How to Make the Best S’mores Cupcakes

What makes perfect S’mores cupcakes? The perfect S’mores Cupcake starts with a moist chocolate cake, iced with fluffy marshmallow frosting. Finally, there comes a layer of crushed graham crackers on top!

S’mores cupcakes with box cake mix

These s’mores cupcakes are easy to make and taste like that decadent campfire dessert without all the flame.

How to Make the Best S’mores Cupcakes

You have to know what S’mores are before you can turn them into a cupcake

History of s’mores

No one knows for sure who invented the s’more. However, the first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Loretta Scott Crew, who made them for Girl Scouts by the campfire, is given credit for the recipe.

It is said that s’mores were originally created in 1922 at a campfire. A group of Girl Scouts made them for the first time and then brought S’mores back to their troop. There are different variations, but they have all been influenced by this recipe from an original one that was invented over 100 years ago!

Back then, it was called a graham cracker sandwich.

How did they get the name “S’mores”?

S’more is a contraction of the phrase “some more”. It is said that both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts would always ask for some more – and eventually, it stuck. By 1938 this tasty treat was officially called s’mores in the camping guides for kids.

By 1957 even Betty Crocker was in on the recipe.

S'mores Cupcakes

How to make s’mores

S’mores are traditionally cooked over a campfire, although they can also be made at home over the flame of a wood-burning fireplace, in an oven, over a stove’s flame, in a microwave, or with a s’mores-making kit.

Honestly, I hate microwaved marshmallows – I don’t think they really get “toasted” they just frow and get gooey. They will puff up when heated in the microwave and then deflate back down as they melt and cool…and make a sticky mess.

S’mores have influenced a lot of treats

Everything from Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts to Girl Scout Cookies – you can find a variation of the graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate bar treat.

These S’mores cupcakes are our own take on it – and yes, we incorporate all three ingredients to make a delightful delicacy.

S'mores Cupcakes

How do you store S’mores 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, with a Marshmallow topping, they aren’t going to be safe that long at room temperature. This is the ONE exception I make to sticking them in the fridge – normally I say “no” to the fridge, but this is a rare exception. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

S’mores cupcakes nutrition facts?

Puh-Leeze. People actually search this and it cracks me up. What kind of nutrition do you actually expect to get from cupcakes? Fiber? Protein?

Let’s face it – cupcakes are here to help provide us with those 3 simple things we all crave: salt, sugar, and fat.

That is why they are so freaking delicious.

DIY S’mores cupcakes

These s’mores cupcakes with graham cracker crumb topping are basically just gooey chocolate S’more cupcakes. We make the marshmallow frosting from scratch and THAT is what makes all of the difference in this recipe.

If you want to get really creative – you can serve them like we show here: on a rustic wooden slice platter with a faux campfire in the middle.

S’mores cupcakes from scratch

Isn’t that just adorable and a great way to bring the outdoors inside?

S’mores cupcakes from scratch

You will need a chocolate cupcake base for these – You can use our recipe below to make them from scratch or your can use a chocolate cake mix to make your bases if you are looking for s’mores cupcakes quick.

Our Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

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

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 another 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.

Let them cool completely before starting to decorate them.

S’mores cupcakes easy

S’mores cupcakes ingredients:

S’mores cupcakes frosting ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

S’mores cupcakes recipe:

Bake chocolate cupcakes and cool completely.

Crush graham crackers, place in small bowl, set them aside.

S’mores cupcakes marshmallow frosting:

In a bowl over simmering water whisk egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar until the sugar melts.

Perfect S’mores cupcakes

Remove from heat and use hand mixer to whip until stiff peaks form

S’mores decorated cupcakes

Place frosting into piping bag and frost cooled cupcakes

Gooey S’more cupcakes

Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over the top

S’mores cupcakes quick and easy

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The Best Dr Pepper Cupcakes From Scratch

Dr Pepper is a popular soda with many people. It has just the right amount of sweetness and fizz to be great for any occasion! Dr Pepper cupcakes are even more amazing because they capture all the flavors that make Dr Pepper so much fun.

The Best Dr Pepper Cupcakes From Scratch

The best part about these cupcakes? They’re from scratch, so you know their ingredients are fresh and wholesome. If you want to try something new, or if you love Dr pepper then this recipe is perfect for you!

The Best Dr Pepper Cupcakes From Scratch

These Dr Pepper cupcakes have a light, fluffy texture and are perfect for any occasion. But it gets even better! The frosting is even made with Dr pepper so you can enjoy the flavor of your favorite soda all day long!

History of Dr Pepper

The Dr Pepper Company was originally founded by a pharmacist, Charles Alderton. In 1885 in Waco Texas he invented the drink we know and love today! He called it “Waco”. It wasn’t until years later that it became known as Dr. Pepper after its main ingredient – pepsin powder which is used to help break down food in the stomach.

vintage dr pepper bottles

What does Dr Pepper Taste Like?

Dr Pepper is a unique tasting soda that’s hard to describe. It has hints of both sweetness and spiciness with a citrus flavor as well! Many people also notice some cinnamon notes when they drink Dr pepper for the first time.

Others? Think it is a close comparison to a Cherry Coke or Cherry Pepsi.

Regardless, I love the catchy jingle that rocked my childhood:

Vintage Dr. Pepper commercial circa 1979 featuring David Naughton (“Makin’ It”) & Popeye The Sailor.

