Decorate: Fruity Pebbles Cupcake Topping

For 2014, I wanted to start a new column here featuring different simple ways to decorate cupcakes. These ideas will work for cupcakes from scratch, fancying up boxed cupcakes, or even store bought. I think that even the simplest decorations can really make a splash at a party or even just as dessert after a family meal. I love decorating cupcakes and hopefully some of these easy peasy decorations will inspire you. But now on to these fun toppings...

To make these fun rainbow-colored cupcakes, apply a heavy amount of frosting onto each cupcake. You'll want a frosting that is thick and will hold the cereal well. Place the frosted cupcake in a small bowl and apply handfuls of cereal to the frosting. Place one hand against the side of the cupcake (where the lining ends) and roll your handful of cereal up onto the frosting, lightly press the cereal down. You want the entire frosting covered. Once done, top with a little washi tape wrapped around a toothpick or shorten bamboo skewer and cut into a flag. Cute!

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These would be great as a topping for some Funfetti Cupcakes and so cute for a child's birthday. Or maybe even a topping for some tie dyed cupcakes, which were all the rage like 2 years ago. Very simple, but also very, very fun.

Funfetti Cupcakes

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Let's just get a known fact out of the way...funfetti is probably the best boxed cake out there. Even though I hate using boxed cakes when making from scratch takes pretty much the same amount of effort, sometimes you just need funfetti. And that's why this recipe is amazing. Funfetti from scratch!

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Funfetti Cupcakes

Yields 12 cupcakes

Based off of this recipe.

  • 1 2/3c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1c sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4c sour cream
  • 3/4c buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4c rainbow sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 and place liners in a cupcake pan.

Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Combine after each one.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between dry and buttermilk. Only mix until combined so you don't overmix. Overmixing=dry cupcakes.

With a spatula, fold in sprinkles. Be careful not to overmix, as the colors begin to melt and run together.

Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

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Vanilla Buttercream

Yields enough for 24 cupcakes

  • 2 sticked softened butter
  • 3c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 tbsp milk

Cream butter until fluffy with an electric mixer. Add sugar slowly. Add vanilla and combine. Add enough milk to soften the texture of the buttercream. Add in small increments so not to make it too runny. 

To get fancy, fill a pastry bag with a 1A Wilton tip. Pipe enough frosting as desired. Eat.

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