New Year’s Eve Cupcakes

New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters

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As promised, I have another New Year’s Eve Cupcake for you! But never fear…they are super easy. Do you remember the Candy Cane Cupcake Shooters from Christmas? These New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters are just like them, I just changed up the colors and flavors.

I used the same Shot Glasses that I found at Pier 1 {they call them Cordial Glasses}, mini vanilla cupcakes with festive silver and blue colors. Here is what you will need…


New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters

Fun and festive New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters from


  • Shot Glasses or other small glass
  • Any flavor Mini Cupcakes, a sheet cake or even a square cake
  • Small round cookie cutter – I used the inside of a doughnut cutter
  • Decorating Icing or your favorite frosting
  • Wilton Sky Blue Coloring or other color
  • Decorator bag fitted with a #1M Tip
  • Silver Sprinkles
  • Blue colored sugar – I mixed 2 shades of blue
  • Frilly pick – I found those at Pier 1 also {optional}
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  1. Bake the cupcakes, no liners needed, let cool completely.
  2. Cut with small round cookie cutter.
  3. Color icing with Sky Blue coloring, fit a decorator bag with a #1M Tip, and fill with icing.
  4. Layer cupcake, icing, and sprinkles.
  5. Repeat layers and add a frilly pick if you like.
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The color options are endless. I think they would even make a great Baby or Bridal Shower treat, be sure to serve with a spoon though.

And in case you don’t have the shot glasses, I thought I’d share how they look in a small votive glass. Just about any little glass will do, you could even use a clear plastic glass if you are feeding a crowd. I used the whole mini cupcake in these, you will need to adjust the size of your cupcake depending on the size of the glass.

And yes, there are more New Year’s Eve Cupcakes

New Year’s Eve Cupcakes

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! I’m so glad to have you! I have updated the Cupcake Heaven page, there are over 150 designs and recipes! Check it out!!

Happy New Year!! Is it really almost 2012? Are you as surprised and blown away by that as I am?

I had every intention of sharing the New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters with you today, but…well time got away from me and honestly, since I’m supposed to be on a little break this week, I decided to take my son shopping instead of creating cupcakes. Never fear though, I will share them later this week AND I have some fun New Year’s Eve Cupcakes for you today too!

These fun New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cupcakes are super easy to create and a blast to eat! Just bake the cupcake right in the cocktail glass and decorate with white or even silver. For full instructions and a video on how to bake cupcakes in a glass, head on over and check out the Cocktail Cupcakes.

I added stars made with Jolly Rancher candy to these New Year’s Eve Cupcakes. The stars are easy and look really pretty too.

No time to decorate? Add a horn to the cupcake for a festive touch. Just bake up your favorite cupcake, frost and add a horn, then your guests will have dessert and be ready to ring in the New Year!

And hot from the kitchen…New Year’s Eve Cupcake Shooters

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on

Make some fun Countdown Bags for your New Year’s Eve Celebration!

New Year’s Cupcakes: Cupcake Tuesday

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Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! We LOVE cupcakes…doesn’t everyone? Every Tuesday, we share a different cupcake with you, and then you can share one {or more} of yours, just add your link at the bottom.

We also have a weekly newsletter, Cupcake Chronicles, with exclusive cupcake designs, recipes, product features and a monthly FREE printable for you to download. Sign up HERE to receive Cupcake Chronicles!

Did you enjoy your Christmas? Were you able to create some fun Cupcakes? I took some to my husband’s family, along with some Cookie Dough Truffles and Peanut Butter Cups.

Because we traveled 5 hours, I packed the cupcakes and supplies seperately and added the filling and the frosting after we arrived. I made chocolate with sprinkles and white with cranberry mousse filling topped with marshmallow frosting {recipe coming soon}

Enough about Christmas though, this weekend is New Year’s! Do you have plans? Will you be hosting a party? How about creating some cupcakes?

If you have been around for a little while, you may remember the Cocktail Cupcakes I created last Summer. If not, well, you can read all about them. There is even a video showing you how to create them.

For the New Year’s Cocktail Cupcakes, I baked the cupcakes the same way as the Cocktail Cupcakes, using a white cake mix. Each glass fits about 1/3 of a cup of batter, bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, watching them closely.

