Candy Corn Cupcakes!

Hi y’all! We’re keeping it short and sweet this Friday! I had family in town all week, and we had a party. To top it off, my dogs have been waking me up at 4 am AFTER I partied all night. It’s not a good combination.

Candy Corn Cupcakes
We went apple picking too! It was beautiful outside!

Of course, I’m still pumped about Halloween. I’ll be headed down to Philly, and we’re going to a haunted house this year! 👻 

Candy Corn Cupcakes
Have you been to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Rhode Island?!

Now, on to the food! I got the idea for these candy corn cupcakes from Jo-Ann. They made the base orange though, which drove me crazy, since the bottom of candy corn is yellow. So, I remade them to better represent the candy!

Candy Corn Cupcakes
Yellow, Orange and White, just like candy corn! 🙂

As you can tell, they’re super messy, and I recommend using a bigger tip. However, my favorite part of this Halloween idea is that you can use any vanilla cupcake recipe you want, and it’s pretty easy to get yellow and orange colors using natural dyes. 🙂

Here’s a super short (and simple recipe) just in case you really need one. It’s intentionally nonspecific so you can make it fit your food allergy needs. My cupcakes are gluten free and vegan! 



  1. Prepare your favorite vanilla cupcake and add yellow food dye to the batter until it is truly yellow. When these bake you do NOT want any brown on the outside, so be sure that they don’t burn.
    Candy Corn Cupcakes
    Cupcakes in the oven means there is a mouthwatering smell wafting through the house.

    Candy Corn Cupcakes
    Remove the paper to see the yellow all the way through. You could also cook them in a greased tin instead of using paper cups.
  2. While the cupcakes are cooking make some buttercream frosting. Dye half of the frosting orange by using orange dye or a combination of red and yellow dye.

    Candy Corn Cupcakes
    Red + Yellow = Orange
  3. After the cupcakes cool, frost the bottom of the cupcake with orange frosting using a large round tip. Then use white frosting for the top. You’ll want it to come to a tip at the end.

    Candy Corn Cupcakes
    My Messy Kitchen Escapades
  4. Enjoy (because even the messiest of cupcakes are tasty)!

    Candy Corn Cupcakes
    Candy Corn Cupcakes

And, if the recipe is too complicated (just kidding), then check out my 15 second Instagram video.

Need more Halloween ideas?! Don’t miss my fruity Halloween treats, Vampire Cookies, or Witches’ Cauldrons.

I’m of course brining these Halloween goodies to Fiesta Friday, my favorite party in the blogosphere. Many thanks to this week’s co-hosts: Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Indira @ I’ll Cook, You Wash.

Have a fabulous weekend, and happy cooking!

14 thoughts on “Candy Corn Cupcakes!

  1. Candy corn is my favorite Halloween candy – I can’t keep it in my home or it would be gone in a flash! Cute cupcakes – I was going to make some candy corn cookies but I may not have time. Happy Fiesta Friday Kaila 🙂

    1. Thanks! Awh, candy corn cookies would be so cute!! This is great for me because lots of candy corn companies have cross-contact with wheat in their facilities. So, this sugary treat fills my sweet tooth too. Happy Fiesta Friday as well, and thanks for co-hosting!

  2. Oh I love how creative this is! If I still trick or treated, I would totally request this although I’d eat it right away and not have it get smushed in my bag lol. Thanks for bringing it to FF, Kaila! How many dogs do you have? We have 5 puppies and 2 dogs who tend to find life very interesting (so interesting, it’s worth barking nonstop over) at midnight and 6:00 am lol

    1. Thanks, Indira! 5 puppies! That’s a lot of energy inside your house. We have two dogs, the youngest is 2 years old (and she’s the hyper one). She likes to lick your face at 4 AM because otherwise I won’t get up. But, I love them both so much! 🙂

  3. Adorable, fun and festive cupcakes Kaila! I’m like Judi….can’t keep the cc in the house or would eat it all! You’re coming to Philly all the way from San Francisco??? Philly is fun at Halloween. The Eastern Penetentary does a haunted tour. I live in the suburbs.

    1. Ah, cool! I think that’s where we’re going! And, I’m coming from Boston, so it’s not too bad of a drive. (I move around A LOT.) And, thanks! They were so much fun to make!! 🙂

  4. They look gorgeous, Kaila – I’ve never heard of candy corn before, though 😦 Those vampire cookies look brilliant, too, it seems you’re really enjoying Halloween!

    1. Ahhh! I wish I had a picture on my post. Unfortunately, most brands have cross-contact with wheat, so I would have to buy special ones and I didn’t this year! It’s a little sugary triangle treat, that’s yellow, orange, and white! We eat them by the handful here! 😀 And, yes, I can’t wait for Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!!

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