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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

Santa Belt Cupcakes: An Easy Holiday Recipe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time for family, friends, and delicious treats (like Santa Belt Cupcakes!). In this blog post, we will share a very easy recipe that you can make with your kids. These cupcakes are sure to bring joy to everyone in your life – even if they don’t believe in Santa!

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

It includes an easy recipe with pictures and step-by-step instructions on how to make these festive treats. These Santa belt cupcakes are the perfect dessert for the holiday season!

Why do we all love Santa so much?

The answer is simple. Kids love Santa because he brings presents – it is pretty much ingrained in the littles as parents use him to curry favor with the idea of good behavior.

Adults love him because he’s magical and gives us hope in the darkest of times. I know it’s not like he is Jesus or anything, but the concept of “love thy neighbor” is usually pretty prevalent over the holiday season.

The history of Santa:

The legend goes that St. Nicholas lived in the fourth century and was a generous man who would give away his inheritance, secretly through the night to people he felt were less fortunate than himself. He became known as Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) which is Latin for “Saint Nicolas”.

He eventually died on December 25th of 343 AD, but not before becoming the patron saint of children everywhere!

His legacy lives on today when we celebrate with our families over the holidays…and eat tons of delicious food like our Santa belt cupcakes!

Do you love Christmas?

If you are like me and are a true fanatic of the holiday season – may I suggest you check out my website Joyful Xmas? There is a wide range of things on there from tasty treats to holiday legends. Recently I have been adding a lot of homemade ornament ideas and gift lists for the hard-to-shop-for people in our lives.

Christmas Cupcakes Ideas

We have played with a few fun ideas for Christmas Cupcakes already – if you are a fan of Elf on the Shelf you may want to make these with the kids: How to Make Elf Cupcakes: Elf Pet Saint Bernard. Is Junior in your church holiday pageant as an Angel? Celebrate the event with our Angel Wing Cupcakes. Even our Tree Shaped Fondant Christmas Cupcake Toppers make for a fun office treat when you use shredded coconut as your snow base!

We WILL be adding more fun gems to our Christmas Cupcakes Ideas section but are starting with our Santa Belt Cupcakes right now. I suppose you could add our Vanilla Snowflake Cupcakes Scream Winter Refreshment to the list too – after all, who doesn’t dream of a White Christmas?

How do you store Santa Belt 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.

Easy Santa Belt Cupcakes

You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch. We like our yellow cake recipe from scratch and used those. Either way, you need to make sure your cupcakes are totally cooled before going on to the next steps.

You can make your frosting from scratch – it can be a bit challenging to get the deeper and darker red color so we opted this time for a can of store bought frosting. I should have whipped it in my stand mixer for a bit with a cup of powdered sugar – you wouldn’t see the “bubbles” that seemed to pop after it was piped on to the cupcakes.

(sigh) Lesson learned.

Santa Belt Cupcake Ingredients

Santa Belt Cupcake Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes
  • Red frosting
  • Black fondant for the belt & buckle
  • Gold glitter for buckle
  • Mini marshmallows, cut into quarters, for beard – if desired

Personally, I like them without the beard – but the kid loves the beard.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely. (our recipe from scratch is located here: Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch

Using a Wilton 1A tip pipe frosting on the cupcake and tap gently to create round belly rolls for Santa’s body. Less “pointy” is a good thing. The tap is what also popped my bubbles… ugh.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Roll a small piece of fondant into a rectangle shape and cut lengthwise to create the desired number of equal size belts for your cupcakes.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Lay the belts horizontally across the cupcake.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Shape another piece of fondant into a long rectangle and cut into desired number of pieces needed to create buckles

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Gently press buckles into the gold glitter.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Place the buckle in the center of the belt – a tiny bit of water on your finger can act like the “glue” to hold it in place.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

If the beard is desired, place cut marshmallows at the top of the cupcake in a beard shape.

