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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Suzanne said...

PINK!!!

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Jillie-Bean said...

Black and White?

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Jess said...

Green!!!! How fun:)

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Sandee said...

yellooooow!

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Rachel McLean said...

The blue/red straw is shortest. LOVE THEM ALL! :)

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kimberly said...

i think black and white is shortest :)

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jami said...

My guess is the pink one!!

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Kris said...

I’m guessing black is the shortest. But they’re all adorable!

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Molly said...

I think it’s the blue/red straw. Striped straws are SO fun to use. They make any drink fun!

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Sam said...

Red and blue one

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Kristy F said...

My guess is the black one

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Pam M said...

I’m going with black!

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Christina said...

My guess is the black and white

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Jennifer said...

My guess is yellow!

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Danielle said...

Black and white

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Danelle Bourgeois said...

My guess is black! Gosh I love paper straws!

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Kristina C. said...

Hmmmm…I think yellow!

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Candy Lane said...

my guess is the green one :)

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Andrea said...

I think the blue and red one is the shortest. They are so cute. I want to make the cupcakes now… I will try my hardest to make them in my university dorm. Wish me luck!

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Emily said...

I’m thinking it’s the black one!

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Karen S said...

I think the pink one is the shortest.

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Renee S. said...

I’m guessing the black : )

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Randi D said...

Black and White!

Ah! I love contests <3

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Rain Corr said...

My bet is on black!

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Mollyh78 said...

Black and white is my guess! : )

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jen said...

Green!

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Ashley said...

Black!!!!

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Jaime said...

I guess yellow!

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MommaRa said...

Black!

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LibraryGirl62 said...

Black …i guess :)

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Kris said...

I think the pink is the shortest.

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Shirl said...

I think pink is the shortest!!! :)

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Stacy Lane said...

Pink! And I love paper straws! Who needs plastic with these adorable and fun straws??

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Sherylann said...

I think the black one is the shortest.

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gypsy thomas said...

I think Black is the shortest

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Sarah @ craftnclutter said...

I’m guessing the black striped on is the shortest. Though I’ll be kicking myself if my gut reaction of red&blue is it (I was looking at the wrong picture tho :) ).

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Jo said...

Black!

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Cheryl W. said...

I guess the black and white ones.

Loved the milkcakes!!! Adorable. You have the greatest ideas!

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Kris said...

My guess is that green is the shortest! And the best!

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Devi said...

I’m going to go with the pink one…

I love what you made with them! Those are some of the cutest cupcakes ever!

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chantal pearson said...

i think it is the pretty pink one

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Ann Napoletan said...

I’m guessing PINK!! :-)

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emilyadi said...

Green!

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Melissa Mottinger said...

Yellow!!!

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Ruth M said...

Since I love the color yellow, that’s my guess!

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Deanna said...

Black & White!

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nina said...

Green one!!

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Paula said...

~Pink~

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Delia said...

Black!

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Christy Zhang said...

the red and blue one(:

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Kristi said...

I would have to say that the black istraw is the shortest

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Lori said...

The black one!!

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Emily C said...

green!

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Saffy said...

PINK!

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Liz said...

Love the yellow straw!

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Liz said...

Hmm. Yellow?

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amy ballou said...

Pink is the shortest

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Melina said...

I think it’s pink!

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Heather Polan said...

I guess pink!!!

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Paige C. said...

Green! Only because it’s my favorite color. :-)

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Reesha said...

black

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Joyce said...

PINK!!! <3

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Kristen said...

The pink one is shortest.

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Aimee said...

yellow!

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kara said...

im going with the yellow one! :)

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Heidi said...

I vote black! And those cupcakes are the cutest thing ever!

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Sarihas kop said...

Im going to pick Green! =)

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lil said...

yellow! =)

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Lexy said...

black one !

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Lindsay Keith said...

Love them! I’m thinking that it is the pink one!!!!

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Becky said...

Yellow!!!! :)

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Ashlee said...

Yellow!! :)

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Karine D.G. said...

The red and blue one ^ – ^

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Amy said...

Green!

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Annette said...

The yellow straw!

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Jen said...

The Black one, I hope!

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Chastity Anderson said...

Cute! YELLOW!

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Sherry Churly said...

Would love to win Pink Straws… Will use them at my next Breast Cancer event!!! I love being a Survivor!!!

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Anonymous said...

I say yellow

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ingrid rojas said...

Definitely PINK!! :)

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Camille said...

My guess is the yellow straw.
Super cute cupshakes!!

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Fanny said...

My guess is the green paper straw !!!

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m brown said...

Black and White

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Melissa said...

My guess is the black straw.

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Anna said...

I’m going with Pink. :)

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Maryjane said...

red, white, and blue straw!

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Melissa said...

I’d have to go with Yellow :)

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Eleanor said...

YeLLoW!

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Janine said...

I say yellow! Straws are fantastic, but what color is on your nails? LOVE it.

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Brenda Y. said...

I believe it is the Black & White striped straw :D

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Toby said...

The Black is the shortest!

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Keely said...

The Black Straw!(:

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Melissa said...

I think the green ones are shortest, but I love the pink one the best!!! :)

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GiEun said...

black…

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Dorangela Bobet said...

I think the black and white one!

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Katie k said...

Pink I think!

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Wendi B ~ Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

My guess is Green because it is my 4 year old’s favorite color, and I am reminded of that fact every day, as well as the fact that he is a Big Boy now, not a baby!

Good luck everyone. :)

Wendi

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julie oh said...

the blue/red straw!!!:)

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Amber said...

Black!

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Loretta said...

my guess is pink.. these are adorable! :)

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