Birthday Party Cupcake Centerpiece

Total Time:
50 min
35 min
15 min

24 cupcakes for centerpiece

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 (12-ounce) containers vanilla frosting
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Blue, red, and green food coloring
  • Equipment and decor:
  • 24 picket fence cupcake liners (available online or baking supply stores)
  • 4 pastry bags, or resealable plastic bags with 1 corner snipped
  • Large star pastry tip (#885 or similar)
  • 4 tier (23 count) cupcake tree (available online home stores)
  • Large multi color nonpareil sprinkles
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12 cup) muffin tins with white paper liners.

  • Make the cake mix according to package instructions, substituting the milk for water. Pour the batter into the lined muffin tins and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 12 to15 minutes. Remove the tins from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the frosting with enough confectioners' sugar to create a stiff consistency. Divide the frosting among 4 bowls. Color 1 with blue, 1 with red, and 1 with green, leaving 1 white.

  • When the cupcakes are cool, drop each into a picket fence liner.

  • Fit 4 pastry bags with large star tips and fill each with a different color. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto 6 cupcakes with 1 color. Repeat with remaining cupcakes and colors. Arrange them on the cupcake tree, alternating colors and top with nonpareil sprinkles.

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