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A perfect dessert for kids! Fun blue cupcakes topped with creamy pink bubble gum frosting and a gum ball!

Remember bubble gum ice cream? When I was a kid, one of our summer treats was to go to Cornwell’s Turkey Farm near Marshall, MI. It wasn’t too far from home and you got turkey sandwiches (the chunky “thanksgiving left-over” kind of sandwich) for lunch and then an ice cream cone from their old-fashioned ice cream parlor. They had bubble gum ice cream back in those days. I rarely got it, but my younger brother always did. He’d spit all the pieces of gum into a pile on a napkin (soooooo gross..) and then chew all of them after the ice cream was gone.  Who thought to put gum in ice cream?  To my knowledge it is impossible to eat them together….?

Anyway, when I saw the flavors of Duncan Hines new Frosting Creations, “bubble gum” caught my eye.  What kid (and maybe adult!) wouldn’t want to try a bubble gum cupcake?

I want to try a bubble gum cupcake….!

Pair that thought with an incredibly busy week and you have SUPER EASY and QUICK bubble gum cupcakes that will make your kids cheer at their next party!!!
Here we go:


  • One boxed white cake mix (with oil, eggs and water to make according to package)
  • Blue food coloring- I use Wiltons icing colors for bright color that doesn’t change the consistency of things.
  • One packet of Frosting Creations Bubble Gum Flavor
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 18-24 gumballs


  • Make cake mix according to package, add food coloring and fill 18-24 cupcake liners (in a cupcake tin) with batter. (most cake mixes say they make 24 cupcakes….I like big cupcakes so I usually aim for 18!)
  • Bake according to package and cool completely.
  • Beat together (softened!) butters with vanilla and powdered sugar.  Beat on high until light and fluffy frosting develops.
  • Add bubble gum flavor packet to frosting and beat until well combined.
  • Cut a corner off a large zip-top bag and press a large Star shaped decorating tip into the hole.  
  • Spoon frosting into bag and seal top.
  • Carefully pipe frosting evenly over cupcakes (this recipe frosts 18 cupcakes perfectly as pictured— you will need to use a little less to cover 24).
  • Top each cupcake with a fun and colorful gumball

My thoughts:  I loved serving these…. it made me smile to watch adults lick all of the frosting off the cupcake 1st.  When one of my friends exclaimed, “It tastes just like bubble gum ice cream!” I knew I’d hit the mark.  Note: I used the Duncan Hines flavor packet in my own buttercream frosting because I wanted light fluffy frosting that would pipe a pretty swirl on top.  The packets are made to be used with a special can of frosting made by Duncan Hines.  If you want REALLY easy just use that.  Either way, these are so much fun!!!!  Enjoy!


About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing!

29 responses »

  1. You really do make some of the best kids’ stuff! These look really cool.

  2. These are just so pretty and fun looking!! Kids would really love this!!

  3. I’m curious to know the reaction of whomever eats these cupcakes. I recently made cupcakes for my son’s class using the Duncan Hines bubble gum frosting. I was told by several students that the frosting tasted like bubble gum flavored medicine. The kids were not impressed at all. I guess I won’t be making that frosting ever again.

    • I’m curious now too! I didn’t think it tasted like medicine at all- but I didn’t use the tub of frosting that the flavor packets come with– so maybe that makes a difference…? Let us know what you (and more importantly, your kids) think if you try this recipe readers!!! I really liked it– but medicine was never bubble gum flavored when I was a kid….so I don’t have that association in my head 🙂

  4. Gorgeous photo! So fun! My kids would love these.

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  7. Kristine Reeves

    I was curious if you can use the flavor packets with home made icing because, I HATE canned icing, its way too thin, and you cant really decorate anything with it! Have you tried it with any other flavor packets, or just that one???

    • I’ve only tried the bubble gum flavor with my homemade icing. Its a powder, so I would assume that all of the flavors would work just fine with this icing recipe. I’m not a big fan of the canned either.

  8. I LOVE this combination of colors — so fun and festive! These would be great for a kid’s birthday party.

  9. I found this post though Pinterest. The photo was so beautiful that I
    just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site

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  11. I’m glad I found your post! I’ve wondered if I could use those flavor packets in homemade buttercream. I made some cupcakes with my daughter using the cotton candy flavor in the Duncan Hines icing and while the flavor was fun and good the icing consistency was really thin and sticky…kind of gooey. Can’t wait to try these with her!

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  14. these look awesome and i want to make them now, i might use a cupcake mix from scratch though, im not big on boxed cakes, but the frosting im not good at making so i just get the cans. they look so fun and easy ^^

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