Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

popcorn cupcakes

Bake cupcakes that look just like your favorite movie night treat! This clever recipe will show you how to make the striped “box” from red and white Candy Melts® and combine buttercream frosting with mini marshmallows for a ridiculously tasty “popcorn” topping. Don’t be surprised when your masterpiece is voted an instant cinematic classic!
Step 1
Quantities Needed:
1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
½ Cup Solid Vegetable Shortening
½ Cup (1 Stick) Butter (or Margarine), Softened
4 Cups Sifted Confectioners' Sugar (Approximately 1 lb.)
2 Tbsp. Milk
 
 
First, prepare the cupcake batter by following your favorite recipe, whether it’s a box mix or from scratch. Spray the cupcake pan cavities with nonstick spray, fill them with batter and bake. Once the cupcakes are done, let them cool 10 minutes in the pan. Use a knife to cut off the tops of the cupcakes, you want them to be level with the pan. Unmold each cupcake. 
Step 2
Melt 4 oz. of bright white candy in one disposable decorating bag, then melt 4 oz. of red candy in a second bag.
 
TIP: Did you know that Wilton® disposable decorating bags are microwave-safe? Just place Candy Melts® inside a bag, microwave, then snip the tip and start piping!
Step 3
Tape wax paper to your cake board, and set it aside. Place another sheet of wax paper on your working surface, right underneath your cooling rack. Working one at a time, place your cupcakes, cut side down, on the cooling rack. 
Step 4
Cut ½" off the ends of both decorating bags. Begin piping stripes, starting at the top edge and piping downward, alternating the red and white. Tap the rack to help any excess candy drip down.

TIP: Work quickly to cover each cupcake. You may have to reheat the bags periodically to keep the candy soft enough to pipe.
Step 5
As you finish each cupcake, use a spatula to move it to your wax paper-covered board and chill until set, about 15 minutes. Repeat for each cupcake. 
Step 6
Using food-safe scissors dipped in cornstarch, cut each mini marshmallow in half widthwise. Keep one half for the base. Cut the other half into four additional small pieces (cut the half in half, then each piece in half again). Attach the smaller pieces to the base half to make a piece of “popcorn.” Make approximately 20-24 pieces for each cupcake.
 
TIP: The stickiness of the marshmallow will hold the base half and the smaller pieces together. As you complete each piece of “popcorn,” place it on the cake board.
Step 7
Once you’ve got all the “popcorn” pieces on the cake board, spray them very lightly with yellow Color Mist®. 
Step 8
Prepare buttercream icing, according to your favorite recipe, and fill a decorating bag. 
Step 9
Cut ¾" off the end of this decorating bag. Turn each cupcake right side up, and pipe icing onto its top in a fluffy, swirl-like motion. Add the pieces of “popcorn” to complete each delicious cupcake.
 
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    • Color: Yellow
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You’ll Also Need
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Nonstick Vegetable Pan Spray
  • Food-Safe Scissors
  • Knife
  • Tape
  • Waxed Paper
  • Sifter
  • Cornstarch
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • Butter (or Margarine)
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Milk
  • Favorite Cupcake Mix (or Recipe)
  • 1 - Cooling Rack By Celebrate It® (sku 10058219)
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