Kid-Made Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Cupcakes

by Meghan

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Big M is on her journey to reading!  It is so exciting to watch and her enthusiasm for letters, sounds and recognizing words is contagious.  At preschool, they have a letter of the week each week – last week was ‘C week’.  She has to bring in a picture that starts with the letter of the week every Monday, and she took a picture of a cupcake… and if you give a 4 year old a picture of a cupcake, it won’t be long before they ask if they can make real cupcakes.  Who am I to turn down a learning opportunity?  I upped the C-ante for the season, and we made Candy Corn Cupcakes, a perfect Halloween dessert!

Kid-Made Halloween Dessert - Candy Corn Cupcakes

Kid-Made Halloween Dessert

The hazard of being a child of a blogger… you start to come up with your own project ideas to contribute.  At age 4!  Big M made these start to finish herself, with only some help measuring and taking them in and out of the oven.  I’m all for encouraging kids in the kitchen because of all the great lessons to be learned, and this recipe is a great one for beginners!

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Kid-Made Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Cupcakes

Kid-Made Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Cupcakes


White Cake Mix

1 1/4 cups water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Food coloring - yellow and red

White frosting


Prepare cake mix as directed. Or in our case, start to prepare as directed, and realize you are out of eggs... Good news is applesauce and baking powder make an excellent egg substitute and a vegan-approved!

Split matter into two bowls, coloring one yellow and the other orange (yellow and red make orange).

Line cupcake pan with liners.

Using a measuring spoon, fill liners 1/3 full with yellow batter. Then, fill another 1/3 full with orange batter.

Finally, frost with white frosting, for your three Candy Corn layers: yellow, orange and white!

Bon appetit!

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Decorating with Kids

A great tip for decorating baked goods with kids?  Set them up with frosting on a paper plate and use popsicle sticks for spreading!

Kid Made Halloween Dessert - Frosting the Candy Corn Cupcakes

What’s your favorite Halloween dessert?  If you enjoyed these, you might also enjoy our July 4th-inpsired Red, White & Blue Cookies!

Kid Made Candy Corn Cupcakes - Perfect Halloween Dessert

You can find this recipe, along with all our favorites from around the web on our Halloween and Cooking with Kids boards on Pinterest!

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Emma October 31, 2015 - 1:26 am

Candy corn cupcakes – you totally nailed “C” week!


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