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 yellow :)

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

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

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

  5. I think the black one is the shortest!

  6. yellow! I love this idea — super cute!

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

  8. I’ll say the green!

  9. The black and white striped one!!!

  10. black is the shortest…..

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

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

    Love the blog. <3

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

  14. I think the green ones are shorter!

  15. I am thinking the pink ones

  16. Sooo awesome!
    Black is the shortest.

  17. Red and blue!

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

  19. I’m going with yellow!

  20. The black stripey one :)

  21. 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!

  22. my guess is the yellow one!

  23. Black’s the shortest!! :)

  24. Green — just cuz it’s my fave color!

  25. my guess is the black one.

  26. I think it’s the black one

  27. Definatelyn the black one!

  28. I think it’s the black and white straw.

  29. 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!

  30. Red and Blue. :O)

  31. I guess pink!!!

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

  33. Blue and red are shortest

  34. Black is the shortest!

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

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

  37. My guess is pink!!!

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

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

  40. PINK ;)

    your cuppies make me smile :)

  41. I’m guessing the pink!

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

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

    i think the yellow is the shortest

  44. Hi!!!!!!

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

  45. Green :)

  46. I pick red/blue :)

  47. I have to make these, I love them.

  48. My guess is yellow! :)

  49. My guess is black…love them all though

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

  51. GREEN! i LOVE paper straws!!!

  52. I think it’s the red and blue straw!

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

  54. The black one is the shortest! :D

  55. yellow–>they are so perky :)

  56. I guess the red/blue ones :)

  57. I say yellow is the shortest!!! :)

  58. I think it’s the black one!

  59. black/white is shortest

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

  61. Is it…the black and white one?

    Lovely cupcakes. Makes me crave a shake!

  62. I think the Black & White!

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

  64. Red, white and blue!!!

  65. yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. My guess is pink.

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

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

  69. I think the black and white one is the shortest.

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

  71. gREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

  72. I guess yellow! ;)

  73. Black???


  74. The pink one!!

  75. I guess the PINK one

  76. Yellow or black? Yellow or black?

    I’m going with yellow!

  77. My guess is black!!

  78. When I saw the pic, I automatically thought BLACK & WHITE! so im gonna go with my gut this time :D

  79. the Orange and white one!

  80. Black is the shortest

  81. I’m gonna guess the black one is the shortest!

  82. I’m going pink on this one! These are adorable!

  83. Black is my guess.

  84. Ummmmm……my first thought was the green one. I’ve always heard you should go with your gut instinct….so green it is! GREEN!

  85. I would say green.

  86. The black one is the shortest! Love these straws, just received some yellow striped ones in the mail on Friday from Bake it Pretty, just beautiful!

  87. I think the green one! If I win and I’m wrong, I’d like the pink ones, please! :)

  88. Red/blue/white….super cute straws!

  89. My guess is the green one!

  90. These are so cute! I think the yellow one is the shortest!

    also, I love your nail polish!

  91. I say black and white:)

  92. PInk & white …

  93. My guess is green!
    and they are soooo cute!

  94. Black is the shortest. Silly question but I presume the paper straws are not edible are they???

  95. the black one!!

  96. Yellow is the shortest :)

  97. Yellow

  98. Pink! Just because in case I lose that’s the color I want! :)

  99. I think that pink is the shortest!

  100. Yellow!

  101. My husband told me to pick pink!!

  102. I thinks its the yellow.

  103. I think Pink! Gorgeous cupcakes btw!

  104. Tough call! I’m going to say yellow, though. P.S. LOVE the milkshake cupcakes (say that three times fast — HA!).

  105. I’ll go with the good ‘ol Red, White and Bllue :) ps ~ love the nail polish!

  106. My guess is black

  107. I say the black one is the shortest…

  108. black is the shortest & I soooooo hope I win!!

  109. I am going with the black!

  110. I think green is the shortest one!

  111. Pink is the shortest. Adorable straws!

  112. I think it is the yellow one, these are so cute!!!

  113. I think the black one!!!

  114. Yellow is the shortest! :]

  115. yellow =)

  116. hmmm, i guess the yellow one!

  117. Green! for sure.

  118. Gotta go with pink!

  119. Red and blue!!

  120. I’m gonna guess that the yellow is the shortest…

  121. Green looks to be the shortest….Maybe….Eh, who knows. It’s just a guess.

  122. i think the green one is :)
    it’s the cutest anyway

  123. i’m going to go with the red and blue straw. just cause i’ve got an idea to make some Superman-themed cakepops or cupcakes for my cousin’s birthday.

  124. I think it is the black stripe straw.

  125. My guess is the yellow one!! =)

  126. Yellow! :) TOO CUTE!

  127. The red while and blue one is the shortest.

  128. The red/blue/white straw

  129. Love the cupcakes! They’re absolutely adorable!

    Ummm I’ll say the red and blue is the shortest!

  130. The yellow/orange one!! Way cute!!

  131. I’m going to say Yellow!! But the pink ones are SO CUTE!

  132. the black straw!

  133. How cute are those! I think the yellow straw is the shortest!

  134. Pink one!

  135. My guess is the pink one! :) these are Sooooo cute by the way! I can not wait to make these cupcakes for my daughters’ valentines day parties!

  136. My guess is yellow!

    (I think my co-workers would die of TEH CUTE if I brought those milkshake cupcakes in. The Christmas Tree cakepops almost did them in)

  137. Yellow is the shortest!

  138. Guessing the green one! Love paper straws!!

  139. I’m gonna say yellow!

  140. The pink one!!!

  141. Great idea! I MUST try them! I believe the black one is shortest.

  142. I think PINK!

  143. the Yellow one! they are adorable!

  144. The black one

  145. The Red/Blue one

  146. Pink is the shortest :)

  147. Love them!

  148. Yellow.
    Love the nail polish too. I am wearing the same color!

  149. The black one:)

  150. i guess PINK!

  151. I say Pink!! Just because I love the pink ones… They are so awesome!

  152. Pink!!

  153. I hope it is the yellow one! =:)

  154. Definitely the black and white one!

  155. red and blue!

  156. I’m gonna say the green one!

    now off to Bake It Pretty to check out the polka ones!

  157. I’m guessing yellow!

  158. Adorable idea! Genius! I’m gonna say the red and blue stripes straw.

  159. I’d say the black ones the shortest. Al of them are really pretty though <3

  160. Im going to guess the black one. No reason, just taking a wild guess. These are the cutest straws! My head is going crazy with cute things to do with these!! I love the red and blue striped straws! They remind me of a barber shop! Too cute!

  161. I go with green!

  162. GREEN ONE!!

  163. I’m going to go with the black straw..

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