How to Make the Best Elmo Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love Elmo? He is the lovable, furry red monster from Sesame Street that has been teaching kids about letters and numbers since 1979. Today we will talk about how to make Elmo cupcakes for your next birthday party or event.

How to Make the Bet Elmo Cupcakes

Do you love Elmo?

You can make your own Elmo cupcakes for a birthday party or event. They are super easy to make and will be the hit of any party! Making Elmo cupcakes is so much fun and they will bring a smile to your face – no matter what your age is. Your kids will have so much fun helping you create them too!

When did Elmo Join Sesame Street?

Elmo made his first appearance on Sesame Street in 1979. He was originally only going to appear for a few episodes, but the character clicked with audiences and has been around ever since! Kids absolutely love Elmo and he is one of the most popular characters from Sesame Street. In fact, there are even plenty of adults that enjoy Elmo as well!

How old is Elmo from Sesame Street?

Elmo is currently (well, always) 3 1/2 years old. He was introduced in 1979 so that makes him technically 42… but we won’t tell!

Elmo is the kind of fun character that you can’t help but love! Whether he is singing, dancing, or helping with a lesson, kids and adults alike will smile at every single thing Elmo does on Sesame Street.

What are the endearing qualities of Elmo?

Elmo is such a lovable character and is so kind to everyone around him. Even when he makes mistakes, Elmo can laugh at himself and knows that every person on Sesame Street will help him figure things out. His infectious giggle just draws you in.

Not only can kids learn from all of the lessons taught by Elmo, but adults also enjoy watching his episodes as well!

Why do kids love Elmo so much?

Kids love Elmo so much because he is always happy and smiling. Elmo loves to sing, dance, and help out whenever possible which makes him the ultimate friend for any kid.

All of his friends on Sesame Street love Elmo too because he is such a fun person! Even when things don’t go exactly as Elmo wants them to, Elma will still find a way to have a good time.

Elmo always finds something new and fun to do with his friends on Sesame Street which makes Elmo seem like even more of a lovable character!

What are some of Elmo’s most popular quotes?

“Elmo Loves You!”

Every time Elmo says he loves you, it is always followed by a warm hug. Elmo will never leave anyone out because he knows that everyone deserves to feel loved and accepted.

“I love my friends; They help me when I fall! They share their things with me… I think they’re pretty special!”

Elmo is always helping out his friends and elm loves to share things with them as well. Elmo shares how he feels about all of his friends which makes elm a great role model for kids on Sesame Street.

Elmo cupcakes are great for a toddler’s birthday party!

Elmo Cupcakes is a fun treat for any toddler’s birthday party! These cute little Elmos have bright eyes and an orange nose. They also have adorable red ruffled fur – just as Elmo himself does.

How to Make an ELMO Cupcake: 

Now that you know everything about Elmo, it is time to make your own cupcakes in the shape of Elmo!

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Standard cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white. Add in food coloring until it is the color you desire.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Elmo Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort) – just add red food coloring

How do you store Elmo Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more fuzzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

The Elmo cupcake recipe is a simple and easy way to make your next birthday party or event even more fun. They are perfect for any age group, from young children who love Sesame Street to adults that grew up with the show. You can find all of these ingredients at most grocery stores and you should be able to whip them together in less than an hour! What’s stopping you? Get baking today!

Elmo Cupcakes Recipe

elmo cupcake ingredients

What you need:

  • Red food coloring
  • White frosting
  • Wilton #233 piping tip for fur
  • Black gel icing
  • Deco eyes
  • Orange jelly beans

Elmo Cupcakes Tutorial

Bake cupcakes per recipe directions and let them cool completely.

Elmo Cupcakes Tutorial

Use black gel icing to draw on a mouth.

sy Elmo Cupcakes recipe

Use tip 233 to pipe red fur on the remainder of the cupcake from the mouth out as shown.

how to make an elmo cupcake

Attach eyes and orange jelly bean for the nose.

Other fun cupcakes you may like for the littles:

How to Make Big Bird Cupcakes

Why Big Bird Cupcakes? I have been a fan of Big Bird since the days when everyone thought Mr. Snuffleupagus was his imaginary friend!

How to Make Big Bird Cupcakes

Do you have a big bird lover in your life? What better way to celebrate big bird than by making big bird cupcakes! Even if you don’t have a little person in your life, this whimsical treat is fun to make. I love watching the faces of the adults as they register who the character is. Totally priceless!

What kind of bird is Big Bird?

No one really knows, even if Oscar the Grouch has been calling him a “big turkey” forever.

