Friday, July 24, 2009

Pool Party Cupcakes

Tonight we went to Madison's summer swim team picnic, so I decided to make festive cupcakes to celebrate the swim season. I think they turned out really cute. Once we got to the picnic I displayed them all on my fabulous cupcake stand I picked up at Target this spring. I am so glad I took a couple of pictures of the cupcakes before we left the house, because once I put them on the dessert table at the picnic they were gone in seconds!
Pool Party Cupcakes by Me and My Pink Mixer

 Pool Party Cupcakes by Me and My Pink Mixer

Pool Party Cupcakes

1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
4 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line pan with 24 cupcake liners.
Sift cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
Add eggs, buttermilk and oil. Using an electric mixer, mix until ingredients are all combined.
Using a large cookie scoop, fill liners 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until done.
Cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Buttercream
3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 cups confectioners sugar
1 T whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Wilton blue icing color paste

In the bowl of your stand mixer add butter and mix for about 1 minute.
Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time.
Add whipping cream and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.
Add blue coloring with a toothpick until you get your desired color. Whip to combine color.
Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes (I use a Wilton 1M tip)
Top with gummy Lifesavers, Teddy Grahams and a paper umbrella.

8 comments:

  1. These are absolutely darling! The life ring is such a sweet touch.

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  2. I wish we could see a picture of the cupcakes on the stand! These are super cute, and I bet they were even more spectacular in a big group!

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  3. This is such a cute idea! Now I want someone to have a pool party so I can make these! My husband loves Teddy Grahams, too. Great cupcake!

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  4. Thanks for all of the nice compliments on my cupcakes!

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  5. Hey! Check it out! I finally got a chance to make them over the Labor Day weekend :) Check 'em out!! Only, my little bears didn't seem to have as many facial features as yours -- what kind did you use?

    Also, did your gummy lifesavers crack at all? Mine split after a little while. They wouldn't be too good at saving little bear lives :(

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  6. Miss Dot - I used Nabisco Teddy Graham's. I didn't notice my lifesavers cracking - the kids pretty much devoured them as soon as they hit the table :)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) These are ADORABLE!! we are getting a wave of warmer weather in NC and seeing these I'm hoping summer will come soon! = D

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  8. I made these cupcakes today and linked back to you ... they're adorable! Thanks for posting them.

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