Cupcakes/ Projects, Crafts and Party Planning

Popcorn Cupcakes

Popcorn decorated cupcakes for a movie themed party!  These cupcakes are super fun, so I totally had to share my tutorial with you on how to make popcorn decorated cupcakes.  Mini marshmallows are cut with scissors and then painted with a touch of yellow food coloring, to look exactly like popcorn.  It’s super easy!

How fun would a movie theater themed party be??  Serve (real) popcorn, big boxes of candy, pizza and these cupcakes…all while watching a movie.  I love this party theme for older kids and teenagers, because sometimes it’s hard to find a “cool” theme for older kids’ birthday parties.  Because who doesn’t love going to the movies??

SUPPLIES:

  • Cupcakes and frosting
  • Red and white striped cupcake liners
  • Bag of mini marshmallows
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Clear white sparkling sugar

I squished three mini marshmallows together, then took clean kitchen scissors and snipped the top of one of the marshmallows across the top, in the shape of an x.  Gently use your finger to push your finger into the x to separate the top of the marshmallow where it was cut.  If the marshmallows are sticking to the scissors, spray the end of the scissor blades with baking spray.

Set cut marshmallows in a single layer on a piece of wax paper, leaving uncovered, at room temperature for several days, to harden slightly.

To add the “butter” to your popcorn, use a fine paint brush and yellow food coloring, to paint splashes of yellow on each popcorn kernel.

Don’t forget about the cupcakes!  For my Popcorn Cupcakes, I baked a dozen of my vanilla cupcakes and a dozen of my chocolate cupcakes, and used my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting, which I added a touch of yellow food coloring to.  I found red and white striped cupcake liners, which looked like the retro popcorn bags, to bake my cupcakes in.

Now you are ready to top off your cupcakes with your popcorn!  I sprinkled clear sparkling sugar on top to mimic salt 🙂

Making the marshmallow popcorn is easy, yet time consuming.  Imperfection is key, so have the kids help out!!

XOXO,

Kelly

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess
    November 12, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Totally cute and adorable cupcakes! I love them Kelly!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:12 PM

      Thanks Kim! I was so happy with how they turned out 🙂

  • Reply
    Julie Pollitt
    November 12, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    You are so creative! I never would have known those were marshmallows. What a super cute idea! And, I bet they taste amazing.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:12 PM

      Thanks Julie! Such fun cupcakes, right?! And totally yummy! 🙂

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    Maria Doss
    November 13, 2017 at 12:01 AM

    That is too darn adorable Kelly!!! Simply AMAZING.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Thanks Maria!! I was pretty excited with how they turned out 🙂

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    November 13, 2017 at 7:02 AM

    Kelly, these are the cutest! You’re so talented! I actually don’t know if I could bear to eat one because they’re so perfect. I’d find a way though 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      Hehehehe thanks Kelsie! Too yummy not to eat though! 🙂

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    Deepika|TheLoveOfCakes
    November 13, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Such a fun idea!! You make such amazing treats Kelly! I love them 🙂

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Deepika! You are so sweet! XOXO 🙂

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    Amy
    November 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    I can totally see a popcorn themed party using these cupcakes. I am sharing this idea with the 20 year old daughter who just moved into her own place and likes to do fun parties or get togethers with themes. At first I actually thought that the marshmallows were popcorn. Great idea! Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks Amy! These are definitely fun for a movie themed party!! Thanks for sharing! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    Stacy | POP KITCHEN
    November 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Kelly! Are you freaking serious! I was so convinced that was real popcorn. How on earth did you think of cutting up little marshmallows. So so adorable!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      Thanks Stacy! At first when I opened the bag of marshmallows, I saw they had all melted into each other, so I thought they were ruined, but it actually helped to make the marshmallows look more like popcorn! I had so much fun making these and my love of real popcorn helped lol 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Jill
    November 13, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Those are so cute! Looking delicious!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      Thanks Jill!! XOXO

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 14, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    These are so adorable and creative!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks Amy!! XOXO

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 14, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Dude. Sell these are movie theaters and um…. BILLIONAIRE status!!! hahaha!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM

      Hehehehe thanks GiGi!!!! I need to open my own little bakery next to the movie theater 🙂 XOXO

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    gadgappgames
    November 15, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    looks so amazing, and innovative. I would give it a try
    thank you for sharing

    • Reply
      Kelly
      November 16, 2017 at 9:18 PM

      Thank you! Let me know if you do 🙂

  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    November 15, 2017 at 9:20 PM

    This is so cute Kelly, They will make a perfect addition to a movie themed party….I absolutely love it!

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