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. the shortest is…. yellow!

  2. I saw yellow is the shortest! :) I love the pink ones, super cute!

  3. Black! I love!

  4. I’ll guess pink only bc it’s my fav color!

  5. I’ll guess yellow! (Your nail polish is really cute!)

  6. The black looks shortest. My favorite is the blue and red one though….

  7. I think red, white and blue is shortest
    and btw………….I love your polish!

  8. The black and white one is shortest. Where did you find these? I LOVE paper straws!! They remind me of my grandparents’ drug store. I must have some! :D

  9. I think the blue and red one is the shortest!

  10. The Black one :O)

  11. I’ll guess the yellow one!

  12. oooh, those are soo cute!! I think the pink one :)

  13. Soooooooo cute! I think the yellow one!

  14. I think the blue and red one is the shortest.

  15. I think the BLACK ONE :)

  16. my guess is green. I’m going to try these cupcakes but with edible straws. That way, i get to eat everything ; )

  17. the YELLOW straw is shortest!

  18. I think black is the shortest!

  19. my guess is yellow!

  20. Love these! Striped straws make me smile too:) I’m going to have to go with the pink one!

  21. My guess is the shortest straw is yellow.

  22. I guess yellow!

  23. I say Yellow! :D

  24. Black & white

  25. black one :)

  26. I guess the yellow jello is the shorty :)

  27. I am going to guess the black one. Love the nail color too!

  28. Yellow is the shortest.

  29. Ooh! I have been in love with these paper straws from the second I saw them. I am designing a party at the end of the month in all yellow, so yellow will be my guess.

  30. I vote for the black one!

  31. I think Green is the shortest!

  32. I think the Green ones are the shortest! :)

  33. Thinkin’ yellow is shortest! *crossed fingers*

  34. Totally the red white and blue ones.

  35. OMG – too cute! My guess is GREEN!!!

  36. I think that the pink is the shortest!

  37. I think it is the blue/red straw

  38. Green!

  39. My guess is black… crossing my fingers

  40. The yellow one!!!
    All of them are so cute!

  41. I’m guessing pink! :) those are sooooo cute!

  42. I’m going to say the yellow one is.

    I absolutely love these straws! My cousin and his wife used these at their wedding. Red and Blue were the colors. I have been meaning to order some!

  43. Oh my, which is shortest. I will have to go with the pink. These are so fun. Bake it Pretty always has the cutest stuff.

  44. black and white! :)

  45. Green cause I love green!

  46. Black? :)

  47. The black is the shortest

  48. The green ones!

  49. The lime green straw is the shortest, which would be fantastic in a lime ricky flavored cupcake. MMMMM!!!!!

  50. Multi-colored!

  51. The black one… maybe…

  52. guessing yellow!

  53. I guess Pink!

  54. Its gotta be the black

  55. my guess is pink:)

  56. Yellow.
    By the way — flippin’ fantastic post!!!! Don’t think I’m not gonna be doing these this week. OK well I can’t because I need to win my straws first! LOVE this idea.

  57. Yellow!

  58. You’re right, Angie–those straws did make me smile! :) Those are the cutest cupcakes I’ve seen in a long while. And I love your silicone cupcake liners; I’ll have to pick up some of those.

    As for the straws, I think the red and blue stripe (the far left) is the shortest.

  59. I’ll guess the black and white as well. :-)

  60. I guess the black and white stripe.

  61. I think it’s green…great cupcake idea…looks yummy!

  62. Well, I don’t care which one is shortest, I want the green straws.

  63. I am guessing the black one.

  64. Red and Blue!

  65. The red and blue one!!!

  66. I am guessing the pink straw is the shortest :) I LOVE the Red/Blue straws too ;)

  67. I think it is the yellow and white one that is the shortest!
    ps. I received your book as a Christmas gift and I LOVE IT!

  68. I guess yellow! :) These are so cute.

  69. I bet the pink is the shortest. :)

  70. I guess the pink one :)

  71. Hmmm, I guess pink

  72. first time commenting, crossing my fingers… &i say black ;)

  73. Green for sure!

  74. Yellow! It is my son’e favorite color!

  75. Black is the shortest. :)

  76. Let’s go with the black one!?

  77. I’m going with yellow. :) Love the cupcakes.

  78. Oh my these are the cutest things I just love the paper straws and the pinks ones are the cutest.

  79. Black!

  80. I think the multi-colored ones,
    By the way, your nail polish is so cute!

  81. Obviously, it’s the yellow one! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to show a little confidence! : )

  82. I think … yellow is the shortest.

  83. oh do I hope that the green is the shortest…I love the green.

