What better dessert for a kid-centered outdoor movie night than cupcakes? Especially when you have 150 or so guests to feed.
The fact that the cupcakes look like utterly adorable tiny tubs of popcorn? Bonus!
Bake your favorite cupcake recipe right in the striped baking cups. The ones I used came from The Tomkat Studio shop, and were ideal for the job. The paper of the cup is sturdy, so you don't need to use a cupcake tin, and thick enough that even the darkest chocolate cupcakes didn't mar the look of the red and white stripes.
Once the cupcakes have baked and cooled, paint the tops of the cupcakes with corn syrup.
Arrange the mini marshmallows on the sticky domes of the cupcakes, packing them tightly so that as little of the cupcake shows as possible. On some of the cupcakes, I snipped the marshmallows almost in half with a pair of kitchen scissors. It looked cute, but not dramatically better than just using unaltered mini marshmallows. Since I was making 150 cupcakes, I opted for the still-awesome-but-less-time-consuming variation.
Place the marshmallow-topped cupcakes back in the oven, but this time under the broiler. Only for a few seconds, though! Watch the cupcakes very carefully; you're looking for the marshmallows to puff and brown slightly.
I ended up doing four or six cupcakes at a time under the broiler. More seemed to be a little too much to handle for this delicate operation. I only had to hear my daughter exclaim "Mommy! The cupcakes are on fire!" once to learn this lesson. ;-) Don't get distracted and try to do anything else while doing the broiling step like I did!
When the marshmallows begin to brown, remove immediately from the oven and let cool. You'll have a sweet simulacrum of popcorn perfect for a summer evening watching movies with friends and family.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Firefly Theater party and much more in the latest issue of Festivities magazine!