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
Nonpareils Sprinkles (here)
Wilton Disposable Decorating Bags (here)
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