Big Bird’s species has always been a topic of discussion. Although he is most commonly called a “condor,” Big Bird himself admitted that it was not the case on one episode of Hollywood Squares when asked by host Peter Marshall what kind of bird he was and replied with “lark.” However, in Don’t Eat the Pictures Osiris calls him an ibis, which would make sense because Native American folk tales say they are wise creatures who live for over 300 years.

In 2011 there were two episodes where Bigbird appeared as something other than his usual self: once calling himself a golden condor during Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood-and then later back to being just plain ol’ condor!

So, what is the History of Big Bird?

Big Bird debuted in 1969 on the PBS children’s educational series, Sesame Street. Since then big bird has been a beloved and iconic character for all generations!

What does Big Bird teach kids?

Big Bird teaches kids big and little things! How to be patient, share, measure up… But his most famous quote is “I love you!”

How tall is Big Bird?

Big Bird is big and tall, but not as big or tall as his best friend Snuffy. But he weighs a lot more! Even though he is really tall, he isn’t scary at all. In fact, big bird’s favorite thing to do is hug!

What does Big Bird like to eat?

Big Bird likes many foods but his favorite food is a pickle. He eats so many that sometimes he feels all squishy and has gas. But Big Bird loves cheese too and will share it with other people if the need arises.

What big bird songs are there?

Big Bird has a lot of favorite songs! But his most famous song is “I’m gonna teach you to fly.” His other favorite song is about how he’s big and tall. If you listen closely, Big Bird sings the alphabet too in this one.

How to Make Big Bird Cupcakes

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Big Bird cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make Big Bird cupcakes

how to make big bird cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

big bird balloon
Big Bird is such a great cultural icon that he is even a parade float!

Easy Big Bird Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Big Bird Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

You can also make the cupcake bases in advance, the wings and antennae in advance, and even the yellow tinted frosting ahead of time. It takes very little time to assemble them all.

Big Bird Cupcake Ideas

When I was first looking at making these – I saw a lot of ideas with fondant out there on the net. I wanted a recipe that was easy for the average mom to whip up for their preschoolers.

Fondant was out.

All it takes is a few pieces of candy and an orange feather. The next thing you know? You have your Big Bird Cupcake!

Big Bird Cupcakes Recipe

ig Bird Cupcakes Recipe

You will need a few things:

  • Yellow cupcakes, cooled and ready to frost
  • Yellow food coloring
  • White frosting – homemade or store bought
  • Wilton #70 piping tip for feathers https://amzn.to/3llhisR
  • Deco eyes
  • Candy corn with orange tips

How to make Big Bird Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe directions and let them cool completely.

Tint your frosting canary yellow with the yellow food coloring and fill your piping bag with it.

Use Wilton tip 70 to pipe yellow feathers over the entire cupcake – start at the center and work your way out to the edge, repeat the process all the way around.

how to make big bird cupcakes

Press in 2 candy corn, point up, to form the beak.

Use a blue edible marker (if desired) to create eyelids on deco eyes and then place them towards the top of Big Bird’s head.

Add a craft feather at the top of his head and you are ready to go!

how to make big bird cupcakes

Other fun cupcake recipes we have done lately:

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

Bee Cupcakes are a fun and easy way to make bee-themed desserts for your next party. They are perfect for kids! In this blog post, you will learn how to make bee cupcakes from top to bottom including the bee body, bee wings, bee antennae, and more!

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

These are fantastic cupcakes for your favorite gardener or even for that baby shower that struggles for a theme. Bees are something that everyone should know more about and be willing to try and help – they really are our friends!

Why are bees so important to us?

Bees are the beekeepers of the world; they pollinate plants and crops so that we can continue to grow food. There are no “Humans” without “Bees!”

What exactly do bees do?

Bees fly from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen. When they visit plants, they transfer the bee’s own pollen onto other flowers so that when a bee visits another plant of the same species, it can fertilize their blossom! This ensures healthy growth for these plants.

Why are bees dying?

Pollinators like bees are dying because of gardener’s use of pesticides and fertilizers. Bees work so hard to pollinate our plants, but when peoples apply these chemicals that harm the bees, it can cause bee colonies to dwindle or even die out completely!

A great video on how to help bees

What is happening?

Bee populations have been declining at alarming rates in recent years with beekeepers reporting bee colony losses of more than one-third. Scientists are still examining the causes and impacts, but it is thought that a mix of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and lack of plant diversity may be contributing to this problem.

Do honey bees hurt us?

Honey bees are not aggressive and they do not sting people. They only attack humans if their bee colony is threatened, such as when someone takes away their honey or kills the bee’s nest.

How can we help?

