The conclusion of Halloweekend bums me out, but I have to remind myself that Halloween is still two days away! I can still spend my evenings eating candy, drinking cider and watching horror movies without a twinge of guilt, and I can probably get one or two more uses out of my beloved costume if I try real hard.
And with Halloween on Wednesday, you still have plenty of time to make this super easy, crowd-pleasing treat. I found the idea in one of my many Halloween recipe magazines, modifying it until I was perfectly happy with the result.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Make a white cake batter. Here's the standard recipe I used, or you can just use a box cake mix. There's no harm in the box mix, so long as you promise me to never, ever use store-bought frosting. Either way, you'll preheat your oven to 350°F and line cupcake tins with 24 white paper cups - cups as thin and translucent as you can find!
Halve the batter and separate it into two bowls. You can use math and a scale, or just eyeball it like I did. Use yellow food coloring for one bowl and orange for the other.
Be patient with the food coloring - it takes a lot. Start with ten drops at a time, stirring and adding until the colors are quite vivid. For orange, use a four yellow drops to one red drop ratio. Spoon the yellow batter evenly into the cups, and then top with the orange batter, leaving your cups 2/3rds full.
Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes. When the timer goes off, take out the cupcake pans and top each cake with a jumbo marshmallow. Replace in the oven for two more minutes.
Watch carefully - if a marshmallow starts to topple, reach in and right it. After two minutes, take out the cupcakes and smush the marshmallows evenly on top of the cakes.
This is an easy cupcake topping strategy I learned years ago, and I love it! I've also made s'mores and rocky road cupcakes this way. They turn out so cute and tasty, and it's much easier than making frosting. They're easier to transport, as well.
While the marshmallows are still warm and gooey, decorate each cupcake with a couple of candy corns. Et voila! Adorable, delicious, seasonal and astonishingly simple. They'll be a hit at your Halloween party, promise!