How to Make Santa Belt Cupcakes

Other fun cupcake ideas you may enjoy if you liked our Santa Belt Cupcakes:

How to Make Dr. Seuss Inspired Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Cotton candy is a delicious treat that can be found at most carnivals and amusement parks. But, let’s take it to the next level!

How to Make Dr. Seuss Inspired Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Ever wanted to try cotton candy cupcakes but didn’t know how? In this blog post, I will teach you how to make your own cotton-covered cupcakes with step-by-step instructions so that they come out perfect every time.

Why do I really love these? Cotton candy always makes me think of Dr Seuss and his Truffula Trees! That is the real inspiration behind these Cotton Candy Cupcakes – instead of just plopping that spun sugary goodness over the frosted cupcake, we literally took it to the next level!

If you have a little Dr Seuss Fan – try reading The Lorax and then enjoy a sweet treat like this.

The history of cotton candy

It is kind of unclear as to the origins – some say Europe and some say possibly as early as the 15th century. It was heralded as a luxury item for the rich as they made it all from scratch by hand instead of the fun machines we have now that make it beyond easy.

According to Wikepedia:

Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton, and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ (equivalent to $7.2 in 2020) per box.

In 1921, the name Fairy Floss gave way Cotton Candy as the New Orleans dentist Joseph Lascaux invent3ed a similar cotton candy machine. The machines were improved in the 70s and made it easy to whip up in bulk and prepackage for sale at fairs, festivals, and carnivals. You can even get it at the local movie theater!

How is cotton candy made?

To make cotton candy, you need sugar, water, and the flavoring of your choice. The candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar, spinning it centrifugally through minute holes—by which the sugar rapidly cools and re-solidifies into fine strands.

The flavors tend to run by the color – with blue being traditionally blue raspberry, and pink is vanilla. If you buy a boxed mix, they usually are pre-flavored.

If you buy the ingredients separately, you can get many different flavors!

How do you store Cotton Candy Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. I will make bases like these in the recipe below and then freeze them until I am ready to make them for an event. I just pull them out the night before so they are totally at room temperature when I assemble them.

The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – but you should know that cotton candy doesn’t hold up well over time. If you have cotton candy embedded in the frosting, it will use the moisture from the frosting to break down the candy floss.

How to make white cupcake batter

The ingredients you will need:

  • 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.

Now, if you would rather used a boxed cake mix, you can do that. You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch with the above recipe. Boxed mixes are on sale all the time for roughly a buck or you can simply hit your local Dollar Tree to grab a cake mix.

We like our white cake recipe from scratch and used it. Either way, you need to make you divide your batter evenly between two bowls so you can add the coloring.

Cotton Candy Cupcakes Ingredients:

Cotton Candy Cupcakes Ingredients:

Other Cotton Candy Cupcakes ingredients you will need:

  • Pink and blue food coloring
  • Green frosting
  • Pink and blue cotton candy
  • paper straws

How to make cotton candy cupcakes:

Take your 2 bowls of white cake batter. You will add 6 drops of pink or blue food coloring to each bowl. Stir them well to thoroughly combine the coloring.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. You are going to fill the liners with the cake batter in layers.

Add a bit of each color batter to each cake liner. The more you mix it up with bits of different color batter the cooler will look in your finished cupcakes.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let them cool completely before you go on to decorating them.

You can make buttercream frosting or buy a tub of white frosting and tint it green – either way, these cupcakes will turn out fab!

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

How to make cotton candy cupcakes:

Use a little frosting on your straw to help “glue” the cotton candy puff to it.

Top the cupcake with your cotton candy Truffula Tree and your cotton candy cupcakes are ready to share!

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Isn’t that just fun – make an entire forest of them and then either have a Lorax movie night or storytime!

Other fun cupcake recipes you may like:

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

It is that time of year – the candy corn season! Did you know, however, that it is also the best time to make candy corn cupcakes?

