness, let me tell you how fun these cupcakes are. It’s a simple vanilla based cupcake because well, I actually don’t really like candy corn, but with a little bit of food coloring, you could have a cute, orange and yellow layered cupcake so perfect for Halloween! Best of all, even non-candy corn lovers will go crazy over these!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness!

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Yield 6 cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes

These simple vanilla cupcakes can easily be dressed up to resemble the layers of candy corn goodness, perfect for Halloween!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Yellow nonpareils, for garnish
  • Orange nonpareils, for garnish
  • Candy corn, for garnish
  • For the vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg, one at a time, until well combined. Beat in vanilla just until incorporated. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients and milk alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated.
  • Divide batter in half; tint one batch yellow with yellow food coloring and tint second batch orange by combining yellow and red food coloring.
  • Scoop a spoonful of yellow batter evenly into the muffin tray. Top with orange batter to completely cover yellow batter. Place into oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add milk and vanilla, beating just until incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Use a small offset spatula or a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost cupcakes, garnished with nonpareils and candy corn, if desired.
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Comments

  1. says

    Omg….I was thinking, before I even read the post, did she hand place those non-pareils on? And not only are sprinkles so hard to work with, but at least the flat ones arent as squirmy. The little balls that you tweezed on…girl, my hat is off to you! From the cupcakes themselves, the piping work, the sprinkles, the candy corn…stunning. Pinned!!!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Dude, the fact that you noticed that I hand placed those nonpareils – this is why we’re friends! :) No, but seriously, this was a tough shoot. It was so exhausting! Never again am I doing the tweezer action!

      As always, thank you for the pin!

  2. says

    Lady, I just bought a pack of candy corn. For the very first time ever! I was gonna save them for some special time because I’ve read tons about these classic all-American candy and finally saw them sold at a store recently. Some American grocery products fair thing. I was sondering how you got your sprinkles on so evenly. Figures. Things bakers/bloggers/awesome people do for pretty pictures. ;-)

  3. says

    These are so much fun! And I totally get you on the OCD-ness. When I first looked the pictures (before reading), my initial reaction was “those sprinkles are PERFECT!”–so it was totally worth it ;) I get a little neurotic when it comes to food too.

    Definitely pinning these.

  4. says

    I’m truly amazed at your patience and dexterity! I don’t think me and my tweezers could’ve done as nice a job! These are gorgeous and are right, very fun!

  5. says

    Your mad dedication has paid off! These cupcakes are Halloween picture perfect. Also, I have gone to 2-3 grocery stores in one day, just because I was party planning and couldn’t get myself (or my shopping list) together. You’re not alone :)

  6. denise says

    These are simply gorgeous ! This may be a dumb question, but I would like to know the size of tip that you used to do the frosting. I have seen similar desserts but never know the tip sizes or how they are used. Perhaps a tutorial sometime ? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Denise

  7. says

    Chung-Ah,
    I love it! Totally understand and you are not alone with the neurotic-ness. . I was wondering how these cupcakes looked so perfectly decorated. :) They are so PERECT and pretty! I love that you used tweezers. . it was so worth it. These are just beautiful! :)

  8. says

    I saw your first gorgeous cupcake photo and thought ‘how did she get the sprinkles so perfect – I bet she put them on’. I started reading and indeed you did – it totally paid off these look amazing! I totally get the grocery shopping thing – sometimes it’s everyday and they never have what you’re after :)

  9. says

    So cute. I am a huge candy corn lover so these have my name written all over them. My friends will bring me big bags of candy corn when they want to get in good with me :) I totally understand your blogging dilemmas, know one really knows what we go through :)

  10. says

    Cracking up about the handheld avocado. I mean, I’ve been known to drive to another store because whatever fruit/vegetable I needed at the first one wasn’t pretty enough… But I’m sure I’ll be approaching those levels of extreme!

    These are gorgeous cupcakes–I’d say it was worth the time spent!

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