Now I am not usually one to go for look over taste, but when I saw these cupcakes on Martha then realized I OWNED the cookbook they came in) I soooo wanted to make them. These are definitely a case of more cute than tasty, as a mix of pina colada, coconut, buttered popcorn, and lemon jelly beans just don’t taste all that great on a cupcake. But if you scrape off the jelly beans you are left with a basic vanilla cupcake, and that taste good.
Having just completed my backyard I have been in the BBQ mood(ironically we do not own a barbecue yet). I thought that these would be the most adorable dessert to present to your guest!
I must say they are about as tedious to make as real corn is to shuck. Placing the little pieces of “corn” takes up a lot of time, as does rolling out Starburst. BTW, it doesn’t say so, but I found it useful to microwave the Starburst for about 15 seconds to get it to be more pliable.
So the next time you fire up the grill, and there are kids around(because you know they would eat the cupcake with the jelly beans on top, no problem), you should totally make these. And if you think these are cute, you should see all of the different cupcakes that are in Hello Cupcake. One day I plan on making the TV dinner one(when I have lots of time on my hands!)

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes or 8 “ears of corn”
Vanilla Frosting
Yellow liquid food coloring
24 Vanilla Cupcakes, baked in white paper liners
3 ½  cups small yellow, cream, or white jelly beans, such as Jelly Belly
4 pieces yellow fruit chews, such as Laffy Taffys or Starbursts
1 tablespoon white decorating sugar
8 sets of corn holders (optional)
Color the frosting pale yellow with food coloring.
Working with 3 cupcakes at a time, frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Arrange 5 rows of jelly beans, close together, on each cupcake. Place the 3 cupcakes side by side on a corn dish or serving platter to resemble an ear of corn. Repeat process with remaining cupcakes, frosting, and jelly beans.
Cut the fruit chews into eight 1-inch squares. Soften the edges slightly by hand so that they look like melted butter. Place 1 square on top of each ear of corn. Sprinkle with sugars. Insert a corn holder in the end of each ear of corn, if using. Serve.

*Please note that I made mini cupcakes. They take 15 minutes to bake at 325F.

Adapted from Martha originally from Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack



  1. These are hilarious and cute at the same time!!! I love it. I was thinking, that is some funny looking corn. All because it’s NOT corn. I love it. PS – I made the snickerdoodle muffins last night to take to Sunday School and everyone loved them.

  2. they do look cute!! they look so real when you scroll down quickly – like that artisan (mexican?) corn you see at the stores around fall.
    you should totally get a bbq before summer’s over :)

  3. Those really do look adorable — would be fun to make for my grandkids.

  4. These are super cute. I am going to have to keep this for a future BBQ….although it will have to be a small crowd. I don’t think I have the patience to make a bunch.

  5. I don’t blame you, these are simply adorable!

  6. Cutest. Cupcakes. Ever. Period.

  7. Adorable! I have the Hello Cupcake! book and there are so many cute ideas in there. I made the veggie ones. Those were too fun. Can’t wait to try the corn-on-the-cob ones. :)

  8. I made these same cupcakes after attending a cupcake decorating class with Karen Tack. I had the same thought…jelly bellys and cupcakes don’t mix in my book. (I couldn’t seem to get good pictures like you did.)

    Yes…the TV dinner is so cool! It’s on my “to make” list!

  9. those are fantastic!!! I’m not sure the rules about posting links… but in case it’s allowed… these corny cupcakes would go great with Hubert Keller’s chocolate “burger” that I saw made on tv the other day:

    It would be a whole faux bbq dessert!

  10. OMG! So cute! I saw them on Martha Stewart too and I really wanted to make them but that would have meant buying like a hundred packages of jelly beans cause (at least here in Chile) they don’t come in just one color …

  11. Hahaha! That is clever. I wonder which yellow/cream/white jelly beans *would* be an appropriate flavor to combine with cupcakes.

  12. Oh my gosh-how cute are these!!!!!!!!! My grandsons would LOVE these!!!!!

  13. Aww this is so cute I had to show the bf. How creative! :)


  15. Way too cute! I love the idea too, but I wish it were more functional in terms of taste… I wonder if you could roll out little fondant pebbles in yellow, flavor them some how…? Ah, I shouldn’t even think about trying this, I already have too much on my plate!

  16. Love the cupcakes but I’m with you… in that these are best for kiddies who can wolf these down with no problem!

  17. No matter how many times I see these, I still think they’re the cutest ever!

  18. awww, those are the most adorable cuppies!

  19. These are so cute! I didn’t even know they were cupcakes until I read the post.

  20. A marvelous way to prepare corn! Delicious!



  21. Oh those look just like corn on the cob!! So darned cute!

  22. I was thinking that you must have loads of patience to put all the corn like that, and then I was like ?? When I realised that they were cakes I nearly snorted my coffee over the keyboard! Great job for sure!!

  23. Very cute and very different!!!!

  24. I saw those on the Martha website – frankly, I think your photos are far superior! They look unbelievably gorgeous :)

  25. This is kind of creepy. I just bought Hello Cupcake! a couple of days ago and then you post the corn on the cob cupcakes! :)

    I absolutely love these! So cute!!!

  26. These are too cute! I’m sure they would be an absolute hit at any bbq – regardless of how corny they are. :)

  27. I would pick these over real corn on the cob anytime! So so cute!

  28. When I first saw this, I thought what kind of corn do they grow in the Northwest! Like Lydia I think these are cute to make for grandchildren. Lucky for me that I have two. Seeing that I love jelly beans I will have to try them also.

  29. What a COOL idea!!

  30. These are so cute! But yeah, I probably wouldn’t eat one. Buttered popcorn jelly bellys may be popular, but I think they’re gross tasting.

  31. These are too cute!! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Hello Cupcake, but now I really want it!

  32. Amazing trompe l’oeil! I hope I spelled that right! Hello Cupcake is the bomb! Such great ideas!

  33. super mega cute, though i don’t know that they would taste great. they make for awesomely cute pictures though!

  34. These are just so cute, Pea! I

  35. Aw these are awesomely adorable!

  36. SO incredibly cute. Yeah, I could definitely do without the buttered popcorn jellybean for sure. Hah.

  37. Those are adorable!!!

  38. ha these are so cute. I love corn :-)

  39. they really look like corn :-)

  40. They do look fabulous, but they bring back some very bad memories of spending my meager allowance on a pound (A POUND) of buttered popcorn jellybellies cause I loved popcorn so much. I should have just had a giant tub of popcorn because that many jellybellies in that flavor makes one very sick…

  41. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww these are the cutest most wonderfully little thingys!

  42. I love it! I will have to try this some day when I have time. My kids would totally love them. Thank you for the inspiration.

  43. omg too clever!! these are some cute cupcakes!!

  44. Too cute..I had to take a second look…I thought it was some sort of Hybrid Cord!

  45. Just had to pop in and say that these are darling! If I had seen them, I would have had to make them too. Great job!!

  46. (I’m trying to think of another word besides “cute.” I can’t.)

    I’m so glad you scraped off the jellybeans. What a fun recipe.


  47. These are so cute! They look like they would be a lot of fun to take to a party in the summer.

  48. I’d be too busy eating the jelly beans…adorable!

  49. Too cute! Bet most kids WOULD eat them with the jelly beans…clashing flavors and all.

  50. I totally love this idea and think it is great for kids!


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