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Candy corn is one of those nostalgic treats that never go out of style. It’s a classic Halloween candy, and an excellent way to celebrate the season. If you want to make this yummy treat into something delicious to enjoy any time of year, then try these cupcakes!

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Whether you use a boxed mix or our from-scratch recipe – these candy corn cupcakes are pretty easy to make and impressive to look at with the classic three-colored tradition to be shown off.

The history of candy corn

It is a little fuzzy, but no matter how it came to be – there is something special about this candy that always makes people smile.

It was first invented in the 1880s by a Wunderle Candy Company employee, George Renninger. Wunderle Candy Company was the first to produce the candy in 1888.

Back then, it was originally billed as “chicken feed” instead of “candy corn” but relied heavily on the traditional fall harvest colors of orange and gold.

The company started selling them in bags or boxes like they are now – but originally it was just sold by weight.

Candy corn developed into a fall and Halloween staple around the 1950s when people began to hand out individually wrapped candy to trick-or-treaters. The harvest-themed colors and increased advertising in the month of October also helped candy corn become the fall staple that it is today.

How do you store Candy Corn Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. I will make bases like these in the recipe below and then freeze them until I am ready to make them for an event. I just pull them out the night before so they are totally at room temperature when I assemble them.

The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – but you should be good for 6-8 days tops, as these are simply just frosted cupcakes.

How to make white cupcake batter

The ingredients you will need:

  • 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.

Now, if you would rather use a boxed cake mix, you can do that. You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch with the above recipe. Boxed mixes are on sale all the time for roughly a buck or you can simply hit your local Dollar Tree to grab a cake mix.

We like our white cake recipe from scratch and used it. Either way, you need to make you divide your batter evenly between three bowls so you can add the coloring.

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

How to Make the Best Candy Corn Cupcakes

Other Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • Yellow and Red food coloring
  • White frosting
  • Sprinkles of your choice – and candy corn

How to make candy corn cupcakes:

Take your 3 bowls of white cake batter…you will leave one white. On the second one add 6 drops of yellow food coloring to make the yellow layer of the cupcakes. In the third bowl add 3 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red food coloring for the orange cake mix.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. You are going to fill the liners with the cake batter in layers.

Fill cake liners starting with yellow batter, then orange, then white

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let them cool completely before you go on to decorating them.

You can make buttercream frosting or buy a tub of white frosting – either way, divide the frosting into 3 different bowls, like you did the cake mix.

Leave one white. Add 6 drops of yellow food coloring for yellow and stir it in well. Then, add 3 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red for orange frosting, blending it in well.

Fill 3 separate piping bags with each color and frost your candy corn cupcakes by piping a layer of yellow frosting first,

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then orange frosting,

and then finally the white.

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As you can see, I love to add sprinkles of matching color on each layer as I frost them.

You can also frost them this way with yellow…

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and orange…

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and white…

Which way do you like better?

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes? Boston cream pie is a decadent dessert that has been popular in the United States since it was invented. The Boston cream pie cupcake recipe is a variation of this classic cake, allowing you to bake your favorite treat without having to make several larger cakes.

How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Perfect for any occasion, these Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes are not only easy to make, but they are a delicious and decadent dessert that is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

The perfect balance of cake, pastry cream, and chocolate ganache will leave you wanting more! This blog post will teach you how to create your own Boston cream pie cupcakes in four simple steps.

Is Boston Cream Pie really a cake?

Yes, it is usually a 2-layer yellow or sponge cake that is filled with thick vanilla custard and topped with a chocolate glaze or ganache. It is cut into wedges like a pie before it is devoured.

The History of Boston cream pie

Boston cream pie was invented in 1856 by a French Chef who was hired to run the kitchens for the opening of The Parker House Hotel. The hotel was famed for its Parker House rolls, and the new pastry chef wanted to honor this with a special recipe.

He took his inspiration from “chocolate cream pie,” which had been popular in France since at least 1839, according to Boston-based cookbook author Bill Corbett.

