While looking for something festive to make for a Halloween party, we came across these adorable candy corn cupcakes on Pinterest:


We thought they were a good idea, but were skeptical about whether they really came out looking so perfect, so we decided to call shenanigans!

First, we gathered our materials:

  • one box of chocolate cake mix (the darker the better)
  • oil, eggs, water, etc mentioned on the cake mix box
  • white icing (we only bought 1 tub but 2 would have been better)
  • yellow and orange food coloring (we find the gel kind to be the easiest to use)
  • three sandwich size Ziplock bags
  • cupcake sleeves
  • a sharp knife
  • one large mixing bowl
  • two small bowls
  • a hand mixer


Next we proceeded to make the cupcakes!

1) Prepare the chocolate cake mix, pour into a cupcake pan, and bake the chocolate cupcakes to the directions on the box.

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2) Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

3) Starting about a half inch from the rim of the cupcake, insert a sharp knife into the top of the cupcake at about a 45 degree angle so the point of the knife reaches the center of the cupcake. Cut around in a circle; the peice that comes out should be in the shape of a cone.

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4) Cut the top off of the cone and set it aside for later.

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5) Put some of the white icing into two bowls. Using the food dye, make one bowl into yellow icing and one bowl into orange icing. Overall, you will need the most yellow icing, a medium amount of orange icing, and the smallest amount of white icing.

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6) Put each color of icing in a separate Ziplock bag.

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7) Beginning with the white icing, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and put a tiny amount of icing in the crater of the cupcake.

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8) Repeat, making a layer with the orange icing and then a layer with the yellow icing.

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9) Replace the top of the cupcake and decorate!

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So did it work? Time for the moment of truth………….

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It turned out to be an epic fail, but we decided to use our cunning intelligence to come up with a way to salvage the rest of the cupcakes. We decided to put them in the freezer so the icing would stiffen. After one hour, we tried cutting them again:


This time it worked! We still call shenanigans on this because it didn’t work like it was supposed to and there is no way that the cupcake in the original picture wasn’t fixed after it was cut. However, everyone at the Halloween party said they were delicious!

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Check out some other shenanigans:


Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin-Pie   Thanksgiving-Oreo-Turkeys   simple-peanut-butter-cookie-recipe

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  1. daisyandthefox

    they look awesome!! and good idea on the freezer 🙂
    such a great blog – looking forward to your next shenanigan!