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These Popcorn Cupcakes are Easy and Crowd-Pleasing!

These popcorn cupcakes are absolutely perfect for a movie night at home or a circus party. This recipe using marshmallows will WOW them all!

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Make these fun popcorn cupcakes with marshmallows and watch the smiles light up the room.

Popcorn Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we know cupcakes. I mean, we’ve even compiled a huge list of every awesome cupcake decorating idea that we’ve had. But, one of the best ideas ever? Oh, these popcorn cupcakes, of course.

Sweet, silly, and perfect for a movie-night, this circus cupcake is so simple, you’ll be making a second batch next week! Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make this Circus Cupcake

  • If you don’t have mini-marshmallows, you can always tear larger marshmallows into pieces. It’s going to make it look so much more like popcorn, too!
  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting them. Warm frosting runs. It’s not pretty (and it won’t hold the marshmallows well).
  • If you need a vanilla cupcake recipe, I recommend making our Lazy Girl’s Easy Vanilla Cupcakes. They take less than 30-minutes and use ingredients you likely have on hand.

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How Do I Make these Popcorn Cupcakes?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial and if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments. Let’s make these fun cupcakes which are a marshmallow lover’s dream!

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Popcorn Cupcakes

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This is the easiest, most yummy cupcake decorating idea for popcorn cupcakes that I have ever seen! Click here to see how she makes this simple circus cupcake idea in minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  1. Follow the Lazy Girl’s Vanilla cupcake recipe.
  2. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. Empty the bag of mini marshmallows into a large bowl. To make marshmallow popcorn, use scissors to snip the top half of each marshmallow in 3 to 4 spots. Doing this will make them look like freshly popped popcorn kernels. Set the prepped marshmallows aside.
  4. Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients until stiff peaks form and the frosting is creamy. 
  5. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag prepared with a medium star tip.
  6. Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.
  7. Begin sticking the "popcorn" onto the frosting to make it look like a mound of "popcorn" Once done sticking on the popcorn, spray spots yellow to make it look like butter. photo tutorial of how to make popcorn cupcakes for a movie night


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Additional Supplies:

  • Scissors 

  • Wilton yellow color mist spray

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Hi! I am making the popcorn cupcakes. Can I make them prior to the party? A day or two? Or does it need to be the day of. I’ve made them and they’re great, but not sure if they can be/or need to be refrigerated. Thanks again!!!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Saturday 25th of July 2020

You can definitely make these a day ahead - I wouldn't push two days because the marshmallows might get too crusty. :(

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