The best way to save these important pollinators is by planting a bee-friendly garden with lots of different flowers. You can also buy bee-friendly plants from nurseries.

how to make bee cupcakes

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

The yellow cupcake base can be made from either a boxed mix or the following recipe:

Bee cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make Bee cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Bee Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Bee Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

You can also make the cupcake bases in advance, the wings and antennae in advance, and even the yellow tinted frosting ahead of time. It takes very little time to assemble them all.

Bee Cupcake Candy Toppers

These are used to make the wings and antennae for your bee cupcakes.

First, you have to take 4 oz of melting chocolate and actually melt it. You can do this by placing it in the microwave for 14 seconds on high, stirring, then microwaving again. Stir until smooth and liquidy. If it starts to look grainy it means you overcooked it. Try adding a little Crisco or vegetable oil to smooth it back out.

Add that melted chocolate to your piping bag.

Take your bee template and put it under a piece of waxed paper or even parchment paper – so you can see the design thru it. Pipe ]chocolate wings on a piece of wax paper.

Also, pipe sets of the antenna onto wax paper. Let both things cool until set

Bee Cupcake Decorations

While those candy toppers are the basics of your decoration – you will want to keep that melted chocolate pastry bag handy for your bee strips. You can also add yellow glitter to your frosted bee cupcake work of art, before you add the chocolate items, to make your bee sparkly.

How to Make Bee Cupcake For Kids

Bee Cupcake Decorations

You will need the following items to make your bee cupcakes:

  • Baked yellow cupcakes per whichever recipe you want to use and let them cool completely.
  • Yellow frosting – homemade or storebought
  • Mini chocolate chips – for your bee eyes
  • My bee wings template
  • Your chocolate bee wings and antennae

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

Mix white frosting and yellow food coloring to make yellow frosting or use already prepared yellow frosting.

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

Make you chocolate wings and antennae.

How to Make Your Bee Cupcakes

Place a generous dollop of yellow frosting on the center of each cupcake.

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

On one end place 2 mini chocolate chips, flat side up, for the bumblebee eyes. They should be fairly close together.

bee cupcake

Pipe chocolate stripes onto the bee’s back.

how to make honeybee cupcakes

On the opposite end place, 1 mini chocolate chip point up for the stinger, if you want your bee to have one.

bee cupcakes

Carefully, remove wings from wax paper and place them on either side of the cupcake then remove the antennae from wax paper and place them behind the eyes.

how to make bee cupcakes

Aren’t they adorable?

Other cupcakes we have done recently:

How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

What cat-lover can resist cat cupcakes? These adorable cat-shaped and decorated desserts are great for parties, dessert tables, or anytime you have a craving for something sweet. We’ll show you how to make cat cupcakes!

How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

History of cats

Cats are not native to the Americas, but cat domestication likely began in ancient Egypt. Cats were attracted by grain stores and killed mouse pests which threatened their food supply. The Egyptians revered them for this service they provided as well as other roles like pest control on ships and rodent removal from granaries.

The Ancient Greeks also maintained cat populations in order to control rodent populations. The cat was holy and a symbol of femininity for the Egyptians, while they were considered evil by the Greeks who would often kill cats on sight.

In medieval Europe, felines were more despised than loved due to their connection with witches; these animals were thought to turn into spirits at night which caused mischief.

Cats were brought to the Americas by European settlers who didn’t want cats eradicating native species, but cat populations in North America have exploded on their own due to humans’ lack of interest and affection for these animals.

The cat population is now estimated at an astonishing 100 million felines in the United States alone! In contrast, cat populations in Europe and Asia are much lower.

Cats have been deemed the most popular pet for Americans, with 65% of homes owning a cat according to an April 2017 survey by Gallup pollsters.

history of Cats

All about cat lovers

Cat lovers can be cat people, cat ladies, or cat guys.

– Cat People – This term is used to describe someone who adores cats and will do anything for them.

– Cat Ladies/Guys – A cat lady or guy loves felines so much they may have more than one cat at a time! It’s not uncommon for cat ladies to have many more cats than most people would consider healthy.

– Cat Mom – A cat mom loves her cat so much it’s as if she is the mother of a child! They will do anything for their furry little ones, even though they know that sometimes this behavior can be seen by others as excessive and obsessive.

Cats are many cat lovers’ best friends and that is why we have this fun treat today. After all, what cat-lover can resist cat cupcakes?

