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. 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!

  2. The red and blue stripes are the shortest.

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

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

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

  6. I think green is the shortest!

  7. I am going to have to go with BLACK :]

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

  9. The black and white straw is the shortest.

  10. Yellow is the shortest. Hope I win!!!

  11. 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!

  12. yellow :o)

  13. I guess pink!

  14. The black one! Your cupshakes are adorable :)

  15. I guess black is the shortest.

  16. I think pink!

  17. I’m going to say black. :)

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

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

  20. PINK!!

  21. I say black!

  22. I say yellow!

  23. My guess is the yellow straw!!

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

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

  26. Its the black one!!!

  27. Black and white is shortest?

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

  29. i’m going with yellow!

  30. I think it is the black and white straw :)

  31. Green!! :)
    Adorable cupcakes btw.

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

  33. LOVE these! The black is the shortest straw.

  34. Green! :)

  35. i think the pink is the shortest

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

  37. Cute, cute, cute!

    I think the black and white straw is the shortest.

  38. Red White and Blue is my guess :)

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

  40. I think the pink are the shortest.

  41. I say black

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

  43. I think the black straw is the shortest. :)

  44. The black/white one is the shortest!

  45. Red and blue!

  46. PINK!

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

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

  49. CUTE cupshakes!!!

    My guess is for the yellow stray being the shortest.

  50. Gotta be the black one!!!

    These cupshakes are super cute!!!!

  51. Black!

    I love the beautiful things Bake it Pretty sells!

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

  53. I believe the black is the shortest

  54. my guess is the yellow one.

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

  56. The pink one is the shortest!

  57. I’m going to guess the black one.

  58. Yellow!!!

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

  59. i think its the black one.

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

  61. Black/brown one

  62. pink i believe

  63. I think the shortest one is yellow!

  64. the green one.

    love the cupcakes. so CUTE!!!

  65. Ill guess the green straw :)

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

  67. Green? I have no clue, hehe.

  68. i think green

  69. 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.

  70. The Black one

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

  72. I guess black!

  73. black and white

  74. i’m going with green!

  75. I say black!

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

  77. Yellow one

  78. 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…..

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

  80. The Black ones!!!!

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

  82. I think black is the shortest!

    Very cute cupcakes by the way! : )

  83. I guess is the pink one:)

  84. I think the yellow is the shortest.

  85. I think its pink!! :)

  86. I think it’s the Black one!!

  87. The green one!

  88. Yellow is my choice.

  89. I think the yellow one!

  90. Green

  91. green!

    i love your site! :)

  92. Red, white, and blue!

  93. Black!?!
    They’re all so pretty!!!!!

  94. 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!

  95. I think yellow is the shortest.

  96. Green is my guess!

  97. I’ll guess the PINK one! :)

  98. black!

  99. Pink. Pink. Pink!

  100. pink is the shortest =)

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

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

  103. the shortest is p-p-p-pink

  104. My guess is yellow!

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

  106. I think yellow is the shortest.

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

  107. I’m guessing black!

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

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

  109. My guess is the Black one is shortest. :)

  110. ummmm i’m gonna go with black….

  111. 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.

  112. I say the Yellow one is shortest!

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

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

  115. red and blue:)

  116. I’m going yellow. . .

  117. Yellow is the shortest

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

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

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

  121. The yellow one!

  122. Its totally the yellow!

  123. Green, green, green!!

  124. Yellow! Because I would like those most. ;)

  125. Black one

  126. red and blue i think

  127. I say the yellow is the shortest:)

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

  129. pink is the shortest :)

  130. I do believe the black is the shortest:)

  131. my guess is black……………:)

  132. 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!!

  133. RED, white, and BLUE!

  134. 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!

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

  136. Black is the shortest :)

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

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

  138. Pink is definitely the shortest!

  139. I’m guessing black!

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

  141. Ebony is the short straw. : ^)

  142. The Pink is the shortest!

  143. I think the black one is shortest.

  144. the brown one

  145. i’m going with the black straw! :)

  146. My guess is the pink one!!

    So cute!!

  147. I guess the black one!

  148. Mmmmmm Red and blue is the shortest

  149. 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! :)

  150. The orange one!

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

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

  152. I’m going with the black one!

  153. black

  154. I’m guessing the black one!

  155. 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!

  156. Yellow!

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

  158. 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.

  159. black & white is the shortest!

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