Easy Candy Corn Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
  • 2 eggs
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • orange gel food coloring
  • yellow gel food coloring
  • 3-star frosting tips (you can use one and just wash as needed)
  • 3 piping bags
Directions
Cupcake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Be sure to line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine all-purpose flour and sugar.
  3. Place cocoa in a small bowl and add the hot water over the cocoa.
  4. Pour oil, eggs, and vanilla into the cocoa mixture.
  5. Add the liquids to the dry mixture (flour and sugar) and beat for 2 –3 minutes on high speed.
  6. Pour your batter into cupcakes, filling about ⅔ full. Bake at 350 for 18 – 22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean in the center of a few cupcakes.
  7. Place on a cooling rack to cool before frosting.
Frosting Directions:
  1. Take your butter out of your fridge in plenty of time to let it come to room temperature.
  2. Place the butter in a large bowl, and whip that butter. Keep whipping the butter for at least 3 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and the pinch of salt and mix. Then start adding the powdered sugar a couple of cups at a time until it is all mixed in.
  4. Drizzle in half of the milk. mix, then check the consistency. Add the rest if you think it’s not too thin.
  5. Whip that frosting until you think you’ve whipped it enough, and then keep mixing for another minute or two.
  6. Separate the frosting into 3 separate bowls.
  7. Add a few drops of orange gel food coloring to one bowl of frosting and a few drops of yellow gel food coloring to the other bowl of frosting. Mix well. Add more food coloring if needed.
  8. Use a pastry bag and a decorating tip to frost.
Recipe by Premeditated Leftovers™ at https://premeditatedleftovers.com/candy-corn-cupcakes/