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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Ashley P. said...

I think black is the shortest!

Very cute cupcakes by the way! : )

January 10, 2011 12:18 AM
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Melissa P said...

I think you made the pink one the shortest but I’m going to go with the green one.

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Kristin Carmichael said...

The Black ones!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Liz M. said...

They are all adorable! I will guess that the yellow one is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Kyla said...

I guess yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Tracey R said...

I say the PINK is the shortest. And I LOVE these straws…can’t wait to make them for my son’s birthday but not sure what to use for liners…..

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Annette Wellington said...

Yellow one

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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McKinna said...

Black & White one!
(LOVE these cuppycakes!!! & also LOVE Bake it Pretty 2!)

January 10, 2011 12:19 AM
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Megan said...

I say black!

January 10, 2011 12:20 AM
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Dorothy said...

i’m going with green!

January 10, 2011 12:20 AM
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Sarah B. said...

black and white

January 10, 2011 12:20 AM
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Cara Canada said...

I guess black!

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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justina said...

red+blue. very cute!

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Andrea D. said...

I hope that the green one is the shortest cuz I love green. :)

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Laurie said...

The Black one

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Elizabeth G said...

I just bought the pink straws from Bake It Pretty, along with a bow candy mold! So cute! I’m guessing the black straw is the shortest just because of the way you’re supporting it as you hold it.

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Rani said...

i think green

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Mona said...

Green? I have no clue, hehe.

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Shelly said...

I think it’s pink! I just love these straws….gotta get me some;)

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Bre said...

yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:21 AM
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Ashley S. said...

Ill guess the green straw :)

January 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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Ginny S said...

the green one.

love the cupcakes. so CUTE!!!

January 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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Kelly Jean said...

I think the shortest one is yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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tayma legg said...

pink i believe

January 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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Viiriainen said...

Yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:22 AM
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Kris Fujikawa said...

Black/brown one

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Rachel said...

Hmmmm, my guess is black…I have no reason why though! :)

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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candi823 said...

i think its the black one.

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Francis said...

Yellow!!!

your nail polish looks like this nail polish that I have from american apparel, it’s called “office”

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Debbie H said...

I’m going to guess the black one.

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Katebug said...

The pink one is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Larkin said...

My guess is the yellow straw! They are so cute, and I love the milkshake cupcakes. :)

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Amy T said...

my guess is the yellow one.

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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kalen said...

Yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Bonnie said...

I believe the black is the shortest

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Veronica said...

I think green is the shortest but I love the red white and blue ones :)

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Jackie said...

Black!

I love the beautiful things Bake it Pretty sells!

January 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Sarah S. said...

Gotta be the black one!!!

These cupshakes are super cute!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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Lady Dorothy said...

The black one?

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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MandaKay said...

CUTE cupshakes!!!

My guess is for the yellow stray being the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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SarahB said...

The cupcakes and the straws are just so cute! I’m going to guess pink!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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Sabrina said...

What I want to know is the color of your nail polish!!! SO cute!
But just for kicks, pink is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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chatelaine b said...

PINK!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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Shira S said...

Red and blue!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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Justeen @ Blissful Baking said...

The pink one!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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abi said...

pink

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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becky said...

The black/white one is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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Crystal said...

I think the black straw is the shortest. :)

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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challa said...

PINK!!!

January 10, 2011 12:24 AM
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carolyn said...

Black is the shortest. By the way, I love your nail color!

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Sarah said...

I say black

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Erin said...

Pink one!!!!!!

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Taylor said...

yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Rosie said...

I think the pink are the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Yee said...

The shortest is black! BTW, I loooooooove your cupshakes! So adorable!

January 10, 2011 12:25 AM
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Ivannabite2 said...

Red White and Blue is my guess :)

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Anthonette said...

Cute, cute, cute!

I think the black and white straw is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Raye Ann said...

Black one!
These are adorable straws! Thanks for sharing!
Super snazzy nail color by the way!

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Monica said...

i think the pink is the shortest

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Alicia Blogs said...

black! And so cute!

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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cynthia said...

Green! :)

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Andrea Victoria said...

LOVE these! The black is the shortest straw.

January 10, 2011 12:26 AM
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Grace said...

I’m gonna go with pink! I love those cupshakes!

January 10, 2011 12:27 AM
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Amy said...

Green!! :)
Adorable cupcakes btw.

January 10, 2011 12:27 AM
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Billie Lester said...

I think it is the black and white straw :)

January 10, 2011 12:27 AM
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cathy said...

i’m going with yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:27 AM
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Desirae said...

black? I think. I just want them all! :)

January 10, 2011 12:27 AM
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Courtney Collins said...

Black and white is shortest?

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Stefani said...

Its the black one!!!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Nichole said...

Black!!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Mandarrr said...

i think the blue/red striped straw is the shortest. [: they are too cute, though!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Annie said...

Pink…because you had them left over from cutting them for the adorable shakecakes :)

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Vanessa said...

My guess is the yellow straw!!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Linda Hernandez said...

I say yellow!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Kat Sojka said...

I say black!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Olivia Lyon said...

PINK!!

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Rhenee said...

Yellow =)

January 10, 2011 12:28 AM
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Sandra Davies said...

red and blue one is the shortest :)
(and I love the nail polish!)

January 10, 2011 12:29 AM
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Rachel R. said...

Love the nail polish! I think the pink one is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:29 AM
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Hope said...

I’m going to say black. :)

January 10, 2011 12:29 AM
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Dee Anne said...

I think pink!

January 10, 2011 12:30 AM
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Alicia said...

I guess black is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:30 AM
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Katrina said...

The black one! Your cupshakes are adorable :)

January 10, 2011 12:30 AM
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AlyssaH said...

I guess pink!

January 10, 2011 12:30 AM
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Susie said...

black is my guess

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Alison said...

Green! :)

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Laura said...

I say black!

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Vanessa Webb said...

yellow :o)

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Linzy said...

I want to say yellow, because it is my favorite, however, judging by the position of your thumb and the angle of the black one, black seems to be likely the shortest one. By the way, can you please stop being so cute, I cannot handle it. I am too jealous (in a good way) and way too inspired, I so want your talent! Love these adorable little cupshakes!

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Tricia said...

Yellow is the shortest. Hope I win!!!

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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christie bayless said...

The black and white straw is the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:31 AM
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Michelle said...

I believe the red white and blue straw is the shortest :)

January 10, 2011 12:32 AM
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Erin said...

The yellow one!

January 10, 2011 12:32 AM
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Emily Schell said...

I am going to have to go with BLACK :]

January 10, 2011 12:32 AM
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Nicole H said...

I think green is the shortest!

January 10, 2011 12:32 AM
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Shannon said...

Yummy, I have to try this~ I will say black is shortest

January 10, 2011 12:33 AM
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Elizabeeth said...

I think that it’s the pink one! Crossing my fingers over here :)

January 10, 2011 12:34 AM
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Aubrey said...

Oh my GOSH! I LOVE your nail color! I think it is the black and white straw, yep that is my guess!

January 10, 2011 12:34 AM
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Alisha Roper said...

The red and blue stripes are the shortest.

January 10, 2011 12:34 AM
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Emily said...

i’m guessing yellow!! i bought striped straws to use at my birthday party a month ago. they are one of the funnest things ever!

January 10, 2011 12:34 AM
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