Sweets

Colorful Candy Corn Cupcakes

I think there are two types of people in this world: those who like candy corn and those who don’t.

I definitely do not like candy corn! I have tried, painstakingly, through the years to like candy corn and I just can’t do it!

It’s funny because my sister and I can’t stand the tricolored triangles, but my mom loves them! When we were younger, my mom would always get so excited to buy a big old bag to fill our little bat-shaped candy dish, only to remember that my sister and I didn’t like it.

Well, at least she said she “forgot,” to me, it seems like she got the whole candy dish to herself, while my sister and I had to wait until Halloween night to get our candy craving satisfied!

That’s neither here nor there, and despite my feelings of candy corn, I can’t deny that it is a traditional candy of the season! I know Halloween is right around the corner when I see the bags and bags of candy corn lining the shelves.

Because of this tradition, I have decided to make my own version of candy corn that people of all taste buds can really get behind! While these sweet little cupcakes may resemble the familiar colors of candy corn, they have the subtle deliciousness of classic vanilla cupcakes!

I love how adorable these cupcakes are! These would be the perfect little addition to whatever Halloween party you’re attending! If you were running short on time, you could also make these with a boxed cake mix and grab a tub of vanilla frosting! Super easy to throw together, and loaded with Halloween spirit!

I found these super cute sprinkles in the Halloween section of my local grocery store and I had to buy them! They have little gravestones, ghosts, and bats mixed with classic sprinkles in Halloween colors! They are the perfect little topping for these cupcakes!

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups of flour

3/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 stick of butter, room temperature

3 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of sour cream

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Gel food coloring

Frosting:

1 block of cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 stick of butter, room temperature

3 cups of powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream

A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl. Slowly whisk to combine. Then, using a hand mixer, or stand mixer, slowly add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time with the mixer on a low speed. The texture will resemble a sandy, crumbly texture. Then add in the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is fully combined before adding in the next. Then add in the sour cream and vanilla. Slowly pour the milk in, with the mixer on low so it doesn’t splash everywhere! If you aren’t adding food coloring, I suggest using a spatula to wipe down the sides and mix for about a minute more to make sure everything is incorporated!

If you are adding food coloring, place half of the batter into another bowl. Add a few drops of orange food coloring to one bowl, and a few drops of yellow food coloring to the other.

Place white cupcake liners into the cupcake tins, or thoroughly spray each tin with cooking spray. Using a small cookie scoop, place two scoops of the yellow batter and place in the bottom of the cupcake liners. Then taking another small cookie scoop, place two scoops of the orange batter and place gently on top of the yellow. Once all the liners have been filled, bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

While the cupcakes are cooling, start on the frosting! Combine the butter and cream cheese into a bowl, and mix together using a hand mixer on medium. Slowly add the powdered sugar with the mixer on low, so the sugar doesn’t go everywhere! Then, add in the heavy cream and salt. Mix on high for about a minute or so, or until the frosting is nice and fluffy! If you feel that the frosting is still a little stiff, you can add in another tablespoon of heavy cream!

I like to take a nice scoop of frosting and plop it right on top of the cupcakes! Then, using the back of a spoon, I just flatten the frosting and add some nice swoops in the frosting. You can stop there, or add some cute Halloween sprinkles to the top! I found these cute sprinkles at my local grocery store!

These cupcakes are light, fluffy, and everything you’re looking for in a vanilla cupcake! The frosting is airy and soft, and the sprinkles on the top give the perfect little crunch to these cupcakes! Whether you love or loathe candy corn, this dessert will always be a win!

-Holly Michelle

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