Candy Corn Cupcakes

Fall is my favorite time of year.   I had been dreaming about these cupcakes for the past couple of weeks now and I finally had time to spend an afternoon making them.  When I went to the grocery store, I silently cheered:  the pumpkins are out, there are bags of Halloween candy on display, and the squash/corn/harvest displays make me so excited.  And those little baby decorative pumpkins?  I don’t know what it is about them, but they just make me smile.  Every year.  Ok, ok.  Yes, I probably get way too much joy out of the little things, but, Fall has always had a special place in my heart.

After experimenting with a couple different batches of frostings, I decided to just go with a simple vanilla frosting and a white sheet cake recipe for the cupcakes.  I had initially thought that a butterscotch frosting would be really good for the candy corn frosting, but the texture and color of the one I made was not what I was envisioning.  But, never fear…I will find something to frost later today.  :)

I opened the box of cupcakes for my 3-year old nephew, Elliott, today.  Watching his eyes light up in excitement reminds me how wonderful life can be.

And, since voting has officially opened on, if you like what you see and you are feeling generous, click here to vote for me.  I could be your Project Food Blog Star…..and every little vote counts.

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Servings: 24 cupcakes


For the cake:

1 cup whole milk, room temperature

6 large egg whites, room temperature

2 teaspoons almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 and 1/4 cups cake flour

1 and 3/4 cups sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

For the frosting:

3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks and softened

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups confectioners’ sugar


1. For the cupcakes: Adjust oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.

3. Whisk the milk, egg whites, and extracts together in a small bowl.

4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.

5. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat the butter, one piece at a time, into the flour mixture, about 30 seconds.  Continue to beat the mixture until it resembles moist crumbs, 1 to 3 minutes.

6. Beat in all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture, then increase the mixer speed to medium and beat the batter until smooth, light, and fluffy, 1 to 3 minutes.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly beat in the remaining 1/2 cup of the milk mixture until the batter looks slightly curdled, about 15 seconds.

7. Use a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour the batter evenly into the cupcake liners.

8.  Bake the cupcakes, switching and rotating the pans halfway through baking, for a total of 15-20 minutes.  (Mine took about 20 minutes total).

9.  Let the cupcakes cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

10. For the frosting: Beat the butter, cream, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

11. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, and beat until incorporated and smooth, 4 to 6 minutes.  Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, 5 to 10 minutes.

12.  Divide the frosting into three bowls and tint each with desired food coloring tint.

13.  Using your pastry bag and desired tip, pipe the frosting in a cone-shape on the cupcakes…and voila!

Source:  America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book.

September 20, 2010 - 7:49 am

Sara - These were AMAZING! Thanks for sharing them with us! :)

September 20, 2010 - 8:28 am

Bridget - Hey Shan! I followed the link on FoodBuzz but didn’t see anywhere to vote. Am I missing something??

September 20, 2010 - 8:32 am

Susi - These cupcakes are utterly adorable!!! My kids would go nuts over these since candy corn is one of their favorites in the fall. I’m bookmarking this recipe, thanks for sharing :o )

September 20, 2010 - 9:00 am

gingerbreadcake - So incredibly cute! I love these. :)

September 20, 2010 - 10:35 am

RavieNomNoms - Oh my gosh!!! I looooooove these! I was so addicted to candy corn when I was little…my sister and I would eat an entire bowl of the candy corn and those candy pumpkins when we were little. Thanks so much for sharing these! They look so adorable and yummy!

September 20, 2010 - 11:07 am

notyet100 - thy look so cute,..;-) all the best

September 20, 2010 - 12:13 pm

Shanon Lacy - Bridget-

You have to join the Foodbuzz community to be eligible for voting. The link should take you to the form to sign-up….it’s free, and there a ton of awesome food ideas, recipes, and websites to peruse!

Muah, muah, muah, muah, muah. *one for you, Andy, Max, Tyler, and Robot Baby Girl

September 20, 2010 - 4:23 pm

May Ling Wu - So cute! I’ll have to make some and bring in to work :)

September 20, 2010 - 8:03 pm

KeepItSweet - these are adorable and would be perfect for a halloween party!

September 23, 2010 - 2:14 pm

nesrine - Those are definitely GORGEOUS….I wanna know which tip of the pastry bag did you use?…thank you and good luck in PFB.

September 23, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Shanon Lacy - Hi nesrine-
I used Wilton tip #1M (Star) tip. It’s pretty much my favorite tip of all time.

September 24, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Patty - Hello pretty fall cupcakes! Thanks for sharing your sweetness. :)

September 25, 2010 - 10:32 am

Megan - These are the cutest cupcakes ever. This is how I envision eating my candy corn, cupcake style!

I’m a Fall lover. I was surprised how many of us Fall lovers there are, until I started blogging.

September 25, 2010 - 11:50 am

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) - These are beautiful! I just found them on TasteSpotting. I have a weakness for candy corn too, for some reason I like them with a big class of cold milk. Weird, huh? :)

September 25, 2010 - 12:38 pm

lynne - these are just too cute!!! perfect for a halloween party!

September 25, 2010 - 12:42 pm

hannah {thepastrykook} - very cute. i LOVE them!

September 25, 2010 - 1:01 pm

oneordinaryday - This is totally creative. Great job!!!

September 25, 2010 - 1:05 pm

kathleen - These are flippin adorable!

September 25, 2010 - 4:34 pm

melissa daams - i love these cute looking cupcakes… i’m not a very big fan of candy corns but they remind me of halloween and i love that! very creative – thanks for sharing :)

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September 25, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Pretty. Good. Food. - Those are so cute!!!!

