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H e l l o !
For today’s blog post, I wanted to share with you a cute way to make boring ‘ol cupcakes into fantastically fun Starbucks cupcakes!
This little DIY is SUPER simple but makes a huge difference in the presentation of your dessert. These babies always go so fast at events, and everyone raves about how creatively cute the little Starbucks “cups” are.
So, instead of keeping all the compliments for myself, I thought I’d share the love so you, too, can take your cupcake presentation from “meh” to *HEART EYES!*
To begin, first gather some m a t e r i a l s :
- Cooled and frosted cupcakes (I like to use my mocha cupcake recipe to fully embrace the “coffee” theme, but you can ultimately use any flavor)
- Chocolate or caramel sundae syrup (optional, but very recommended)
- 2.5″ diameter Wilton party cups (choose the white option to imitate the traditional Starbucks cup)
- Green straws, each cut into thirds (so you’ll need four per dozen of cupcakes; here is a great paper straw option if you don’t want to contribute to drastic environmental destruction; you could also just go into your local Starbucks, purchase your favorite drink, and ask to borrow a few extra straws for a project… my barista was kind enough to agree)
- White printer paper and a printer
- Scissors and clear tape
N o w , let’s begin those Starbucks Cupcakes!
First things first: bake, cool, and frost your cupcakes. I like to use an open star tip like the Wilton size 1M to give the icing an appearance similar to whipped cream. After all, what’s a Starbucks Frappuccino without the whip?!
Note of Caution: Be sure to bake your cupcakes in normal cupcake liners, not the party cups. These cups are coated with a water-proof wax and are unsuitable for baking at high temps! Later on, it will make attaching the Starbucks logo easier if you aren’t worried about smashing the cupcake while taping on the label.
Next, head to your computer and download one of my Starbucks label templates below. While both feature the prominent green logo, one option says “Starbucks Coffee”, and the other says “Love You More Than Coffee.” The latter version is cute if you are planning on giving a batch of cupcakes to someone as a gift.
After you’ve printed your labels, cut out each circle. Don’t worry if you leave some white around the edges, as it won’t be too noticeable on the cups. Then, roll a small piece of tape over itself, and affix the Starbucks logo onto one of the white snack cups. Repeat the process until you have as many labeled cups as you do cupcakes!
Pro Tip: You can try to use glue, but I found that, due to the waxy surface of the cups, the tape worked better!
Finally, drizzle some syrup over your cupcakes and place each one into the white Starbucks cups. To finish off the look, add a straw clipping to the “whipped cream.”
And, v o i l a : Starbucks Cupcakes!
Within just a few minutes, you have hugely amped up your dessert game – these Starbucks cupcakes are ready to go!
Aren’t they just adorable?! Seriously, you’ll never want to bring plain ‘ol cupcakes anywhere EVER AGAIN, once you realize how easy this little cupcake “hack” is!
These are so simple that they would make a great activity for school-aged kids or pre-teens during a rainy day on summer break! Learn a little math, measuring out the cupcake recipe; keep their hands busy, cutting and taping all the labels; and, once they’re finished, you can teach your kids to give the cupcakes away as a good deed – if you can resist from eating them all – lol!
Here is my mocha cupcake recipe (with chocolate-espresso buttercream – YUM!) in case you wanted to get started baking now! (If you want to save it for later, scroll down just a bit for some Pinterest images!)
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Take care guys! Until next time…
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