Make everyone smile with a stack of three colorful cupcakes! Made with peanut butter cups, these mini-cupcake decorations are SO yummy with the chocolate cupcake they top. The occasions you could serve these at are endless. What a fun New Year’s Eve party treat, or birthdays? What about a Dr. Seuss themed party? SO much fun!!!! Here’s how to put them together:
- One boxed dark chocolate cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
- 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter (softened)
- 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter (softened)
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 tsp clear vanilla
- 24 Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups (unwrapped)
- 24 Reese’s minis peanut butter cups
- Wilton Icing Colors
- sprinkles, jimmies to decorate cupcakes
- Make cupcakes according to the box. I used brown cupcake liners to match the chocolate on the peanut butter cup toppers.
- Cool cupcakes completely.
- Make butter cream frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat on high until frosting is light and fluffy.
- Divide frostings into bowls and color using icing gels. I made 5 colors, but you can do however many you want.
- Pipe frostings on top of cupcakes and (using a smaller tip) pipe frosting on top of the two sizes of peanut butter cups. (I clipped both corners of a zip top bag and put the large tip in one and the small in the other. I piped the large cupcakes 1st and then squeezed the remaining frosting into the other corner and piped the frosting on the Reese’s cups.)
- Gently stack the tiny cupcake on the medium and the medium on the full-size. (this buttercream recipe worked GREAT for these- it is nice and firm and hardens just a bit as it sets. I didn’t lose even ONE topping!)
- Decorate with sugars and jimmies as desired I used Red Sixlets Candy for the large cupcakes and they looked so cute- like cherries!
Aren’t they fun? I just couldn’t stop taking pictures!
My thoughts: Goodness these cupcakes made me happy. My friend Danielle and I made them together and we both kept saying, “Ah! They are so CUTE!” My neighbors and coworkers were the recipients of these treats and the smiles when they saw them made my day! I love easy ideas that are high on the “WOW” factor. To give credit where it is due, my friend Megan from Happily Ever After Cakes pointed this idea out to me on Edible Crafts. They had only used one cupcake topper, but I love it so much with two!! Enjoy!!!!!! ~r
Need some ideas for your upcoming New Years Eve Party? Try these fun treats! Click on the image to be taken to the recipe:
They are adorable!
So, so pretty, and so, so cute!
Thanks so much!!
Those are so amazing!! I love how you frosted them with all those different colors…trying to think if I would be able to pull this off for my daughter’s birthday! I’m really not good at frosting cupcakes.
Oh you could do it! I had never piped frosting in my life before I started this blog- my friend Megan sent me this video: http://youtu.be/mYy2uiK6T94 It only took a little practice:).
I love these!!! I really need to create a Pinterest when I have some time 🙂
And I am definitely going to have to try these!!! Delicious!
I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?
I don’t mind at all- I have a Pinterest page and I simply don’t have time to pin things- lol! Too many passions…too little time I guess. Happy New Year to you!!
What a cute idea! somewhat like when you stand between two mirrors and see never ending versions of yourself..getting smaller and smaller!
Thanks– you’re right- it is a little like that! lol!
LOVE your idea! So fun and easy to do! Definitely something to put on my to-do list!
Thanks– I hope you get a chance to try them!!
Such happy photos! I love the look of the cupcakes and the colors you used. Fantastic.
They are very happy cupcakes…I took so many pictures it was a little out of control 🙂
i am so obsessed with this!!!
These are just so colourful and pretty.. my kids would love these.. and so would I:D xx
What a cute idea…love it!
These look great!!
These are just tooooo cute! So creative and fun — it put a smile on my face 🙂
Thank you so much!!!
This looks so good, have to try it!
I just need to ask, this kool-aid drink that you use for your truffles, is it like regular lemonade? I live in Sweden and I don’t think we have that here. What can you use instead? Great site by the way!!!
I’m so sorry it took me awhile to get back with you~ You could use any unsweetened powdered drink mix, I would think. If you try a brand and it works out for you please share it with us for our other European friends! 🙂
So cute! Love the idea!!
Thank you! Your blog is so fun!
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Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!
Thanks– glad you enjoyed your time here!
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