All about cat lovers

Cat cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Cat cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
to make Cat cupcakes

How to make Cat cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

asy Cat Cupcakes recipe

Easy Cat Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Cat Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

You will need the following items to make your cat cupcakes:

  • Baked yellow cupcakes per whichever recipe you want to use and let them cool completely.
  • Black Fondant for the cat ears
  • White frosting – homemade or storebought
  • Multi-colored frosting as desired for fur – it can be black and white, grey and white, orange and white, etc
  • Wilson deco tip 233 to create fur
  • Deco eyes
  • Pink pearl candies for nose
  • Gel icing for nose, whiskers, and tongue

How to make cat cupcakes:

Roll out fondant and cut out triangle shapes for the ears. Set the ears aside for a bit and work on the cat fur.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Spoon a dollop of white frosting on the cupcake and spread it out. This will be your base.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Pop your multi-colored frosting into your piping bag that is fitted with that Wilton tip 233.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Pipe on fur over base frosting in the desired pattern of your choice. You can pipe it all over the cupcake or just around the edges

How to make cat cupcakes:

Apply fondant ears near the top of the cupcake, on either side of your cat’s head.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Add on eyes where you think they fit best.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Place pearl candy nose on your cat’s face.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Use gel icing to create whiskers, mouth, tongue, and any additional details desired.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Your beautiful cat cupcakes are done and ready to be shared with your favorite cat lovers!

How to make cat cupcakes:

Other animal cupcakes you may enjoy:

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

Today we are going to make Geode Cupcakes! Have you ever seen a geode before? Geodes are rocks that have crystals inside them and they can be found on the side of the road or in old mines. The word “geode” comes from two Greek words meaning “earthy” and “like a seed.”

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

In this blog post, we will show you how to make geode cupcakes using edible sugar crystals!

History of geodes:

Geodes were first discovered around 1797 but more about them was not know until 1821 when solid geodes (instead of hollow ones) were found at Sicilian volcano Mount Etna. This discovery led to an understanding of what these formations looked like on the inside.

What do geodes look like inside?

Geodes usually have many small crystals lining the geode’s interior. These are often of different types and colors, including quartz, amethyst, and citrine.

What causes the crystals inside a geode?

Geodes are formed when geothermal heat and pressure cause fluids such as water, gas, or oil to evaporate. These liquids get trapped in tiny cracks inside a rock that is typically porous like limestone. The geodes grow larger over time as more fluid seeps into the cracks.

A Great Video about All About Geodes and How They Are Formed – good for kids to watch too!

Geode Coloring

When rocks are created, impurities can be in them. The colors can depend on what type of impurity is in the rock. Iron oxides will make the quartz look a reddish color. Other crystals like amethyst can also be found in some geodes. Some geodes have banding or crystals that are different. You can’t tell what they will be like on the inside until you cut them open. But if you find geodes from a certain place, they might have similar colors and shapes to them.

Some geodes are dyed with artificial colors. Geodes that do not look like they should have been altered might have been artificially changed.

Geodes are so popular with kids in the world of STEM, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math, that there are even kids toys of break open geodes, etc. National Geographic has the best set out there for kids.

Geode Cupcakes for Kids

Now, without all of that fancy geothermal activity, can we take that incredible crystal concept and turn it into a cupcake?

YES!!!

Both kids and adults alike will be in awe of the gorgeous result when you are showing them off.

I’m not saying that everyone knows a Geologist, but these would make for great Birthday Cupcakes too!

Geode Cupcakes Designs

This was the tricky part – I didn’t have all that quartz, amethyst, and citrine lying around, let alone in an edible form. So, I went with citrine geodes since it’s the one that most closely resembles quartz.

I used rock candy.

I found it on Amazon, but even your local Dollar Tree carries it. Keep in mind that ONE rock candy sucker makes 2-3 geode cupcakes.

You can see how you can make variations by using other colors too (like pink or purple) to represent amethyst geodes! The look will totally change with whatever color candy you choose to run with.

🙂

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Geode cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Geode cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make Geode cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Geode Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Geode Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using fondant and rock candy, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients:

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Making Geode Cupcakes:

Remember, these are geological treasures. Geodes are often NOT perfect – so you want to make sure yours are not perfectly round either. A little off center, elliptical, or even with the crystals not perfectly places makes for a more authentic looking Geode cupcake.

Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Knead white and black fondant with a little food coloring of your choice until a marble effect is achieved.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Place fondant between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll it out to a circle just a little larger than the cupcake top, leave a thicker space in the middle to press the rock candy into.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Break the rock candy apart and then press some into the fondant. You will have a few “crumbs” from your candy so make sure you use those also! Sprinkle them into your Geode face.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Spread or pipe a light layer of frosting onto the cupcake and place the fondant geode cupcakes toppers on it.

