Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday Sweetness: Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes

Do you ever get an idea in your head that won’t let you rest until you see it through? I had an idea like that this October: candy corn flavored cupcakes. Over and over I see recipes for “Candy Corn Cupcakes” that are for cupcakes that look like candy corn, but don’t taste like candy corn. Since I couldn’t find a recipe for what I wanted to make, I made one up. A little part of my brain pointed out that if there wasn’t a recipe for Candy Corn Cupcakes yet, there was probably a good reason, but I ignored it.

The first thing I did was make candy corn infused vodka, which was the closest thing to candy corn extract that I could think of. I threw a bunch of candy corn in a jar, covered it with vanilla vodka, and then stuck it in the pantry for the better part of the day. Once most of the candy corn was dissolved, I added a couple teaspoons to the frosting (I used i am baker’s buttercream recipe). Unfortunately, the vodka made the frosting rather flat and sad-looking. It tasted good, but not enough like candy corn. If I ever try this again, I will use more candy corn and less vodka. I’ll also let it sit longer.

In addition to the “candy corn extract,” I added half a dozen candy corns to each baking cup before filling them with chocolate cake batter. Predictably, they melted when baked. In some cases, when the melted candy corn cooled, it made a nice chewy layer at the bottom of the cupcake. In other cases, they just stuck to the baking cup. Next time, I might add them near the end of the baking time, so that they retain more of their candy corn shape.

My Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes were yummy, but they didn’t have the strong candy corn flavor that I was looking for. Guess I’ll have to try again next October.

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  1. Do you read Annie's Eats? She attempted some candy corn flavored macarons a couple weeks ago. The infused vodka was a great plan and your cupcakes sound great, even if they weren't quite what you were going for!

  2. You are so clever in the ways your tried! They looked and tasted great just the same. (I was fortunate to get one with a chewy candy corn bottom!) yum. I bet you'll get it next year!

  3. I love the way you just went for it! Even though this year wasn't a complete success, at least you can keep trying! Good luck!

  4. You could also try filing the cup halfway with batter, then adding the candy corns, and fill the cup the rest of the way... maybe you would get a chewy candy center? :) Love the idea!!