Candy Corn Cupcakes #TheHalloweenProject

Candy Corn Cupcakes will delight your family with their colored layers and set the mood for Trick or Treating! Start planning your Halloween sweets early!
Candy Corn Cupcakes | An easy recipe for a Halloween treat

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Halloween Treats

I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite, most creative blogger friends to bring you Halloween recipes for the next few weeks. What you may not know is that I was born on the day before Halloween. And in the small, Midwest college town where I grew up, we went trick or treating on MY birthday instead of Halloween. This, I’m sure, was to avoid being out on the streets the crazed, beer drinking university crowd on the actual holiday. What fun to hang out with my besties and stroll the neighborhood collecting candy. Is it any wonder that I purchase loads of full-sized candy bars to pass out to the goblins who come to our door on All Hallow’s Eve?Candy Corn Cupcakes | An easy recipe for a Halloween treat

Candy Corn Cupcakes

I always have a bowl of candy corn and those candy pumpkins sitting on my kitchen counter during the month of October. I think they gather more dust than anything, but they’re a festive reminder that Halloween is approaching. I took a nod from these classic fall candies to make some two toned cupcakes topped with a mound of white buttercream to echo the candy corn stripes. My family was much less reluctant to grab these Candy Corn Cupcakes from the platter than the candy from my dish!  And I’ll let you in on a little secret. To make these super easy, I used a boxed white cake mix for the batter, doctored it up with some sour cream, then separated it into two bowls. I dyed one bowl yellow, the other orange and baked them up. My cupcake liners from Wilton allowed me to make large cupcakes. If you use standard grocery story  liners, you’ll need a second tin and your batch will yield more than 12. Feel free to use your favorite white cupcake recipe if you’d like.

Candy Corn Cupcakes (11)


Things you’ll need in this recipe:

Muffin pan

Cooling Rack

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Serves 12-18 cupcakes     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 52 mins

These cupcakes are dressed up like candy corn for the perfect Halloween treat!


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Orange food coloring or gel (I used Wilton food coloring gel)
  • Yellow food coloring or gel


  • 2 sticks or 8 ounces butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2+ tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon double strength vanilla (or 1 teaspoon regular strength vanilla)


  1. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix box cake mix with eggs, sour cream, milk and oil till combined. Scrape sides and mix on medium-high for 3 minutes or till very smooth.
  3. Divide batter evenly between two bowls.
  4. Add orange food coloring (or a combination of red and yellow to make orange) to one of the bowls and stir and add more food coloring till it's a nice deep orange color. Add yellow food coloring to the second bowl of batter.
  5. Put a tablespoon or so of yellow batter into each cupcake liner making sure it's evenly distributed. Repeat with orange batter making sure it covers the yellow batter.
  6. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. To make the frosting, beat butter with 1 cup of the powdered sugar till well mixed. Add the rest of the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and mix till creamy.
  8. Pipe frosting on top of cupcakes and top with either candy corn or candy pumpkins.


Recipe Notes

I used Wilton cupcake liners which allowed me to fill each with 3 tablespoons of batter for 12 cupcakes. If you use standard sized cupcake liners, you may get closer to 18 cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 446kcal Calories from fat 176
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 315mg 13%
Carbohydrate 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 54g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    It’s fun to see Halloween starting to pop up on blogs! I get a bag of candy corn every year too:@)

  2. Looks so cute! I love the colors! 🙂

  3. YOU ARE THE FULL SIZE CANDY BAR LADY!!! And what a fun birthday! My dad was also born on Oct 30.
    I love these cupcakes! They look so soft and the colors are so bright! Super excited to be working on this project with you!

  4. These are the most adorable candy corn cupcakes I have ever seen! I am sure I will enjoy these as much as my kid would. Pinned. 🙂

  5. These cupcakes are so cute and festive!! I cannot wait to see what other Halloween inspired treats you have up your sleeve, Lizzy! 😀 😀 😀


  6. Awww this is the cutest candy corn cupcakes. I love how you add candy pumpkin on top. And trick or treating on birthday sounds fun and makes halloween lasts longer.

  7. These cupcakes are so cute. love the resemblance to candy corn, and love those pumpkin candies. So the neighbors opened their doors a day early for you lol ?

  8. These cupcakes are so festive and just perfect for Halloween!

  9. These cupcakes look delicious. Hard to believe it won’t be long till Halloween is here.

  10. So darling! My girls would love these!!

  11. WOW! I could eat all of that myself!
    Thanks for sharing

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  12. What lovely colours and so adorable too!

  13. Such cute cupcakes! I do love candy corn and mellowcream pumpkins, but I’d rather one of these cupcakes.

  14. These looks terrific Liz! Love the présentation, so cute!

  15. How cute these look!!
    We don’t celebrate Halloween here, and I’m always loooooooove seeing the dessert you make for this holiday.
    I LOVE these cupcakes

  16. Cuuuute!! You are so clever!

  17. How fun to go trick or treating on your birthday! Your cupcakes are “adorbs” – to quote the college kids of today…And must say I get such relief when I see Ms. Liz the queen of gourmet desserts use a box mix…Thank you. It gives me permission to not feel so guilty when the clock is ticking and I’ve got to whip up dessert =)

  18. So fun to go trick or treating on your birthday! My good college friend used to have a Halloween party every year since her birthday was on Halloween and it was always so much fun to dress up. Love these candy corn cupcakes! They look amazing! 🙂

  19. So bright and cheery I love them 😀

  20. Nothing says Halloween like candy corn! I know a few big kids and small ones that would gobble these up real quickly!

  21. Lizzy,
    I can’t have candy corn in my house because I’d eat it all. I really mean all of it. These are adorable cupcakes. I’d have to swipe all the candy corn off the tops.


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