Inside Out Cupcakes & A Fandango Gift Card Giveaway

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I’m not sure that my son has stopped talking about the latest Disney Pixar film Inside Out, since we came home from the theater.  We picked up a few Inside Out toys because of his interest in the movie. Inside Out is a great way to talk to your children about their emotions, and it was a great family movie night experience for us. Gabe loves to help me cook, and we created these fun “core memory” Inside Out cupcakes. I tried to make them simple enough that all cooking skill levels can make and decorate them. Whether you’re planning an Inside Out themed party, or even just spending time with your child cooking in the kitchen, these are a crowd pleaser.

Inside Out cupcakes

Inside Out

Have you seen Inside Out yet? Two weekends in a row it has been the #1 Family movie in the United States. If you haven’t seen it yet I would suggest heading over to Fandango and purchasing tickets (if you scroll to the end of this post, you can enter to win a $100 Fandango gift card). You can also watch trailers, read movie reviews, and find local showtimes using Fandango. Inside Out makes a great family movie night.


I contemplated long and hard about how to create these  Inside Out cupcakes. I started to make a layer cake with the “core memories” inside, but I thought kids might think cupcakes were a little more fun. There are “core memory” colored cake balls on the inside of the cupcake, so part of the surprise is guessing which color memory is inside. Jeremy quickly nixed the idea of using gumballs as cupcake toppers because in his words, “Who wants gum on their cupcake?” I piped cupcake icing and put a single Sixlet on top coordinating to the inside “core memory”, and decided that was just a tease. Who wants just one Sixlet? It also ruined the surprise inside the cupcake. I ultimately dumped my Sixlets into a bowl and rolled the tops around a bit. The cupcakes ended up being a huge hit in our household; they were fun and tasty.

Inside Out movie

*Do not use regular frosting mixed cake balls inside these cupcakes.

Inside Out cupcakes

You’re gonna need a cake ball pan or cake ball maker. I’ve heard that you can slightly under bake cake and roll it into balls, but that would be too messy or time consuming for my taste. I have a cake ball maker that operates like a waffle maker. You just fill the holes with batter and they bake quickly.

*You might end up with a few extra cake balls. Don’t be afraid to just eat them.

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Inside Out Cupcakes: Core Memories And Emotional Eating
Recipe type: Dessert
These Inside Out cupcakes are fun for the whole family. They have "core memory" centers and they're topped with Sixlets.
  • 1 white cake mix
  • Red, blue, yellow, and green food coloring
  • 2 cups white frosting
  • Red, yellow, green, purple, and blue Sixlet candies
  1. Prepare cake mix according to whole egg instructions.
  2. Put ¼ cup batter each into 5 small bowls.
  3. Put several drops of red food coloring in one bowl and mix well.
  4. Repeat for remaining colors.
  5. To create purple, mix equal amounts of red and blue food coloring.
  6. Bake individual colors in cake pop maker or pan according to directions on pan/maker (these times can vary depending on which you use).
  7. Refrigerate remaining cake batter while cake balls cook and oven is preheating to 350F.
  8. Let cake balls cool slightly.
  9. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  10. Place a spoonful of batter into each liner.
  11. Place a cake ball in each cupcake and top with another spoonful of batter.
  12. Make sure that each cake ball is covered with batter.
  13. Bake 8-12 minutes.
  14. Cool completely before frosting.

Pipe frosting on the top of each cupcake. If you’re gonna use Sixlets, I don’t recommend mounding it too high. You could individually arrange each candy on top, but I just put the assorted colors in a bowl and dipped them in it. When I flipped it over, I just tapped each candy into the frosting to help secure it.

Inside Out cupcakes

Inside Out cupcake tutorial

Inside Out cupcake

Instead of using Sixlets, you could also dip a cake pop in colored coating to make a larger “core memory” on top. I also added some coordinating cupcake wrappers for a fun touch.

core memory cupcakes



If you haven’t been to the movies lately, you really owe yourself the trip. Just remember, if you see Inside Out, you may find yourself wanting to make these cupcakes when you get home!

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  • Reply latanya 30/06/2015 at 3:11 pm

    last week to see inside out

  • Reply Sheila K. 30/06/2015 at 5:52 pm

    I went to the movies last weekend to see Jurassic World.

  • Reply Kate - Catching Up With Kate 30/06/2015 at 6:48 pm

    My husband and I went to see Inside Out the week it opened, hoping to take the kids this weekend! Awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Sarah H 30/06/2015 at 9:09 pm

    We just saw Inside Out today for my son’s birthday!!! It was great!

  • Reply Suzanne 30/06/2015 at 9:11 pm

    I went a few months ago to see pitch perfect 2

  • Reply Julia 30/06/2015 at 9:34 pm

    I love your create desserts!!

  • Reply Claudia 30/06/2015 at 10:38 pm

    I went a few years back to see epic , with my family.

  • Reply Crystal F 01/07/2015 at 3:40 am

    It’s been a couple of months ago. We went to see the movie Home. thank you!

