A bit of yellow and orange food coloring turns these classic vanilla cupcakes into
Candy Corn Cupcakes. They’re perfect for Halloween!
*Creak* Wait. What was that? Do you get a little more jumpy around Halloween? I know I do. Things that would be completely normal any other time of the year all of a sudden take on a wicked twist. I’ve always been a huge fan of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night–and I’m not talking about the neighbor. I even enjoy watching those ghost shows on tv. Well, to be fair, I go through phases because sometimes they can get a bit boring. But they are great entertainment for the weekends in the winter when it’s too cold to do anything else! (I just can’t watch them at night or I freak myself out when I go to let the dogs out.)
My wife and I visited Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland last summer, and we took a haunted tour down into the vaults under the city. We’d actually seen a ghost show where they locked themselves in the vaults for the night. It was pretty cool to get the chance to see them ourselves…albeit I would never want to get locked down there at night! The tour was late at night, and at one point the guide turned the flashlight off…I swear every hair on my body was standing on end. I was sure The Watcher was going to step out of the shadows any second. Creepy! But isn’t that one of the best parts of Halloween? The chance to embrace your inner child and believe in ghosts, goblins and witches for a couple of weeks?
For the record, I have no idea whether I believe in ghosts. I grew up in downtown Charleston, SC which certainly has plenty of ghost stories to go around. Our house was built in 1850…so it was old. It creaked a lot. We didn’t have a guest bedroom, so whenever company came into town, they would sleep in my room up on the third floor. More than one guest reported that they heard footsteps walking up and down the hardwood stairs right outside of my door in the middle of the night. My mother thought that the ghost was upset that things weren’t normal (since I was sleeping downstairs). I have no idea what to believe…but growing up in a historic area like Charleston will really make you question those strange noises at night. *Creak*
With Halloween right around the corner, let’s embrace the other part of this holiday…the candy! And what candy is more iconic for Halloween than candy corn?? These Candy Corn Cupcakes feature a delicious vanilla cake base topped with a simple vanilla buttercream. A bit of yellow and orange food color in the batter turns these classic cupcakes into the perfect Halloween treat! Enjoy!