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Mark it with an E: Popcorn Cupcakes

March 6, 2017

 Popcorn Cupcakes 

A showstopping treat for your next movie night in! 

 

Hi Future bakers! My name is Evelyn, and welcome to my kitchen. I’m 13-years-old, I have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid, and I live in Canada. I’m here to share my love of baking with you, so whip out your spatula, and let’s get cooking! 

 

Ingredients: 

Chocolate cupcakes: 

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour                     ¼ teaspoon baking soda 

2 tsp baking powder                                  ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/8 teaspoon salt                                      3 Tablespoons butter, softened  

1 ½ cups sugar                                           2 eggs 

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract                      1 cup milk 

 

Vanilla frosting: 

3 cups powdered sugar                            1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla                                1 to 2 Tablespoons milk 

 

“Popcorn” 

Mini marshmallows                                  Yellow petal dust or luster dust (optional) 

 

Cupcakes: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well.  

  3. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. 

  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cool completely. 

 

Frosting: 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with a spoon or electric mixer on low speed.  

  2. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk.  

  3. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make the frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.  

 

Popcorn

  1. Use a plastic knife to cut a criss-cross X at each end of each marshmallow. Then spread all of the little sections out to make it look like popped popcorn! Repeat with each marshmallow.  

  2. Frost your cupcakes (you can pipe it on neatly using a ziploc bag with a small hole for a tip).  

  3. Pile your ‘popcorn’ marshmallows onto your cupcakes. 

  4. As a finishing touch, you can ‘dust’ your popcorn with yellow petal dust or luster dust with an unused paintbrush. 

  5. Serve with some real popcorn at your next movie night! 

 

Tips:    

  • Print off a popcorn-themed wrapper (on cardstock paper) to go around your cupcakes. 

  • If you look for petal dust or luster dust ask a parent for help making sure you find one that is safe to eat. They can be tricky to find, as some are for arts & crafts, so read carefully! 

     

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