Step 1: Preheat the oven, and mix up the cake batter according to package directions. Make sure you use a white cake mix with egg whites (no yolks), to keep the batter white. The white batter will make the colors pop when you add the yellow and orange food color to these fun candy corn cupcakes.
Step 2: Divide the batter into 2 medium mixing bowls. Use a measuring cup to make sure you get the same amount of batter in each bowl.
Step 3: Add a few drops of orange food coloring to one bowl of batter, and a few drops of yellow food color to the other bowl and mix each mix until the batter reaches the desired color.
Step 4: Prepare cupcake pans with 24 orange/yellow cupcake wrappers.
Step 5: Pour batter into the cupcake wrappers, filling each one about 3/4ths full, with half yellow batter and half orange batter. Bake the cupcakes according to the package or recipe directions.
Step 6: Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely.
Step 7: To give a little extra fall color to your final display, slip the cupcakes into a second cupcake sleeve for an extra pop of color. Put an extra yellow cupcake liner on the cupcakes that have an orange liner, and slide an orange cupcake liner over the yellow.
Step 8: While the cakes are baking and cooling, mix up the butter cream icing. To make the butter cream icing, cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth in a large mixing bowl.
Step 9: Add the water and confectioner sugar to the mixing bowl slowly while you mix.
Step 10: Blend until the icing holds its shape. If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioner sugar, or refrigerate it for a few minutes to chill and stiffen. If the icing is too stiff add a little more water, one teaspoon at a time. The icing should hold it’s shape when you’re done, but shouldn’t be too stiff.
Step 11: Attach the to the end of the pastry bag, and fill the bag about half full with the cream cheese icing.
Step 12: Use the tip to swirl the icing from the outside in on the top of the cupcake to form a peak in the center, by squeezing the pastry bag as you move the tip around in circles. Swirl around in smaller circles until you come to a point.
Step 13: Repeat the process to decorate all 24 cupcakes.
Step 14: Place 2 pieces of candy corn end to end beside each other on the top of the cupcake.
Step 15: Display your cupcakes on a large platter or cupcake stand.