Inside Out Cupcakes & A Fandango Gift Card Giveaway

June 30, 2015

“I’m a Fandango Family Ambassador and I received compensation for this post, however all opinions are entirely my own.” 

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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85 comments on “Inside Out Cupcakes & A Fandango Gift Card Giveaway”

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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

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

  18. 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

  19. 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!!!

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