Pretty cool for the special effects of the time — and yes, you are welcome for that “I’m a pepper, you’re a pepper, he’s a pepper, she’s a pepper – wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too jingle that is now stuck in your head…

Other favorite ways to use Dr Pepper

Some people just love it chilled and ready to drink. A few (I think slightly odd) souls like to heat it up to drink. We love to grill with it in this recipe from Operation $40K: Dr Pepper Glazed Salmon on A Cedar Plank.

Then, you can bake with it.

Obviously, we are making cupcakes with it today, but it has been used as everything from a glaze on Strawberry Lemonade Bars to being added to the frosting on a decadent chocolate cake.

This recipe of ours will make 24 cupcakes. From scratch. And it really doesn’t take as much time as you might think it would. The citrus zest in the frosting plays off the citrus notes we talked about in the drink.

How to make Dr Pepper Cupcakes

Our recipe for Dr Pepper cupcakes doesn’t use a cake mix – like so many of the recipes out there – and I really think it makes a difference. We could call these Cherry Dr Pepper cupcakes as we use a cup of dried cherries in them – but that plays on the cherry correlation to its soda competitors.

Dr Pepper cupcake Ingredients:

what is needed to make dr pepper cupcakes

For best results, have as many of these ingredients at room temperature as you can. If you don’t have buttermilk you simply have to add an acid to your milk. Whole milk or 2% work best and the rule of thumb is: for every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Dr Pepper Cupcakes Instructions:

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line the muffin tins with cupcake liners.

How to make dr pepper cupcakes

In a small pot stir together the cherries and the soda over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, set aside to cool.

dr pepper cupcakes from cake mix

In a small bowl whisk together melted butter, cocoa, and boiling water, set aside to cool. (bowl 1)

dr pepper cake mix

In a separate larger bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract. (bowl 2)

Add in flour, sugar, and spices.

making dr pepper cupcakes

Drizzle in the butter-cocoa mix, then stir it into the buttermilk mixture, and finally add in the soda cherry mixture and stir until well combined

Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake for about 18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool completely before frosting.

Dr Pepper Cupcakes Frosting:

Yes, this recipe even uses Dr Pepper in the frosting for an additional layer of flavor!

You will need:

  • 4 cups Dr Pepper
  • 3 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Boil the soda over medium-high heat until reduced to about ½ cup, set aside to cool completely. Using a mixer cream together butter, sugar, zests, and vanilla extract. Drizzle in cooled soda and mix until smooth.

how to make dr pepper frosting

Add your frosting to your pastry bag – for easier decorating

In this Cupcakes 101 Video, I show you some quick, easy tips & tricks for how to fill your piping bag with frosting, fillings, or decorators icing easily and without the mess!

Frost cooled cupcakes with spatula or from a piping bag – I LOVE the piping bag when I am going to do a lot of cupcakes.

Now be nice – the 14-year-old did these. We are building her skills. Next time, I would use a star tip and probably a fun sprinkle pack. Because yeah – sprinkles! Ohh – even those waxed soda bottle candies – one on top would be perfect!!

Dr Pepper Cupcakes from scratch

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How to Make Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes

Why Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes? I am totally a child of the 70s and remember the big Kool-Aid man busting through a wall and saving the day with all the thirsty kids and flustered mom.

How to Make Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes cover image

He was in his glory as a man in tights and wearing a giant plastic pitcher of that sugary goodness that seemed to quest everyone on a hot Wisconsin Summer Day.

Just check out these Cherry Kool-Aid Man Commercials:

Top 20 funniest Kool-Aid Man commercials

So, these Cupcakes are a throwback to my childhood – and I hope they bring a smile to your face.

How to Make Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes

We played around a lot before sharing the final results with you – tried tweaking my white cake scratch recipe, tried different cake mixes, and finally came up with our version of Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes.

If Cherry Kool-Aid isn’t your thing? No worries – use one of the other flavors: Green Apple, Strawberry Kiwi, Peach Mango, Cherry Limeade, Tropical Punch, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Sharkleberry Fin, or Invisible Grape – which I would dye purple.

Simply sub out the right kind of Kool-Aid and alter the food coloring used for the cake mix and frosting.

Is Kool-Aid bad for you?

Yes, Kool-Aid is bad for you. Each cup of Kool-Aid has 20 grams of sugar, or to be precise, the equivalent of 5 teaspoons of sugar. Research has shown that the artificial dyes in Kool-Aid may cause hyperactivity in your child. Long-term consumption may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and even cancer.

However, Kool-Aid has fewer calories than your typical soda, contains vitamin C, and is not carbonated.

Whew.

That being said – cupcakes aren’t good for you either – if you have long-term consumption and overindulge.

So there – don’t make and eat these every day.

What else can you do with Kool-Aid?

I find it funny as Kool-Aid has been used lately in everything from cookies, to dying hair. Let’s face it – we are a creative lot! I even saw a recipe for Kool-Aid pound cake!

There seem to be mixed results for using it as a hair dye? Professionals seem to hate it but the normal folks like us seem to have better results with it. Here is a video I found on how to do it – which I find fascinating! I know what I paid to have a stylist dye my kiddo’s hair purple…this might be our next venture!

How to dye your hair with Kool-Aid

The one that really blows my mind?

