Popcorn Cupcakes (So Cute!)

"My youngest daughter entered these into the fair a few years back and won a 2nd place ribbon. So cute! You can use your favorite cake batter and icing recipe. To make the popcorn band your will need scissors, white construction paper and blue and/or red markers, or you can create something on a color printer such as we did. You will also need a clean paintbrush to add "butter" to the "popcorn". I think this came from Family Fun Magazine."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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Ready In:


  • 1 baked cupcake
  • 2 tablespoons white icing
  • 40 mini marshmallows (white or pastel yellow and white)
  • yellow food coloring (optional)


  • Frost the cupcake with white icing. To create each piece of "popcorn," cut one mini marshmallow in half and squish the two pieces back together into a whole mini marshmallow, pinching firmly. Pile the finished popcorn onto the frosted cupcake.
  • For a buttery look, either dilute a drop of yellow food coloring in water and brush it on with a clean paintbrush or mix pastel yellow marshmallows in with the white.
  • To make the band, cut a strip of construction paper about 1 1/4 inches by 8 inches, or to fit your cupcake, and decorate as shown.
  • If you're creating many cupcakes, design just one band and color photocopy it. Wrap the band around the cupcake and secure with tape.

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  1. bug lt
    I made these for a cake walk and everyone LOVED them! They did turn out really cute. The only reason I left off one star is because they were SO time consuming. I only decorated 15 cupcakes and it took quite a bit of time to cut all the marshmallows up. I recommend having a second person help you. I used white and yellow marshmallows, cut an X in the side and pinched the ends together to open up the X. I was able to fit ~30 marshmallows on each. I drew 1/4cm lines with a red Sharpie 1/2cm apart on white cardstock, then made a few photocopies and cut into 3cm x 21cm strips. I'll make these again but solicit my DH for help, and will cut the mallows while watching a movie. It took that long!
  2. Jonathan Melendez
    This has to be one of the cutest ways to decorate cupcakes and it's so simple too. I love it because you don't have to be super versed at decorating!
  3. charree329
    oooops, I forgot my stars! I used a pair of scissors to cut the marshmallows 1/3 of the way, too. It was much easier.
  4. anna_bannana
    For my sons 4th birthday we did a backyard carnival and these were the highlight of the whole event. I made 4 dozen, so it took a few hours the night before to get them all frosted and topped with the mini marsh mellows. After the first dozen, I stopped cutting the marsh mellows completely in half and only cut 2/3rds of the way through. This was much easier, less time consuming, and it still gave the same effect.
  5. breadbabe
    I thought they were pretty good. I had a movie party and my friend loved them.



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