Sunday, January 9, 2011

Paper Straws


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


Okay, I picked a winner.

Let’s see who it is…


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.


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.

Kristin said...

Even though I’m too late for the contest…that nail polish is AMAZING!

January 13, 2011 10:22 PM
Stacey S. said...

I guess yellow, and <3 that nail polish; info please.

January 15, 2011 04:24 PM
mayte del rio gonzalez said...

hola el verde es el mas corto cojeme a mi por fa

January 16, 2011 02:26 PM
Linda Kraft said...

where can I buy these straws?

January 16, 2011 03:21 PM
Peggy said...

unrelated: I love your polish! What color/brand is it?

January 17, 2011 12:29 AM
Anonymous said...

I would love to try one of you food. They look great and love the way theu look.

January 18, 2011 08:13 AM
natalie said...

they r really cool for deco…

January 18, 2011 09:13 PM
killamon said...


January 19, 2011 11:59 PM
Brandy said...

I just made these this past week and everyone LoVED them!!! I had funfetti cake mix on hand and filled the cupcakes too full I guess so just poked holes in them with a wooden spoon and filled them with the ganache and just a little under the icing :) used the striped plastic straws from a dollar store cut in half and maraschino cherries with stems on top! Loved them thanks Bakerella!!

January 21, 2011 01:39 PM
becabec said...

I don’t know what I was thinking but I thought these were mini cupcakes and now I have 100 mini cupcakes that I am decorating like little shakes for my nieces 4th birthday… shoot!

January 21, 2011 10:01 PM
Rebecca said...

green see how its shorter

January 24, 2011 01:33 AM
Solange said...

Where did you get the straws? I love them!

January 25, 2011 04:47 PM
Solange said...

I got the answer. Thanks!

January 25, 2011 04:50 PM
Amal Katut said...

This looks pretty amazing, and im totally trying it today… and im gonna coment after i finish them!!

January 27, 2011 02:28 AM
Benita Micelli said...

These are so cute. I made them for my twin girls’ Hello Kitty Birthday party. They were a total hit and fit in with the theme of their party so well. Thank you for the idea.

January 30, 2011 04:21 PM
courtney chase said...

i just went to this birthday party for this little girl named Kate McRae and they had these exact same cupcakes. I just thought that i would share that with you.

February 3, 2011 07:44 PM
Anna said...

can you tell me how you made the cupcake swirl? it’s so beautiful!

February 9, 2011 05:54 AM
Carmen said...

Here’s a pic of the ones I created. GREAT idea. Thanks so much!

February 10, 2011 10:07 PM
Anonymous said...

question… HOW do you get your icing to look like that? mine always comes out in a cleaner star shaped swirl

February 11, 2011 05:58 PM
elizabeth said...

I made these this weekend and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing your great ideas with everyone!!!

February 14, 2011 12:00 AM
jessie skiff said...

I made those milkshake cupcakes for my daughters class for valentines day. put in place of the paper straws i used plastic heart ones (valentines theme, that’s also how i decorated them) so the kids could bring them home and use them. They were such a big hit.

February 14, 2011 09:09 AM
ava d. said...

the green one i

February 27, 2011 03:59 PM
ava d. said...

the green one is shortest. p.s. im only 7.

February 27, 2011 04:00 PM
ava d. said...

wait,actually pink.

February 27, 2011 04:03 PM
Sweetest Sin Cupcakes said...

I love the new sprinkle coloring! I think they’re so vibrant and colorful! I guess it all depends on preference ;)

February 28, 2011 12:28 PM
Chef Basket said...

The cupcakes look great. The straws are a wonderful touch.

March 23, 2011 06:57 PM
Miri Leigh said...

These cupcakes are adorable! Love the straw idea!

March 25, 2011 12:43 AM
Paulita said...

I only speak a little English but will do my best to write here.
I love your website and hope to win from what you’re talking to just what I understand.
that’s all, nice to meet you.

June 17, 2011 10:37 PM
Anonymous said...

wow that looksokay

July 1, 2011 05:13 PM
Nancy said...

I just bought your recent book and loved it.My daughter, Sarah wanted the book and when she looked at it she kept saying,” Mom can we make this please?”, and when i said yes she was so happy. I am so glad my daughter also showed me this website.Thankyou!

September 14, 2011 01:25 PM
Emily Nimes said...

it is the yellow one??

October 7, 2011 06:05 PM
Amy said...

Green. I guess?! Age 9

October 10, 2011 06:19 PM
Sandy said...

Hi i wanted to know if i could use nutella as a substitute for the chocolate ganache?

October 30, 2011 10:56 PM
Uggs Boots On Sale for Cheap said...

Cute nail polish! My guess is black

November 10, 2011 06:27 AM
Nabeeha said...

Congrats merry I’m really happy for you ;)

December 23, 2011 06:33 PM
chocolate all the way said...

green definetely

January 4, 2012 05:37 PM
Amy said...

Do you sell the straws?

January 25, 2012 09:38 AM
Melissa Gale said...

I just made some of these today, although I couldn’t find the translucent silicone baking cups in little old New Zealand < some pictures of the ones I made :)

January 31, 2012 05:14 AM
Melissa Gale said...

Oh and I used some buiscuts as straws so they are eatable :D But I LOOOVEE those straws I wish I could find them!

January 31, 2012 05:16 AM
Cynthia said...

I went to Bake It Pretty and I wasn’t able to buy the straws. They said coming soon. How did you purchase them?

February 12, 2012 10:35 AM
rivka said...

i think it is the yellow one

February 22, 2012 12:21 PM
Anonymous said...

i think they are all the same size

February 22, 2012 12:23 PM
lorena said...

hello: need paper straus for argentina, pcia. neuquen. your does submit to argentina?
thank you.
not written english very well!!!!

June 27, 2012 11:39 AM
Addie said...

Hi! Just wonderin’… How do you pipe the frosting into that shape? It’s just adorable!

September 16, 2012 09:37 AM
Leah said...

I used a red chocolate covered cherry instead of the gum ball. Delicious in look and taste!

November 19, 2012 10:18 AM
Lantana said...

They remind me of those shakes in 50′s malt shops, but then again, I wasn’t alive in the 50′s. They sure are cute though- love the straws.

February 9, 2013 11:19 AM
Lindsey said...

love it

October 17, 2013 10:36 AM
Anonymous said...

the green duh

August 14, 2015 06:36 AM
Anonymous said...

i know the comps over but cant you tell that the nail polish matches the shortest strw then also its the shortest in the picture and i doubt she would decive anyone soooo…

August 14, 2015 06:37 AM
Anonymous said...

sorry to post agin just wanted to be the 3948 3949 3950 !!!!

August 14, 2015 06:38 AM
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