Kool-Aid pickles! Or Koolickles as they are more commonly known as. They reportedly originated in the Mississippi Delta region of the United States…and I guess it is credited to African American culture. The recipe is more often made with water, not pickle brine, or simply dipped in Kool-Aid powder.

I’m not sure I am brave enough to try them, but the colors are fabulous!

How to make Kool-AId pickles.

The standard Kool-Aid pickle ingredients are:

  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid mix
  • 1 jar of dill pickle spears or whole pickles
  • 1 cup of sugar

Remove pickles from jar leaving the pickle juice. To the pickle juice, add 1 cup of sugar and stir to combine as well as you can. Place the pickles back into the jar and close the lid. Be sure the lid is tight. Place Kool-Aid pickles in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Shake or turn the jar at least once a day during the 1-2 weeks.

OK — I went down a rabbit hole! Let’s get back to the cupcakes!

We use a boxed cake mix

These Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes are started with a boxed mix instead of being a Kool-Aid cake from scratch. I find that it is the best way when baking with Kool-Aid to make a consistent finished product.

What cake mix do I prefer?

Right now, the brand at Aldi is my favorite – as I have been playing with layered cakes too. It has brought taller cake layers than either Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker lately and comes in lower on the price point.

How do you store Kool-Aid Cupcakes?

The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature. Considering the buttercream frosting, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some yellow cupcakes in my freezer right now for Easter.

Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them.

You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes Ingredients

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 3/4 cup kool-aid drink powder, cherry flavor
  • 1 1/4 cup water*
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil*
  • 3 egg whites*
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 3 TBS heavy cream
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 drop of red food coloring

*Or what your boxed cake mix asks for.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcake Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 24-cup muffin pan with liners.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcake Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together: 1 box of white cake mix, and the 1/2 cup Kool-Aid drink powder.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcake Instructions:

Follow directions on the package and whisk in 1 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 3 egg whites, and 2 drops of red food coloring.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcake batter

Divide batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcake ready to frost

Kool-Aid Cake Frosting

When ready to frost the cupcakes, whisk together: the 1 cup butter, 3 TBS heavy cream, 4 cups powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup kool-aid drink powder, cherry flavor.

Add in 1 drop of red food coloring, (or as many drops as needed to get to the desired red tint you are looking for)

Whip until it is smooth and fluffy, but holds its shape. Scoop into the piping bag and set aside until you are ready to frost these babies!

Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Now, you COULD decorate them more – I know I usually do all “Fancy” with sprinkles, etc but occasionally? Less is more.

What do you think?

Kool-Aid Cake Frosting

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Cookie Bottom Cupcakes Everyone Will Love!

I have been on a kick lately of things from my childhood – I think it is my way of processing losing my mom just after Christmas. Oreos have been used in our family recipes for decades, down to my Momma’s award-winning Fudge Bottom Cheesecake. Cookie Bottom Cupcakes just seemed like a perfect fit for what I have been craving.

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes Everyone Will Love!

After all, I have done few different versions of a cookie cupcake before – mostly by using them to decorate the top. This time? We have Oreo bottom cupcakes that will provide a surprising crunch to the person nibbling your delicacy.

I have played a lot with Oreos before – on both this site and my other one:

Annnnnd I will again, LOL. I have a peppermint version in mind for a nice Christmas holiday cupcake!

Oreo Commercials can jumpstart your creative juicdes for how to use them yourself!

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes

You could do this recipe with any kind of chocolate sandwich cookie – but I prefer Oreos. Even Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies would work in the bottom of the cupcakes and could be crunched up to make the cookie bottom cupcake frosting.

We use a boxed Cake Mix

I know it seems like an evil thing to say – using a boxed cake mix, but you could use my yellow cupcake recipe and make them from scratch if you are so inclined.

This will make a LOT of cupcakes

Normally you fill a cupcake liner 2/3 to 3/4 full of batter before you bake it. Since you start this recipe by popping a cookie in each cupcake liner, that takes up some of the space so your batter will go further.

Instead of the normal 24 or so cupcakes from a boxed mix, I get about 30 when I make this recipe – and for that reason.

How do you store Cookie Bottom Cupcakes?

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some yellow cupcakes in my freezer right now for Easter. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature.

If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

Can you buy Oreo frosting?

While I share how to make Oreo Frosting for these Oreo bottom cupcakes, you can skip that and actually BUY the frosting if you are near a Sam’s Club. You can buy ANY of their frostings!

You can go to their bakery section and order supersized tubs of its frostings, like the Bettercreme Oreo Cookies ‘N Creme icing. Beware though, it is a large tub and has enough frosting to coat more than 200 cupcakes!

I have not tried to freeze it – so it might only be an option for those rare times when you have a LOT to make, for a special event.

I have not checked to see if Costco has the same option, and honestly? It is pretty easy to make.

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes Everyone Will Love!
Don’t these Cookie Bottom Cupcakes just look absolutely amazing?

Oreo Frosting Tips

You are going to want to put it into a piping bag or Ziploc bag for the purpose of decorating your amazing cookie cupcakes – so you need to make sure your crushed Oreos are fairly fine – chunks could get caught in your piping tip and make your life frustrating with the jam up and then blast out.

It isn’t pretty and creates more work in the long run, trying to make it look better – not that I have ever heard of people complaining about a free cupcake, LOL.