How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

This version of chocolate cream pie was made by adding egg yolks to a custard that contained both chocolate and milk; once the eggs were incorporated into the mixture, it was poured onto a crust consisting of flour or cornstarch mixed with butter.

It’s unclear if he ever used French vanilla extract in his original recipe – but most modern recipes do call for it because it adds an extra layer of flavor. The first published recipe for a chocolate cream pie with an outer crust (instead of being served in ramekins) dates back to 1875, according to Corbett.

Needless to say, we are honoring that great historical treat with our own mini versions.

How do you store Boston Cream Pie 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.

BUT, you are using a custard-filled gem here and then topped with chocolate ganache so you should keep these in the fridge. Keep in mind that the longer you keep them, the soggier the insides will become as that custard will slowly make the yellow cake mushy.

Boston Cream Pie with Vanilla Pudding?

That is one way to speed up the process, but it is SOOO worth making the pastry cream from scratch, as our recipe does.

If you choose to use a boxed cake mix, look at our tips on how to dress up a boxed cake mix.

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes with Cake Mix

You can use a boxed mix for your cupcake base or make them from scratch. We like our yellow cake recipe from scratch and used those. Either way, you need to make sure your cupcakes are totally cooled before going on to the next steps.

Best Ever Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes Ingredients:

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes ingredients

Yellow cake mix recipe – you need yellow cupcake bases. You can either make them from scratch or with a boxed cake mix. Just make sure they are completely cooled before you move on to filling them and glazing them.

How to make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes Pastry Cream:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes with Ganache.

Let’s face it – this adds a great layer to the flavor and is soooo much better than chocolate frosting.

What IS chocolate ganache?

Chocolate ganache is a 1:1 mixture of chocolate and warm cream. Stirred until smooth, silky, and shiny, ganache is a staple in any baker’s kitchen. It’s not only easy and quick, it’s uniquely versatile. Chocolate ganache can be a filling, dip, spread, frosting, topping, or layer in a cake.

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Ingredients for our Chocolate Ganache:

  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Homemade Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes Preparation Instructions:

Bake cupcakes per recipe, cool completely

How to make your pastry cream:

Place egg yolks in a bowl, beat slightly, set aside

In a saucepan over medium-high heat stir or whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and milk until smooth – cook, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly

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Reduce to medium heat, simmer for 2 minutes then remove from heat

Add a little milk mixture to the egg yolks, whisk

Then add eggs to milk mixture in saucepan

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Boil lightly for 2 minutes, remove from heat and add butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth – set aside to cool

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Scoop out a small piece in the center of the cupcake and fill with pastry cream

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes: Making the Ganache:

Place chocolate chips and corn syrup in a large heat proof bowl

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In a saucepan over medium high heat bring the cream to a boil

Pour cream over chocolate chips and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, then whisk, allow to cool

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For smooth, flat cupcake frosting spoon ganache in the center of the filled cupcake and gently push out to the side

To pipe the ganache, let it cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until firm then pipe onto filled cupcakes

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How to Make Gnome Cupcakes They Will Adore

Ever wanted to know how to make gnome cupcakes? If you are looking for a cute and creative dessert, then this is the recipe for you. These adorable little guys will become the delicious treats everyone will ask for again and again!

How to Make Gnome Cupcakes They Will Adore

Making gnome cupcakes is a great way to make your kids happy. Not only do they look adorable, but they taste delicious too! The simplicity out of making gnome hats out of waffle cones makes them even more fun for the kids. This post will teach you how to make these delightful treats!

But what is our fascination with Gnomes?

If you are going to look at how to make gnome cupcakes, you should know the gnome basics.

The gnome is a mythical creature that lives underground. They are usually depicted as short, bearded humanoids with pointy hats and funny clothes who speak an unintelligible language or use gestures to communicate.

We know you can’t live without them now! So what are you waiting for? Get your kids involved by making these adorable cupcakes today!

