Easy Butterfly Cupcakes

With spring here and Easter just around the corner, this weekend I whipped up some pretty and super easy butterfly cupcakes for the family.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Every year I plant lantanas in my front flower beds. When I was a child in Alabama my grandmother had a variety of lantanas all around her yard and lining her drive. They were beautiful AND they attracted butterflies! Little yellow and white butterflies… so dainty and fragile. I can’t wait for them to arrive this summer.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So in honor of spring I decided to make some simple butterfly cupcakes in five easy decorating steps: 

  1. Ice – coat cupcakes with white icing.
  2. Dip – dip and roll cupcake tops in yellow sugar, coating the cupcake all over.
  3. Wing it – add two yogurt or chocolate covered pretzels for the wings. These are lemon yogurt. YUM!
  4. Body – using pearl yellow sixlets, create a segmented body with four candies.
  5. Antennae- add two small chocolate sprinkles for the antennae. I prefer using tweezers so I don’t destroy the icing.

Tip: For perfect color on your cupcake wrappers, bake in white wrappers and once cooled set inside pattern or colored wrappers.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Plus, these pretty little cupcakes are perfect for my bugs, bees and butterflies party supplies that I shared on Friday.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printable Templates

We celebrate Easter for all the right reasons in my house, by giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of His son, but we still like to have a little “bunny” fun too. So today I’m sharing a fun and creative Easter Bunny cake idea that you can make in less than 10 minutes!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake with Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Yep. This craft is quick. Run by the bakery and pick up a simple white flat iced cake, print my free bunny designs, cut and/or punch them out, put them on lollipop sticks and you’re a rockstar!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and hop {grin} over to my original post for all the step-by-step instructions and more pictures!

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How To Pipe Petal Cupcakes

I love the trend of petal cakes. They’re beautiful and so simple to replicate. So for one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook, I share how to pipe petal icing cupcakes.

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Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

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Have you  flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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3-Ingredient Lemon Frosting Cupcakes

I love lemon. Lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemonade… Outside of chocolate, it is my favorite flavor to bake with.

3-Ingredient-Lemon Frosting | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I blame my Uncle Billy for my love of chocolate. Giving me M&Ms at his every visit. And my sweet grandmother is responsible for my love of lemon. She made my favorite pie, Lemon Ice Box, every time I asked. It’s amazing I was a skinny child. {grin}

This weekend, in the hopes that spring will arrive soon, I baked up some simple lemon cupcakes.

This post is really all about the icing and the candy topper. The cake mix is a Duncan Hines Supreme Lemon. So yummy and dairy free so my youngest can enjoy it too.

For the frosting, you’ll need:

  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (or more to taste… I like more)
  • Optional: lemon yogurt coated pretzel

And the easy instructions:

  1. Combine cool whip, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk in mixer
  2. Chill for 3 hours (it brings out the lemon flavor and hardens the icing)
  3. Top cupcakes and serve. If longer than 15 minutes, chill iced cupcakes.

Serve these yummies with a hot cup of coffee and you can’t go wrong.

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Want a little inexpensive party tip? Embellish white cake plates with a simple strip of crepe paper. It’s much cheaper than ribbon and can be just as pretty!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Cupcakes & Gumball Clouds

If you’ve not noticed, I like to bake. {grin} So with St. Patrick’s Day coming and an art party to plan for, I decided to make some rainbow cupcakes!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Aren’t they pretty!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The first thing I did was grab all my gel food coloring and tint my batter. After the cupcakes cooled I used the same gel icing to tint white frosting.

Rainbow Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Top each cupcake with a sixlet, use crepe paper streamers for your rainbow and make sure your creative cupcakes end at a gumball cloud! Or, for St. Patrick’s Day, your rainbow might end at a pot of gold, like Rolos!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Easy Shamrock Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

It’s time to start thinking green! These fun 4-leaf clover, Lucky green, cupcakes with mint icing are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Lucky 4-Leaf Clover Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love working with candies.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This fun little cupcake is super easy with just a few goodies. Green chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Candy Galaxy (they have every color candy!) and Breyer’s chocolate sprinkles (the only sprinkles my kids actually like!).

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the mint frosting is a cinch. There are tons of amazing recipes from scratch, but when in a hurry I use Pillsbury icing (dairy-free for my little guy and always fluffy) and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract.

And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I also mix in green gel food coloring (the other is too watery) until I get my desired color. (TIP: Tint your icing and let it set for five minutes before adding more food coloring. It will darken a bit.)

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

With these cupcakes you’re sure not to get PINCHED! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Love chocolate? Me too! Love peanut butter? Me too! Love them together? Oh yes!!! This weekend I whipped up double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcakes and I couldn’t put them down!

Double Chocoalte Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s better, this double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcake recipe is semi-homemade. Yep. I started with a box! {grin}

Here are the packaged items you’ll need:

  • Your own chocolate cupcake recipe, or a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Cake Mix with additives
  • Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Icing

And for the from scratch peanut butter filling (yields enough for 24 cupcakes), you’ll need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Prep cake batter, set aside
  2. Mix all ingredients for peanut butter filling until smooth
  3. Layer cake batter, peanut butter filling, cake batter, peanut butter filling, and end with cake batter in cupcake baking cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 16 minutes based on your oven and elevation.
  5. Allow to cool, ice with fudge icing, serve.

I promise, your guests, your family, your co-workers, they will all be in cupcake heaven!

Double Chocoalte Peanut Butter Filling Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Come back tomorrow and I’ll share with you how to make these super simple glitter heart cupcake toppers just in time for Valentines! 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monster cupcakes in a minute

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Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

60th Birthday Party & Pink Ombre Cake | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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back to school A is for APPLE cake

Back to School A is for Apple Cake

We’re celebrating back to school with an easy “A” is for Apple cake idea. A few simple cuts from a 8×8 square cake and you’re ready to ice.

Hop over to my latest post for Parade magazine for all the super easy and fun how tos. The kids can even help with this one!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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