Mini Gumball Machine Cupcakes: These full of fun cupcakes are easy to make with a store bought cake mix, mini ice cream cones, mini M&M’s and candy melts.
Watch as the kids eyes light up when they see these fun cupcakes waiting for them. Perfect for a gumball or candy themed birthday party. You can choose to design two different ways. One, by simply setting the cupcake on top of the mini cone or two, turn the cone upside down, insert a toothpick into the cone and cupcake. I chose to use the first method and filled the cones with more mini M&M’s.
Mini Gumball Machine Cupcakes Supplies (makes 4 dozen mini cupcakes)
1 cake mix, plus ingredients as directed on the box
white cupcake liners
white candy melts
dark chocolate candy melts
4 dozen full size brown M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake as directed on the box. Fill mini cupcakes two-thirds full. Bake 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before decorating.
Pour candy melts into a microwave safe bowl. Heat until melted, (about 1 minute) stir until smooth. Dip top of cupcake into melted candy. Place M&M’s to look like gumballs. Set decorated cupcakes on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm (about 15 minutes) TIP: Only dip a couple of cupcakes at a time. You don’t want the candy to solidify before you finish decorating.
Pour dark chocolate candy into a small microwave safe bowl. Heat until melted, (about 1 minute) stir until smooth. Dip full size M&M into the melted candy and place on the mini cone to look like an opening for the gumballs. Place on the same cookie tray with the cupcake to harden. If you are choosing method number one, fill each cone with mini M&M’s and carefully place a decorated cupcake on top.
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