18 Oct

candy corn cupcakes

Here’s the thing…

These cupcakes are another baked treat that was made way before I ever thought about starting a blog.

So… they’re not exactly what I’d call picture perfect.

Obviously, that yellow layer should be a bit larger but I think you get the general idea here.

In fact, this whole concept is so easy that I’m not even going to post a recipe.

You just need white cake batter.

You can use a boxed mix.

You can use a scratch mix.

The mix doesn’t matter here, just the method.

Whatever cake recipe or mix you use, adding 1/2 tsp of almond extract will make your cupcakes taste very similar to candy corn. It’s not necessary but it sure does make them taste yummy.

Once your batter is all mixed up and ready for the oven, pour half of the batter into one bowl and add a few drops of orange food coloring. Add the rest of the batter to another bowl and add a few drops of yellow food coloring.

If you don’t have orange food coloring, just add a couple drops of red and a couple drops of yellow and mix. Repeat the process until you get the shade of orange that works for you.

Mix both batters until each color is well incorporated.

See where I’m going with this?

Now fill your cupcake liners about 1/3 of the way with the yellow batter, and fill another 1/3 of the way with the orange batter.

Bake until the tops spring back when you press them gently and frost with your favorite white frosting once they’ve cooled completely.

To make candy corn flavored whipped cream frosting or any candy flavored whipped cream frosting for that matter: Put a big handful of candy and 3 cups of heavy cream into an air-tight container. Seal it up and leave it in your refrigerator overnight.

When you’re ready to make the frosting, strain the heavy cream and whip it on high until soft peaks form. Then slowly pour in a little sugar and continue mixing until it becomes stiff enough for you to pipe or spread on your cooled cupcakes.

How much sugar?

Good question. It largely depends on the candy you’re using. I usually just add a bit, and then taste, add a bit and then taste, until it’s sweet enough.

The candy corn will make the cream pretty sweet so you shouldn’t need too much sugar.

When it comes to candy flavored frosting, it’s best to stick with one flavor. Like banana Laffy Taffy Frosting and not a mish-mash of different flavored Laffy Taffy.

Things can get weird in flavor town.

Once all of your cupcakes are frosted, place a candy corn on top to drive the concept home.

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