Sunday, January 9, 2011

Paper Straws

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I bought the sweetest pink striped paper straws the other day and I couldn’t wait any longer to play with them.

Every time I see striped straws used, they make me smile. They just make me happy.

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And even happier in these pseudo milkshake cupcakes. Milkcakes anyone? Cupshakes maybe?

Strawberry cake for the shake (I just used a mix I had on hand)
Chocolate ganache for syrup (recipe on this post)
Buttercream frosting for the whipped cream (recipe on this post)
Gumballs for the cherries
And sprinkles for the sprinkles : )

You could also just use syrup for the syrup and whipped cream for the whipped cream, but this way, they won’t melt.

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I used these clear silicone baking cups so they would kinda represent frosted glass and also allow you to see the cake color. I found them at Crate and Barrel a while ago. They were perfect for this project.

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Place the cups on a baking sheet and fill the cups about halfway with cake batter. You don’t want them to bake too full because you want to have a little space left for the ganache.

I love ganache by the way… By the spoonful… By the bowlful. Who’s with me?

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These cups are great, because they are sturdy and hold the weight of the ganache filled right up to the rim. This way, when you add the frosting, you can still see a layer of “chocolate syrup” underneath. Makes them look prettier.

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See. Just let the ganache sit for a bit before you fill the cups and spoon a little right on the top of each cupcake. Let it set a few minutes more. It will harden a bit and make adding the frosting easier.

For the frosting, I used a Wilton 2D tip and towered it on top of the cupcake. Add sprinkles after piping each cupcake so they will stick right away.

Lastly cut a paper straw in half and insert it into the cupcake and top it all off with a big red gumball.

Perty.

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Speaking of sprinkles. I’d like to give a big hip hip hooray to Mr. Sprinkles. He’s back in full color… different label, but full of color. If you’ve followed the site for a while, you may remember when they switched to only making all natural colors. Mr. Sprinkles just didn’t look right in drab colors. But he’s back. Now if I can only get them to make the original colors. They were/are my favorite sprinkles to use for my cupcake pops. Pastel and perfectly delicate. Check out this old post if you want to see what I’m talking about.

In the meantime, I still heart you Mr. Sprinkles. You helped make these cupcakes super cute.

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Kiss. Kiss. Cake for two.

Okay, so I didn’t just buy myself these pink straws.

I also bought a bunch of other colors, too. Yellow and green and black and red/blue striped straws.

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Want to win some?

Ok. Let’s play a guessing game for fun.

Enter for a chance to win some happy striped paper straws.

1. Leave a comment below on this post. Just take a look at the photo below and try to guess which straw is the shortest. One of them is. I have a picture to prove it that I’ll show when I announce the winner.

2. I’ll pick one winner at random. The winner gets a bunch of straws in the color they guessed. And if the color they guessed also happens to be the shortest straw, then they’ll get a bunch of straws in all the colors. (Red/blue, green, pink, yellow, and black.) Fun. Fun.

3. Deadline to enter is Monday, January 10th at 7 pm ET. The winner will be announced sometime Monday evening on this post. SORRY, TIME’S UP. WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW.

Good Luck.

P.S. I bought the paper straws from Bake it Pretty if you need some of your very own. Plus, they also have polka dot straws. Too cute.

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Okay, I picked a winner.

Let’s see who it is…

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YAY, Merry!

You just won some paper straws. You’re guaranteed the pink ones. Merry, I promise they’ll make you happy.

Now, let’s see which color straw was the shortest.

Drumroll, please.

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Green was the shortest.

I’m so sorry Merry, you didn’t pick the right color but, I’m also nice… I want you to have all the colors anyway.

Come on, you guys knew I was going to do that… right?

Congratulations Merry.

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cristina g said...

green is the shortest

January 9, 2011 11:33 PM
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Christine Taylor said...

My guess is yellow!

January 9, 2011 11:34 PM
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Melissa K said...

My guess is the pink one!

January 9, 2011 11:35 PM
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Rebecca Turkoglu said...

pink on is shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:35 PM
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Carol said...

The red and blue one.

January 9, 2011 11:36 PM
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Hannah noel said...

Green!

January 9, 2011 11:36 PM
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Arturo C said...

Black is the shortest

January 9, 2011 11:36 PM
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Tammie said...

the black one!!

January 9, 2011 11:37 PM
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michelle matos said...

I think its the green one!

January 9, 2011 11:37 PM
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rebecca anderson said...

yellow!

January 9, 2011 11:37 PM
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Stephanie said...

the black and white one!

January 9, 2011 11:37 PM
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Rose said...

I think its the red and blue :)

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Kelly Santos said...

I guess black!

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Ashley said...

The green!!!

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Shea said...

I think the black one is the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Jaimie said...

I think the black is the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Belle said...

nice nail polish…;)
it’s seem like the shortest straw same goes with your nail colour..green.

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Jen said...

The black & white one!

January 9, 2011 11:38 PM
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Mary JT said...

I think it is the yellow one.

January 9, 2011 11:39 PM
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Crystal Hamilton said...

Black!

January 9, 2011 11:39 PM
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Amanda Greer said...

Black is the shortest.

January 9, 2011 11:39 PM
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Kirsty said...

Those cupcakes are the CUTEST EVER!!

I think yellow is the shortest.

January 9, 2011 11:39 PM
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Nicole Maki said...

I’m guessing green :-)

January 9, 2011 11:40 PM
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Jessica said...

Black!

January 9, 2011 11:40 PM
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Victoria said...

