Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Happy Almost Halloween! For one of my classes yesterday we had a potluck. And since I have an overwhelming number of Halloween cupcake wrappers (and still do), I decided to make something festive. I've seen these around the web and decided to give my hand at it. I was originally going to make the cake from scratch, but after working all morning and studying for my midterm all afternoon, I opted with a box mix. This was seriously the first box mix I've used in ages. I was going to make my own frosting, at least. The frosting I chose was a Honey Buttercream, because I wanted to make these special. And since candy corn are infused with honey, I thought hey! Well, it was a disaster and it tasted like a pot of... butter. It was disgusting.

Luckily I had a container of vanilla frosting on hand, so I colored it, added some honey to that, and got these babies done! They went over well and were adorable.

But anyway, this isn't all this post is about. Because these are festive cupcakes and because all holidays need a little cupcake love I am giving away one copy of the cupcake cookbook "Cupcakes Year-Round". It has so many fabulous ideas of festive cupcakes to make, from Halloween spiders to cupcakes that resemble a beach!

If you want to win the copy of this book comment by November 4th and let me know what your favorite holiday or season is, and what you think the best cupcake would be for the occassion! I will pick the winner using a random number generator. Leave your email, so that if you win I can get in touch with you!


Jennifer Z said...

Halloween is my favorite holiday, most definitely :)

My favorite cupcake is apple cinnamon cupcakes.


Sara said...

Thanksgiving is totally my favorite holiday.

I love pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Yum!


Sorry, had to delete my first comment because I forgot the e-mail part!

julia said...

I really love any holiday that brings my family together, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter...4th of July!

As far as cupcakes go I recently make a yummy pumpkin cupcake and I put a piece of chocolate chip pecan pie in it before I baked it...so yummy no icing needed, but if you want it cream cheese icing!


Kimberly said...

Halloween is a very close second but Christmas is my favorite holiday. Especially living in New York the city is almost magical around the holidays.

The best kings of Cupcakes for Christmas would be Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting -yum!!

Kimberly said...

Opppsss...forgot to add my email bigdistraction10@yahoo.com

; )

Anonymous said...

oops, forgot my e-mail!

Here is my comment:

love Valentine's Day! I love all the bake goods made for the holiday. I really like when you are able to make an object using cup cakes. I love when bakeries make a heart using cupcakes.


Kristen said...

Those look so cute! I really love Red Velvet cupcakes and usually make them year round. :D It's always cupcake season!

kfaulkner2004 at yahoo.com

The Alchemist said...

OOH! These look yummy..

My favorite holiday is definately Christmas. My favorite cupcake for that is eggnog cupcakes with eggnog frosting, I made them last year they were yummy!

The Alchemist said...

Oh, I forgot to leave my email address, missygrhm@aol.com

Chicken Herder from Westville said...

My favorite Holiday season is Christmas and I think yellow cupcakes with seven minute frosting are a yummy way to celebrate, the icing has to be dyed green and another batch red of course.

I would love to win!


Sam said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday :)

And I love anything with lemon, so a great cupcake would be lemon zest cupcakes with buttercream icing ^^


Faith said...

Christmas is my favourite holiday and my favourite cup cakes are lemon butterfly cakes.

my e mail is hugofan@gmail.com

Anu said...

my favorite season is spring and I like carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Kim said...

hmm my favorite holiday would have to be christmas, hands down.. and the best cupcakes for that occasion would have to be snickerdoodle cupcakes! or chai tea latte cupcakes. i can't decide. :)


Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday is July 4th. I think white Chocolate cup cakes with red/white/blue icing would be yummy.

sarah said...

I love Spring and Summer, but my favorite holiday has to be Christmas. And at Christmas, what could be better than a rich dark chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting? :)

Allyson said...

My favorite holiday is christmas. I've never thought about a cupcake for christmas. Perhaps a chocolate cupcake with peppermint frosting?


Jessica L. Wickman said...

I love Halloween. And Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, birthdays, the Fourth of July...

Really, I love any holiday because I can have an excuse to bake something!

My favorite kind of cupcake probably has to be a mini version of a Boston Creme Pie. DELICIOUS. But I love making so many different kinds--I recently made rainbow cupcakes with a whole bunch of different layers and they were SUPER fun to make.


Erin said...

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Some pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting would be really good around then!

However, after reading the comments above I think I might also like some apple cinnamon cupcakes or snickerdoodle cupcakes, stat!! Yummm!


Beth said...

That cupcake looks amazing. I want to reach out and swipe a fingerful of frosting!:)

My favourite holiday is Shavuot, which is a Jewish holiday where we celebrate G-d giving the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. It's traditional to eat a lot of dairy foods (which I love!!!) and many people affectionately refer to Shavuot as "the cheesecake holiday".

I would make chocolate cheesecake cupcakes with a thick chocolate frosting, decorated with some edible gold beads.

My e-mail address is beth dot murch at gmail dot com.

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Anonymous said...

