Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes - Tutorial

This past year I've been blessed to be a part of a great group of women at our local MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. We meet for MOPs just once a month and I look forward to it all month! It's a great time to relax with other moms and learn from each other about how to be a better mom.

I sat at the blue table this year and decided that for our last meeting, I'd make the girls at my table some cupcakes topped with pinwheels, of course in a blue color scheme.

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

It was a fun treat for the moms and their kids. I'm going to share a "tutorial" with you on how to make these, though I feel strange calling it a tutorial... It's more of a way to add some fun to what would otherwise be a plain treat for birthday parties, gifts , Memorial Day BBQ's, or for your own little sweeties!

What you need to make Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes:

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

cupcakes
frosting
colored sugar
knife
pinwheels or other fun toppers
wire cutters

Think of all the fun things you could top cupcakes with! I found these pinwheels at Hobby Lobby on sale for 60 cents each. They were just a bit too tall to be able to stand up on their own in the cupcakes, so the first thing I did was cut them with my Sweets' wire cutters. (I think I get more use from them than he does.)

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

Then wash the part that's going to be in the cupcake. I mostly did this since I knew some of the girls at my table might be reading this tutorial. (Just kidding.)

Pour some of the sugar onto a small plate. I ended up using maybe 1/8 of a cup (or 1 ounce) of sugar.

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

Frost your cupcake with your favorite frosting. My favorite is Wilton's buttercream recipe... unfortunately, it is so yummy that I could (and do) eat this stuff by the spoonful. I use clear vanilla, found in the cake section of craft stores, so the frosting stays white.
 
Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

It doesn't have to be pretty, as you can see. Nobody's really looking at the frosting (did you?). But this is one time when you want a "muffin top": Make sure there's enough frosting to overlap the edges a bit. =)

Then you're going to roll the cupcake in the sugar. This will squish in the edges and make it look a bit cleaner, too.

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

Now pop in your pinwheel or other fun topper and if you're serving these at your house, you're all done!

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

If you need to transport them like I did, put each one in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon around the stick in between the pinwheel top and the cupcake.

Pinwheel-Topped Cupcakes by SweeterThanSweets

I'm going to miss my blue MOPs table this summer!

Do you want to join a local MOPs group next school year? Click here to find your nearest group. They are in 36 countries around the world!

19 comments:

  1. HI!! I stopped by from voiceboks! Great blog and I love these cute little cupcakes. I'm working on some cupcake toppers for my etsy store as well!!! LOVE the way you did the sprinkles!

    I'm your newest follower! Feel free to stop by www.alwaysjustamom.blogspot.com!

    Have a great day!

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  2. Those cupcakes look wonderful! I love how popular cupcakes are right now -- the options are endless and I prefer to make them over cakes.

    Have a great day!
    :) Maureen

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  3. Those are adorable! I love the cute little pinwheels...now I need to go to Hobby Lobby!

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  4. so cute! my son has a summer bday- i will have to remember this!

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  5. This is adorable!!! What a great idea!! What a fun blog you have here. So glad I found you on Voiceboks.com! I am now a happy new follower!

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  6. OMG! Those look so good and since my daughter was sitting her with me as I looked at the pics, she's demanding me in her 4 year old voice to go make one. Good thing shopping day is tomorrow :)

    Hopping over from voiceboks.com
    Sharon
    www.sharon-moms-madhouse.com

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  7. love the colors!!! Would love for you to link up to my Sweet Treats Party! Hope to see you there :)
    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com

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  8. what a wonderful and thoughtful little present. I have bought those pinwheels from hobby lobby is almost every color they carry - so cute!

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  9. Love those Hobby Lobby pinwheels and what a great idea to use as a cupcake topper!

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  10. Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving me a comment! The very next day, I went to a baby shower and someone had made each of us a favor using all the colors of pinwheels! So many fun things you can do with cheap Hobby Lobby finds. =)

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  11. These are DARLING! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I absolutely love anything pinwheel related--automatic cuteness! : ) I shared your blog and this post on my Friday Favorites. I hope it helps new people to come find your great blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. What a great idea! Love them.

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  13. I love this idea! I just bought those same pinwheels at Hobby Lobby last week, except in black and white. Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!

    -Marni

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  14. Thanks Crystal, Marni and A Simple Life! Black-and-white pinwheel-topped cupcakes would be gorgeous!

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  15. This is a wonderful idea.... !!
    Love how those cup cakes have turned out... !!

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  16. These are adorable! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week. Come grab my featured button if you'd like one!

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