I think it’s the blue and red. The all look pretty even to me, though, so it can’t be too much of a difference.

January 9, 2011 11:40 PM
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Mandy Gross said...

I’m going to say the black one! My husband thinks so too!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Rachel said...

I’m gonna say green as that colour matches my wedding colour scheme! :-) I love these straws!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Andrea said...

I guess black! Thank you for the opportunity!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Stephanie said...

pink is the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Isabel said...

Pink! I don’t really think it’s the shortest, but that’s the color I like the most. So I’m guessing pink! :)

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Kelleelyn said...

The blue&red one!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Cherilyn said...

My guess is black – but if I win I want the pink ones!! :)

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Jenny Joy said...

My guess? The black one is the shortest. :)

And I lurve the paper straws! I’ve been wanting to make some rootbeer float cupcakes, and this would be the perfect accompaniment!

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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April Van Wagenen said...

I guess the black and white straw.

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Amanda said...

Green! :)

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Sharise said...

RED AND BLUE! I’m hoping. It would be fun to put those in 4th of July cupcakes.

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Mandy said...

The Black one is the shortest…I think…maybe :)

January 9, 2011 11:41 PM
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Courtney said...

I say the pink one is the shortest!

Those cupcakes are adorable! The straw really makes it, I think.

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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CarrieB said...

I think it’s green.

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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Jordan said...

I’ll go with a color favorite of mine and say the limey green one is the shortest! :)

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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Stacy said...

I think the yellow is!!

By the way, so so so cute!

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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Cody Cakes said...

we guess black for the shortest straw!! aaahh so much deliberation!!

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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Dee said...

I’m going to go with YELLOW :)

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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Lucy said...

My guess is the black stripes!

January 9, 2011 11:42 PM
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debra said...

I believe the pink is the shortest…but I got distracted by that beautiful nail polish…all I can say is amazing!

January 9, 2011 11:43 PM
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Cbhoff said...

The black one! I’m probably wrong but if I did the contest that’s the place I’d put it :)

January 9, 2011 11:43 PM
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Jessica said...

Pink is the shortest! (i hope) :)

January 9, 2011 11:43 PM
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Diana said...

Looks like the pink ones are the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:44 PM
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Aparna said...

Heehee—I’m going with Pink as the shortest, because pink is awesome! :)

January 9, 2011 11:44 PM
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Beth said...

I think the pink one is the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:44 PM
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Baby Lae said...

Definitely the Yellow straw is the shortest! :)

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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tammy Ward said...

I think it is definitely the green!

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Shaz said...

red, white and blue, definitely red, white and blue!!!!

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Kathryn said...

I am gonna go with the pink…all are soooo cute! :)

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Alyssa said...

Green is the shortest! :)

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Nisa said...

YELLOW!

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Mandi said...

black!

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Jaime said...

Definitely YELLOW!! :-)

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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Karen said...

Red, white & blue:)

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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MelindaB said...

yellow!

January 9, 2011 11:45 PM
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lorri said...

orange

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Lena said...

Yellow is the shortest

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Shana said...

I think the black and white one is the shortest!

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Brittney said...

Yellooooow! =)

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Jill S. said...

I’m going to guess yellow. Just for kicks!

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Adriana Pereira said...

Green. Like your nails :)

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Sarah said...

Yellow!

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Angela Rudy said...

black all the way!

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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Amy said...

The pink one=)

January 9, 2011 11:46 PM
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The Boob Nazi said...

Black!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Jean said...

I’m going with Yellow!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Dottie Ivester said...

Black is my guess :)

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Angela Altamore said...

I’m going to guess the blue/red striped straw. Thanks for the chance to win!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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jennifer cannon said...

I think the red/blue ones and I love the nail polish!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Katie Riccio said...

I think black is the shortest, but pink is the cutest!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Gini said...

Red and Blue, I bet!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Shirley said...

I hope it’s the Black one… wishing in fact =)

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Vanessa G. said...

green?! and have you tried drinking with them? I’m wondering if the paper is thick enough to function as a straw or if would just kinda disintegrate?

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Patty said...

The black on is the shortest. Cute, cute cupcakes!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Missty said...

Pink is my guess…..but it’s also my favorite color.

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Rhonda said...

green

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Haley said...

Cute nail polish! My guess is black

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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Tammy O said...

the pink one is shortest!!
Oh my gosh! I LOVE these!!!!

January 9, 2011 11:47 PM
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karyn said...

the black and white??

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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heather said...

i think the yellow one is the shortest! : )

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Jeanivie kiana said...

BLACK is the shortest

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Kati said...

Black!

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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jeannie said...

these straws are adorable! my guess is yellow :)

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Kay said...

My guess is the red and blue one

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Regina Fischer said...

black one….

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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anne laney said...

i’m going to guess yellow. i love paper straws and those cupcakes are toooo cute!

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Rena said...

I say black! Love the nail colour by the way :)

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Emily G. said...

Those are absolutely cute!

I would say the yellow is shortest! *fingers crosser!*

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Nickle said...

Black is the shortest!! :)

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Monique said...

Yellow and white stripe straw!

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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kacie said...

i think, pink is the shortest! :)

or, maybe, just maybe if i win, i just would want pink. :P

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Doris H said...

I’m guessing that the green straw is the shortest.
I l-o-v-e the cupshakes!!

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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nikole said...

THE BLACK ONE!! TEHY’RE SO CUTE!

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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deni said...

I think the black one is

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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Kelly Lieberman said...

GrEeN :)

January 9, 2011 11:48 PM
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