This frosting is different

I played around with this a bit and ended up with a variation of the “boiled frosting” recipe I used for the cinnamon rolls at my restaurant. It is kind of like making a roux – you use flour as the starch and milk as the fat – and cook it on the stove until it gets really thick.

It has to be moved to the fridge for a bit and then you bring it back out to add the other ingredients.

Once this is made? It can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks! We used to make large batches of our frosting, and heat the rolls a touch before serving and spread that frosting over those warm rolls – for heaven on a plate that was almost as large as your head.

Seriously, people came from miles for our rolls and the real trick to them was the frosting.

You could try a frosting hack

Take a tub of cream cheese frosting from your grocery store, add some powdered sugar and then your crushed Oreos. It WILL work, I just wasn’t happy with it for what I was going for.

Cupcake with cookie base

Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Place a whole Oreo into the bottom of each cup.

How do you store Cookie Bottom Cupcakes?

After that, you will need:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix and the ingredients that the box asks for
  • 1 Oreo cookie per cupcake, after you have already put one in the base of the cupcake liners for the cupcake itself.
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup crushed Oreos – it is about 10-12 Oreos

Make the cake mix, according to the box. Pour the batter over the cookie in the cupcake liner until it is 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Oreo Cupcakes Frosting

While the cupcakes are baking, get that frosting base started!

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes Everyone Will Love!

In a small saucepan combine the 5 tablespoons flour with that 1 cup of cold milk. Stir and whisk the mixture constantly over medium-low heat until it becomes really thick.

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes frosting base

Seriously, you have to stand there with it and keep your whisk moving – it changes up almost instantly when the heat is right. I take it off the heat, add to a bowl, and pop it into the refrigerator or freezer for about 10 minutes so that it cools completely.

When it has cooled, you can finish your Oreo frosting.

In your mixer cream together the butter and sugar. When the sugar is well incorporated into the butter, add in the vanilla and mix for 30 seconds longer. Add in the thickened milk/flour mixture and mix on low for about 30 seconds, then turn the mixer to high and mix for about 3 minutes.

Oreo Cupcakes Frosting

You are going to be amazed at how light and fluffy this frosting it -it is almost like whipped cream!

Cookie Bottom Cupcakes frosting

Now, you need to fold in that 1 cup of crushed Oreos. If you want to just dump them in the mixer and let the machine do it for you – don’t let it run much longer than 30 seconds…you don’t want to kill your fluffy goodness.

Cupcake with cookie base

Scoop that frosting into a piping bag or in a Ziploc bag where you snip the corner, and pipe frosting onto each cooled cupcake.

Top with an additional Oreo for the garnish to your masterpiece!

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How to Make the Best Pudding Poke Cupcakes

Bear with me while I set up the story behind these pudding poke cupcakes for you…As a child of the 70s, I was inundated with Jell-O commercials for pudding, gelatin, and pudding pops. That chocolaty goodness was super easy to whip up – instantly, thanks to the just add cold milk feature.

Looking back at those commercials now, they were all either sexist (the little woman at home frantically trying to think of what dessert for dinner that night!) or racist.

Just look at this gem of a commercial from the 1950s that kicks off their NEW instant pudding version. Ugh! Everything back then was marketed to housewives kind of like this – eesh!

Let’s not even talk about the ones that feature Bill Cosby who was the face for their brand for 25 years… I wonder if he gets his Jell-O Puddin’ Pops in prison?

Pudding Poke Cake

Soon Jell-O pudding Poke cakes were all the rage at any local potluck… everyone had their own twist to them and honestly? They were pretty darn tasty!

How much easier could it be to simply bake a cake, and frost it with pudding? These were super moist cakes that you could make a few days in advance, and people usually asked for a second piece.

Pudding Poke Cupcakes

I took that classic potluck treat and turned it into bite-sized gems that are a little more Covid-friendly to share, portion controlled, and

Cupcakes with Pudding Filling

So, you aren’t going to poke really more than one hole in each cupcake, but that is OK. It still works like the cakes did. You end up with personal portioned versions of your beloved childhood potluck treat.

I am using a boxed cake mix for this as we were in kind of a time crunch but you can use my scratch yellow cake recipe instead if you want to – or simply use my tips to dress the boxed mix up.

It really doesn’t matter as these cupcakes with pudding filling are going to be super moist and rich, at the same time.

I know some people like to make poke cupcakes with condensed milk but it really isn’t necessary.

How do you poke a hole in a cupcake?

Use your finger to poke a hole in the center of the cupcake, pressing the center cake down and creating a hole for your filling (be sure your hands are clean or wear gloves!). Use a small paring knife to cut a hole in the center of your cupcake, removing the middle cake so your filling has lots of space.

I know some people

Chocolate poke cupcakes

I used yellow cake with this recipe but you can easily switch it up. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is a huge fan favorite around here. You could easily switch it to chocolate cake mix, or switch out the pudding flavor as they have a large variety!

Just look at all of these choices:

  • Banana Cream
  • Boston Cream Pie
  • Butterscotch
  • Candy Cane
  • Caramel Cheesecake
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Classic Turtle
  • Coconut Cream
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Devil’s Food
  • Double Chocolate
  • Dulce de Leche
  • French Vanilla
  • Gingerbread
  • Lemon
  • Orange Ice Cream
  • Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream
  • Pistachio
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Red Velvet
  • S’more Pudding
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Creme
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla
  • White Chocolate
  • annnnnd more yet!

