Enjoy your Halloween this weekend! Eat lots of candy. Make these cupcakes. Be a kid. Laugh alot. Giggle at your brother dressed like DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba. I did last night at a Halloween Party. He ran into his ex-girlfriend from 15 years ago. I giggled a little more. All in good fun.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
adapted from Allison Ladman
For the cupcakes:
2 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. (2 sticks) butter,room temperature
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
Yellow and orange gel food coloring
1 (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 C. powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pre-heat the oven to 325 F. Lightly coat the cups of a cupcake baking pan with baking spray. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar. Beat for 5 minutes, until very light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Put the whole eggs, yoks, and cream into a liquid measuring cup. If you don’t have one, put them in a medium sized bowl. Beat this mixture together. Pour the egg mixture a little bit at a time into the butter/sugar mixture and beat for about 5 minutes.
Using a spoon or silicone spatula, gently but thoroughly fold the flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture.
Divide the batter into 2 bowls, one having slightly more batter than the other. Add several drops of yellow food coloring to the bowl with slightly more batter (I added about 8 drops), fold in the yellow until it is a nice, even color. In the other bowl with the remaining batter, add about 4-8 drops of the orange coloring and fold it in until evenly colored.
Divide the orange batter between the cups of the prepared muffin tin.
Carefully scoop the yellow batter over the orange batter (I used a small ice-cream scooper).Now you have the orange layer on the bottom and yellow on top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.
Once the cupcakes have cooled, prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar and milk until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and beat to combine.
When the cupcakes have cooled, overturn them so the orange part is on top. You may have to trim the yellow part to make it nice and flat with a serrated knife.
Transfer the frosting to a zip-close bag. Cut off one corner of the bag, then squeeze the frosting into a slightly pointed mound on top of each cupcake.