Searching for a cute last-minute treat to take to a Halloween party tonight? Look no further! Unless you’re picking up something pre-made from the grocery store, I promise that it can’t get much easier than these festive Candy Corn Cupcakes.

Candy Corn Halloween Cupcakes

We’re headed out to a party tonight, so I made these last night as a quick vegan option (the cake is my go-to choice of Golden Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) along with another batch of slightly more elaborate non-vegan cupcakes. I am in love with how quick these were to whip up, and yet, they look super put together and on theme!

The decorating process is SO easy – I added yellow food coloring to the bowl while mixing the batter, then scooped 2 tablespoons into each cupcake liner. I then added hot pink food coloring to the remaining batter to create a bright orange, and filled the cupcake liners the rest of the way. Once baked, I used an Ateco #808 extra large tip to pipe on a swirl of almond icing. Done.

I guess if you’re feeling reaaaaallly ambitious you could add sprinkles or a few pieces of candy corn, but I thought these were adorable all on their own!

Candy Corn Halloween Cupcakes
  • Cake batter of your choice enough to yield 12 cupcakes (I made Vegan Golden Cupcakes)
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Pink or red gel food coloring
  • 2 lb powdered sugar 1 bag
  • 2/3 c milk of your choice
  • 1 c organic shortening look for Spectrum brand
  • 1 tbsp extract of your choice, I used almond emulsion
  1. Prepare batter according to recipe or package ingredients. Add yellow food coloring until the batter reaches a bright marigold color. Spoon 1-2tbsp of yellow batter into white or yellow cupcake liners. Add red or pink coloring to the remaining batter until a bright orange color is reached, then fill liners. Bake according to recipe directions. Cool completely.
  1. Mix together ingredients by hand, then whip at high speed until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cupcakes in a swirl shape using a large round piping tip (Ateco #808 works well)

Do you have any big plans for tonight? Do kids still trick or treat in your neighborhood, or is it all about big parties at the local churches, malls, and community centers these days? When I was a kid, hundreds of kids visited my parents’ door every year, but around here it’s very hit or miss – some years we’ll a few dozen kids, other times it’s just a handful.

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