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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.
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.
*Do not use regular frosting mixed cake balls inside these 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.
- 1 white cake mix
- Red, blue, yellow, and green food coloring
- 2 cups white frosting
- Red, yellow, green, purple, and blue Sixlet candies
- Prepare cake mix according to whole egg instructions.
- Put ¼ cup batter each into 5 small bowls.
- Put several drops of red food coloring in one bowl and mix well.
- Repeat for remaining colors.
- To create purple, mix equal amounts of red and blue food coloring.
- Bake individual colors in cake pop maker or pan according to directions on pan/maker (these times can vary depending on which you use).
- Refrigerate remaining cake batter while cake balls cook and oven is preheating to 350F.
- Let cake balls cool slightly.
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- Place a spoonful of batter into each liner.
- Place a cake ball in each cupcake and top with another spoonful of batter.
- Make sure that each cake ball is covered with batter.
- Bake 8-12 minutes.
- 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.
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.
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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