By simply switching a few different cake mix flavors or pudding flavors your combination ideas are literally in the hundreds!

You are only limited by your imagination – and right now I have chocolate cupcakes with Candy Cane pudding stuck in my head for a fun Christmas Treat!

How to Make the Best Pudding Poke Cupcakes

Let’s get to baking! These are pretty easy to do with the kids, and when you do, they take ownership of it. Let them help whip up this dessert!

Pudding Poke Cupcakes Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix and what the box calls for
  • 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 cups milk
pudding poke cupcakes mix

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions for one 9×13 inch cake. Spoon into muffin cups, filling cups half full.

Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops of cupcakes spring back when gently touched. Cool in pan for 3 minutes. Remove from pans and put on a wire rack.

Use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes into each hot cupcake.

frosting for puddinkg poke cupcakes

Pudding Poke Cupcakes Frosting

Combine the pudding mix with the confectioners’ sugar and gradually stir in the milk. Beat with an electric mixer at low speed for not more than 1 minute. Do not overbeat.

chocolate pudding cupcakes

Quickly, before pudding thickens, pour about 1/2 of the thin pudding evenly over the warm cupcakes and into the holes. (This will make the stripes in the cupcake.)

Allow the remaining pudding to thicken slightly then spoon over the top, and spread to frost the top of the cupcakes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

A Cupcake Decorating Contest? When it comes to baking, it is not just getting the right teaspoon of ingredients in and baking for the exact 30 minutes as indicated on the packaged mix. There is so much more associated with it…including how to go about things or even present the treats once they are finished.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest kid decorating a cupcake for a family cupcake decorating contest

Cupcakes are a big favorite for just about everybody, no matter the flavor, and topping them off with just the perfect touch, too, will make them a heart-smiling delicacy.

But, aside from baking these mini cakes just for fun or for that birthday party, what else could you engage these in to have some extra fun? How about a cupcake contest? We are sure this sounds like an exciting activity that would pull everyone in, especially the kids, and knowing they would get to compete with friends.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

Hosting a cupcake decorating contest is not as hard as it seems, as all you need is the place, people, and ideas on the types of cupcakes you need. Once that is set, you would be surprised to see how many people would desire to engage in it.

In a time like this when the world is going through a pandemic, everything is basically going virtual, and this could be a fun virtual event to co-ordinate!

But you may ask “how does a virtual contest work?” There are so many virtual rooms such as zoom, skype, Facebook, and many others that people can use to showcase their talent. Besides, you could email your decorated stand and await a response from the “judging panel.”

Virtual Shows

Every year, different companies worldwide host virtual cupcake decorating contests, with winners getting the chance to be given lots of prizes and surprises. For instance, one hosted by the Lewisville Branch Library allows bakers to submit their entries via email. During the contest period, which is usually a week, people get to vote for their favorite. The winner is then announced on the draw day.

There is usually a theme that bakers have to work with, for example, “eco-friendly,” which means their main entries have to exemplify something that promotes an environmentally-friendly setting.

How You Can Host Your Virtual Show

With the joy of Covid – we are all sitting behind our Zoom sessions, and this could be a fun twist to that. Each family involved would simply just need a standard kit – so everyone is starting at the same base.

Do you want it to be just a family and friends thing or do you want to make it a fundraiser – larger event of sorts?

Hosting a virtual cupcake decorating show is relatively easy once you have the mindset and the willpower to get you through it. After you have made the necessary plans on what to expect, who can enter, what is required, and when you would like to host it, you can go ahead and get sponsors to help you with advertising the competition as well as get the prizes and surprises you will use to run the show, if you are going that route. Interestingly, it is often not hard to get the right sponsors on board, especially when you seek out the food and beverage industry.

How to Host the Best Cupcake Decorating Contest

In a pandemic like this, many companies would like to bring awareness to their brand, which is a great strategy to get it done. Organize with them and let them see the importance of the show and its purpose in bringing to light many people’s talent. After all, it is set, get to advertising, and be surprised to know how far it will go. You can make the necessary guidelines to be like…

* Setting a Theme

What aspect of life would you like to bring awareness to? You can make the theme surround this. Take, for instance, breast cancer awareness – this means you could go pink. People will have the privilege to get flexible with their baking and decorating. Or, you could go for something more playful like nature and the environment.

* Ingredients for your Cupcake Decorating Contest

This is one of the most interesting aspects of the contest as the most intriguing thing is that all contestants have a pre-arranged list they have to work with. No rule says everyone has to use the same ingredients, but it has to come from the guidelines’ setlist.

* Submission

The submission aspect of the contest solely depends on you and how you desire for it to go. You could request that contestants submit their entries through email or via a social media group. You could also ask for a video sample of the preparation and the results, or you could opt for photo submission.

* Prizes For Your Cupcake Decorating Contest

The prizes can vary, and you could choose something that could help the contestants…either a cash prize or something they can use to improve their talent – baking set, stove, or ingredients.

If this is a friends and family thing – a trophy from your local dollar store could be tweaked with vinyl – to make a bragging rights award that you can use to hold over each other’s heads at future get-togethers for years.