September 25, 2010 - 10:00 pm

huntfortheverybest - what a great idea for a party!

September 25, 2010 - 11:39 pm

Joanne - These are just the cutest! I have a love/hate relationship with candy corn in that I LOVE eating it and HATE that I have no self control around it. I am SO making these to satisfy my inevitable cravings!

September 26, 2010 - 1:25 am

laura - these are adorable! i love candy corn (and all of fall, really) as well. :)

September 26, 2010 - 1:38 am

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware set - Wow, this cupcake really does look like candy corn! Only, more tender and easier to bite in to! Yummy!

I usually am not this excited but these vibrant colors made me jump! Creative indeed.

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September 26, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Emily - These are so beautiful! I hope i’ts okay that I link to this recipe from my blog?

September 26, 2010 - 2:36 pm

Shanon Lacy - Emily-

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share away! :) Nice to meet you!

September 26, 2010 - 4:30 pm

sara - These are SO cute! Love them. :)

September 26, 2010 - 8:04 pm

shelly (cookies and cups) - great cupcakes!! i love candy corn :)

September 26, 2010 - 8:44 pm

Tracy @ Sweet Harper - I get grief all the time for my addiction to candy corn, so I am so excited to find these cupcakes!!!

September 26, 2010 - 11:02 pm

JENN @ - Those are the cutest Halloween cupcakes ever!! You are so creative. I am definately going to make these ASAP. I actually just made that exact same cake recipe the other day, I really liked it.

September 27, 2010 - 12:00 am

Heidi - These cupcakes are completely adorable!! It seems like such a simple idea – why hasn’t anyone thought of this!?? You did a beautiful job of piping the icing on and the colors are so sharp. I’m excited to try this idea. Completely wonderful!

September 27, 2010 - 1:04 am

Rachel - I love candy corn and I love cupcakes and I LOVE these! They’re darling! I would also love to link to these if you didn’t mind.

September 27, 2010 - 8:33 am

Kristen - Oh my gosh – these are SO adorable. How creative!!!

September 28, 2010 - 9:21 am

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October 2, 2010 - 3:43 pm

Lora - I ♥ candy corn and I ♥ these cupcakes. Super cute!

October 3, 2010 - 10:31 am

Marisa - These are gorgeous! I don’t like to eat candy corn, but I love the way the colors look together. I could totally handle candy corn cupcakes! :)

October 3, 2010 - 11:29 am
October 3, 2010 - 10:20 pm

megacrafty - The frosting on these is great and your pictures are wonderful! I’m hosting a Halloween cupcake and muffin themed link party tomorrow (Monday) I’d love for you to add your cupcakes!

October 3, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Shanon Lacy - Hi Meg-

Thanks for stopping by-feel free to share the link. That’s what it’s here for. Thank you for asking. :)

Please visit again soon!


October 9, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Paper and Food - What?! There is a cupcake that tastes like candy corn and I didn’t know about it until now?!?! Wowwwww, I am in looovveeeee! Thanks for sharing this!

October 11, 2010 - 2:55 am

Bridget - I’m not a fan of candy corn but these cupcakes are so stinking cute! I can’t wait to make them, thanks for the recipe.

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October 19, 2010 - 4:40 pm

Jen @ - These little cupcakes are ADORABLE!!!

I’d be thrilled if you’d enter them into a giveaway that I’m hosting!

They won’t be judged, they’ll simply serve as inspiration to my site visitors.

Each Halloween cupcake photo submission counts as one entry to win a $50 Shopping Spree to The TomKat Studio!

But hurry, the random drawing is tomorrow, Oct. 20th!

Details can be found here:

I hope you’ll enter!!! :)

October 21, 2010 - 4:36 pm

Cheryl - I love these… I can’t wait to make them.
I hope posted them on my blog with a link back to you!

Thank You for a great idea!

October 28, 2010 - 12:46 am

veek - At what bake temp?

October 28, 2010 - 7:45 am

Shanon Lacy - Please refer to the post….350 degrees. :)

October 30, 2010 - 9:36 pm

Angela@spinachtiger - I love these because I love candy corn. I might just have to make these for tomorrow.

October 31, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Tiffany - I made these for a Halloween party and they were delicious! Rave reviews from family and friends. I must have used just a *tad* too much frosting because the recipe only covered 20 cupcakes – which happened to be just enough cupcakes for us.

Thank you for sharing!!

November 18, 2010 - 3:27 pm

Josh - This is a great blog. Im glad I stumbled onto it. Have a good day mate!

July 6, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Tasha @ ToLexiWithLove - Definitely bookmarking for this fall!

September 15, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Jackie Hale - Dear Shannon,
I want to ask you permission to use the foto of your candy corn cupcake for my blog’s October favorites round up. All credit will be linked to your blog as I normally do with all my round ups. You can respond to my request via my email and consider this an invitation to visit my little humble blog. Thank you,

September 15, 2011 - 6:19 pm

srlacy - Hey Jackie-

Absolutely! :)

September 19, 2011 - 7:45 pm

Make handmade - Love it. Thanks for sharing

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October 7, 2011 - 12:02 am

Michele - These are amazing! They look so perfect. I hope you don’t mind, I wrote about them in one of my recent blog posts and made sure to include a link back to you. Thanks for sharing such cute cupcakes!

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September 13, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Misty Martin - This are really cute cupcakes. What decorating tip did you use?

September 13, 2012 - 8:12 pm

srlacy - Hi Misty! Thanks! I used my favorite tip: Wilton 1M. It’s my go-to!

September 13, 2012 - 10:55 pm

Misty Martin - Thank you!

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