Candy Corn Cupcakes

Halloween cupcake ideas don't come much cuter than this! Layers of colored frosting are the key to make candy corn cupcake look just like the classic trick-or-treat favorite.

Candy Corn Cupcakes
Photo: Jay Wilde
Start To Finish Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
24 (2 1/2-inch) cupcakes


  • 1 2-layer-size package white cake mix

  • Orange and yellow food colorings

  • 1 recipe Creamy White Frosting

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 16 ounce package powdered sugar (about 4 cups)

  • 3 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. If desired, tint with orange food coloring. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes, using paper bake cups. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

  2. Divide Creamy White Frosting equally among three bowls. Tint frosting in one bowl with orange coloring; tint frosting in another bowl with yellow coloring. Leave the remaining frosting white. Place each frosting color in a separate pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe frosting on each cupcake to resemble candy corn pieces.

Creamy White Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add about half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in the remaining powdered sugar and enough of the remaining milk to reach spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
9g Fat
31g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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