Buckets o’ Popcorn Cupcakes.

I made these cupcakes as one of the treats I took to a friend’s house for a midnight premiere party. They were received very well, and I was glad – I put a lot of work into them!

Buckets o' Popcorn Cupcakes

Even having Philip help me for an hour or so, as well as my friend Liz for a few hours too, the “popcorn” still took FOREVER to make. I estimated that, over five days, I spent eleven hours making enough “popcorn” to decorate 22 regular-sized cupcakes. Holy!

The cupcakes were a dark chocolate cake, and I made them a week before the party, then froze them. I thawed them the night before the event, and I iced them with cream cheese frosting in the afternoon hours before the party. Immediately, I decorated them with the “popcorn,” making sure it was still very sticky. I let them dry a few hours while I got ready for the party.

I made the “popcorn” using mini marshmallows. I ripped each one in half, then smushed the pieces together tightly in groups of two or three to make the popcorn shapes. I then used a knitting needle to indent holes on each marshmallow end to make them look like real kernels. I used a tiny paintbrush to “paint” bronze pearl sugar dust into each kernel. Once all the popcorn pieces were finished, I spread them over two large cookie sheets and “buttered” them, using a small paintbrush to apply yellow pearl sugar dust.

They turned out PERFECT!

In fact, they were even a little too perfect. I took a plate of four cupcakes into work to share, and the next morning when I arrived, three were still leftover. I was disappointed, and when my coworkers arrived for the day, I asked them why they hadn’t eaten a cupcake. Ryan, my boss, gently explained, “Well Nicole, you know I don’t really like popcorn.” (And I do know that he doesn’t.) “Besides that, we talked about it last night, and we all decided that salty popcorn sounded really disgusting on a cupcake. No offense, though. It just didn’t sound good enough to try.” He looked really apologetic, and then I burst out laughing, explaining to him that it wasn’t real popcorn. I showed him up-close on one of the cupcakes, and he was amazed! Then he gladly ate one.

Buckets o' Popcorn Cupcake

Buckets o' Popcorn Cupcake

Buckets o' Popcorn Cupcake

Close-up of the texture on the popcorn

Now, I’m really hoping for a win in the Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge over at SweetestKitchen this month. Popcorn! If you’d like to participate, you can read up on the official rules.

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30 comments on “Buckets o’ Popcorn Cupcakes.

  1. These are just amazing Nicole! Good luck in the contest!

  2. Nicole, Yummy!!! You did an awesome job! Makes me want to make some popcorn and watch a movie. I love your work! :) Can’t wait to see what’s next! :D

  3. So, so, so CUTE! Great job on the “popcorn”!

    • Thank you, thank you! Angela, I voted for your “Hot” Popped Cocoa-cakes as my second vote – they look amazing! I was first introduced to chocolate-drizzled popcorn through the Boy Scouts’ fundraiser – yours looks even tastier!

  4. Vanessa on said:

    Your work is truly AMAZING! I spend a decent (probably too much) amount of time looking at baking blogs and your treats look just as amazing as what I see on another favorite site: Bakerella. These are spectacular and of course I voted for you!!!!

  5. Your work is beyond amazing. I voted for you in the contest.

  6. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets on said:

    LOL about your boss. That’s probably the best compliment possible since he didn’t even know it wasn’t real. Great craftsmanship here.

    • Yes, I suppose it is! It definitely made me feel better after being so crushed that they didn’t eat them at first! Thank you so much!

  7. Wow, they look incredible! What a great idea to make them for a movie night.

    • Thank you, thank you! If they just didn’t take *quite* so long to make, I’d certainly make them more often. The marshmallow + the cream cheese frosting a “to-die-for” combination!

  8. I bet these cupcakes are as good as they look. Hope you do well in the contest.

  9. Erica Duncan on said:

    Hey Nicole nice to hear from you!! Good luck~they look amazing! After I voted it looks like you’re in the lead. Let me know how it turns out. We miss your care packages from Bellevue West. :)
    Best wishes,

    • Erica, I keep thinking that one day I’ll get a care package out to National again. If I do, you can bet that Peanut Butter Cup Brownies will be in the box!

  10. Simply amazing Nicole. I’m so proud of you and enjoy checking in on all of your amazing creations. These popcorn cupcakes are out of this world!

  11. Miss Kitty Creations on said:

    What a lot of work! I love the attention to detail ~ and I understand how painstaking it can be to produce. Your cupcakes are mouth-watering good – I hope you win ;)

  12. Tracy Strand on said:

    Your cupcakes are absolutely adorable! I love your creativity. The pictures you took are wonderful as well. I wish you the best of luck.

  13. Charlotte on said:

    They look phenomenal, and that is not a word I ever use!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

    p.s. I don’t think it’s anymore appetising than salted popcorn cupcakes, but I see these in pink as Halloween brain cupcakes!

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  15. Tanisha Jess on said:

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing. — Tanisha Jess

  16. These are amazing! Your hard work paid off :)

  17. Alisha Aggarwal on said:

    I really enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing.also keep in posting.

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