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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Bonnie said...

My guess is black!!

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

Yellow or black? Yellow or black?

I’m going with yellow!

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allison said...

I guess the PINK one

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Riley Hammond said...

The pink one!!

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Amna Harb said...

Black???

:)

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NovemberBlue said...

I guess yellow! ;)

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Jazzmin said...

gREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

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Dawn-Renée said...

red and blue….gawd, those cupcakes are CUTE!

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Jennifer Kavanagh said...

I think the black and white one is the shortest.

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Kat Davis said...

the red and blue one is the shortest! (i think :)
But i really think the green is the best color!

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Betty Jo said...

I’m going to guess it’s the BLACK one.

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Wendy in Texas said...

My guess is pink.

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Kiki said...

yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:00 AM
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Leslie_A said...

Red, white and blue!!!

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Rene` said...

Pink Pink you stink …your the shortest! ;0)

January 10, 2011 12:00 AM
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LA said...

I think the Black & White!

January 10, 2011 12:01 AM
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Trisha said...

I guess yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:01 AM
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Rainbow said...

Is it…the black and white one?

Lovely cupcakes. Makes me crave a shake!

January 10, 2011 12:01 AM
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Katie T said...

Guessing… pink! :D
I bought some red ones from bake it pretty a while ago… fell in love instantly, and definitely need some more! :)

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joanna said...

yellow =)

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Heather said...

black/white is shortest

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Mie said...

I think it’s the black one!

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Kelly S. said...

I say yellow is the shortest!!! :)

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Kristen said...

I guess the red/blue ones :)

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leslee said...

yellow–>they are so perky :)

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Kayleigh said...

The black one is the shortest! :D

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Kim said...

yellow is the shortest! Definitely going to make these… SO cute!

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Stacy said...

I say green….

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Megan H said...

I think it’s the red and blue straw!

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Carrie Rowe said...

GREEN! i LOVE paper straws!!!

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Danielle S said...

yellow yellow yellow! because the sun is always the best color to choose. :)

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Jill said...

yellow!

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Rajshelj said...

My guess is black…love them all though

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Tina said...

pink!

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Amelia said...

My guess is yellow! :)

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Rebecca Plowman said...

I have to make these, I love them.

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Beverly said...

I pick red/blue :)

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Danielle Anderson said...

Red and blue!

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Amanda said...

Pink!!!

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Nancy Kong-Vasquez said...

Green :)

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Dawn said...

Hi!!!!!!

My guess is I think the green and white straw is the shortest!!!!!

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aussiemarina said...

awwwwwwwwwwww i remember these straws……….loving your cupshakes !!!!!!

i think the yellow is the shortest

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Jeni S. said...

I think they’re all the same length… but I LOVE the pink!

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Katie said...

I’m guessing the pink!

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Stephanie said...

PINK ;)

your cuppies make me smile :)

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Sophie j said...

I really really want to say green but I think it’s pink! Okay no it’s green!!!

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summer said...

Green :)

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Elizabeth said...

My guess is pink! Thanks for the cupshakes idea. My daughter can’t wait to bake them with me.

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ashley said...

My guess is pink!!!

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Corinne said...

red/blue!

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Robin said...

PINK! :)

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Melodi said...

My guess is that black one is shortest but the green is my favorite.

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trudy said...

I am guessing the pink is the shortest… please be right cause i WANT to win them all… that is if am the winner

January 10, 2011 12:03 AM
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Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

i’m gonna go with Yellow! :)

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Gretchen said...

Black is the shortest!

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liz @ btb said...

I think pink!

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toni caiola said...

Blue and red are shortest

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jessica said...

pink :)

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Michelle Nichols said...

I’m going to go with pink!
I love the nail polish!

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Audrey said...

I guess pink!!!

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Sharon said...

Red and Blue. :O)

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anita said...

The green one…of course!

And I bought some of the red ones for Christmas to use with cake pops and nearly EVERYone commented on how cute they were!

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Hilljo said...

Pink!

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Haley said...

GREEN!

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Judi said...

I think it’s the black and white straw.

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Kylie H said...

Definatelyn the black one!

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Maria bernal said...

I think it’s the black one

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April said...

Pink

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xiaobing said...

my guess is the black one.

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Becky said...

yellow!

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Becky in Texas said...

Green — just cuz it’s my fave color!

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Katie Barrett said...

Black’s the shortest!! :)

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shirley thomas said...

my guess is the yellow one!

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Kelly Love said...

The black one is shortest, fo sho! :o) I remember these from my childhood, so cute! Also love, love, LOVE those cupcakes! I’m definitely going to give them a whirl. Yummerz!

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Robyn said...

red/blue

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Jennifer in MN said...

The black stripey one :)

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SarahH said...

I’m going with yellow!

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Ginny Bass said...

my guess is the pink ones… :D
They are all so adorable!!!
And your shake-cups are awesome! :D

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Jessica said...

Red and blue!

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amanda79 said...

Sooo awesome!
Black is the shortest.

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ana said...

The pink one

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jesroylak said...

I am thinking the pink ones

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Shana said...

PINK!

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Christy said...

I think the green ones are shorter!

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Gayle said...

Red and BLue! :) Perfect for the 4th of JuLY!

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Nateal Erickson said...

I am going to guess the pink straw is the shortest.

Love the blog. <3

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Teresa said...

Black is the shortest…..I think. Please?

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PD said...

Pink!

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kristen said...

black is the shortest…..

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Deborah said...

The black and white striped one!!!

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Kristin said...

I’ll say the green!

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Laura said...

I think the yellow straw is the shortest. Adorable straws!

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Donna said...

yellow! I love this idea — super cute!

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Kristine said...

I think the black one is the shortest!

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Ieasha Akins said...

I believe that green is the shortest straw. Great manicure!!!

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angela w said...

I guess red/blue/white (go KU!) :)

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Eunice said...

The black one!

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Sylvia said...

im going to go with the pink straw because pink is my favourite colour

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Taylor said...

My guess is yellow :)

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Alicia said...

Pink!!

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