  • Reply Ann Fantom 01/07/2015 at 8:11 am

    We went to see Jurassic World last week

  • Reply Saroja 01/07/2015 at 8:16 am

    a week ago to see jurassic park.

  • Reply beth shepherd 01/07/2015 at 8:23 am

    The last movie we saw was Inside out past Friday. It was great! thank you

  • Reply Cynthia C 01/07/2015 at 8:41 am

    I went about a year ago to see a movie with friends.

  • Reply Mami2jcn 01/07/2015 at 8:57 am

    It’s been about a year since I went but I’m planning to go see Inside Out today!

  • Reply Elise 01/07/2015 at 10:06 am

    Those cupcakes are adorable!! And I would love to win this 🙂

  • Reply Lauren 01/07/2015 at 10:30 am

    The last time I went to the movies was to see The Hobbit movie.

  • Reply HS 01/07/2015 at 11:03 am

    The last time I went was to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.

  • Reply Elena 01/07/2015 at 12:25 pm

    I went 6 months ago

  • Reply Natalie 01/07/2015 at 12:45 pm

    The last movie I saw in the theater was Unbroken.

  • Reply Tari Lawson 01/07/2015 at 1:37 pm

    I took my boys to see Jurassic World a couple weeks ago.

  • Reply Jeanna 01/07/2015 at 2:01 pm

    We went 2 weekends ago & saw Jurassic World!

  • Reply Margot C 01/07/2015 at 2:18 pm

    We just saw ‘Inside out’ on Sunday.

  • Reply Nicole Dziedzic 01/07/2015 at 4:18 pm

    The last time we went to the movies was to see the new Avengers movie, we are hoping to go soon to see the new minion movie coming out on the 10th.

  • Reply Heidi Embrey 01/07/2015 at 7:08 pm

    We just saw Jurassic World. I liked it 🙂

  • Reply shelly peterson 01/07/2015 at 9:14 pm

    The last movie I saw was the newest The Avengers movie.

  • Reply Cynthia 02/07/2015 at 8:11 am

    Two weeks ago we saw Inside out. It was a great movie

  • Reply Alison Tolar 02/07/2015 at 11:44 am

    I went last week and saw Jurassic World.

  • Reply Donna L 02/07/2015 at 12:44 pm

    We went a few weeks ago to see San Andreas.

  • Reply Elle P. 02/07/2015 at 12:44 pm

    I just went a couple weeks ago.

  • Reply Angelica 02/07/2015 at 1:36 pm

    It’s been a little while, I think the last time we went was to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Reply Kate F. 02/07/2015 at 3:01 pm

    I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron in May.

  • Reply steve weber 02/07/2015 at 3:23 pm

    I went Monday to see a screening of Trainwreck.

  • Reply Melissa 02/07/2015 at 3:50 pm

    4 days ago we saw inside out it was so cute and sad!

  • Reply Samantha Daleo 02/07/2015 at 5:24 pm

    The last time we went to a movie theater was just a few weeks ago to see Jurassic World.

  • Reply Darlene Carbajal 02/07/2015 at 8:54 pm

    The last time I went to the movies was to go see Fast Five.

  • Reply Cassandra Eastman 02/07/2015 at 9:18 pm

    We just took our 6 & 3 year old to the theater for their first time 2 weeks ago! They loved it!

  • Reply AmySD 03/07/2015 at 8:13 am

    Unfortunately, it’s been awhile back. The last one I remember going to is The Hobbit part 2.
    Those cupcakes are adorable!

  • Reply Jessica Rose 03/07/2015 at 9:38 am

    The last time I was at the movie was to see Jurassic World!

  • Reply Alexa Fay 03/07/2015 at 11:09 am

    This is such a cute idea! Where did you get all the emotion figurines? I’ve been trying to find a sadness one 🙂

  • Reply Janice Cooper 03/07/2015 at 12:22 pm

    I went a few weeks ago to see Jurassic World.

  • Reply Bridgett Wilbur 03/07/2015 at 12:58 pm

    I went and took the kids to see Jurassic world . They loved it.

  • Reply Tina m 03/07/2015 at 1:47 pm

    Lat Christmas!! Long time ago!

  • Reply Jennifer Anne 03/07/2015 at 9:53 pm

    Went a week ago to see Jurassic World!

  • Reply Amy M. 03/07/2015 at 9:55 pm

    It’s definitely been a while! Probably a few months ago when I saw Big Hero 6

  • Reply Terry Maigi 04/07/2015 at 10:40 am

    Yesterday! We went to see Jurassic World

  • Reply Tracy Robertson 04/07/2015 at 3:59 pm

    I went to see Spy. I’m thinking it was about a month ago?

  • Reply HilLesha 05/07/2015 at 3:25 pm

    I went to the theater about a month ago to see Cinderella. 🙂

  • Reply Ellen Casper 05/07/2015 at 8:11 pm

    About 5 months ago we went to the movies.

  • Reply Daniel M 05/07/2015 at 8:38 pm

    so long ago I can’t remember

  • Reply Katrina 05/07/2015 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t remember the last time I went to the movies, but my kids go all the time with their dad. It’s been at least a few years for me.