Use a small paintbrush to brush on just a tiny bit of vegetable oil to create a shiny surface around the rock candy.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

Other fun cupcakes you may like:

Making Flower Pot Cupcakes: DIY Instructions

Do you want to try something new and different for your next event? Are you looking for a unique centerpiece for your table that people will talk about long after the party is over? If so, then these DIY flower pot cupcakes are perfect.

Making Flower Pot Cupcakes: DIY Instructions

This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to make them, as well as some variations that can be used depending on what you are serving. Follow these instructions and wow your guests with this fantastic dessert!

What could be a better gift for your gardener?

It’s a fun and unique project for your next party, event, or gathering. Get people talking with these flower pot cupcakes! Follow the instructions below to make them yourself at home.

How to make cupcakes in a terracotta pot?

Now I know a lot of people bake their cupcakes in real, mini flower pots. I have even seen people in the Dollar Tree crafting groups talk about putting an oreo in the bottom to plug the hole, then pouring their batter over it, and baking them in the oven.

Um – I love my Dollar Tree stores, but just NO on baking food inside things made in China.

I’m always interested in which household items are safe to use for my family. I found out that some flowerpots may contain lead, a dangerous heavy metal. Lead is not made from a food-safe material and can be harmful if ingested by children or pets; it’s important to know so you won’t take any chances with your loved ones!

What does lead poisoning do to you?

Lead poisoning can lead to a variety of side effects. These may include behavioral disorders, seizures, and intellectual disabilities in children; infertility for adults; and kidney damage or high blood pressure among other things.

A great video on why Lead is bad for all of us – and we should avoid trying to eat it.

I don’t know about you but if I had my kids over at someone’s house who was making their cupcakes out of flower pots filled with lead, I would not be the best company…

Unless you have certified food-grade terracotta flowerpots, please use MY method.

What to use for flower pots

I like these Royal Brown Tulip Style Baking Cups that I found on Amazon. They come in a pack of 200 and are also great for making muffins!

These tulip baking cups are made from premium quality grease-proof paper. This material helps to retain moisture and promotes even baking. This product is oven safe and can withstand temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

The only difference between the small, medium, or large is the height of the cup paper. The bases are all the same and fit in any muffin tin.

How to make Flower Pot cupcakes

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla*
  • 1 C boiling water
how to make flower pot cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  • Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
  • Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
  • Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.
  • Cool completely before decorating.

Flower Pot Cupcake Variations

Here is the secret to huge options on variations for this chocolate cupcake recipe. If you want chocolate orange cupcakes, use orange extract instead of vanilla. Mint extract would make for a great chocolate mint cupcake!

Just think of all the different flavored extracts that you can use! Butter flavored extract would make for a fantastically rich flavored gourmet treat. How about almond extract for a perfect match to some cherry frosting? Now you have Black Forrest cupcakes! Banana extract would lend itself to a treat any little monkey would be tickled to have.

Easy Flower Pot Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Flower Pot Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using fondant and rock candy, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to Decorate Flower Pot Cupcakes

Flower Pot Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • Your favorite Chocolate Cupcakes – baked and cooled.
  • White frosting – homemade or canned.
  • Crushed Oreo cookies for your dirt.
  • Small decorating sticks or skewers
  • Mini seed packets or packet printable that I have here – you only need to print them off and cut them apart.
how to make flower pot cupcakes

Preparation Instructions:

Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.

how to make flower pot cupcakes

Pipe a small amount of frosting on the cupcake in a thin layer.

how to make flower pot cupcakes

Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on the frosting or dip the cupcake into the crushed Oreos.

how to make flower pot cupcakes

Use tape to attach a seed packet or printable to your stick.

how to make flower pot cupcakes

Place stick in cupcake dirt.

Flower Pot Alternatives Topper Alternatives

Plant Steaks

Instead of seed packets, you could use plant stakes and write the names of your guests on them. That way, they make for perfect place setting name tags. I like these KINGLAKE 100 Pcs 6 x10cm Plastic Plant T-Type Tags on Amazon. They come in a variety of colors, but I prefer white.

Silk Flowers

Your local Dollar Tree has a constant influx of silk flowers and most bunches come with 4-7 individual stems. Simply take your wire cutters and trim them to just the right size to peep out of your pots.

Use Regular Seed Packets

You can often find fun flower packets at the local Dollar Tree for just $0.25 – that means four packs for a buck! Use those on your wooden picks and everyone has a souvenir after they have eaten their yummy treat!

Can you think of any other way to top your flower pot cupcakes? Please share you idea!

Other gardenish cupcakes you may like:

How to Make the Best Sunflower Cupcakes

Why do we like sunflowers? They are so cheerful, especially when they’re in full bloom. The bright yellow petals and their happy faces make us feel better about the world! There is nothing like finding a full field of them in the fall and walking through them.

