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Candy Corn Cupcakes Recipe
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Candy Corn Cupcakes
Make these super simple and cute candy corn cupcakes for Halloween! See more
  • READY IN 55 mins

Candy Corn Cupcakes

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"A cute way of making cupcakes so that they will have the colored layers of candy corn. Fun for Halloween!"

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. Place cake mix in a bowl, and pour in water and vegetable oil; add 3 eggs. With electric mixer on low speed, beat the cake mix with water, oil, and eggs until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. Pour half the cake mix into a second bowl; divide the remaining cake mix in half, and place into 2 separate small bowls.
  3. Color the largest portion of the cake mix orange by mixing in 4 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of yellow food coloring. Into a second, smaller bowl of cake mix, mix in 10 drops of red food coloring, 12 drops of yellow food coloring, and 6 drops of green food coloring, to color that bowl brown. Into the last remaining small bowl of cake mix, stir in 5 drops of yellow food coloring to color that bowl yellow.
  4. Spoon yellow cake batter into the bottoms of 12 prepared cupcake cups, filling them about 1/3 full. Spoon the brown batter into the bottoms of the remaining 12 prepared cupcake cups, filling them about 1/3 full. Spoon orange cupcake mix over the yellow and brown layers, filling the cupcakes about 2/3 full. Try not to jar or shake the filled cupcakes, to avoid mixing layers.
  5. Carefully place cupcakes into the preheated oven, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Allow to cool.
  6. Frost each cooled cupcake with the white frosting; place a piece of yellow, orange, and white candy corn on top of each yellow and orange cupcake. Place a brown, orange, and white piece of candy corn on top of each brown and orange cupcake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 05, 2012

These cupcakes are delicious and adorable! Box cake mix is always good, and the added color effects are eye catching. I simply used too many drops of food coloring for my orange, so it sank into my yellow batter for a tie dyed effect while baking, but the point was still made and everyone loved them! You must be really careful not to overfill these... I could've made quite a few more regular sized cupcakes, but I made not as many GIANT cupcakes by accident. Still great though! Will be making these again :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 01, 2011

Well, these didn't turn out nearly as cute as I was hoping they would. First of all, I knew I should have used gel coloring instead of liquid because the colors really faded during baking, so the finished product was just kind of dull looking. They tasted fine, but this recipe isn't really about taste (it's just a box cake mix, after all), it's more about presentation and I wasn't too thrilled. I frosted with Wedding Cake Icing from this site. Thanks for sharing :)


9 Ratings

Nov 10, 2011

I have done a similar cupcake design for Christmas with alternating red and green batter and it turned out fine. The other reviewer is right, this is about presentation. So, if the coloration doesn't work out then I would alter the drop count. Also, personally, I would eliminate the green since there is no brown color in the candy candy... just use drops of orange and drops of yellow for each separate bowl of batter (if you don't have orange, red and yellow are fine...) and use as many drops as needed for the perfect color for you. I really like making cupcakes with these different coloring patterns because they can really be festive :) I will definitely be making a candy corn cupcake for Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 19, 2012

I am going to eat this every halloween! It is so good!

Nov 04, 2012

You can do many things with the recipe! It really is not for flavor, more for looks, since you are just using box cake mix. I used white cake mix and also french vanilla cake mix. I did the coloring for halloween. I used gel food coloring. I did Purple, Green and Orange. It's easy with the gel food coloring. No mixing making colors just mix in until your happy with the batter color layer and there you go! I used betty crocker white whipped frosting colored it green, then i used a 1/2 package of the flavor mix ins (i used orange creme)pipped on the top to give a little different flaor then topped that with halloween sprinkles! took the cupcakes to the office and everyone raved! Crazy because it was just boxed cake mix! It was all in the presentation!

Oct 21, 2012

We made these for our son's school carnival and they were a sensational hit. I simply made them chocolate with chocolate icing. My husband put on the mini marshmallows and candy corn. "Monster Mohawk Cupcakes" is what our son called them. Blue gell for the pupils. Easy as 1-2-3.

Nov 01, 2012

I had fun making these, but they do take more work. Definitely took more time to do two separate colors to each cupcake. They were cute in appearance, but unfortunately no one even commented on the fact they were cupcakes made to look like candy corn.

Oct 24, 2014

I loved this recipe! And more importantly, so did everyone at work! I used orange colored sugar to decorate the cupcakes, and I had made a simple white butter cream. I didn't have any issues with making the two colors - I made the orange, made the yellow, and poured respectively into two different Mason jars with reCAP Mason Jars pour caps. It makes it very easy to pour into cupcake liners without any mess, and by having control with my pour, the colors didn't mix. I work for reCAP and wanted to share this nifty trick. You can see my technique and cupcakes here:


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  • Calories
  • 238 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 199 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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