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The Garden Gnome; A Culture All It’s Own

The Garden Gnome is not just another yard figurine. It has its own distinguished history, culture, and controversy attached to it. Before you buy a Garden Gnome for your home be sure to know all of the factors that go along with it.

For starters, the history of the Garden Gnome dates back to Germany in the 1800s. The original statues were made out of clay and were handcrafted. They then made their way to England in the mid-1800s. Around the late 1800s to the 1900s they made their way into America.

During WWII production of these figurines came to an abrupt halt. The German factories were commandeered and converted to support the war efforts. In the 1960s the gnomes picked up popularity again however, they were mass-produced using plastic. Because so many of them were produced they gained the stigma for being a tacky lawn ornament.

The clay hand-carved Garden Gnomes have been family heirlooms for many families. The Clay figurines are making a come back of sorts, more companies are reviving the old tradition.

Any Garden Gnome enthusiast will tell you that Garden Gnomes are wonderful creatures that are very good luck

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to have in your garden. They are primarily vegetarians, joyful little people who enjoy having fun and helping out with things. It is believed that having one in your garden will be helpful in the day-to-day activities that are necessary for proper garden management. It is believed that they have an excellent ability to be able to reflect on history and an even better perspective on the future.

Not all people have such a jovial perception of the Garden Gnome. There are some that disagree with the use of these little guys. They believe that to have a Garden Gnome in the home is slavery and that the Garden Gnome should be freed.

There are groups that will take a Garden Gnome from a yard if they see it. Relocating it to the forest where they believe they find their freedom. A few of the groups choose to operate under the radar, sneaking into people’s yards and stealing these figurines. There is a political group that actively lobbies for the ban of Garden Gnome slavery.

Whether you are a follower of the Garden Gnome culture or just someone who thinks they are cute enough to go in your yard these figurines have a lot of history behind them and can be a wonderful addition to your yard. Just be sure to keep them away from the gnome liberators if you would like to keep them for a long period of time.

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How to Make Gnome Cupcakes They Will Adore

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my chocolate cupcake 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 witch hat cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

How do you store your Gnome 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.

Gnome Cupcake Ingredients

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So, you will need sugar cones for the Gnome Hat Cupcake Toppers. They can be found at your local grocery store- I was lucky to score them at Kroger but they always have a 12-count box at your local Dollar Tree store.

  • Sugar ice cream cones – 1 for each cupcake
  • 6-8 oz melting chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • Red and white frosting
  • Soft yellow, pink, or peach colored jelly beans

Gnome Hat Cupcake Toppers

The first thing you will want to do is to make the Gnome hat cupcake toppers. They need a little time to set up before you fully assemble your adorable little garden guy creations.

Melt chocolate and shortening together to make the chocolate thin enough for dipping the cones.

Dip cones in chocolate and set aside or place in refrigerator to set

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Pipe red frosting on each cupcake

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Place a chocolate dipped cone on top of each cupcake at a slight angle

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Pipe the beard onto the center front of the cupcake using a tip that will create the look of hair. I used Wilton tip 233.

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Place a jelly bean in the middle of the beard, right at the base of the cone for the nose.

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Your gnome is ready!

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How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes the Easy Way

How to make witch hat cupcakes? Making witch hat cupcakes is a fun way to get in the Halloween spirit! These mini cakes are easy enough for kids to make and they’re also delicious.

How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes the Easy Way

Making witch hat cupcakes for Halloween is surprisingly easy. You don’t need to be a pastry chef or have any fancy kitchen tools to make these fun and festive treats, just a little bit of time! Check out this recipe for how to make witch hat cupcakes with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

Halloween Witch Hat Cupcakes

The witch is certainly a powerful and popular figure, and the witch has appeared and reappeared in myths, cultural stories, legends, and literature through the ages.