  • Reply ReggieMann 05/07/2015 at 10:05 pm

    February 2013 in CA before moving to the DFW Metroplex I saw Silver Linings Playbook

  • Reply Jennifer 06/07/2015 at 12:02 am

    The last movie that I saw in a theater was Maleficent. Needless to say, it’s been a while…

  • Reply Birdiebee 06/07/2015 at 12:03 am

    The last time I went to see a movie in the theater has to be about 7 years ago with my grandkids when I lived with them in another state.

  • Reply Lina 06/07/2015 at 12:14 am

    We just went last week to see Inside Out and LOVED it! These cupcakes are the perfect recipe to celebrate the movie – thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!

  • Reply manda 06/07/2015 at 9:22 am

    Over a year ago.

  • Reply Pamela Jaenke 06/07/2015 at 10:02 am

    About 2 months ago I went with my daughter to Cinderella.

  • Reply Becky Moore 06/07/2015 at 11:41 am

    I think the last movie we saw was the Galaxy one.

  • Reply jules m. 06/07/2015 at 3:31 pm

    its been a few months, i think the last movie we saw was Avengers

  • Reply Sarah Cool 06/07/2015 at 3:53 pm

    Its been almost a year.
    Awesome cupcakes!!!

  • Reply Susan Smith 06/07/2015 at 5:45 pm

    Yesterday we saw Inside Out and it was so cute

  • Reply Mandi Smith 06/07/2015 at 6:13 pm

    Frozen was the last movie we went to see at the theaters <3

  • Reply Betsy Barnes 06/07/2015 at 7:34 pm

    The last time I went to the movies was last month. Hubby and I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road 🙂

  • Reply Karren McIntire 06/07/2015 at 7:35 pm

    The last time that we went to the movie theater was to see “Disney Pixar’s Inside Out”! The time before that was “Jurassic World”! It’s rare that we go and twice in one week is unheard of! haha

  • Reply Francine Anchondo 06/07/2015 at 10:53 pm

    last tuesday we saw inside out

  • Reply Alyson 06/07/2015 at 10:55 pm

    I chaperoned a class trip to see Home. It was so cute!

  • Reply Liz O. 07/07/2015 at 12:59 am

    Loved Inside Out! Thanks for the fab ideas and giveaway! Have a wonderful day!

    • Reply Liz O. 07/07/2015 at 1:00 am

      Forgot to mention we saw it on opening night 🙂

  • Reply Betty C 07/07/2015 at 4:27 am

    My last visit to the movie theater was about a month ago.

  • Reply kim keithline 07/07/2015 at 10:09 am

    We went to a movie about 2 weeks ago to see Jurassic World

  • Reply Amanda Sakovitz 07/07/2015 at 11:04 am

    I went a few weeks ago.

  • Reply Taryn T. 07/07/2015 at 11:45 am

    We went to see Inside Out on opening day! Loved the movie, and can’t wait to try these cupcakes.

  • Reply Geoff K 07/07/2015 at 11:48 am

    We just went to the theater last weekend to see Mad Max!

  • Reply AIMEE FREEMAN 07/07/2015 at 2:03 pm

    Last November, my daughter and I went to see the new Hunger Games Movie. And we are planning to go see Pixels later this month

  • Reply Thomas Murphy 07/07/2015 at 2:11 pm

    I saw Jurassic World last week.

  • Reply tina reynolds 07/07/2015 at 7:31 pm

    The last one I saw was Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • Reply Candie L 07/07/2015 at 7:55 pm

    WE went on Wednesday to watch Inside Out. Thank you

  • Reply Sherry Conrad 07/07/2015 at 8:35 pm

    Years ago – when the first How To Train Your Dragon came out.

  • Reply Tracie Cooper 07/07/2015 at 8:45 pm

    We went last night to see Jurassic World!

  • Reply Richard Hicks 07/07/2015 at 8:46 pm

    We went to see Jurrasic world about a week ago!

  • Reply MARIA simon 07/07/2015 at 9:40 pm

    went to see Jurassic park 🙂

  • Reply Isaac Abadi 07/07/2015 at 10:20 pm

    Last time I went to the movies was 2 or 3 years ago.

  • Reply Jennifer Marie 07/07/2015 at 11:23 pm

    We went a few weeks ago and saw Home.

  • Reply AEKZ2 07/07/2015 at 11:23 pm

    The last movie I saw in the theater was Inside Out. It’s such a good movie!

  • Reply Trisha McKee 07/07/2015 at 11:46 pm

    I went with my daughter about three months ago.

  • Reply Sarah L 07/07/2015 at 11:58 pm

    2 months ago. thanks for the contest.

  • Reply Suzanne h 08/07/2015 at 11:40 am

    I took my 4 year old son to see inside out on Monday. It was his first movie theater experience. The fandango card will let me take him to lots more movies. Minions is next. Thank you so much!!!

  • Reply Sarah 29/08/2015 at 6:48 pm

    Aw! I loved this! I also found really cute Inside Out birthday stuff here too! 🙂

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