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. Incredible. Probably the best looking cake I’ve seen in ages. Reminds me of the stuff Bob Bulmer the surreal gourmet does.

  2. That would be a great project to do with kids. They are so cute!

  3. Adorable! When I first looked, I really thought it was corn!

  4. You got me on this one, I can’t stop smiling. This dish really made my day, really it did. I need to make some for my neighbor kids…lucky damn kids! Thanks!

  5. And I thought I was corny! Can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing and posting photos.

  6. OMG!!! I turned into a crazy lady trying to find the yellow jellybeans for this project, and couldn’t. I found white no problem, got my yellow starburst all ready to go and couldn’t make them with out the yellow! SO BRAVO for doing it, they are adorible!!!

  7. Had to do a double take when I saw this. What a creative use for jelly beans!

  8. i have seen this cupcakes on quite a few blogs, but i must admit, your starburst butter take has got to be my favorite!

  9. Absolutely darling. Too cute to eat, actually. I’m still hung up on the idea of having pina colada and popcorn in my mouth at the same time. But you’re right. Kids would snark them right down. Do we get to see photos of the yard?

  10. How CUTE!! I adore Martha and she has the greatest ideas. Too bad they didn’t taste as good as they are cute, but they’re just too adorable

  11. Maybe the stupidest thing I’ve seen on any food blog lately. Congrats!

  12. Thanks Pam for leaving the stupidist comment I have had on my blog in awhile. Have a good day.

  13. Sorry, but it’s a waste of time. It doesn’t look anything like corn. Nobody is going to enjoy eating it. Like I said…

  14. Oh and you spelled “stupidist” incorrectly.

    Now THAT is stupid. Good work!

  15. Let me correct myself then, stupidest.
    Again, have a nice day.
    Oh and the neighborhood kids enjoyed eating the cupcakes very much.

  16. Just found these featured over on Serious Eats. Yowza! Growing up in Illinois, if I could have had corn like that…I might have liked it better. :) Super cute!

  17. how the heck did i miss this amazing post? my google reader failed me!
    i’d say that i’d have trouble choosing between these cuties and real corn on the cob, but we both know i’d be lying. :)

  18. Those are too cute! But they make me want corn, not cupcakes! :)

  19. How creative! Mmmmmmm! My kids would go nuts for these.


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