How to Make the Best Sunflower Cupcakes

Some people love to even plant sunflowers They are easy to grow, and they attract pollinators. It is easier to do you you might think.

Regardless, I love to see a field of sunflowers in the fall. It’s probably on my annual bucket list, and I’m not sure why it is there. Maybe because they are so cheerful that when you find yourself surrounded by them, you feel better about life! So what does this have to do with cupcakes? Nothing really (I just like to ramble), but I have a recipe for the Best Sunflower Cupcakes.

Sunflower cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes are a perfect way to celebrate summer. These iced treats are easy to make, and they taste great too!

Sunflower cupcakes for a wedding shower?

Did you know that Sunflowers are a traditional flower for weddings and other celebrations? You can now make these happy flowers into sweet cupcakes! So many people are now doing cupcakes at their weddings instead of a wedding cake.

Why are people doing cupcakes instead of wedding cakes?

It can be a better cost per person at your event, you don’t have to have someone sitting there who knows how to actually cut and serve a cake, and the different tiered displays that are available are just as impressive as a layered wedding cake.

Sunflower cupcakes with Oreos

When looking at Sunflower cupcakes ideas, this is one of the top suggestions. It is round, the right color, and has a nice bumpy texture that helps look like the sunflower seeds in the center of a flower.

The other idea some people use is chocolate chips. We wanted this to be an EASY Sunflower cupcakes recipe so we used a mini Oreo instead of hand placing all those chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips.

Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes decorations

This one is going to be easy – just two things are really needed to create these: yellow frosting and Oreo cookies. We used mini Oreo cookies as they sit best on top of cupcakes and really look more proportional to the finished design.

Sunflower cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Sunflower cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make sunflower cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Sunflower Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Sunflower Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to Make Sunflower Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per whichever recipe you want to use and let them cool completely.

In a bowl mix white frosting with yellow food coloring to make a deep yellow color.

easy Sunflower Cupcakes recipe

Place frosting in a piping bag with a Wilton #70 tip to make the petals.

how to make Sunflower Cupcakes

Place a small dab of frosting directly in the center of the cupcake and place the mini Oreo on top.

Sunflower Cupcakes for weddings

Pipe petals from the cookie outward all the way around the cupcake,

Sunflower Cupcakes ready to eat

Your sunflowers are done!

Check out a few of our other cupcake ideas:

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Celebrate your favorite rainbow-colored holidays with these delicious rainbow cupcakes. These cupcakes are made from a boxed mix, but they’re topped off with buttercream frosting that’s tinted in all the colors of the rainbow!

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Rainbow Cupcakes: The perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Pride Month!

Why do I mention Pride Month?

Here is the story…in 2019, my kiddo was in 6th grade and her best friend tried to kill themself. At 12-years-old they were a female-to-male transgender, and he was having a really hard time with everything.

That is when my daughter decided that there should be a GSA at their school, so it would provide support for people like him as well as educate others about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and things like that.

She went through a LOT of work, hoops, meetings, and more to make that club happen so there would be a safe space. I was SO proud of all her hard work and it helped her earn her Girls Scout Silver Award. You can read more about that all here on Sarah Lyn Gay’s Site but these are the very cupcakes I made to help them celebrate that first meeting – where over FORTY kids showed up.

I am SO proud of her for creating something to help others in a world full of hate and violence.

rainbow cupcakes

What makes us see the colors of the rainbow?

The light that shines on the water droplets.

And when we see those colors, we feel happy and loved because it means the world is a beautiful place where everyone can exist in peace!

We have to show this rainbow love every day by being kinder to others and remembering what’s really important: kindness over cruelty, acceptance over exclusion, equality over superiority.

This world doesn’t need more of anything…except LOVE!

rainbow cupcakes

The Rainbow and the Bible.

From Genesis to the Book of Revelations, the bible is mentioned several times in the bible. Basically, in this sinful world, God promises to protect you from the evil one. Even when sufferings happen remember God promises to help you and you will overcome. Whenever you see a rainbow think about God’s awesomeness, remember He’s always near, and trust and have faith in the Lord…

Pretty cool, huh? From preschool on up, we are led to believe that – from the promise to Noah after the flood waters had receded – that the rainbow is such a great promise of God’s love.

I don’t know about you, but it always brings a smile to MY face.

rainbow cupcakes

How do you store Rainbow Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. If you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days…but the marshmallows will get harder as time goes on – sucking the moisture from the frosting.

