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candy corn cupcakes

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We had people over yesterday to watch football and I wanted to make something sweet, festive and easy! So I decided to make candy corn inspired cupcakes.

And for all you candy corn haters, they don't taste like candy corn at all, they just "look" like it. Best of all... they are super easy! Just use your favorite boxed cake mix, color half your batter yellow and half orange and bake! That's it!

Now, if you want to doctor up that boxed mix a little like I did, just look below.... I'll tell you what I did...

candy corn cupcakes

I added sour cream and a little pumpkin spice to the batter! :) To make this doctored up version, you'll need:

1 box white cake mix
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
food coloring
candy corn and/or sprinkles for garnishing

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin tins with white paper liners. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (except for food coloring and pumpkin pie spice). Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and then beat on medium for an additional minute.

Divide batter equally into two bowls; color one yellow and one orange. Add the pumpkin spice to the orange batter and mix. (If you don't have orange, just mix yellow and red (a little at a time) together until you get the shade you're looking for.)

Spoon in about a tbsp of yellow batter first. Gently tap the pan on the counter a few times to level it out, then spoon about a tbsp or so of orange. Level again if needed. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Use your favorite canned or homemade frosting. (I love cream cheese frosting, so this recipe is one I use frequently. I also like this vanilla buttercream recipe.) Garnish with candy corn and sprinkles!

candy corn cupcakes

Now tell me, are you are candy corn lover or hater?
What's another Fall inspired treat you've made recently? Or one you've been wanting to make? ;)

recipe adapted from here

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  1. I have only eaten them when I´ve been to the States, but they were totally OK with me. These cupcakes look so sweet!

  2. I have no idea what they taste like... we don't have them here and if we do I missed that store.
    But I'm going to share this with a friend in FB because she's always looking for Candy Corn ahahaha the other someone said there were Oreos in Candy Corn flavor and she went nuts ahahah
    These cupcakes can only be an improvement to her crazyness about the "things".
    Thank you for sharing! There's reason why some call cupcakes happy food. They put an instant smile on my face that's for sure.
    Have a Wonderful and Happy Week, Sweet Girl!

  3. These look SO good! I pinned these right away. Thanks for linking up this recipe! I'm so glad I've been introduced to your blog!

  4. I should have rephrased that last part better ha ha. I'm glad I was introduced to your blog before!! ha ha Thanks again for linking up! I always love what you come up with! :)

  5. Yummmmy! Although I can't eat candy corn right now, I remember them as a child. These do look like a festive treat indeed! I think my son would go crazy for one :)

  6. I love the ombre effect inside - pretty and delicious!

  7. I've never tried candy corn...I'm curious as to what they taste like.

  8. Yum! I love candy corn, especially since you only eat it once a year:)


  9. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! I love trying out cupcake recipes, and I love candy corn, so this is perfect! I'm sure even a candy corn hater would enjoy this...

  10. these are adorable! i looove candy corn so i would definitely love these too. i'm your newest follower! ;)

  11. These are so fun and festive---I love it!


  12. so darling and festive! good idea to add in the sour cream--that always adds moisture! i love your darling blog & we're your new followers! come follow along at Xo

  13. These look fantastic! I love candy corn projects. I'm hoping to do a candy corn feature post later this week. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. This month there are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

  14. How fun and festive! So glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog! :)

  15. Who hates candy corn??!! Alright, I'll admit those candies are a little gross... but in a good I can't stop eating them kind of way.. lol!

    These cupcakes are the cutest! Happy fall! :)


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