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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Kris said...

The black.

January 10, 2011 12:07 AM
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Jennifer W said...

black & white is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:07 AM
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Ali said...

black!!!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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TriGirl said...

I’m gonna guess pink. Just because.

Those cupcakes are so stinkin cute! And, I’m totally with you on ganache…I’ll like the spoon, the bowl, the countertop…ok maybe not the countertop but it’s a tough call.

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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jessica said...

BLACK!!!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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Jeni Fiorentino said...

The lime green one is my favorite color!! Hope it’s the shortest!!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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Christine Hinderman said...

Yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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David said...

Red & Blue

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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monica said...

Pink must be the shortest :)

Those cupcakes look like they came right out of a magazine, but they’re off of Bakerella, so even better!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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Leila in Texas said...

I’m guessing the black one!

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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Denise Fiorilla said...

black

January 10, 2011 12:08 AM
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Angela ripoli said...

I’m going with the black one!

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Tori said...

My guess is green!

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Laurie VanWinkle said...

I am guessing it is the black and white one. Love the nail polish.

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Deb said...

The orange one!

(And I’m digging your nail polish. Great color!)

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Deanna said...

Black for short, but I love your nail color most of all! :)

I received your cake pops book as a Christmas present, needless to say it was my most favorite gift! :)
xoxox

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Diana said...

Mmmmmm Red and blue is the shortest

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Rose said...

I guess the black one!

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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Meghan said...

My guess is the pink one!!

So cute!!

January 10, 2011 12:09 AM
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nat @book, line, and sinker said...

i’m going with the black straw! :)

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Robin said...

the brown one

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Marilyn said...

I think the black one is shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Emma Sleppy said...

The Pink is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Cheryl Koontz said...

Ebony is the short straw. : ^)

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Lisa McGriff said...

Love the fingernail color!! My pick is the PINK!!! I love PINK!!!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Tracy B said...

black!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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jane jalowitz said...

I’m guessing black!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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andrea said...

Pink is definitely the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Amy said...

Pink!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Ali Hedrick said...

I’m guessing that the red, white, and blue straw is the shortest! Love them all :)

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Rain said...

Black is the shortest :)

Love these straws and can’t wait to make these cupcakes!

January 10, 2011 12:10 AM
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Chatlotte said...

Black one!! Love the idea! Very creative…. Love how your brain works!! It’s just too.darn cool!.:)

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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chelsea alexander said...

I’m going to guess the yellow and white striped straw is the shortest.

And I love the green, too. So I hope it really is the yellow and I hope I win!

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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Melanie said...

RED, white, and BLUE!

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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Jacqueline said...

I just made my first batch of red velvet cake pops tonight and they are DELICIOUS! In honor of that…I’m going with the PINK!!

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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diane said...

my guess is black……………:)

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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Jessie said...

I do believe the black is the shortest:)

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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val bobias said...

pink is the shortest :)

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clorice said...

Im gonna go with the green one being the shortest and loving the cupcake idea…gotta try that recipe for the cupcakes sometime ;)

January 10, 2011 12:11 AM
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Gina Turnbull said...

I say the yellow is the shortest:)

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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jetrina said...

red and blue i think

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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Kristina said...

Black one

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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Erica A said...

Yellow! Because I would like those most. ;)

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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Kari VanNoy said...

Green, green, green!!

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Shannon S. said...

Its totally the yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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dominique said...

The yellow one!

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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brittany said...

yellow!

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Gwen Nowlan said...

I think the black but then again maybe they are all the same! ;)

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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Amy said...

Yellow :)

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m e l said...

ummmmmmmmmm . . . . . . . . . GREEN!!

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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Robin M. said...

I think the straws are all the same length. Love the milkshake cupcakes!!! Yum:)

January 10, 2011 12:12 AM
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diane said...

black

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Bernice Witt said...

Yellow is the shortest

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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lauren said...

I’m going yellow. . .

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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April Woodward said...

red and blue:)

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Cindy C said...

The Red White & Blue one :)
And I love you nails, so fun!

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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CD said...

Black :)

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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Rosemarie said...

I guess pink! Good luck everyone and thanks for the great giveaway!

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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Christine Hinderman said...

I say the Yellow one is shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) said...

I guess pink!!!!!!!!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:13 AM
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Aubrey said...

These cupcakes are so cute! I just received your cookbook and am looking forward to creating new treats for my daughter and neighbors (and me!). Can’t wait to make the milkshake cupcakes too! Thanks for all of the awesome ideas and inspiration! I think the black and white straw is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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Biddy said...

ummmm i’m gonna go with black….

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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Heather Jay said...

My guess is the Black one is shortest. :)

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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Crystal V. said...

I’m guessing the Green straw is the shortest!
BTW- The cutest idea ever….using this for my next Party!

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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Amanda said...

Yellow!

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Laura Liscano said...

PINK!

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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erin godbey said...

I’m guessing black!

(mostly because that’s the color I want to win ;-)

January 10, 2011 12:14 AM
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tina said...

yellow :)

January 10, 2011 12:15 AM
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Midwest Elle said...

I think yellow is the shortest.

LOVE these straws!! They are a must for my daughter’s birthday party.

January 10, 2011 12:15 AM
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paula said...

black!!!

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Latrice Fowler said...

I believe it’s the black & white straw…hubby agrees…fingers crossed…love your site!!!

January 10, 2011 12:15 AM
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Andrea Worley said...

I’m gonna go with GREEN!!

andreaworley@live.com

January 10, 2011 12:15 AM
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Kitty said...

My guess is yellow!

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Amy said...

the shortest is p-p-p-pink

January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
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OlenAmazing said...

I’ve gotta go with the pink straw!! >< I think….

January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
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Heather N said...

black & white straw is my guess??? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! :)

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marcia said...

pink is the shortest =)

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Lori said...

Pink. Pink. Pink!

January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
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Machelle Shih said...

black!

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Laura S said...

I’ll guess the PINK one! :)

January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
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Nicole said...

Pink!

January 10, 2011 12:16 AM
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Denise said...

Green is my guess!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Kim said...

Black ;)

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Danielle said...

I think yellow is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Tammy said...

I’m going to guess the red and blue because that’s the color I hope to win. :o) Love your blog and all the awesome ideas. Thanks!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Myra Owen said...

Black!?!
They’re all so pretty!!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Heather said...

Red, white, and blue!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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samsmom said...

black!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Jessica said...

green!

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Frances said...

green!

i love your site! :)

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Cynthia Lopez said...

Green

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Norma said...

I think the yellow one!

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Lachelle said...

Yellow is my choice.

January 10, 2011 12:17 AM
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Jamie said...

Pink!

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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Josie said...

The green one!

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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Ashley said...

I think it’s the Black one!!

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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Roylin said...

I think its pink!! :)

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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Rosie said...

I think the yellow is the shortest.

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erin said...

the black ones!

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Priscilla said...

I guess is the pink one:)

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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