So maybe “popcorn cupcakes” isn’t the best title for this post since it sounds a little disgusting, but I’m not feeling super creative today. They ARE tasty, and no, there is not actual popcorn involved. :)
I recently threw a Red Carpet-themed birthday party and these cuties were part of the dessert table. Making the “popcorn” is a hair time consuming, but it is also something you can do while you’re zoning out in front of some quality Lifetime television, so don’t let it be a deterrent. I’ll keep this post really simple as it is a really simple (but creative!) dessert.
- Mix your cake mix according to the directions on the box (homemade is obviously fine too though).
- Fill your cupcake liners; I used black and white striped Paper Eskimo liners from Sur La Table (they were out of red stripes, but the black ones were super cute too). Mine had some issues with overflowing, so I only filled them about 60% full.
- Bake your cupcakes according to the instructions on the box.
- While the cupcakes are baking, start preparing the marshmallows. I used herb scissors since as they’re pretty sharp, but I imagine any sharp scissor would work fine. Just take your mini marshmallow and make two cuts that intersect (like a “+”); I did this with the marshmallow lying on the longer side, but you can cut either way. Make a REALLY big pile of sliced marshmallows – I think I put about 20-25 on each cupcake.
- Let your cupcakes cool, then apply your frosting. I recently got an icing spatula which proved to be a godsend – I highly recommend it.
- Immediately apply your marshmallows to the freshly applied frosting (you don’t want it to harden). Have fun with the placement to add a little dimension.
- Once all of your cupcakes have marshmallows on them, group the cupcakes closely together to lightly spray the food coloring; I found the Wilton’s brand I used at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. Don’t go too crazy, as butter is a lighter color (obviously).
Voila! You’re done! The marshmallow part is obviously the only step where effort is involved – these were a big hit overall. One observation was that they were a much bigger hit with kids than adults – I think kids just like marshmallows more as it turns out.