People are home and would love to get their hands busy instead of lying around all day. The kids are home, which is a great way to get their minds active and allow them to get creative while doing something they love. Get a group of friends to help you plan, or you can team up and host a more exciting event.  

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The Best Milk and Cookies Cupcakes Recipe

There is no greater pleasure for a child than to come home and get treated with milk and cookies! Just think back to your own childhood and think of the times you might have sat at your kitchen table, indulging in such a treat. These Milk and Cookies Cupcakes are a throwback to that fun childhood memory – the magic of milk and cookies!

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You can tell by that simple picture above, that my version has chocolate chip cupcakes, chocolate chip cookie dough frosting, vanilla frosting and then are topped with an actual cookie!

The Best Milk and Cookies Cupcakes Recipe

Now, have no fear on the chocolate chip cookie dough – it is a FROSTING version so it is raw egg free. I know people LOVE to eat raw cookie dough, I just can’t handle that concept. Just. Ugh. So we made a safe version that is still beyond yummy!

Why do cookies taste good with milk?

I found a good answer for this question on Quartz:

Chocolate chip cookies have a lot of fat in them. When they hit your tongue, the emulsifiers in milk “help to smooth out the chocolate as you’re eating it,” Hartings said. Though your tongue can pick up the full-bodied taste of the cookie eventually, the milk quickens this process, and makes sure your tongue receives an even cookie coating. Without it, the cookie may be a little more gritty.

So, there is actual science behind it. Who knew? That five-year-old me at the kitchen table didn’t care – as long as I had one of momma’s homemade cookies in front of me and an ice-cold glass of milk.

More science – behind the cupcakes

I get asked a ton of questions about WHY their cupcakes aren’t turning out correctly. They mound in the center, they sink like rocks, they brown too much, they are too dense, they are too flat, etc – the list goes on.

We have talked about room temperature ingredients being important, and the importance of not over-mixing the batter. This video has a few great tips too – and is certainly worth a watch:

Did you over mix? Were your ingredients not room temp? Let’s debug your possible problems with this video…

Doesn’t she seem like a fun character to hang around with? I would so love to sit and have a cup of coffee (probably tea in her case) with her and rip into one of her cupcakes!

Now, because we are going a little bit over the top with these cupcakes as we decorate them, we are going to start with a boxed cake mix and dress it up a bit to fit our theme of Milk and Cookies Cupcakes.

So, let’s start with the base of Vanilla Cupcakes:

You will need:

Cupcake Directions:

Preheat oven as per directions on the boxed cake mix. Put the liners in the muffing pan. Set the muffin pan aside. Follow the directions on the back of the box to make the cupcake batter, adding all the ingredients and mixing them as instructed. Gradually add in the mini chocolate chips. Stir well to distribute them evenly.

The Best Milk and Cookies Cupcakes Recipe cupcake batter in the muffin tin ready to bake

Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with your chocolate chip cupcake batter. Place in the muffin tins in the oven and bake as instructed on the box. Remove them and allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Frosting:

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream butter (soft)
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 5-7 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Directions :

Using a standing mixer combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined and smooth.

Stick you piping bag inside a tumbler and fold the edges over the top. Use a spatula to fill that piping bag with your frosting. This makes it easy to pipe frosting onto the top of the cooled cupcakes. After cupcakes are frosted set them aside.

The Best Milk and Cookies Cupcakes Recipe vanilla frosted cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Cookie Dough Frosting Ingredients:

  • 12 TBSP unsalted sweet cream butter (softened)
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 C flour
  • salt (pinch)
  • 3 TBSP whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C mini chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Frosting Directions:

Whip together the butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, milk, and vanilla extract.  Continue to mix until the mixture is very light and fluffy. (About 2-3 minutes) Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix well so they are evenly distributed through the chocolate chip frosting.

With the medium ice cream scoop measure out a ball of cookie dough frosting. 
Position each ball of frosting on the vanilla frosted cupcake
Garnish with a chocolate chip cookie inserted in the center of the cookie dough frosting.

The Best Milk and Cookies Cupcakes Recipe ready to eat

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10 Amazing Gender Reveal Cupcakes Recipe Collection

Gender Reveal Cupcakes Recipe? The gender reveal parties are a rage, at least in the pre-covid days. I have faith that they will be back again, in full force, once vaccinations and more have been put in place and we can keep those amazing moms-to-be safe! These parties are more fun when you prepare the gender reveal cupcakes ahead of time with the filling representing whether it is a boy or a girl. Let us check out this 10 amazing gender reveal cupcakes recipe collection!

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Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Where to Buy Gender Reveal Cupcakes?

Do you realize that is probably the number one question asked in gender reveal cupcakes recipe hunts on Google? Followed closely by “gender reveal cupcakes Walmart”. The last time I looked at just a CAKE at a store with a bakery section, it was over $25! Do you know that a boxed cake mix is on sale ALL THE TIME for just a buck? Eggs are just under a buck for a dozen — that makes the 3 you need for that boxed cake mix just about $0.24 and the veggie oil? More literal pennies.

You can make 2 dozen cupcakes for two bucks or less…and a little bit of your time. Why wouldn’t you offer to MAKE them, as a gift, for your mother-to-be friend? If she has been pricing them out – (ouch) She certainly knows the value of your gift.