You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

White Cupcake Batter Ingredients:

My recipe starts with a white cupcake batter that has been divided up and had food coloring added. You CAN use a boxed mix but my scratch recipe is soooo much yummier.

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.

Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.

Add 1/3 C flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding 1/3 C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again, then add 1/3 C buttermilk.

Mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour, and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until thoroughly blended.

rainbow cupcakes

The Best Rainbow Cupcakes

These can be made with or without coloring the cupcake bases themselves. I think they add a ton of color to the finish product for that “wow” factor – but you can easily just use a white or yellow cupcake base and use our decoration inspiration for the tops.

Either way, you will have a fun treat that brings a smile to people’s faces.

Rainbow Cupcake Ingredients:

Rainbow Cupcake Ingredients:
  • White cake mix recipe – you can use a boxed cake mix or use our recipe above for a cake batter.
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring – this is the order for the rainbow!
  • White frosting
  • Sour strip candy
  • Mini marshmallows

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

Prepare cake batter per recipe and divide it into 6 small bowls.

Add 3 drops of food coloring in each bowl for the each color of the rainbow

Drop a small amount of each color into cake liner

Bake and cool completely

Pipe a small amount of white frosting onto cupcake

Cut sour candy strips in half and place each end of one piece into the center of the cupcake

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

To each end of the rainbow and around the top, add marshmallows to represent clouds.

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

This is where I like to add rainbow sprinkles too – I know – it is kind of over-the-top but it really makes them stand out! What do you think?

Other cupcake recipes you may find fun:

rainbow cupcakes

How to Make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, these conversation heart cupcakes are the perfect treat. They come with a recipe and instructions to make them at home!

How to Make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I am so excited to share today’s recipe with you! These conversation heart cupcakes are super easy to make and they look absolutely adorable. I love the idea of baking these, giving them away as a gift, or having some for myself too!

There is something about baked goods that just makes me feel warm inside. I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Conversation Heart Candy History

The history of conversation heart candy is fascinating. It was created in 1848 by a candy maker named Oliver R. Chase and it is still made the same way today with natural ingredients like sugar, corn syrup, food coloring; citric acid (to make them sour), and ammonium chloride which gives them their shape through a process called conching where they are mixed for hours at high temperature to break down the molecules of cocoa butter into smaller pieces so that they melt more easily on your tongue.

A lot of words to explain that he basically created the first machine to whip these candy lozenges out faster and in a fun shape.

Yup – they were originally sore throat lozenges – that were designed to help ailing patients. That candy maker was originally a pharmacist!

Food historians say that the conversation heart shape was chosen because it resembles a human mouth with teeth. They are also said to represent kisses and were first called “sweethearts.”

The German word for these candies is Herzensbonbons, which translates as “Heart’s Delight” or “Sugar of my Heart,” and they have been known in Japan since 1907 as Kokin-no-tama or Sweetheart Ball.

In 1912, President Taft became the first American president to receive this type of candy when he received them from his wife who had traveled abroad. The popularity spread quickly around America until World War II where sugar shortages made their production difficult, but after WWII they never stopped being made.

They used to be larger and had longer sayings on them. As with all things over time, the price goes up and the size goes down. The latest development? The candy endearments now speak with common text phrases.

Conversation Heart Shortage

In 2018 Necco declared bankruptcy. The original plant closed and their candy brands were sold off. The rights to Sweethearts were acquired by the Spangler Candy Company. With the purchase of the brand by Spangler, Sweethearts were unavailable for Valentine’s Day 2019 as Spangler set up production of the confections in a new plant.

Sweethearts returned in 2020 with the original flavors from before Necco’s 2010 change to more vivid colors and sour flavors, but due to equipment problems, the familiar sayings were largely either incomplete or missing entirely.

They seem to have all the bugs worked out though and are headed in the correct direction.

Whew!

Other Valentine’s Day inspired cupcakes

I have used the trendy treats of the season before to inspire things like our Homemade Hostess Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day and even my Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes. A little more whimsical? Adorable Valentine’s Day Bear Cupcakes might be just the ticket if your Valentine is pint-sized.

Now, I can add these Conversation Heart Cupcakes to the list!

Heart Shaped Cupcakes Are a Lie!

Yes – I have heard of the old trick about placing a marble or small ball of tinfoil between the cupcake liner and the muffin tin wall before adding batter and then baking them.

Contrary to the often shared knowledge – you do NOT get a heart shaped cupcake from this. You get a cupcake that looks like it is a scratch-n-dent special.

I blame Tupperware ladies for this rumor – they shared the tip at parties for 30 years.

