Candy Corn Cupcakes

These Candy Corn Cupcakes are delicious! A doctored cake mix makes these super moist candy corn colored cupcakes. Great for Halloween!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - a doctored cake mix makes these super moist candy corn colored cupcakes. Great for Halloween.

For you candy corn haters, these cupcakes do NOT taste like candy corn – just regular cupcakes that look like candy corns. I used to think that I loved candy corn and now I realize I only like it. Which is why candy corn cupcakes that don’t actually taste like candy corn works for me.

I thought about making these last year and thought I was sooo original to think of the idea of layering them in candy corn colors.

But then I googled the idea and saw that about a million people had already thought of the idea. So I’m not sure where I originally saw the idea. I’m sure it was planted subconsciously in my mind years ago by a site and just surfaced last year.

Since I always use OurBestBites method of doctoring a cake mix to make it more moist and they were at the top of the google list, I will give them credit here!

Candy Corn Cupcakes - a doctored cake mix makes these super moist candy corn colored cupcakes. Great for Halloween.
Just color half of your batter yellow and half orange.
Candy Corn Cupcakes - a doctored cake mix makes these super moist candy corn colored cupcakes. Great for Halloween.
 If you love these, you’ll love these Candy Corn Sugar Cookies.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Prep Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Garnish: candy corns and orange sprinkles
Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until incorporated. Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Divide batter in half and color one half orange and the other half yellow. Wilton has color gels that are really vivid. You can find them at craft stores.
  4. Fill paper liners with about 1-2 Tablespoons of yellow batter. Then top with 1-2 Tablespoons of orange batter. Bake according to cake mix package directions - about 15-18 minutes. Cool cupcakes and frost with your favorite frosting and garnish with a candy corn and sprinkles. Makes 18 cupcakes.
  5. For the Buttercream frosting: In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended. Add salt, vanilla, and whipping cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.
Recipe Notes

recipe inspired from Our Best Bites

Candy Corn Cupcakes - a doctored cake mix makes these super moist candy corn colored cupcakes. Great for Halloween.

Speak Your Mind



  1. They are so lovely!

  2. Ahh these are scrumptious and adorable.

  3. I actually asked a couple friends the other day what candy corn tastes like, because it’s been so long since I’ve had it that I don’t have the slightest idea. All I remember is not really liking it. I was told it just tastes like sugar.. true or false? Either way super cute cupcakes.

  4. These are absolutely adorable! Love this recipe!

  5. really cute… Great idea!

  6. Beautiful! I love candy corn, and I love this idea!

  7. So festive and fun! Way better than candy corn.

  8. I hate when that happens, you try and be unique and then find out it has already been done (it has happened to me a time or two)! But I still think these candy corn cupcakes are so darn cute and I love your addition of the colorful ‘candy corn’ sprinkles!


  10. These are so, SO cute! I made giant sized ones for my Halloween blog post! (Like you said I made them AND THEN Googled LOL!) I also made a free Halloween Party printable collection, so if you’d like some fun cupcake toppers and more visit my blog, Emmy’s Events.
    😉 Emily

  11. these are really cute but now I’m wondering what “Candy Corn” Cupcakes would taste like. <3 lol...

  12. I want one of these right now!
    So cute, so fun, so pretty.
    What a nice treat..
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. These are way too cute! I wasn’t expecting the icing to be the white tip, but it’s adorable!

  14. wow-so cute:) You can find me at

  15. So cute! Can’t wait to try these.

  16. adorable!

  17. Love! So colorful. Looks like a big squishy candy corn. 🙂

  18. These are the cutest cupcakes and I love how easy the recipe is!!


  20. So cute!!

  21. I am not a huge fan of the cupcakes, but my sister like to eat anytime. However, I think I might try making this soon with a yellow butter cake and the golden cupcakes.

  22. Adorable and the best Halloween treat I’ve seen yet! Love these!

  23. Thanks for this adaptation. I had seen our best bites cupcakes and I was a little apprehensive about the almond extract. I wasn’t sure kids would appreciate it. Your adaptation seems right up my alley.

  24. These look so fun and delicious!

  25. I made these cupcakes and they were a huge hit, but mine did not look nearly as cute as yours on the outside. My paper liners turned brown and the outside of my cupcakes were brown too. You didn’t see the color until you bit into them. Do you use a special paper liner? What brand cupcake pan do you use? Thanks!

  26. @Kristen,
    Not sure why your liners turned brown? I bought mine just from our grocery store and used a wilton cupcake pan that I’ve had for years. Maybe they were baked too long? Not sure what happened. Sorry!

  27. I’m making these with yet another alteration: using chocolate buttercream instead of white. My husband LOVES the chocolate candy corn, so I’m doing a play on that. And like you, I’m sure I’ll find that version if I Google it, as well. LOL

  28. Love these! I featured them on my blog today 🙂

  29. Super cute! Do you really puny the orange on bottom and yellow on top???? Maybe a simple typo?

  30. This looks so yummy! Just wanted to let you know that I included this in the candy corn roundup on my blog. Thanks for sharing!!

  31. If I wanted to make these using a chocolate cake mix for the bottom layer would I follow the same ingredients and directions as the white cake mix?

  32. Barbara Waugh says:

    I bet if you put butter nut favoring in, they would taste like candy corn!

  33. Do You need the sour cream?