Making Barney Cupcakes
Okay so I have only recently started experimenting with cupcake decorating. I made some awesome cupcakes for my sister-in-law’s Gender Reveal Party and one of my close friends loved them. My friend asked me to try my hand at making Barney cupcakes for her daughter’s second birthday party.
It was so fun making these and my kids loved mixing the frosting colors together. Unfortunately, that’s all I could allow them to do since these were for someone else. Either way we had such a fun time that I plan to just get a box of cake mix and some more frosting and let my kids each pick their own colors and tips and go at it. They loved it and it would be such a fun, cheap and not too messy activity with the kiddos!
Alright, let’s get started with how these super cute cupcakes came together. I do want to say that the cupcake toppers were printed and cutout by friend so I am not exactly sure where to find these exact ones. I do know a few Etsy shops have the printout available You could also just find a free printable on Pinterest!
We whipped up the cake mixes and baked fourty-eight cupcakes. This was obviously the easiest thing to do and it took five minutes to get them in the oven! And oh mylanta they smelled so good, it was a struggle not to sneak one (although my husband did when I wasn’t home later that day, sneaky). Since I am seven months pregnant now all foods smell amazing, so it really was not easy to resist one.
Now I have NEVER been good at making frosting the color I envision in my mind. Last year I made Spiderman cupcakes for my son’s party and they turned out bluish-grey and pink haha. I also made Monster High cupcakes for my daughter and those came out with grey and pastel pink frosting, I was aiming for dark purple and hot pink lol!
Since then I have researched and realized that my frosting should have been white as can be, which means I should not have used dark vanilla extract, but almond or clear vanilla extract. These cupcakes were not for me though so I decided it would be best to go the safe route and I just bought a tub of Wilton White Decorator Icing.
I also recently bought this awesome box of food coloring, Wilton Color Right Performance Color System. It has a chart showing you exactly how many drops you need of each color to create certain colors. Which is perfect for me since I cannot dye frosting to save my life!
We had to mix three colors for her Barney theme…
See how pretty they turned out? The lighting made them much more pastel than they were in real life!
Time to frost those delicious babies! I used the 1M Open Star Piping Tip to decorate mine. I originally wanted to use the 1A tip, but I did not like how they turned out or how much frosting I had to use to just decorate the first eight cupcakes. So after I did those first eight, I scraped the frosting off and decided to go with a different tip. When I first attempted cupcake decorating I watched this video and thought that she explained how to decorate cupcakes so well and made it look so simple!
I love the ice cream swirl look of the 1M Open Star Piping Tip tip, I have the smaller version also, but love the larger tips better because you don’t have to go some many rotations per cupcake and the finished product is just so much more put together and clean-looking. So I got my three Wilton Piping Bags filled and two hours later, lol yes my pregnant feet were swollen and if I wasn’t such a perfectionist it would not have taken that long, but they were finally finished!
They came out so dang cute and perfect, which they better have come out perfect after two hours of making sure they were haha! Anyway they were delicious and beautiful and little Julia loved them for her party!
These were so simple to make and so fun for the kids to help with. I think it is so much cheaper to make your own desserts for parties than to buy them at a store! What are some things you like to create for your kid’s parties? Have you ever had trouble dying your frosting?
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