Gender reveal cupcake toppers

How would I top them? Go to your local Dollar Tree Store and hit the party section. They have pink and blue plastic baby bottles, rattles, etc. Get a variety of them. Bake the cupcakes, frost them, and stick a cute plastic toy on top.

Filling them? Pick from one of the ten sites below to figure out how you want to fill it, and with what. Seriously, you are spending less than ten bucks on this amazing, and thoughtful gift!

Funfetti Gender Reveal Cupcakes?

This is another top searched item and super easy to do! If you have a white cake mix, prepare the batter as instructed, and then fold in 1 Cup of candy sprinkles. That. Is. It.

You are done and didn’t need to hunt down a Funfetti cake mix.

Can you make gender reveal cupcakes chocolate?

Yuppers! First of all – this is more fitting for any people of color. Who says everything has to be WHITE? The pink or blue is the FILLING and not visible until you rip into the gender reveal gems like a monkey on a cupcake.

How early can you bake cupcakes before an event?

We have touched on this before. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

  •  Sky High Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

 Substitute the Dulce de leche in these decadent cupcakes with a pink or blue simple frosting for the perfect gender-reveal celebration!

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  • Sugar Spun Run Gender Reveal Cupcakes

It is a sweet and simple recipe wherein you will get soft vanilla cupcakes that can be filled with sprinkles of blue or pink color.

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  • Space Ship and Laser Beams Gender Reveal Cupcakes

When you take a bite of these lovely and soft cupcakes, you will know whether it’s a boy or a girl!

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  • Like Mother Like Daughter Gender Reveal Cupcakes

There are lots of fun and creative ways to make the big announcement and gender reveal cakes are a great way to do that.

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  •  Tablespoon Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Want to surprise your friends and families while making the announcement of the baby? The gender reveal cupcakes are a perfect way to do that.

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  • Dessert Now Dinner Later Gender Reveal Cupcakes

The cupcakes are really cool and they taste delicious too!

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  • Simple Gender Reveal Cupcakes

If you are looking for unforgettable gender reveal ideas then you must consider these delicious looking gender reveal cupcakes.

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  • Teaspoon of Goodness Gender Reveal Cupcakes

You can surprise your family members with adorable gifts like these gender reveal cupcakes. They look beautiful and delicious too!

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  • Love to Be in the Kitchen Gender Reveal Cupcakes

These cakes are easy to make and have a yummy taste. The creamy filling makes them super delicious and you can make any type of cake with this recipe such as chocolate.

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  •  The Honey Blonde Gender Reveal Cupcakes

Are you looking for inspiration for gender reveal parties? Then you must try out this recipe to impress your near and dear ones.

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All You Need To Know

How do you make cupcake cones? That is one question that a lot of people ask. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are super easy to make! One nice thing is that you do not have any paper garbage left over after the cupcake has been eaten as you literally eat the wrapper: the Ice cream cone! This is a perfect treat to take to any party, picnic or campsite with a zero-waste/garbage factor to them.

Do you need a special ice cream cone cupcakes pan?

No. Betty Crocker makes one for about ten bucks. You can set the cones in it, set it over a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan in your oven, and then bake. After they cool down, you can use it to transport the finished ice cream cone cupcakes too. Honestly? I just use a muffin tin. Using a mini muffin pan will make taking your cupcakes in and out of the oven very simple

How would I transport ice cream cone cupcakes to school?

If you don’t want to invest in a few of those ten buck racks, I just love this frugal hack from Leaf:

Use two full-sized, empty cereal boxes to make holders for two dozen cupcakes. Make sure you have removed the plastic lining bags. Use the bottom of an ice cream cone to trace 12 circles on each box using a pencil. The circles should be just slightly larger than the bottom of the cone.

They also suggest using gift boxes the same way, or even empty styrofoam egg cartons. If none of those ideas excite you – you can check out that rack from Betty Crocker.

Can you make ice cream cone cupcakes a day ahead?

Yes. Here is a quick tip to keep them from getting soggy: after they come out of the oven, before they cool, poke a hole or two in the bottom of each cone. That helps let the steam out as they cool – that steam is the humidity that would take the “crisp” out of the actual ice cream cone.

Now that you know how to keep ice cream cone cupcakes crispy, let’s talk about storing them until the next day. Let them cool and you can keep them in a covered container on the counter overnight. DO NOT put them in the fridge. ANY baked goods should either be stored at room temperature or frozen for optimal quality retention. A fridge adds moisture, which is the enemy of the ice cream cone part of these cupcakes.

My last tip? Do not frost them. You always want to wait for a cupcake to cool before you frost it, but add the frosting the day you want to transport or enjoy these babies. That frosting, if it touches the ice cream cones, will add more moisture. Storing them in a container with that added moisture will un-crisp your ice cream cones.

Funfetti ice cream cone cupcakes?

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All You Need To Know making funfetti ice cream cone cupcakes

This recipe is easily adaptable to Funfetti cupcakes! All you have to do is fold in one cup of multi-colored sprinkles into your finished cake batter. It really is just that easy!

Now, these ice cream cone cupcakes take about 15 minutes to whip up, and another 20 minutes to bake. This recipe uses MINI ice cream cones so it will make about 80 mini ice cream cone cupcakes.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All You Need To Know ingredients ready to mix

You will need:

● 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
● ½ cup vegetable oil
● 1 ½ cups of white sugar
● 4 eggs, at room temperature
● 3 cups cake flour
● 2 ½ tsp of baking powder
● 1 tsp salt
● 1 ⅓ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
● mini ice cream cones

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325˚F .

