Popcorn Cupcakes {Cupcake Carnival}

Popcorn Cupcakes {Cupcake Carnival}

Hello Cupcake Lovers!
Here is the post I shared over at Attempting Creative
Kimberly’s Cupcake Carnival!I love to take a theme and run with it for my little guys birthday parties. For his second year bash we held a Carnival Extraordinaire {here} and of course we had to have a themed cupcake to go along with the festivities; What carnival isn’t complete without some popcorn!These are very simple and easy to put together and they don’t require any special decorating skills, I promise!You want to begin with a cupcake of your choice. I used a large cupcake pan to bake my cupcakes, however, these can be made with any flavor batter or size pan. {Dare I even say, store bought cupcakes would work too!}. You want to ice your cupcake with any type of white frosting, preferably creating a swirl mound. This will give height to your popcorn pile.To create the ‘popcorn’ you will need {1} mini marshmallows as shown in photo above. {2} Using a knife cut the marshmallow in half. {3} Squish the two cut halves back together at one end. You will need quite a bit to cover a batch of cupcakes so while your cupcakes are baking you can work on this step and place them in a ziploc until you are ready to decorate.

Working in a random pattern, begin placing the prepared marshmallows onto your cupcake. The icing will hold them in place. You want to make sure you cover as much icing as possible, leaving as little of space possible between each piece.

To add a ‘butter’ effect to the popcorn, take a tiny bit of water, add two drops of yellow food coloring and mix well.

Using a paint brush {preferably not the ones you have already used crafting =)} lightly brush on the water mixture to your marshmallows.

I found a neat red and white striped scrapbooking paper at my local craft store which I used to make simple wrappers to cover the cupcake liners. I cut the paper into strips {wide enough to cover the entire cupcake liner} and taped the ends together to create a circle. You want the circle to be the circumference of the top of the cupcake; where the liner meets the cupcake. This will allow the cupcake to nicely fit into the wrapper and only expose the ‘popcorn’ top.

Yummy Goodness!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend ~ Happy Friday !
You can find the directions for the cute cupcake stands {here} =) Enjoy!
Thank you so much Kimberly for letting me celebrate Cupcakes with you and your readers!


  1. Absolutely adorable!!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend Stephanie

  2. These are great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. That is so cute. I’ve been wondering all day what you used to make the “butter”. Very clever!

  4. I looove these!!!!

  5. Oh my gosh! That is so cute! You’re so creative. Have a great weekend.

  6. How adorable! This would be a fun dessert at a “movie” night. I’m going to give them a try for our next girls’ movie event.

    Jane (artfully graced)

  7. cutest thing i’ve ever seen!!! I will definitely have to use this idea the next chance I get!!!

  8. This is so cute! I want to have a carnival party or movie night just so I can make THESE cupcakes! I love them!

  9. These look sooo yummy!

  10. What a great idea! You’re simply amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This is such a cute idea! I can’t wait to try to make them!

  12. You had me fooled! Those are ardorable.

  13. These would be so much fun for a movie themed birthday party!

  14. Wow!!

  15. So adorable!

  16. Oh, cute! These are just adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. That is so so cute!!

  18. SOOOO cute!

  19. That is ridiculously cute! What a wonderful idea!

  20. Oh my goodness how cute! I can’t wait for my popcorn party!!


  21. this is just adorable! If I get creative this would be cute for the 4th of July! thanks! You are amazing!

  22. That is so clever and cute! Great work!

  23. This is absolutely fabulous and I will be doing it for my kids parties next time! I’d also like to link to you on my Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes Squido lens for my readers to see what you’ve done. It is so cute!

  24. What a darling idea!! I bet your kids just loved them! What a creative gal you are!
    Best wishes,

  25. That is adorable! How fun for a circus party. I am sure your kiddos just loved them!

  26. Cutest things ever!

  27. OMGosh, I love that idea! Can’t wait to try it and thanks for the inst.

  28. absolutely adorable!

  29. No way!! How cute are these!! Look at your attention to detail! Thanks for stopping by my blog today:)

  30. how very cool and cute

  31. How precious! Even my 8 year old, who was peering over my shoulder, said they were “so cool”.

  32. How fun! I never thought about using food coloring and water to make the “butter”. I used yellow marshmallows when I did mine. I love your presentation, super cute!
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!

  33. These are adorable cupcakes. Very clever decorating tips!

  34. okay stop it! I didn’t realize they were as easy as you just made them look, i can only hope. too cute. and thanks for your visit!

  35. Stephanie, your cupcakes are amazing and you do make them look easy. I just might have to try them.

    Meanwhile, I have added them to my page, How To Have A Star Studded Children’s Movie Themed Birthday Party, and hope that is okay with you.

  36. Oh my gosh, I have to say this is the most fantastic idea I have seen in awhile! Amazing what you can do with a cupcake!


  37. I think these are fantastic, but I am wondering how they tasted. That’s A LOT of marshmallows on one cupcake…so how DID they taste?

  38. That must be sooo sweet. Looks awesome though!

  39. these are very creative and cute!! Thanks!

  40. These cupcakes are so creative! I’m sharing this with my daughter as she is an avid cupcake fan!

  41. This is absolutely amazing looking! One of the most creative cupcakes I’ve seen ๐Ÿ™‚


  42. Wow! That is really a unique idea! I am super impressed! I love cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea. I think my son would love these for his birthday. http://www.whataboutpie.blogspot.com/

  43. These are totally awesome SL! Love them!

  44. This is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. I love them!!!!!

  45. Hi Stephanie, I’m loving these cupcakes!!
    My blog is Ghirlanda di Popcorn ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Could I share some images of this post on my blog (with the link to yours)? I think my readers will love your original idea!

    Thank you in advance!

  46. Crazy cute! This looks way easier than I thought it was going to be.

  47. I was looking at today’s Sunday post (Feb 2011) and saw a link to your popcorn cupcakes from last year. I am making these for my son’s 5th carnival party next month, but I hadn’t cemented the details on how to make the “butter” look or the marshmallow deconstruction. This was PERFECT! Thank you–I love how cute they are and how they tie in with the theme!

  48. So cute! You are just soo creative. I’m just browsing your blog like usual and thought I’d say hello. Happy blogging!

  49. aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh what an awesome idea =)

  50. This isn’t popcorn. This is LIES

  51. They look so cute and fun! Worth a try (:

  52. I am so grateful for your unique and creative cupcake idea! My son is turning 3 in 2 months, and we decided on a carnival themed party…this will be perfect! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. This is soooooo cute!! I love it!!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  54. I saw these on Pinterest and had to stop by your site. What great cupcakes. I made some for a movie night with my parents and they loved them. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  56. These are ridiculously cute! I love them!



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