I'd have to say, that candy corn cupcake is one of the cutest ideas I've seen in a long time. It's simple yet looks amazing!
I haven't made cupcakes since I was a child, and I was only helping my mother then. Haha!
My favorite holiday is definitely Beltane, though I'm far from Pagan. I love the idea of celebrating the beginning of spring! When spring rolls around again, I plan to make a vanilla cupcake with dyed green cream cheese frosting and little blue forget-me-not flower designs. Flowers are too cute for an addition to cupcakes!

My e-mail is ugerbooger@hotmail.com (points for the reference! ;D)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. So much food, what's not to love?

And I have to say, I'm fond of the classics: I'll take a straight up vanilla cupcake with mounds of frosting on top anyday!

My email is nomnomnoel@gmail.com :)

PetWellBeing said...

My name is Isabelle Guns
and my favorite season is spring/summer. The best cupcake is my home made Guiness/ginger St. Patrick's day cupcakes.


Danielle said...

My favorite holiday is Mardi Gras.

If I was going to make a cupcake for the season I'd have to pay homage to the traditional Mardi Gras pastry: the king cake.

I'd make a heavier cinnamon flavored cupcake. White powdered sugar icing with colored sugar decoration (gold, green and purple of course). I'd also place a novelty baby on top of at least one in the batch if not at all.

My email is arielturnip@gmail.com

Robyn Denise said...

Hallowe'en is my favorite holiday by far!

The best cupcake (imo) to celebrate would be a pumpkin spice cupcake, done up as a pumpkin!

Anonymous said...

Christmas is my all time favourite holiday, I'm excited and planning for it already!

The perfect Christmas cupcake would be a dark chocolate and mint cupcake, with beautiful red icing (what a challenge that can be!)


AbcHobby.it said...

Christmas is my favourite holiday, but I like also the birthday!! I like made a gift with my hand..

My favourite cupcake is with bilberry.

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mattie said...

Christmas! Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and green sprinkles on top...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday.

I make a mean peppermint mocha cupcake that is perfect for the Christmas season.

courtpaige at gmail dot com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

Definitely christmas!! I love that everyone is in the spirit of giving.

I'll keep to the conventional chocolate chip cupcake! Love chocolate. :)

Hope i can win this for my mom. Im sure she'll love this cookbook!


Jingle said...

My favorite season is summer! The best cupcakes for summer are light and airy vanilla cupcakes with fun fillings like banana pudding! Mmmmm!!!

Ashley said...

My favorite season is fall and I think some kind of pumpkin cupcake would be amazing.

raych said...

I love spring, what with the end of a long dark winter and all. Also, chocolate-mint cupcakes are azmazing.

pezdispenser at telus dot net.

Katria said...


Christmas, hands down, is my favorite holidy. Little gingerbread cupcakes or red velvet cake cupcakes are perfect.


Skywaywaver said...

Christmas is my fave holiday, and I think maybe a chocolate mint combo (like candy cane, but a bit darker) would do well. But all cupcakes rock, all year round. ;)
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

Melinda said...

I love Christmas time, but fall is my favorite season to bake for.

I love to make pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting, and then pipe chocolate leaves onto the cupcakes...so yummy!

mjf926 at gmail dot com

Naomi said...

I love easter! Definately love the idea of cupcakes with little bunnies on them!


philip said...

I love Christmas! Red Velvet cupcakes with white icing and red frosting poinsettias!


itsahumanzoo said...

I love fall! I think chocolate cupcakes with white icing and fall leaves decorating them are a perfect dessert! Thanks for the chance to win!
P.S. I'm giving away two Bath and Body Works prizes on my blog. Stop by and throw your name in the hat to win! :)

Jennifer said...

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday! I love all the red and pink and hearts... my favorite cupcakes in general are yellow cake with chocolate frosting, but for Valentine's Day is probably a strawberry cupcake with chocolate frosting!


Anonymous said...

I think fall is the best season, and the best cupcakes for this season would be pumpkin spice with cream cheese icing. Yummm.

Stacy said...

Fall - chocolate zucchini.


Candy said...

my favorite season is summer! and, i love strawberry cupcakes with lemon icing in the summertime! :)


Joanna said...

I'm a Christmas Eve baby, so I Christmas all the way! I love chocolate cupakes with coconut sprinkled over the frosting for "snow." Maybe a few silver nonpariels thrown in for fun!

dctm said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

dctm said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.


SweetMeat said...

Favorite holiday? Hmm I'll something other than Christmas even though I really love it...St. Patrick's Day :) Green, green beer, luck, clovers, rainbows, pots of gold. I'd make chocolate covered hi-hats w/white choc so I can color it green & decorate it like a leprechaun's head & hat!

Diane said...

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing! Awesome giveaway!

Temeculamom said...

Just now my favorite holiday is Halloween. I love those candy corn cupcakes you made, but my favorite are "dirt" cupcakes with fake plastic skeleton hands reaching out from each.

Secondhandbeka @ yahoo dot com

jen said...

I really like Christmas. I think a Chai cupcake would be delicious. Sort of like a spice cake. yum!

Angel said...

hope I'm not too late!
Thaksgiving is my favorite holiday

and I love vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting

Jo said...

I'm late for the cookbook giveaway but I want to say how yummy your cupcakes look! Nice!