Bubblegum Cupcakes

by Lisa Douglas

These Bubblegum Cupcakes couldn’t be any sweeter for a candy-themed birthday party! With bubblegum topped ombre icing piped on top and served with a pearl gumball, these are your new favorite cupcakes to make!

Bubblegum Cupcakes
How to Make Bubblegum Cupcakes

Bubblegum Cupcakes

I dreamt of cupcakes like this when I was a kid! Perfectly perfect for the inner child in you, these Bubblegum Cupcakes are sure to sweeten any delicious candy-themed party spread you may have! Delightfully perfect, these complement any party or celebration you may have! They are sure to become a favorite for years to come!

Bubblegum Cupcakes

Easy Bubblegum Cupcakes

Whether it’s a birthday party, a candy-themed party, or a kids classroom party celebration, whatever you’re celebrating, be sure to prepare these Bubblegum Cupcakes! They really are easy to make and not hard to double or triple for whatever occasion! The luscious buttercream isn’t too over the top, and is just sweet enough for these! 

Ombre Icing for Bubblegum Cupcakes

Bubblegum Cupcakes Recipe

For this Bubblegum Cupcakes recipe, I used pearlesque bubblegum gumballs in pink and blue to match the icing. I think the shine on the gumballs really adds to the special quality these cupcakes have, you know? They look like they came from a fancy bakery and yet they are homemade! Add a little flair and spring for the shiny gumballs for this recipe, you won’t be sorry!

Bubblegum Cupcakes Recipe

Ombre Icing for Bubblegum Cupcakes

I absolutely had to go with ombre icing for these Bubblegum Cupcakes. HAD. TO. It’s a technique I’d been wanting to implement on cupcakes for a while now, and I figured “Why not?” with these. That’s the beauty part, these don’t have to be exact, the fun and whimsy of these being almost tie-dyed and matching but each unique is part of what makes these cupcakes so incredibly special to me! 

How to Decorate Bubblegum Cupcakes

How to Decorate Bubblegum Cupcakes

The key to this Bubblegum Cupcake recipe is the homemade buttercream icing which is absolutely perfect to pipe frosting onto cupcakes, cakes, and more! This perfectly piped buttercream is imperative to the bubblegum design. You can’t miss when you make the buttercream yourself because you get the perfect consistency you need in order to design cupcakes, you know? Store bought would work here too if you need to do this in a pinch, though. 

Fun Bubblegum Cupcakes Recipe

Bubblegum Cupcakes with Ombre Icing

To make these cupcakes, we could’ve alternated the pink and the blue icing on ’em, but I truly felt ombre icing for these adorable cupcakes was the best bet. Ombre icing can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before, but it really and truly is as easy as it is breathtaking, I promise you! Look at how unique each one is, how the pink and blue swirl and almost make purple on a few of ’em! So good, friends!

Easy Bubblegum Cupcakes

How to Make Ombre Icing for Bubblegum Cupcakes

There isn’t anything to achieve perfect ombre icing for these Bubblegum Cupcakes – just be sure to put both colors of icing in the same frosting bag but on either sides of the bag before smooshing it down to decorate. Yes, it really is that easy! They will pipe onto the cupcakes as you see them shown ere – with lovely ombre fading, almost like tie-dye! Some cupcakes will get more of one color depending but they are swirled, ombre, fading, and perfectly imperfect!

Decorated Bubblegum Cupcakes

How to Make Bubblegum Cupcakes

To make these gorgeously simple Bubblegum Cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:

You will also need the following tools:

Ingredients to Make Bubblegum Cupcakes

Before starting the decorating cupcakes, ensure that all of them are cool on a wire rack.

Cupcakes Cooled to Make Bubblegum Cupcakes

In a large bowl, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar and milk with an electric mixer. Start on slow and then gradually increase to high. Your buttercream is ready once all the ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks. Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Add red gel food coloring to one and blue gel food coloring to the other. Mix until buttercream is completely tinted.

Mixing Icing for Bubblegum Cupcakes

Scoop both buttercreams into a frosting bag using a rubber spatula with the Wilton star tip attached. Keep each color on their own sides in the frosting bag.

Layer Frosting in Bag for Ombre Frosting for Bubblegum Cupcakes

Using the Wilton Star Tip, frost each cupcake, starting in the center.

Wilton Star Tip to Decorate Bubblegum Cupcakes

Start in the center, frost in a circle outward, then build upward in a cone shape to swirl to a slight point.

Decorate Bubblegum Cupcakes

Top with one bubblegum candy on each cupcake.

Decorating Bubblegum Cupcakes

These are ready to serve and enjoy!

Fun Bubblegum Cupcakes Recipe

Bubblegum Cupcakes

These Bubblegum Cupcakes couldn’t be any sweeter for a candy-themed birthday party! With bubblegum topped ombre piped icing, these are your new favorite cupcakes to make!
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Instructions

  • Before starting the decorating cupcakes, ensure that all of them are cool. It’s best to cool them on a wire rack so the frosting won’t melt off.
  • In a large bowl, beat together your softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk with an electric mixer.
  • Start on a slow speed and then gradually increase to high speed.
  • Your buttercream is ready once all the ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks.
  • Divide the buttercream into two bowls.
  • Add red gel food coloring to one and blue gel food coloring to the other.
  • Mix each buttercream well until the buttercreams are completely tinted and well blended.
  • Attach the star tip to the frosting bag.
  • Scoop both buttercreams into a frosting bag, keeping each color on their own sides in the frosting bag.
  • Begin to frost each cupcake swirling out from the center then back up in the center to form the desired design.
  • Top each cupcake with one bubblegum candy.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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What do you think? Could you make these for your next birthday party? If you’re in love with cupcakes, check out all my cupcake recipes along with all my dessert recipes!

Easy Bubblegum Cupcakes Recipe

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