2.13.2012

DIY: Colored Sugar Cupcakes for Valentines!

Here's a sweet treat just in time for Valentine's Day! No time to bake? Take plain, store-bought cupcakes and make them extra special by adding a little something extra. Instead of spending money on colored sugar, why not make your own? Chances are you have the ingredients already. Enjoy!

You'll need:
  • granulated sugar
  • food coloring
  • freezer bags (Ziploc)
  • icing (purchased or made)
  • cupcakes (purchased or made)
  • scissors
  • chopstick or mixing tool, optional

How To:
  • Pour sugar into freezer bag (as much as you think you'll need to decorate cupcakes).
  • Add drops of food coloring to bag of sugar and scrunch bag to mix color. Use a different bag for each color.
  • Once mixed, open bag and allow sugar to dry overnight.
  • Sprinkle your sprinkles on your cupcake to decorate, or roll the cupcake in the sprinkles.
  • Want even more decoration?Take vanilla icing and scoop into a Ziploc bag. Add food coloring and mix with a chopstick. Or seal up bag and scrunch bag around to mix color with icing.
  • Snip off the bottom corner of bag and use to decorate cupcake. I *tried* to get mine in a rose pattern for Valentine's Day. See pic below.
Tips:
  • Colored sugar goes beyond Valentine's Day, and beyond cupcakes.Try sprinkles on cookies, cakes, or other treats.
  • I was originally going to post this for my Superbowl party, as I made colored sugar sprinkles for the team colors (red and blue this year). This idea could easily transcend to holidays or almost any party.
  • I've always used my colored sugar within a few days of making. However, it could keep for at least a week if properly sealed.
  • Add a couple of drops of peppermint or other flavoring to change the taste of your vanilla icing. Peppermint, for example, would be a great idea for Christmas cupcakes.

PS: Check out my Valentine Drinks here.


35 comments:

  1. Yummy! I want to eat it!

    I tried to make some Valentines cupcakes but they didn't turn out well.

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  2. I love these tips, I'm always looking for new ways to decorate cupcakes, Thanks hun!

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  3. Too cute! Loving the rose out of icing. So talented!

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  4. Elle,

    You just gave me an excellent idea thanks for the tip :)

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  5. mmm those look so tasty! i need to make something sweet for valentines day! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  6. Those look so delicious and pretty! You always have the best DIY ideas :)

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  7. Stop tempting me!! Those look delicious!

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  8. Awesome! I am planning on strawberry cupcakes for Valentines Day and now I think I need to add some red suga on top :)

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  9. really great idea but I dont have the patience to decorate my cupcakes. I eat them right after I frost them.

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  10. What a sweet Valentine's cupcake

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  11. You rocked out those cupcakes! What a great job. I have a feeling mine wouldn't turn out as well as those.

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  12. This is a really clever idea! I wouldn't buy coloured sugars but I'd definitely think about making them. X

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  13. This is so much better than spending money on the store-bought colored sugar! Thanks for the tip. :)

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  14. Cute! Looks super duper sweet though. My teeth hurt just looking at them. :)

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  15. Maybe I'll bake these tonight! I want to bring in something pink for valentine's day in the office, but not sure what. This definitely is inspiring the baker in me :)

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  16. What a fantastic recipe and it looks super easy to do (even for a non-baker like me....Ha). Thanks for sharing lady

    xo

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  17. What a fun, easy idea. Thanks ElleSees!

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  18. this is the sort of thing that makes me happy that i don't bake, because if i did, then i would make this all the time and become seriously unhealthy. it looks amazingly delicious!

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  19. I want to make Valentine's Day cookies!

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  20. Nice job, those look awesome! I love that they look like the rose-Happy Valentine's Day...almost!

    Shauna

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  21. Simple but clever...love these baking tips, Elle:)

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  22. You are so clever!!! Love your baking techniques- your cupcake looks amazing!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    xx

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  23. They look and sound so good! I'm starved right about now. Just about to make some chocolate covered strawberries for tomorrow :) xoxo

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  24. Wow those turned out amazing! Yum.

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  25. Never tried this before. Very neat!

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