DIY Cupcake Decorating Kits

Cake Mix

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Let them explore their inner bakery artist with a DIY Cupcake Decorating Kit. These kits can easily be made with what you have around the house and are hours of fun. The best part, a sweet reward at the end!

Cupcakes Made Easy

We know it’s challenging lately to get groceries and baked goods. Here are our tips for creating bakery-quality cupcakes at home.

Mise en Place Cake Mix

Box Cake Mix Hacks

If you have a box cake mix at home, you can use it in a pinch instead of making cupcakes from scratch and elevate it by swapping out the water for milk or buttermilk (because buttermilk is so thick, be sure to add slightly more than you would water so the batter stays the same consistency). Each will make the cupcakes even more delicious and taste just like they came from the bakery.

Frosting Mise en Place

Frosting Tips

Why settle when you can make delicious frosting with what you have in your kitchen? Homemade frosting can be frozen for up to three months in an airtight container or stored in the fridge for up to one week. If freezing, make sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting cupcakes.

To color frosting, start off with one or two drops (you can always add more to darken the color, but can’t go back) and gradually increase by one drop to get your desired color. Specialty colors can be purchased online or at craft stores.

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, beat butter on low speed until smooth.
  2. Gradually add confectioners sugar on low speed until incorporated.
  3. Add in heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt on medium speed until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed. If frosting is too thin, you can add additional confectioners sugar, if to thick, you can add additional cream.
  4. Optional: add food coloring to get desired color

Colored Frosting

DIY Cupcake Decorating Kits

You will need:

Note: If you already have reusable or disposable piping bags, you can skip this step. If you need to make your own piping bags, use the following directions.

Directions

  1. Fold one bottom corner of the gallon-size freezer bag across the bag and use tape to secure. Repeat for the remaining two bags.

Piping Bags

  1. Place bag in pint glass, or other tall/wide container and fill with frosting.
  2. Twist top of piping bag to push frosting down in the bag as far as you can. Secure with twist tie, rubber band, or binder clip.
  3. Carefully snip off the end of the piping bag. Be mindful to keep this opening small so you have the most control over the frosting for decorating.
  4. Get decorating! Use piping bags to frost cupcakes and add sprinkles till your cupcake is Instagram-worthy.

DIY Cupcake Decorating Kits

Optional: Get competitive! Have each family member design and submit their favorite cupcake to be judged by their other family members (can be done in-person or virtually). Use this form to tally scores. The winner gets bragging rights and to pick which cupcake they want to eat first.

DIY Cupcake Decorating Kits

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