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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Carly said...

I’m going to go with the black straw..

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Stephanie p said...

GREEN ONE!!

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Christina said...

I go with green!

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Lauren Chambers said...

Im going to guess the black one. No reason, just taking a wild guess. These are the cutest straws! My head is going crazy with cute things to do with these!! I love the red and blue striped straws! They remind me of a barber shop! Too cute!

January 9, 2011 11:54 PM
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Sugarsnow said...

I’d say the black ones the shortest. Al of them are really pretty though <3

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Ruby said...

Adorable idea! Genius! I’m gonna say the red and blue stripes straw.

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Leah Kelly said...

I’m guessing yellow!

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Stephanie Santana said...

I’m gonna say the green one!

now off to Bake It Pretty to check out the polka ones!

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Mandy said...

red and blue!

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kasi said...

Definitely the black and white one!

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Mary Beth said...

I hope it is the yellow one! =:)

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Elizabeth White said...

Pink!!

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Lauren said...

I say Pink!! Just because I love the pink ones… They are so awesome!

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Devon said...

i guess PINK!

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megan Lawrence said...

The black one:)

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Krystal Wright said...

Yellow.
Love the nail polish too. I am wearing the same color!

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Carinda said...

Love them!

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Katie S. said...

Pink is the shortest :)

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Stephanie said...

The Red/Blue one

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Tanya T. said...

The black one

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Elissa said...

the Yellow one! they are adorable!

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Tracy Schlereth said...

I think PINK!

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Kim Getchell said...

Great idea! I MUST try them! I believe the black one is shortest.

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Bonnie said...

YELLOW!

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Aaron said...

The pink one!!!

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Moo said...

Green!

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Vicky V. said...

I’m gonna say yellow!

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terry said...

black

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Paula Jane said...

Guessing the green one! Love paper straws!!

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Tina said...

Yellow is the shortest!

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Melissa said...

My guess is yellow!

(I think my co-workers would die of TEH CUTE if I brought those milkshake cupcakes in. The Christmas Tree cakepops almost did them in)

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Jennifer said...

Pink

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Rhiannon said...

My guess is the pink one! :) these are Sooooo cute by the way! I can not wait to make these cupcakes for my daughters’ valentines day parties!

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Serena said...

Green!!!

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Carinda said...

Pink one!

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Courtney Zavala said...

How cute are those! I think the yellow straw is the shortest!

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Andria said...

the black straw!

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Jessi H said...

I’m going to say Yellow!! But the pink ones are SO CUTE!

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Melissa S. said...

The yellow/orange one!! Way cute!!

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Mimi N said...

Love the cupcakes! They’re absolutely adorable!

Ummm I’ll say the red and blue is the shortest!

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Caroucel said...

The red/blue/white straw

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shelley grubb said...

The red while and blue one is the shortest.

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Heather said...

Yellow! :) TOO CUTE!

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Shania said...

My guess is the yellow one!! =)

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Ana said...

I think it is the black stripe straw.

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Jess said...

i’m going to go with the red and blue straw. just cause i’ve got an idea to make some Superman-themed cakepops or cupcakes for my cousin’s birthday.

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Emily said...

i think the green one is :)
it’s the cutest anyway

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Autumn Morello said...

Green looks to be the shortest….Maybe….Eh, who knows. It’s just a guess.

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Stephanie Belleque said...

I’m gonna guess that the yellow is the shortest…

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Beth said...

Red and blue!!

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Kirsten said...

Gotta go with pink!

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Kim said...

Green! for sure.

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miranda said...

hmmm, i guess the yellow one!

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Mellisa said...

yellow =)

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Ashlie Boerma said...

Yellow is the shortest! :]

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Lisa Wiggins said...

I think the black one!!!

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Sarah said...

I think it is the yellow one, these are so cute!!!

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Andrea Clute said...

Pink is the shortest. Adorable straws!

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Mercy said...

Yellow!!

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Cheendy said...

black!!

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karen s. said...

I think green is the shortest one!

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Regina Zimmer said...

I am going with the black!

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Dacia said...

black is the shortest & I soooooo hope I win!!

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Jennifer Foster said...

Blue & red?

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Denise said...

I say the black one is the shortest…

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Ashley said...

My guess is black

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Marcie said...

I’ll go with the good ‘ol Red, White and Bllue :) ps ~ love the nail polish!

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alissa said...

black!

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Heather said...

Tough call! I’m going to say yellow, though. P.S. LOVE the milkshake cupcakes (say that three times fast — HA!).

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Kathryn H said...

I think Pink! Gorgeous cupcakes btw!

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Karon Groover said...

I thinks its the yellow.

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Heather said...

My husband told me to pick pink!!

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Jennifer B said...

black!

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Shannon Crawford said...

Yellow!

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Jessica M. said...

I think that pink is the shortest!

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Madison said...

Pink! Just because in case I lose that’s the color I want! :)

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Melissa** said...

Yellow

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Emily said...

Yellow!

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Casey H. said...

Yellow is the shortest :)

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Grace said...

the black one!!

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Kimberly said...

Red, White and Blue?

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Quinn said...

Black is the shortest. Silly question but I presume the paper straws are not edible are they???

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Debbie C said...

My guess is green!
and they are soooo cute!

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Rachel said...

PInk & white …

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KimD said...

I say black and white:)

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Liz (It's A Cupcake World) said...

These are so cute! I think the yellow one is the shortest!

also, I love your nail polish!

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Heaven said...

Yellow

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Stephanie said...

My guess is the green one!

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Kathy C. said...

Red/blue/white….super cute straws!

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Caroline said...

I think the green one! If I win and I’m wrong, I’d like the pink ones, please! :)

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Paiges of Style said...

The black one is the shortest! Love these straws, just received some yellow striped ones in the mail on Friday from Bake it Pretty, just beautiful!

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Ethel Bulgherini said...

I would say green.

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Valerie Gardner said...

Ummmmm……my first thought was the green one. I’ve always heard you should go with your gut instinct….so green it is! GREEN!

January 9, 2011 11:59 PM
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Stephanie said...

Black is my guess.

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Margaret said...

I’m going pink on this one! These are adorable!

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Meredith said...

I’m gonna guess the black one is the shortest!

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Erica said...

Black is the shortest

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Sam said...

PINK. :)

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Monica said...

the Orange and white one!

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Limariely said...

When I saw the pic, I automatically thought BLACK & WHITE! so im gonna go with my gut this time :D

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