Balloon Cupcakes

For last weeks playdate the girls decided to surprise our friend
McKinsey with a mini birthday celebration. I was on cupcake duty which I
didn’t mind one bit! So I combed through my cupcake pin board and found
some similar balloon cupcakes I pinned years ago. Perfect occasion to whip these up. So I did.

Side note: Who would’ve thought finding a bag
of dum dums would be so hard? Seriously, I walked the candy aisle of
several grocery and dollar stores. No dum dums. I considered ordering
them from Amazon but knew I needed them sooner than they could be
delivered. So I continued my search.

A day later I
stumbled upon them…in the candy bowl on the checkout counter of our
pediatrician’s office during Thomas’ monthly checkup. Considering the
amount of money we’ve spent on ear infection visits in the past year I
didn’t think it was all that inappropriate to dump the bowl into my

Kidding! Matt would kill me.

Anyway, I found them finally in the Halloween section (not the regular candy aisle) of Target!

Pretty dang cute if I say so myself! And between Caroline and her friend Whit, no dum dum was wasted. That’s the problem with playdates. You are so busy chatting that you don’t realize the pink dum dum in your toddler’s sticky hand is actually her 4th, or 5th, or actually, I honestly don’t even know. Anyway, they were a hit all around so I wanted to share them with y’all! 

DIY Balloon Cupcakes


1 Box Cake Mix (plus eggs, oil, water, etc)
2 sticks salted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 5 teaspoons of cream or milk

Cupcake wrappers

Nonpareils Sprinkles (here)

1 bag Dum Dums (here)
Wilton #12 Decorating Tip (here)

Wilton Disposable Decorating Bags (here)

Ribbon (optional) 


Bake cupcakes according to package directions.

Meanwhile, make your buttercream frosting. In a large mixing bowl whip the butter. Slowly add in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Add the vanilla and 1 more cup of powdered sugar and continue mixing. At this point you may need to add a teaspoon or two of milk to thin the frosting down. Add in your last cup of powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add more or less milk depending on the consistency. You want the frosting to be thick and creamy.

Assemble and fill your decorating bag up with frosting.

Time to add the sprinkles! I created a sprinkle disk on top of the
cupcake but you could always skip this step and just add the sprinkles
on top of a normal frosted cupcake.

Optional sprinkle disk method: To create the sprinkle disk on top of the cupcake, you’ll need two layers of icing. Begin by piping a flat even layer onto each cupcake, working from the outside in. Next, add a smaller disk of icing on top of the first layer, again working from the outside in. Dunk the cupcake upside down in your bowl of sprinkles, applying a bit of pressure to flatten the top.

Tie a ribbon around your lollipops and stick then in your cupcakes!

Yields 2 dozen cupcakes

Print recipe for DIY Balloon Cupcakes 

Layer 1 of icing

Layer 2 of icing




  1. Mary Leigh
    September 14, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    These are so cute! Perfect treat for a party! I will definitely be making these in the future!!

  2. Jillian
    September 14, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    ahh these are so cute! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  3. PolkaDottyPlace
    September 14, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    These are darling and your instructions make them so doable!! Now I'm anxious to find an excuse to make them 🙂

  4. Liz Jo
    September 14, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    I love how cute these are 🙂 and sometimes I've considered just dumping candy in my purse whenever we've been at the doctors too many times in one month.liz jo @ sundays with sophie

  5. June Pope
    September 14, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    Adorable! You must be the mom everyone wants to set up play dates with. They will miss you and your cupcakes. Good luck going back to work. That umbilical cord is pretty long!

  6. Christina @ Still Lucky
    September 14, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    I LOVE these. Saving them for a future party!

  7. Amanda June
    September 14, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    They are so cute!! Also, you considering dumping the whole bowl in your purse made me LOL!! So funny, and not unreasonable! 🙂

  8. Jo
    September 14, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Oh these are adorable! Nice work girlfriend! I laughed out loud at the dumping in the bowl comment too- I counted on L's 12 month well check up and we'd been to the peds office 27 times since birth. Ughhhh. (ours were mostly ear infections too… good old tubes fixed that!)

  9. Ashley Carole (Sweet Carolina Belle)
    September 14, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    I am a big fan of mixing boxed cupcakes with homemade icing. I love the idea of two different layers of icing. I have never thought of that!!

  10. Sue Jones
    September 14, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    I love the pics of food! Delicious and the kids are so darn cute!

  11. Katie at Better Off Benedict
    September 14, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    These cupcakes are seriously too cute. I just pinned them 🙂 what a great idea!

  12. Hannah
    September 14, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    That is such a cute and fun idea! I love how your cupcakes turned out! I will have to remember this for future cupcake making occasions! 🙂

  13. Jessica (The Newly)
    September 15, 2015 / 12:11 am

    These are ADORABLE! I died laughing imagining you dumping the entire dum-dum bowl into you purse at the ped's office, lol! Pinned for future reference:)

  14. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    September 15, 2015 / 2:14 am

    Super super cute!!

  15. Kate
    September 15, 2015 / 5:01 am

    Love these! Thanks so much for sharing!- Kate

  16. Not A Mom
    September 15, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Pinning this! These are so adorable! Linds @ Not A Mom

  17. Stasia
    September 15, 2015 / 11:40 am

    SO SO SO cute!

  18. Melanie Koning
    September 15, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    this is SO cute!

  19. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    September 15, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    LOVE these – so cute and so clever! x

  20. Sara Elizabeth
    September 17, 2015 / 12:26 am

    LOL at the idea of you dumping these in your purse!!! Seriously, these are AMAZING! You are so crafty!

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