They are decorated with white Buttercream Frosting, some I added white sugar pearls and the others I used a round tip to create the “bubbles” with a sprinkle of pearl dust.

Here is a closer view of the tops…

Now, in case you don’t have the Martini Glasses, can’t get them, or simply don’t want to use them. I created some other New Year’s Cupcakes for you also.

The two cupcakes toward the back have a swirl of Buttercream Frosting using the Giant Round Tip and a horn simply stuck into the frosting and cupcake.

The cupcake in the front is a re-creation from last year. Using AirHeads and Starburst candy that I heated for about 15 seconds in the microwave, form the champagne bottle, glasses and streamers.

Here are a few other ideas for you…

These Countdown Clock Cupcakes are super easy. You could even eat one every hour if you want.

And from this year, during the Holiday Cupcake Challenge

Champagne Buttercream and stars make these New Year’s Cupcakes special.

So tell me…do you have plans for New Year’s Eve?

Linking to…Made by you Monday, Get Your Craft On

Christmas Cupcakes:Cupcake Challenge Recap

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Well we did it! We baked, and created and shared for the whole month!! First we shared Flavored Cupcakes for the Holidays, then our Thanksgiving creations, next up were Christmas and lastly were New Year’s Cupcakes!

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered!! We still have voting going on, so we don’t have all the winners yet or an overall winner, but please vote and stop back to see who wins!!

Before we get started with the Cupcake Challenge, I have some cute little Christmas Ornament Cupcakes to share with you. I thought since many of us were putting our tree up and hanging ornaments, it would be a perfect time to share these with you.


Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Celebrate decking the halls this Christmas with these fun and festive Christmas Ornament Cupcakes from



  1. After your cupcakes have cooled, frost them.
  2. Pour colored sugar into a bowl, and dip the sides, then using a spoon, sprinkle sugar over the top covering the entire cupcake.
  3. For the hook, cut a small piece of licorice and with a toothpick carefully poke the licorice into the gumdrop.
  4. Add a small dab of frosting to the gumdrop and apply it to the cupcake.
  5. Then decorate with Sparkle Gels, frosting, and assorted candies.

Again, Thank You to everyone who enter the Holiday Cupcake Challenge!!

Week #1 – Holiday Flavor

  1. The winner for Week #1 – Holiday Flavor, sharing her Egg Nog Cupcakes is Ingredients of a Twenty Something.
  2. Sweet Potato Cupcakes shared by From Apples to Zucchini
  3. Apple Cider Cupcakes shared by Sugar Swings
  4. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes shared by Mommy Topics
  5. Peppermint Patty Cupcakes shared by From Glitter to Gumdrops
  6. Pumpkin Amish Cupcakes shared by Debbi Does Dinner
  7. Pumpkin Spice shared by Aunt Peg’s Recipe Box
  8. Apple Cider Cupcakes shared by The Boys Made Me Do It

Week #2 – Thanksgiving

  1. The winner of the Thanksgiving Cupcake Challenge was Ingredients of a Twenty Something, sharing her Pecan Pie Cupcakes.
  2. Snickerdoodle Cupcakes shared by Moms Crazy Cooking
  3. Turkey Cupcakes shared by Hun What’s for Dinner
  4. Thanksgiving Cupcakes shared by Mommy Topic
  5. Turkey Cupcakes shared by Sugar Swing
  6. Retro Thanksgiving Cupcakes shared by Hero Cake Pops
  7. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Cupcakes shared by From Glitter to Gumdrops
  8. Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cupcakes shared by Langes Fadchen, Faules Madchen

Week #3 – Christmas

  1. Winning the Christmas Cupcake Challenge with Pastel Christmas Cupcakes is Adventures in Saving
  2. Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes shared by Ingredients of a Twenty Something
  3. Christmas Cupcakes shared by Sugar Swing
  4. Christmas Ornament Cupcakes shared by Hun What’s for Dinner
  5. Naughty or Nice Cupcakes shared by From Glitter to Gumdrops
  6. Santa’s Crew shared by Mommy Topics
  7. Santa’s Bag Cupcakes shared by Susie’s Homemade

Week #4 – New Year’s and Christmas Cupcakes

Voting is open now…choose your favorite

  1. Champagne Cupcakes shared by From Glitter to Gumdrops
  2. Almond Champagne Cupcakes shared by Mommy Topics
  3. Champagne Cupcakes shared by Ingredients of a Twenty Something
  4. Miser Cupcakes for Christmas shared by Sugar Swings

I’m adding this re-cap post, because the linky closed and the voting started before Mommy Topics was able to add her post. You can leave a vote for her in the comments section or email me and I’ll add the vote. You can click on this picture or under Cupcake Tuesday linky you will see the entry.

