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
 
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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