In fact, in almost every culture, in almost every period, you can find a witch-like figure. There is Lilith, a female witch-demon who appears in Jewish folklore, as well as Iranian, Christian, Greek, Mexican, and Arab literature.

In recent years, there are the young wizards and witches of J.K. Rowlings beloved Harry Potter series. It is rare indeed to go an entire Halloween night and not see a few dozen Harry Potter Halloween costumes.

So which witch do you want to be for your Halloween costume? Do you want to be a spooky witch, a green-faced witch, or even a good witch? Below I’ve given a brief explanation of three popular witch figures and legends, as well as some suggestions on how to make a great witch Halloween costume.

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I’ll Get You, My Pretty!

Often, the first witch people think of is the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, with her flowing black robes, pointed black hat, buckle shoes, warty nose, and emerald green skin. Add in a good cackle, maybe even a flying evil monkey and you’ve got a great Halloween costume.

It’s also a good Halloween costume to make at the last minute. You just need some black clothing, green face paint, a household broom, and some brown or black makeup. If you can scrounge up a black hat, you’ll surely be instantly recognized as a witch. Many Halloween costume shops sell or rent out witch costumes, which is often cheaper and less time-intensive than buying all your items individually.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble.

For those Shakespeare buffs out there, why not find two good friends and go as the three witches from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Actually, if you have a group of four friends, have one of you dress up as Hecate, the powerful and historic witch of the night.

As Shakespeare does not provide too much detail about the witches’ costumes, you and your friends can let your imagination decide what your Halloween costumes will look like. You could even rent one of the many versions of Macbeth (Scotland, PA is a particularly odd one), and see how other people have imagined the witches.

This Halloween costume gives you a great excuse to dress up as a spooky, dark witch and memorize some beautifully creepy Shakespearean witch lines like Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.

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I Saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I Saw Goody Osburn with the Devil!

My last suggestion for a witch Halloween costume is to do a little research about the Salem Witch Trials and Arthur Millers The Crucible. Most people encountered The Crucible in high school classes.

It is a play detailing a witch-hunt that occurs in a Puritan community. This sounds like an odd lead-in to Halloween costume advice, but Millers’ tale about people accusing others of witchcraft and dancing with the devil in the forest provides a lot of fun possibilities for Halloween costumes.

Like the Macbeth witches, this could be a great group Halloween costume idea. Have some bewitched Puritans, have some religious folk, and maybe even a witch or a devil.

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Witch Hat Cupcakes Recipe

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my chocolate cupcake 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 witch hat cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

How do you store The Best Little Shop of Horror Witch Hat 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.

Witch Hat Cupcake Ingredients

Witch Hat Cupcake Ingredients

So, you will need sugar cones for the With Hat Cupcake Toppers. It can be found at your local grocery store- I was lucky to score them at Kroger but they always have a 12-count box at your local Dollar Tree store.

For Witch Hat Cupcakes you will need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes, cooled are ready to decorate.
  • Sugar ice cream cones, 1 for each cupcake
  • Any round, flat cookie, 1 for each cupcake
  • Green and purple frosting
  • Sprinkles – again, you can get these at the Dollar Tree.
  • 10-12 oz chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening

Witch Hat Cupcake Toppers

The first thing you will want to do is to make the witch hat cupcake toppers. They need a little time to set up before you fully assemble your Halloween Witch Hat Cupcake creations.

Melt chocolate and shortening together to make the chocolate thin enough for dipping the cookies and cones.

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Dip cookies and cones in chocolate and set aside or place in refrigerator to set

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How to Make Witch Hat Cupcakes

Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes, alternating colors as you wish

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Pipe a line of frosting around the opening of the cone and place it in the center of the cookie to create the witch hat.

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Pipe frosting all the way around where the cookie and cone meet and pour on sprinkles to create a hatband.

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Place the hat on top of cupcake.

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Pipe a thin square shaped buckle in the center front of the hat band.

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Your witch hat cupcakes are ready to entertain your spooky guests with!

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