It’s time to add your Re-cap post all of your entries,voting for an overall winner will begin next Tuesday. The winners will be chosen by you and your readers. So be sure to let me know!

I have also added a link for non-Challenge entries…please add your cupcakes there to share with everyone!


New Year’s Cupcakes for the Cupcake Challenge

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Welcome to the last week of The Holiday Cupcake Challenge! We have been celebrating the Holidays all month long with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s!

In case you are just joining us, let me update you a little…

Our first week we enjoyed Holiday Flavors and then it was all about Thanksgiving! We shared our Christmas Cupcakes last week!

When I started planning the Holiday Cupcake Challenge, I tried to come up with a different theme each week. And honestly, I wasn’t really thinking that we would be sharing New Year’s Cupcakes before Thanksgiving. So, I apologize!!

If you have a New Year’s Cupcake to share, great! If you still have Christmas Cupcakes you would like to share, I’m opening the Challenge up to include Christmas this week as well!!

Feel free to share your cupcake even if it’s not Christmas or New Year’s for Cupcake Tuesday!

New Year’s Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Quite awhile ago, we made Jolly Rancher Lollipops, so when I saw the idea in What’s New, Cupcake? book to use cookie cutters to mold hard candy, I thought they would be perfect to celebrate the New Year!!


New Year’s Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting

Ring in the New Year with New Year’s Cupcakes with Champagne Buttercream Frosting from


Candy Stars

  • Jolly Ranchers (we had to buy 3 small bags to get enough blue and purple)
  • cookie cutters
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • foil

Champagne Frosting


Candy Stars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Unwrap 4 Jolly Ranchers of the same flavor.
  4. Place them side by side like I have in the picture.
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  6. Note: In the What’s New, Cupcake? book , they crushed the candy before baking it. I wanted the stars to be a little thicker, so I didn’t crush mine.
  7. Bake for about 4-5 minutes, watch them closely, because they melt super fast.
  8. Heavily spray cookie cutters with cooking spray and push them into the candy.
  9. Let it cool until you can touch it.
  10. Carefully remove the foil from the back of the candy and VERY carefully break off the excess candy, then remove the star from the cookie cutter.
  11. Place them on wax paper (there is foil under the wax paper for the picture).
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  13. If you have some candy that breaks, like I did, that’s okay, you can still use them by placing that side into the frosting.

Champagne Frosting

  1. Beat the butter and shortening until creamy, gradually add the powdered sugar and Champagne until desired consistency. You may need to add a little more sugar or liquid depending on how thick or thin you want your frosting.
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Add the Decorations

  1. I baked my cupcakes in silver liners to add a little more sparkle!
  2. After your cupcakes (any flavor) have cooled, mound frosting in the middle and spread, covering the entire cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with white jimmies and white sugar pearls.
  4. Place your stars in the middle.
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And since we have a little challenge going on, let me update you…our first week Brenna of Ingredients of a 20something won the Holiday Flavor Challenge with her Egg Nog Cupcakes!! She won the What’s New Cupcake 2011 Calendar! The second week was Thanksgiving, today is the LAST DAY to vote!! And ummm…Brenna is winning again!! That is perfectly fine…just trying to get the competition heated up a little!


Cupcake Tuesday ~ Celebrating the New Year

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Wow! Can it really be? 2010? How exciting! I’m really looking forward to the New Year. I have always enjoyed starting fresh and being renewed.

And, of course, I couldn’t let the New Year arrive without a fun cupcake (or 2) to share with you.

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I decorated these with Airheads, soften them in the microwave for about 15 seconds then mold them into glasses, champagne bottle and cut a small strip and curl it for the streamer. These were very easy to make, I’m not much of an artist, but you get the idea.

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The countdown…

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These cupcakes were frosted with white buttercream and sprinkled with silver colored sugar. I placed them on a round tray and simply piped on the numbers for the clock. Added one in the middle and cut the hands of the clock out of cardstock.


Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!

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