As I mentioned in a previous post I recently attended a baby shower where I made these mini rattle cupcakes. I found the idea on Pinterest, and thought it was just too cute not to try. Turns out we already had a dessert provided through the restaurant so it’s a good thing I made these mini so people still ate them.
I knew I wanted to do chocolate cupcakes because the Mom to be loves chocolate and I also wanted to color the frosting so that had to be vanilla. I used this recipe for the chocolate cupcakes, which already included instructions for mini cupcakes at the bottom. The recipe said it would make about 36 cupcakes, but I got about 44 out of it.
To make the rattles I bought short sticks – like the ones used for cake pops, life saver mints and purple ribbon. We were going with a purple theme for this baby shower, but obviously you can use whatever color you like. First I hot glue gunned the mints to the end of the sticks and let that set. Then I tied the ribbon into bows on the sticks. Once the cupcakes were cool it was time to assemble. I forgot that the cupcake had paper liners so I had to figure out how to get the sticks to go through. I ended up cutting little slits in the side of the cupcake papers to fit the stick through, which worked perfectly.
Now the fun part – the frosting! At first I was just going to do white frosting and top with sprinkles, but then I realized I didn’t have any purple sprinkles and I really didn’t want to go the store. So I made purple frosting instead with no sprinkles. To get the right color I just kept adding blue and red food coloring until it was the right shade of purple. Then I put the frosting in a piping bag and made circles on top of the cupcakes. And that was it. It was not difficult to make, but I will say it was a long process. The most time consuming part was gluing the mints and tying the bows. But it was well worth it for how cute they turned out, and everybody loved them. Such a cute idea!