Balloon Bunch Cupcakes & a Baby Shower

Happy Monday! I thought I’d share a fun cupcake idea that I put together for a friend’s baby shower recently. Who doesn’t love lollipops and cupcakes? And when the two candy and cake worlds collide?

Inspired by a little blurb I saw in a Parenting Magazine article on creative cupcake toppers, I made balloon bunch cupcakes out of little dum dum lollipops using my favorite buttercream icing and rainbow nonpareils.

Yum!

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Balloon Bunch Cupcakes
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Materials: Cooled cupcakes, icing (store bought or homemade – see recipe below), rainbow nonpareils (round sprinkles) – any color would be fun!, dum dum lollipops, ribbon

I usually love a great homemade cupcake but on this particular day I saved myself a bit of time by using a boxed mix (a delicious lemon raspberry or homemade red velvet would have been very fun for this particular design!). To make things a little interesting, I split my cupcake batter into two different portions, half with a few drops of red food coloring and half as the original vanilla mix.

Plop of vanilla, plop of pink, plop of vanilla plus a toothpick to swirl it up! I recommend filling cupcake liners to just over half way so that you have a nice flat icing surface to work with.

While these guys are in the oven, it’s on to the frosting. I didn’t skimp here, this is my favorite homemade buttercream and it’s buttery delicious! Sweet enough to bring out a great flavor but a version that won’t immediately melt in the sun on you, which is important for buttercream icing + outdoor parties. Though I’m not sure I’d be daring enough to use it on a cake in direct sunlight…

Vanilla Bean Buttercream
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2 cups unsalted butter (room temperature, cut into small pieces), 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, pinch of salt, 1 vanilla bean, scraped, 1 t pure vanilla extract, 1/4 cup milk
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In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat to combine, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract, and beat to combine. Slowly add milk and continue beating on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes. Favorite recipe from right here.
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Pastry bags are wonderful, but I tend to use a gallon zip lock bag 99% of the time because of easy clean up (just toss that bag out when you’re through!). I simply cut a 1/3 of an inch off the end of the bag and fill it up with buttercream using a spatula.

These cupcakes involve two layers of icing, the bottom layer is a disk of buttercream and the top layer will be smooshed into sprinkles so that it is completely covered. To achieve that effect, pipe a single layer onto each cupcake by gently squeezing the ziplock bag to create an even spiral of icing, working from the outside in. You might try practicing on a paper plate if you’re limited on cupcakes.

Moving one circular ring from the outside in, I added a second smaller icing disk for that second layer.

Then upside down it goes into the sprinkle bath. You really want to smooth that top layer flat so don’t be afraid to apply a bit of pressure. Of course you could also skip the idea of two layers and just smoosh it all the way around the icing for a fun look!

Here’s the second layer covered in sprinkles while that bottom disk is still visible.

The last step is to add three unwrapped dum dums lollipops in a bunch, tying a ribbon around one before hand.

So colorful!

These would be really fun for a kids birthday party, or you could color coordinate your sprinkles and lollipops so that it matches a themed baby or bridal shower.

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The baby shower was so much fun. Our good friend Trish did a beautiful job creating a lovely brunch for the mom-to-be! Favorite details of mine were the varying shades of tinted glass vases and an adorable game that required everyone to bring a baby picture. Can you tell which is me? Just like Liv’s photo, and yes, a little oversized.

Another favorite were these adorable wooden cars that we each painted. I believe Trish found them online at the Oriental Trading party store, and then made the little shadowbox to house them!

It’s hard to see in this next photo collage on the upper right, but that is a little handmade dinosaur sweatshirt by this blogger. Michelle has  promised to post a tutorial on how to add the dinosaur spikes to a cute little zip up! (she also made these adorable onesies)

Great job, Trish! We all had so much fun.

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  1. says

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  2. says

    Your cupcakes are so adorable!!! I just love them …so would my little one!!! Beautiful baby shower! I just pinned the cupcakes! Thanks for the awesome share!

  3. says

    I love your tutorial especially the fact you use two layers of topping to dip into sprinkles. These cupcakes look really beautiful and like lot’s of fun so they are just perfect for kids birthday parties!!!

  4. says

    Morgan! My friend just pinned your cupcakes and I KNEW they had to be yours, so I came on here and saw the whole write-up from Stephanie’s shower. Okay, I PROMISE now that I will finish my post about the dino hoodie :) I slacked! Whoopsy.

    • says

      Oh I love it! That’s awesome!! Yes, please post tutorial, I’m dying to make a few of those adorable jackets!!

  5. Katie says

    Cutest decor ever! I want to come! Boy or Girl? I am wondering if Girlie glue was included as one of the gifts? my new favorite baby shower gift! Holds the darling bows on babies heads all day! Cheap and all natural too! Thanks for the ideas!

  6. says

    cute! you could modify this for a gender reveal baby shower by putting a pink and blue lollipop in the cupcake.

    thanks for sharing!

  7. Allison says

    Those cupcakes are adorable!! I’m making them for my son’s 1st birthday party in November!!

  8. says

    kids will be happy with a small party as long as they are made to feel special. Even a simple party requires planning; the sooner you start organizing, the earlier the excitement begins and the fewer details you’ll have to work out on the day itself.

  9. says

    So cute! Can I get your permission to share this on Pinterest under my Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador account? They are always looking for adorable kids’ recipes to share. This is awesome. If it is ok will you email me and let me know. I always like to ask first!

  10. says

    What a beautiful shower…and I love those cupcakes. That tablescape is so pretty. Blue and green are a classic combination! BTW, dipping cupcake frosting into sprinkles is one of my new favorite things to do (great for hiding my poor piping technique!). Thanks for sharing all the inspiration and ideas!

  11. says

    ziploc bag and scissors? And here I am losing my mind with caps that don’t stay on. Fabulous idea for icing! Great looking cupcakes!

  12. says

    Your cupcakes are adorable! My frosting wouldn’t look that nice, but I could handle sticking the lollipops on top! :)

  13. says

    Those are adorable! I’ll have to keep this idea in the back of my head for my next cupcake adventure.

  14. carol jane says

    What a beautiful shower. The cupcakes are so cute. Love the table setting, with the blues and greens. How do you get everything together soooo beautifully? Wow. I am going to make those cupcakes. Cant wait.

    • says

      Thanks, Carol Jane! I will pass along that compliment to Trish, the hostess behind that beautiful party :).

  15. says

    Those are the best cupcakes ever! They are so cute! Festive and all edible! I can’t get over how fun they are! I think it’s because of all the bright colors, not just pastels :) :) :)

  16. says

    Wow Morgan now that is a great idea. I have 2 little twin girls at home that would love that in pink and purple. I’ll send you some photos once I’ve given it a go .. birthday only in October tho’ Love you site you have some brilliant ideas!

  17. says

    Oh those are TOOOOO cute! I don’t know if I could make the frosting look so perfect like you did though…that is a talent I don’t have. What a super cute idea! The shower was adorable, love the shutters with the hanging pictures.

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