Candy Corn Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on October 22, 2014

What’s for dessert?  Cupcakes.  Glorious dual-toned, frosting piled high, covered in an obscene sweet glaze decadent Candy Corn cupcakes.


Candy Corn Cupcakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

What’s for dessert? Cupcakes. Glorious dual-toned, frosting piled high, covered in an obscene sweet glaze decadent Candy Corn cupcakes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Corn Cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 package white cake mix or use your favorite from-scratch recipe
  • 2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Yellow & Red McCormick® Food Coloring
Candy Corn Glaze
  • 1 bag candy corn 11 ounce size
  • 1/4 c water
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla.
  2. Divide batter in half.
  3. Tint one batch yellow with 1/3 teaspoon yellow food color. Tint second batch orange with 1/4 teaspoon yellow food color and 1/8 teaspoon red food color.

  4. Fill each paper-lined muffin cup 1/3 full with orange batter. Gently add yellow batter on top of orange batter, filling each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

Candy Corn Glaze
  1. Reserve 1/4 cup of candy corn then place the remainder of the 11-ounce bag in a medium saucepan. Pour in 1/4 cup water and heat on low for about 10-15 minutes. You will want to candy corn to be melted completely.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. (You will want to cover cupcakes while glaze is still warm, but not hot.)

  3. Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over frosting.
  4. Decorate tops of cupcake extra candy corn pieces. (not shown in picture)
  5. Can be done 1-2 days in advance.



Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

Imagine if you are in grade school, and have been sitting in class all morning.  The tick-tock of the clock is constant, and you are full of energy, waiting so impatiently for the lunch bell to ring.

Consonants and pronouns and quizzes and tests are just another thing keeping you from a cold milk, peanut butter & jelly and being able to talk with your friends about whatever you want.

Finally!  Lunch time.

Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

Opening your lunch box yields the greatest surprise of all time… a CUPCAKE!  And not just any cupcake, a cupcake covered in more frosting than you have ever seen!  On top of that frosting is a sweet sticky orange glaze.  Without hesitation, you stick your finger into it, as knowing what it tastes like suddenly becomes the most important thing in the world.

The first taste is utterly sweet… and confusing.  What is it?  Familiar, but hard to place.  You pull the entire cupcake out of your lunch box and see all the glorious color.  Candy Corn!  That glaze tastes just like candy corn!

Everyone is oohing and aahing.  They all want some, but it’s all yours.

You sit back, revel in being the coolest kid at the lunch table and think to yourself, “I am totally going to clean my room when I get home. My mom rocks.”

At least, that is what I envision would happen.  More likely than not, the cupcake would get schmooshed on the way to school and frosting would be all over the lunchbox, the sandwich, the milk, the apple.  My precious little darling would have her lunchbox held up to her face unabashedly licking every last bit of frosting from every last surface.  She would then have frosting in her hair, on her eyelashes, all over her face and hands.

Maybe this is better suited as an after school snack!

Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

A couple things:

The first time I made this glaze (candy corn schootcharoo bars) I played around with it quite a bit.  I think it works best at a lukewarm temperature for drizzling over cupcakes.  The cooler it gets the more firm it gets and therefore harder to drizzle.  Once you are done covering the cupcakes I would place an remaining glaze in an airtight storage container and clean out the pan.

I did my candy corn cupcakes in opposite color order.  This was entirely for vanity purposes!  I just liked how it looks with the orange on top and bottom and the yellow breaking it up a bit.  The recipe is written how I did it, but if you want a traditional candy corn cupcake, be sure to put the yellow batter on the bottom.

While this recipe is written to use a box mix, you can most certainly use your favorite white cake or yellow cake recipe.

I love this buttercream recipe for bright white frosting.

If you want to use a bit less frosting I think this style of cupcake decorating would be lovely and would allow the glaze to pool just beautifully on the cupcake. (and would be more lunch box friendly!)

Candy Corn Inspired Cupcakes with pure Candy Corn Glaze!

These sweet little treats are definitely perfect for the occasional seasonal indulgence.  The bright colors and billowing frosting take ‘eating with your eyes’ to a whole new level!  And of course, are the ideal treat for anyone who loves candy corn!

It was an absolute delight to create these Candy Corn Cupcakes with McCormick. Thank you so, so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. I only work with the best, and am thankful that McCormick is willing to partner with me! <3

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  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    These cupcakes are so fun! Love the bright colors!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Anna!

  • Becca from says:

    Do you remember our conversation about candy corn from last October? Here, let me refresh your memory. PASS THE DANGED CANDY CORN, Amanda! 😀

    • Amanda says:

      No! It is against my belief system to share. I WANT THEM ALL.
      #kidding #passingsomenow

  • sue/the view from great island says:


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  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    That glaze!! These are perfection Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    That glaze is so pretty! Love these cupcakes!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Christina says:

    These look great. I am very guilty of printing your recipes and reading your blog and not commenting. I just wanted to say thank you.

    • Amanda says:

      Well thank you Christina! It’s ok if you just come to browse. But selfishly I do like to be able to get to know you better! 🙂

  • Lindsey | Cafe Johnsonia says:

    Everything you make is just gorgeous. These are so fun! We have your book and I’m going to attempt a surprise cake for my daughter’s upcoming b-day, but I suspect she’d go crazy for these cupcakes too!

    • Amanda says:

      Oh thank you!!! I can’t wait to see!! 🙂

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    These cupcakes are so much fun! Perfect for a Halloween party, I’ll take 12 please! Do you deliver? 🙂

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Those are seriously so fun!!! And candy corn glaze? Where have I been? That’s all sorts of awesomeness!

  • Jolena @therubykitchen says:

    These are so cute! What a cool idea to top them with a glaze too.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I love you for that glaze!!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    oh my goodness. . loved reading that opening story!! 🙂 it was like a commercial . . 😛 I think we all wanted to be that cool kid at the lunch table. . but yes, totally agree that this would be the ultimate and most awesome after school snack. . I bet your kids get the best sweet treats when they come home from school! 😛 love these for Halloween!!!

  • Natalie | Paper & Birch says:

    What a fun idea! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    The directions say to put the yellow batter carefully on top of the yellow batter. Better change one of those yellows to orange!

    • Amanda says:

      Whoops! Will do.

  • Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    Love candy corn, although it can’t be bought here — boo. But if these have candy corn frosting, imma gonna hunt down a pack because these look too good to pass up.

    Pinning and adding to my make/bake list. Schwingggg!

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    these are beautiful and I love love love candy corn!!

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Dang! Candy corn syrup?!?!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Seriously, can I be your child? I want to come home from school to eat some of these lovely cupcakes!!!!

  • Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama says:

    I have 2 little candy corn obsessed boys that would LOVE these.

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    Oh lady, you are TOO talented! These are so colourful and perfect

  • Megan says:

    It seems like people either love candy corn or hate it. I feel bad for people who hate it. I think it is so much fun to eat! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to make it. Maybe some people will change their minds on candy corn. If not, more for me:)

  • Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says:

    These are adorable, Amanda. And you would totally win Cool Mom Points if you sent these to school, even if it got a little squishy along the way.

  • Cherie says:

    Hey Amanda!
    I just tripped over this recipe in my search for the perfect Candy corn cupcake. Definitely going to make them! I’m wondering if the glaze would be a good mixer in buttercream if I decided to do a 3 color swirl? I assume it would stiffen up enough where I wouldn’t need meringue powder. Thoughts?

    Thank you for sharing your joys of creating with us & I look forward to seeing what other blissfully yummy surprises you have!

    Vancouver, Wa.

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