How to Make the Best Elmo Cupcakes

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

How to Make the Bet Elmo Cupcakes

Do you love Elmo?

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

When did Elmo Join Sesame Street?

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

How old is Elmo from Sesame Street?

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

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

What are the endearing qualities of Elmo?

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

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

Why do kids love Elmo so much?

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

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

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

What are some of Elmo’s most popular quotes?

“Elmo Loves You!”

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

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

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

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

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

How to Make an ELMO Cupcake: 

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

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

Standard cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easy Elmo Cupcakes recipe

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

How do you store Elmo Cupcakes?

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

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

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

Elmo Cupcakes Recipe

elmo cupcake ingredients

What you need:

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

Elmo Cupcakes Tutorial

Bake cupcakes per recipe directions and let them cool completely.

Elmo Cupcakes Tutorial

Use black gel icing to draw on a mouth.

sy Elmo Cupcakes recipe

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

how to make an elmo cupcake

Attach eyes and orange jelly bean for the nose.

Other fun cupcakes you may like for the littles:

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

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

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

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

Why are bees so important to us?

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

What exactly do bees do?

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

Why are bees dying?

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

A great video on how to help bees

What is happening?

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

Do honey bees hurt us?

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

How can we help?

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

how to make bee cupcakes

How to Make Bee Cupcakes

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

Bee cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

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

How to make Bee cupcakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easy Bee Cupcakes recipe

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

How do you store Bee Cupcakes?

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

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

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

Bee Cupcake Candy Toppers

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

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

Add that melted chocolate to your piping bag.

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

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

Bee Cupcake Decorations

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

How to Make Bee Cupcake For Kids

Bee Cupcake Decorations

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

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

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely.

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

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

Make you chocolate wings and antennae.

How to Make Your Bee Cupcakes

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

How to Make Your HoneyBee Cupcakes

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

bee cupcake

Pipe chocolate stripes onto the bee’s back.

how to make honeybee cupcakes

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

bee cupcakes

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

how to make bee cupcakes

Aren’t they adorable?

Other cupcakes we have done recently:

How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

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

How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

History of cats

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

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

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

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

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

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

history of Cats

All about cat lovers

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

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

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

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

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

All about cat lovers

Cat cupcakes recipe

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

Cat cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

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

How to make Cat cupcakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

asy Cat Cupcakes recipe

Easy Cat Cupcakes recipe

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

How do you store Cat Cupcakes?

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

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

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

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

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

Add on eyes where you think they fit best.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Place pearl candy nose on your cat’s face.

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

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

How to make cat cupcakes:

Other animal cupcakes you may enjoy:

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

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

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

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

History of geodes:

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

What do geodes look like inside?

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

What causes the crystals inside a geode?

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

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

Geode Coloring

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

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

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

Geode Cupcakes for Kids

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

YES!!!

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

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

Geode Cupcakes Designs

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

I used rock candy.

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

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

🙂

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Geode cupcakes recipe

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

Geode cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

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

How to make Geode cupcakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Easy Geode Cupcakes recipe

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

How do you store Geode Cupcakes?

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

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

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients:

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Making Geode Cupcakes:

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

Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.

Making Geode Cupcakes

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

Making Geode Cupcakes

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

Making Geode Cupcakes

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

Making Geode Cupcakes

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

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

Aren’t they gorgeous?

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

Other fun cupcakes you may like:

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

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

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

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

Why do I mention Pride Month?

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

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

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

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

rainbow cupcakes

What makes us see the colors of the rainbow?

The light that shines on the water droplets.

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

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

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

rainbow cupcakes

The Rainbow and the Bible.

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

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

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

rainbow cupcakes

How do you store Rainbow Cupcakes?

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

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

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

White Cupcake Batter Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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

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

rainbow cupcakes

The Best Rainbow Cupcakes

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

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

Rainbow Cupcake Ingredients:

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

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

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

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

Drop a small amount of each color into cake liner

Bake and cool completely

Pipe a small amount of white frosting onto cupcake

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

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

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

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes:

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

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rainbow 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!

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

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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.

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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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