In your mixer add butter and oil together, mix on med-high for 2.5 – 3 minutes until it becomes well blended (No butter chunks should be visible) If you do not have a stand mixer use a hand mixer and mix in a large bowl 2.5 – 3 minutes until well incorporated.

Add the sugar slowly, a little at a time mixing on high, blend for 2.5 – 3
minutes until light and fluffy. The mixture will have a light yellow tint to it.

Add your eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides between each addition to fully incorporate them into the batter. Blend on high for 2.5 to 3 minutes to make it light airy and fluffy.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All You Need To Know dry ingredients sifted

In a separate bowl sift together your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and
salt.

Add ⅓ of your buttermilk to your batter.

Add ⅓ of your dry ingredients mix on med.

Alternate between adding the buttermilk and dry ingredients to your batter until all incorporated.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All You Need To Know ready to fill

Fill your Mini Ice Cream Cones ¾ of the way full with your batter. (you can use a piping bag to make it simpler)

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes: All Yo baked cupcakes in a muffin tinu Need To Know

Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes (check with a toothpick to determine
doneness)

Cool before icing.

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Mermaid Cupcakes for Your Favorite Fin Fan

What little person isn’t enchanted with the concept of Mermaids? A few years back I did a Mermaid themed birthday party on our main site: Mermaid Birthday Party – With Free Printables! If I did that party now? Instead of the cake, I would make these mermaid cupcakes.

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Mermaid Cupcakes

How do you make mermaid cupcakes?

Because these Mermaid Tail Cupcakes are a little putzy, I start this recipe with a boxed cake mix. You could easily use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch and then divide the batter to add the food coloring you need.

It really is pretty simple, you make and frost the cupcakes, and then add the mermaid tail. You can make them with chocolate, but we like to make them with fondant.

Mermaid Cupcake Toppers

Now as for the Mermaid Tails and Seashells, the mermaid Silicone fondant mold can be found at Michael’s craft store, along with 1 tube of pink fondant, and one tube of lilac fondant. The Seashell Silicone fondant mold I found HERE on Amazon.

To work with the fondant, you will also need: 1 C of corn starch, 1 food safe paint brush (Wilton sells a set of 5 at Michael’s), and 1 tube of gold luster dust.

If you make the fondant accessories first, you will whip out the finished cupcakes faster than you could possibly imagine. Start by lightly powdering your hands with the cornstarch, and start to work the fondant until it becomes soft and easy to work with.

Using one of the brushes, dip it into the cornstarch and lightly coat the silicone mold. Tear off a tablespoon amount of fondant and mold it into the tail mold. Once that is done, let it sit for 5-10 minutes before flipped over the mold and carefully push out the fondant tail out of the mold.

Once all tails have been molded, lightly dip the tip of a paint brush into the gold dust and brush the tail with it. Let the mold dry for 1 hour.

Repeat the steps to make the Seashells.

Can you make the cupcakes in advance?

Just like any of our cupcake recipes, you can make the cupcake bases in advance. I actually have some yellow cupcakes in my freezer right now for Easter. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you plan to frost and enjoy them within a couple of days you should be storing your cupcakes at room temperature. If you do not plan to frost or enjoy them within a couple of days then it’s best to freeze them. You can learn more about Batch Baking During the Winter Months in my other post if you want to, but batch baking and freezing are some of my trade secrets. Rarely would I pop them in the fridge – the constantly circulating air dries them out too much.

Mermaid Cupcakes Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 box of French vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C of softened unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C whole milk
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake pan
  • blue, pink, purple and green gel food coloring

Directions for Mermaid Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and mix until combined. Divide the batter into 4 small bowls. Add a few drops of the food coloring to a bowl, one different color each. Mix until combined and the colors are bright and vibrant to your liking.

Using a spoon, start spooning 1 color of batter into the cupcake liners. Repeat step with other colors until the cupcake liners are 3/4th full. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes. Pull out and place on the side to cool.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Blue and pink gel food coloring
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 disposable piping bag with a star tip
  • 1 bag of Wilton White Jumbo Nonpareils Sprinkles
  • 1 bag of each Wilton Purple, green, Blue, orange Jumbo Nonpareils Sprinkles

Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed. If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon or so of heavy whipping cream. Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks starting to form.

Once the frosting is made, scoop about 1 C of frosting into the 3 different bowls. Add a few drops of the blue food coloring into one bowl, add a few drops of pink into the second bowl, and leave the third bowl white.

Take the piping bag (without a tip), and stick it tip first into a drinking glass. Fold the edges of the piping bag over the glass. Scoop blue frosting into the piping bag and then frost the cupcakes.

Dip the frosting into the sprinkles.

Using the piping bag with the star tip, set it in a glass and fold the edges over. Scoop the pink frosting onto one side of the piping bag and then scoop white frosting onto the other side. Twist the outer edge closed and then pipe a medium dollop of frosting into the middle of the blue sprinkled cover mound.

Push the mermaid tail into the pink and white frosting and add the shell piece onto the side of the frosting for the finishing touches.

finished mermaid cupcakes with the tails on them

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