A few weeks ago my cousin and his girlfriend had a baby shower and I was tasked with the honor of making them cupcakes! All I was told was “Pink and Teal with Gold Stars”, the rest was up to me. Max is my baby cousin and I was 9 when he was born, so I knew that I had to make sure these cupcakes were not only yummy, but really fun and special too. I have a huge family and the sheer fact that they asked for my help was an honor. I knew I couldn’t disappoint!
Come on y’all, how stinking cute did these end up coming out!? Right?
Fun fact! Most of my family have NO IDEA I blog professionally for a living. I know right? They just think I need focus my creative energy into being a professional cupcake baker or apron seamstress. You try explaining being a Professional Social Media Influencer to my aunts and cousins… it goes right over their heads.
Anyway – Pink and Teal with Gold Stars. Let’s get back to that.
I am not the greatest at baking. I can cook and I can decorate, but baking is just not my forte. I am a HUGE FAN of cake mixes. Really!
You’d be surprised what doctoring up a box of cake mix can produce. I’ve fooled a lot of people with my cake hacks. But above and beyond just hacking a box of cupcakes comes the fun task for decorating them to make these cupcakes look like they paid upwards of $3 each.
And it’s sooo easy. Trust me, have I lead you astray yet?
I went with Tie Dye Cupcakes , because we love Tie Dye around here, and it’s fun to bite into Tie Dye Cupcakes!
Start with a box of white cake mix since we will be coloring the batter. My batter looks yellow because I added a box of vanilla pudding to the mix, one of the “cake hacks” I was talking about. I separated the batter into 3 bowls and colored two of them pink and teal. I used gel food coloring, I think it mixes better than the powder and these squeeze bottles are much less messy than the tubs I’ve used in the past.
Then in each of the cupcake liners, scooped the batter, alternating colors, so each liner eventually gets a scoop of each color.
As the cupcakes bake, the batter will slightly mix together to create a fun tie dye effect. It’s such a simple little trick and it gives them a more professional and fun look!
I frosted them with a simple homemade buttercream using butter flavored Crisco – it holds up much better in the heat! I colored half teal and the other half of the buttercream pink.
I also use a star craft punch and punched out stars using gold sugar paper. I found it was much easier to work in small sections with the sugar paper because it tends to tear very easily. Either tear a piece off, or cut them to make your life easier.
I wasted a lot of expensive sugar paper the hard way. Learn from my mistakes!!
But in the end, I think these turned out just lovely! Hooray!
Stacked on a cupcake tower, they look so adorable! I have like 5 of these Wilton cupcake stands, you never know when you might need a way to display them at a party, and these work amazingly well in a pinch!
The happy couple LOVED the cupcakes and everyone was raving about how tasty they were too. Easy peasy, ya’ll. For real. I also snapped a few pics of the new parents opening their gifts!
Isn’t Kelsey so cute?!
So adorable! Baby Olivia Rae came early, so parents Max and Kelsey are enjoying parenthood as you’re reading this! I wish them all the happiness and love I possibly can! Congrats guys!