How do you store Conversation Heart Cupcake?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Our awesome Conversation Heart Cupcakes

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these Conversation Heart cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

I must admit – I am not in love with these and will probably try to improve on them later. The red gel icing needs to go and white lettering to replace it.

The conversation heart candy – just. nope.

But – these are a fun thing to let the kids decorate – and easily doable.

Conversation Heart Cupcakes Ingredients

Conversation Heart Cupcakes Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes – cooled and at room temperature
  • White frosting – either canned or homemade
  • Blue, green, pink, and yellow food coloring 
  • Red gel icing, for writing

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Divide your white frosting into 4 separate bowls.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

In each bowl, add just a drop or two of food coloring to create 4 different pastel tones.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Place 3 dollops of frosting on each cupcake in the desired color, 2 at top and 1 in the middle, and smooth and shape into a heart or pipe the frosting on in a heart shape.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Use red gel icing to write words or symbols

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

See – this is what didn’t seem to really work for me. White – that is what is needed, even if the message won’t show up as well. And the candy was overkill –

What do you think?

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Like our conversation heart cupcakes recipe? Try these fun ideas:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes? Apple season is here! This means that it’s time to whip up a batch of apple shaped cupcakes. These cupcakes are perfect for school parties, thanksgiving dinner, or just as an after-dinner treat.

How To Make Apple Shaped Cupcakes

How do you like your cupcakes? How about apple shaped ones? If you are looking for an easy and fun recipe to make with the kids, look no further. This is a really simple recipe that will yield delicious results!

Why are apples linked to fall?

Apples are more than just a delicious fruit. They’re symbolic of the harvest season and a time to share our gratitude for all that we have in life with family and friends.

Apple pies, apple cider, apple crisps….apple everything!

On our main site, we have done recipes like Apple Pie Rolls That are Totally Brunch Worthy, Apple Pepper Jelly Made in the Instant Pot that is amazing poured over cream cheese as an appetizer or used to add a little zip to that ham or turkey sandwich. Beyond Easy Instant Pot Apple Butter is a classic for that fresh-baked bread, and the Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread will make you roll your eyes back up into your head when you take that first bite.

Of course, we can’t forget the classic staple: our Rustic Apple Pie Recipe. This screams “comfort food of fall” and is best served with french vanilla ice cream. The real kind that has the little black specks of vanilla bean in it – not the generic store brand poor cousin that is bargain prices. Even better? Cinnamon ice cream. Ahhh…I can taste it now.

Let’s talk a bit about Johnny Appleseed …

You can tie these apple shaped cupcakes into a lesson plan for the kids on Johnny Appleseed! Johnny Appleseed was a real person, born in 1774. His given name was John Chapman. He became known as “Johnny Appleseed” because he planted apple trees everywhere on his travels. He died at the age of 80 years old and his gravesite is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana – who to this day celebrates him with the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

What did Johnny do?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees He wanted to make sure the land was ready for people and animals and believed that apples would help lay the way for them.

What kind of apples did he plant?

Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees of many different types. He would plant the seeds and then cover them with dirt or moss to keep out weeds.

Did he just hand-plant these apples?

No, Johnny went all around Ohio planting apple trees – usually by throwing the seeds from his pockets into a hole in the earth – about six inches deep!

He’s become a part of Disney history with this video clip and song – which a lot of churches use with their children’s ministry. Do you think he could envision still being thought of almost 250 years after he was born? What a crazy notion, right?

What did John Chapman do for money?

He made some extra cash selling nursery stock and cidering supplies too. How cool is that?!

Fun Facts: Did you know that there are still over 300 varieties of apples grown in America today thanks to Johnny Appleseed’s efforts? And it wasn’t until 1893 when someone discovered how to get the juice out of them for that fun fall ritual, apple cider!

Now – let’s get back to that cupcake recipe….

How do you store Apple Shaped Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. If you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days…but the pretzel stick will get soggy. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Apple Cupcake Recipe

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these Apple Shaped cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients

Apple Shaped Cupcake Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes – already and cooled to room temperature
  • Red and green frosting – either homemade or store bought
  • Pretzel sticks

That’s it!

I promise, I will make the next ones a little more challenging for you…

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Pipe green frosting with Wilton 233 tip to create grass around the outside of the cupcake. This is the same tip I use to make grass or hair on any cupcake.

Pipe red frosting with Wilton 1A tip in a wide round circle in the middle of the cupcake to create the apple.

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Place a pretzel stick in the center of the apple

Pipe green frosting with Wilton tip 73 to create leaves next to the stem

How to make apple shaped cupcakes

Don’t they look yummy! Perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Other apple cupcake recipes we have:

Other cupcakes we have done recently: