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Candy Corn Cupcakes

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She learned all her book-repair tricks on the job or in the kitchen!


A Yummy candy corn confection!

Colorful candy corn cupcakes: the kids will love the surprise orange inside this yummy cupcake that is very easy to make. It is also a recipe you could use at any time of the year! Candy Corn is not just for October fun! In fact, you could celebrate Kansas Day on January 29th by making this candy corn cake creation.

Every September I begin to prepare for Candy Corn Day which is on October 30th by looking for new recipes! Oh, in some places it is on October 21st, but I am not against having a celebration twice in 10 days. No sir, you will not hear me object.

All cupcake images are mine, unless otherwise stated. Enjoy!

Candy corn cupcakes made for Halloween Treats
Candy corn cupcakes made for Halloween Treats | Source

Candy Corn Cupcake Recipe:

The original cupcake recipe is from You can visit that site for the cream cheese frosting recipe that they used on their cupcakes. I used pre-made Duncan Hines Cream Cheese Frosting to make it easy on myself. After all, I am a grandmother.

Cook Time

Prep Time: not long, maybe 15 minutes

Total Time: About an hour, max.

Serves: 16


  • 2 cups sugar (I use organic)
  • 4 eggs (I use Eggland's Best)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I use unbleached flour)
  • 1 cup milk (I always use fat free milk)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (canola is on my shelf)
  • 2 -1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • divided
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon orange gel food coloring (on the baking aisle or in the "party" section at WalMart)
  • Premade Icing - vanilla or cream cheese (or you can make your own)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12 cup) cupcake pans with 16 cupcake liners
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  3. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat for another minute, just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't over beat.
  4. Place approximately 1/3 of the batter into a separate bowl. Add orange gel dye to the reserved batter and mix well.
  5. Fill each muffin liner with 2 tablespoons of plain vanilla cake batter. Layer over 1 tablespoon of orange-dyed batter onto each. Using a toothpick, gently drag the orange batter through the plain vanilla batter, creating a streaked look. Do not over do it or batters will blend together.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean.
  7. For a artsy presentation, place frosting into a zipper-type plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe icing onto each cooled cupcake and top with a couple of candy corns for each cupcake. I just "artistically" dolloped a spoonful of icing on each cup cake.

Don't Like Candy Corn? - Then top off your cupcakes with these candy corn cupcake picks:

This pick is a Good choice for those who just do not like candy corn. My grandchildren loved my candy corn cupcake recipe---even the ones who don't like candy corn. The picks are just adorable that come with the kit below. The liners and candy corn are a bonus!

Wilton 415-3174 Candy Corn Cupcake Decorating Kit, Assorted
Wilton 415-3174 Candy Corn Cupcake Decorating Kit, Assorted

These corns will not stick in your teeth, just help you pick them!


Big, beautiful candy corn cupcake made by Mickie_G!


Yep, this is one of my very own candy corn cupcakes. I do hope you will try the recipe for a Halloween Party or for the goblins who ring your doorbell on October 31st wanting a treat. the original inspiration for these cupcakes

Amazing what one can find on the internet when one googles "candy corn recipes". This recipe from was so yummy looking, I just had to try it. Mine turned out good enough to please my grands and neighborhood kiddies on Halloween. These cupcakes would also be wonderful at a Halloween Party, too.

Candy Corn Cupcakes: - Detail of the Screenshot:

Just so you can see what a REAL cupcake maker can do with this recipe, I zoomed in and cropped the original screen shot.

My Very Own Candy Corn Creations: - Not as pretty as the above cupcakes, but just as edible!


I do not have the tools to pipe on a decorative icing mound, but I think my cupcakes turned out just fine.

I used Jelly Belly Candy Corn because it is a much prettier and tastier confection than the bargain brands. Yes, it costs more, but their nuggets are worth the extra pennies you pay. I found my candy corn in our local supermarket, Publix, in the Jelly Belly display. I purchased it loose instead of in prepackaged bags.

Did you know that Jelly Belly bought the company that invented the candy corn? Google it!

More days you can celebrate using Candy Corn Cupcakes - Honor the "Corn Belt" States!

The US grows 35% of the world's corn in a area nicknamed "The Corn Belt". The Corn Belt includes the states of Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. A few dates and states are shared below. You get the idea!

  1. On May 11, 1858, Minnesota entered the Union as the 32nd state.
  2. South Dakota has the Corn Palace Festival the end of August every year. Take some of these cupcakes with you on the road trip!
  3. Wisconsin became a state on May 29, 1848. This state's official grain is.....Corn. Celebrate.

Let me know if you will be trying this recipe. Remember, you can use it all during the Fall (Autumn, to the sophisticated), maybe even at Thanksgiving in the USA.

I have been asked if one can add real candy corn to the mix. My reply: you can try anything, but I have not had much success adding the candy corn to recipes for cookies. The candy corn is mostly sugar and melted very easily into a gooey mess when I made cookies using the corn pieces like I would chocolate chips. I am assuming from that experience that the same would happen if the candy was added to a cake mix.

Remember, I prefer the Jelly Belly Candy Corn.

© 2011 Mickie Gee

Any (Candy) Corny Comments? - I'd love to hear what you think of my cupcake page.

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      7 years ago

      Love it.. these cupcakes look delish!!! Blessed!

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      food monkey 

      7 years ago

      I love those cupcakes! great recipe!

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      7 years ago

      I work with small kids and I think they would love these. Great lens, thanks for posting it!

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      anupma lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice lense

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      7 years ago

      I will give these a try they look so nice

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      7 years ago

      The best part about Halloween is the return of candy corn.

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      7 years ago

      I will definitely be trying this recipe. I just hope they come out as great as yours. :)

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      7 years ago

      I only seem to like candy corn around Halloween. That's a good thing because if it were available more often, I'd be in so much trouble!!! Your cupcakes sound scrumptious. Will have to give them a try!

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      7 years ago

      you've found a candy corn lover, glad I browsed upon your lens tonight, earned a 'thumbs up' from this avid food reader.

    • Vikk Simmons profile image

      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      I've always liked candy corn.


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