Would you believe me if I told you that I love to decorate cupcakes more than I like to eat them? Truthfully, no matter how delicious the creamy frosting is, or the colorful candy toppings, overly sweet stuff is not my thing. I do however enjoy making some of the cutest, most colorful cupcakes for my kid’s birthdays.
My inspiration for these colorful candy gumball cupcakes came from my soon to be 8 year old daughter. I asked her what she wanted me to make her for her birthday, and like most other kids she said cupcakes.
However her specific request was: Mom, I’ll take cupcakes with lots of pretty colored candy on top. Oh, and a gumball mom..add a gumball to each.”
Fair enough! I had a ton of SweetWorks candy hanging around (perfect for cupcake decorating) so I went to town. The only thing homemade about these cupcakes are my ideas for decorating them.
Honestly, this trial run was made with quick and easy boxed mixes, however I do want to try this frosting recipe for bright, white “Twinkie” like cream frosting. It sounds really good, and my friend said it tastes even better!
Here is the Twinkie Filling Cream Frosting recipe:
2 Tablespoons of white flour
1/2 cup of whole milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
4 tablespoons of shortening
1/3 cup white sugar
In a small saucepan, cook the flour, milk and vanilla until it is a paste like consistency stirring constantly. Allow this to cool completely. In a stand mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until it is cloud-like. Add cooled mixture and beat on medium for 5 minutes.
I am so anxious to try that recipe for my daughter’s birthday. She wants a little candy buffet so I figured these Colorful Candy Gumball Cupcakes would be ideal. I suppose they would also be great for baby showers too!
Colorful Candy Gumball Cupcakes
- 1 Boxed cake mix
- white canned frosting
- SweetWorks gumballs crushed candy, Sixlets, and Pearls
- Unless you use the above "Twinkie Cream" Frosting recipe, this really is simple as pie. You prepare the cupcakes, and allow them to bake, and then fully cool before frosting. Then, you frost with a rubber spatula and go to town decorating them with candy!