There’s no need to whip up a full-fledged cake for a kids party – these easy cupcakes are festive as can be!
We’ve never met a kid who didn’t like cupcakes, and this fun party-time spin will have the little ones in awe. In honor of Jade’s 11th birthday this Friday (officially preteen status!) we’re sharing this trick to bring on the fun while keeping party prep simple!
Turn to your favorite cupcake recipe (we used Giada’s simple vanilla cupcakes!), bake them off, and allow them to cool completely. Trying to do the next steps with still-warm cupcakes could result in a #PinterestFail-level disaster, so be sure to let them cool all the way!
Next, take a small spoon or pairing knife and cut a small cavity in the top of the cupcake, about the size of a quarter. Try to leave the removed cupcake piece intact to keep things easy! Next, fill the hole with sprinkles. This part will require some knowledge of the celebrated kid’s favorite colors, of course! Take the removed bit of cupcake and “plug” it back on top of the hole. If it’s too big to fit back in, just cut a bit off of the bottom and leave the top.
Lastly – frost! Use your favorite frosting recipe (no shame in store-bought!), grab a knife or a small offset spatula, and frost ’em up. You can create pretty swooshes in the frosting by rotating the cupcake in your hand while making a circular motion with a knife (as seen in the video!). Decorate with the same sprinkles for a hint of the surprise to come, and they’re ready to serve!
You can make these cupcakes a day ahead of time, and refrigerate covered. About an hour before serving, take them out and get them to room temperature!