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.

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3,951 comments on “Paper Straws”

  1. My guess is the pink one!

  2. The red and blue one.

  3. Green!

  4. Black is the shortest

  5. I think its the green one!

  6. the black and white one!

  7. I think its the red and blue :)

  8. I guess black!

  9. The green!!!

  10. I think the black one is the shortest!

  11. I think the black is the shortest!

  12. nice nail polish…;)
    it’s seem like the shortest straw same goes with your nail

  13. The black & white one!

  14. I think it is the yellow one.

  15. Black!

  16. Black is the shortest.

  17. Those cupcakes are the CUTEST EVER!!

    I think yellow is the shortest.

  18. I’m guessing green :-)

  19. I think it’s the blue and red. The all look pretty even to me, though, so it can’t be too much of a difference.

  20. I’m going to say the black one! My husband thinks so too!

  21. I’m gonna say green as that colour matches my wedding colour scheme! :-) I love these straws!

  22. I guess black! Thank you for the opportunity!

  23. pink is the shortest!

  24. Pink! I don’t really think it’s the shortest, but that’s the color I like the most. So I’m guessing pink! :)

  25. My guess is black – but if I win I want the pink ones!! :)

  26. My guess? The black one is the shortest. :)

    And I lurve the paper straws! I’ve been wanting to make some rootbeer float cupcakes, and this would be the perfect accompaniment!

  27. I guess the black and white straw.

  28. RED AND BLUE! I’m hoping. It would be fun to put those in 4th of July cupcakes.

  29. The Black one is the shortest…I think…maybe :)

  30. I say the pink one is the shortest!

    Those cupcakes are adorable! The straw really makes it, I think.

  31. I think it’s green.

  32. I’ll go with a color favorite of mine and say the limey green one is the shortest! :)

  33. I think the yellow is!!

    By the way, so so so cute!

  34. we guess black for the shortest straw!! aaahh so much deliberation!!

  35. I’m going to go with YELLOW :)

  36. My guess is the black stripes!

  37. I believe the pink is the shortest…but I got distracted by that beautiful nail polish…all I can say is amazing!

  38. The black one! I’m probably wrong but if I did the contest that’s the place I’d put it :)

  39. Pink is the shortest! (i hope) :)

  40. Looks like the pink ones are the shortest!

  41. Heehee—I’m going with Pink as the shortest, because pink is awesome! :)

  42. I think the pink one is the shortest!

  43. Definitely the Yellow straw is the shortest! :)

  44. I think it is definitely the green!

  45. red, white and blue, definitely red, white and blue!!!!

  46. I am gonna go with the pink…all are soooo cute! :)

  47. Green is the shortest! :)

  48. Definitely YELLOW!! :-)

  49. Red, white & blue:)

  50. yellow!

  51. Yellow is the shortest

  52. I think the black and white one is the shortest!

  53. Yellooooow! =)

  54. I’m going to guess yellow. Just for kicks!

  55. Green. Like your nails :)

  56. The pink one=)

  57. I’m going with Yellow!

  58. Black is my guess :)

  59. I’m going to guess the blue/red striped straw. Thanks for the chance to win!

  60. I think the red/blue ones and I love the nail polish!

  61. I think black is the shortest, but pink is the cutest!

  62. Red and Blue, I bet!

  63. I hope it’s the Black one… wishing in fact =)

  64. green?! and have you tried drinking with them? I’m wondering if the paper is thick enough to function as a straw or if would just kinda disintegrate?

  65. The black on is the shortest. Cute, cute cupcakes!

  66. Pink is my guess…..but it’s also my favorite color.

  67. Cute nail polish! My guess is black

  68. the pink one is shortest!!
    Oh my gosh! I LOVE these!!!!

  69. the black and white??

  70. i think the yellow one is the shortest! : )

  71. BLACK is the shortest

  72. these straws are adorable! my guess is yellow :)

  73. My guess is the red and blue one

  74. black one….

  75. i’m going to guess yellow. i love paper straws and those cupcakes are toooo cute!

  76. I say black! Love the nail colour by the way :)

  77. Those are absolutely cute!

    I would say the yellow is shortest! *fingers crosser!*

  78. Black is the shortest!! :)

  79. Yellow and white stripe straw!

  80. i think, pink is the shortest! :)

    or, maybe, just maybe if i win, i just would want pink. :P

  81. I’m guessing that the green straw is the shortest.
    I l-o-v-e the cupshakes!!


  83. I think the black one is

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