Cupcake is just a basic yellow cake mix from a box. I was looking for simple here, and forget what other people say, box cake mix makes delicious cupcakes. Standard buttercream recipe (1lb powdered sugar, 3 sticks unsalted butter, vanilla extract) with a splash of coconut extract for a flavor surprise was used for the “popcorn glue.” For the popcorn, it took a little trial and error to figure out the best way to create the popped corn look. I eventually settled on snipping the mini marshmallow four times, about 2/3 of the way lengthwise, then used my thumb to push the marshmallow into the shape I wanted. Sometimes I pushed down on the strips for a stubby popcorn, and sometimes I stretched them apart for a wonky popcorn shape. The color came from a spray bottle of Wilton Color Mist that you can find in the baking section at Michael’s. I used over half a regular size bag of mini marshmallows for just 6 cupcakes, so prepare yourself to be making popcorn for awhile, maybe even make it in advance.
I am so excited about how these cupcakes turned out!