  84. the blue and red stripe one

  85. My very first thought was the black ones, so I guess I will go with those. The straws and cupcakes are adorable.

  86. Gotta guess green!

  87. I believe black is the shortest!!

  88. I guess pink because it’s the best color :)

  89. My guess would be the Pink one :)

  90. i guess the orange striped one! Thanks for all the cute ideas!

  91. the black straw is shorter.
    Love these straws. Your cupcakes are acorable!

  92. yellloooowwww!! ;)

  93. I’m going with black!

    Also, I’m making root beer cupcakes so these would be PERFECT!

  94. I guess yellow!!!! (good luck to me!)

  95. Yellow?

    Those cupcakes are so cute!

  96. i say the yellow one :))

  97. I’m guessing green. Those straws are adorable! I can see many uses for them.

  98. I think the pink straws are the shortest!!
    They all look so cute…I’ll have to get some!!

  99. I think the green is the shortest. I love the cupcakes :)

  100. I think the black is the shortest. Love the cupcakes and the straws!

  101. I think it’s black ^.^

  102. YELLOW….sunshine, lollipops and rainbows…

  103. I’m guessing green is the shortest!
    I love paper straws and was just looking to order them the other day.

  104. uhmmmmi wanna say the pink but im gonna go and guess the green ones >:D

    yay straws ftw?!

  105. The green one looks the shortest. I’ve wanted to get some of the striped straws but haven’t so far. Polka dots? Too cute. BTW, I have really enjoyed your website, Bakerella Angie!

  106. I’m guessing the Black & White Straw is the shortest!

  107. The black one! Too cute!

  108. I think it’s the black one :)

  109. Green! Although I was very tempted to pick pink so I could win the pink ones!

  110. Yellow & white

  111. I think it’s the pink one!

    These are so pretty!

  112. I guess the red and blue straw. :)

  113. I think the green one is the shortest one!

  114. Yellow!
    These are darling and I love your cupcakes!

  115. My guess for the shortest straw is the pink one. I just love you Bakerella. I love all the pretty and creative and delicious things you share on your site. Thank you for sharing with us! Blessings to you in all things! :)

  116. The yellow is the shortest! Love em!

  117. My guess is the black one.
    Also, love love love your nail polish, it’s super cute. : )

  118. it’s the green one…i LOVE them all :)

  119. The green one!! Those cupcakes are ADORABLE!! Cannot wait to make them!!!!

  120. my guess is the pink one :]

  121. I think its the pink one!

  122. My guess is the yellow one. And how fun is your nail polish! That is my fav color right now, just bought some that shade from Forever 21 but haven’t tried it yet!

  123. It is definitely the PINK!

  124. The pink one =D

  125. I’m dying over those milkcakes!!! TOOO cute! I’m going to guess that green is the shortest. Thanks for the giveaway!

  126. I say the black one is the shortest! Love the fabulous turquoise nail color!

  127. my daughter says pink is for the princess.

  128. I’m going to guess orange or is it yellow?

  129. I’m going to guess pink!

    Love those cupshakes!

  130. I’m gonna have to go with the black one.

  131. Pink!!!!!

  132. The green is the shortest.

  133. Team Black!

  134. I think it looks like the green is the shortest.

    Love the idea and I think I definitely see some paper straws getting ordered. :)

  135. I’m going to say the red white and blue one.

  136. I’m guessing it’s the green one!

  137. The green one!!!

  138. red/blue!

  139. My gut is telling me that it’s the black one! So loving your nails lol

  140. The “Black” straw…..

  141. Red white and blue!

  142. Green! They are all super cute!!!

  143. I am going with black

  144. I guess – Yellow :) These straws are awesome!

  145. The black one

  146. My guess is the yellow! Love these straws!!

  147. Yellow!… yep, yellow!!

  148. I think its the yellow one!! :)

  149. My guess is black!

  150. I’m going to say the black is the shortest :)

  151. My guess is the Black one :)

  152. I think the red, white and blue one is the shortest! Cutest cupcakes by the way, can’t wait to try them out! =)

  153. I guess yellow!

  154. I’m guessing the black one is…..

  155. My guess…yellow!

  156. GREEN is the shortest.

  157. The green one!

  158. cutest cupshakes ever!! I’m guessing the green straw
    is the shortest

  159. I think it’s got to be the YELLOW! Your giveaways are always so much fun!

  160. I think the black straw is the shortest.

  161. Black one!!!

  162. I say….green!

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