"Gumball" Cupcakes and a Discovery!

So let me start by saying that I saw this idea in a magazine…I don’t know when it was from, but I think it was a Rachael Ray magazine.  I tear pages out from magazines with recipes and/or ideas that I want to try, so I don’t have to save the entire magazine.  Sounds like I’m organized, eh?  Well, take a look in my pantry at all the random pages floating around, and you’ll see that while the “magazine rip” is good if the idea is thoroughly exercised (like putting said pages in a folder ~ genius!) in my world it is almost worse than keeping the pages in their respective magazines.
So, needless to say I think this is from Rachael Ray Everyday (but not entirely sure) from a few years ago (I think).  Sorry, I’m trying…really!
Now, with THAT out of the way, let’s move on quickly to my discovery…
I didn’t know it was possible and according to most you can’t freeze it because of the chemical reactions, blah blah blah.
I did a little research before-hand and for all intents and purposes it looked like, ideally, you should bake the batter and THEN freeze the baked cake/cupcake.  Well, that wasn’t going to happen on the particular day I made this batter, but I felt cake-guilt so I didn’t want to throw the batter out.  Enter Ziplock.
Begin super scientific experiment: Freeze Cake Batter.
So after 2 months of looking at the bag o’batter in my freezer I decided to give it a go.  Nothing to lose, right?!
I thawed out the batter in my fridge for a day.  Even I knew better then to try and thaw it in the microwave 😉
I decided on mini-cupcakes and pushed forward.
When they came out of the oven I was super surprised!
It worked!
See the pretty dome on the cupcake?
 Eat that science!
Now, I am not sure if this would be ok for a full cake, but I will tell you, those mini cupcakes were Cupcakelicious!
SO, I’m here to tell you , in a pinch, freeze it…you can make cupcakes for your kiddos and not have to make a full batch…that certainly saves my hips!
Now…onto what I did with frozen cake batter mini cupcakes ~
 Aren’t they adorable??
Easy and cute…here’s how I did it after the cupcakes were baked:
I found the red mini cupcake liners at Michaels…they were Wilton brand, so I am thinking you could find them at your local craft store too!
Now, this next step is optional, but recommended…
Gather decorations…
I could only find the individual packs of mini M&M’s, so estimate 1 individual pack per cupcake.  You’ll have a few extras, because there are not equal amounts of colors in each pack.  Apparently yellow must be an expensive color or something.  With the extras apply to Step 3 😉
Cut the whoppers in half.
You certainly don’t have to use whoppers, but they worked for me.
Same with the candy melts..you could use fondant, or Necco Wafers.
With a black food writer write on the back of the candy melts.
 Make sure you place the top cupcake on weighted evenly, otherwise they will tip over…those M&M’s add a little weight!
And voila ~
Pretty cute, huh?  I found that mini cupcakes worked for me, but I would imagine you could use regular size cupcakes, you would just have to use standard size M&M’s!
Hope you guys enjoy them!  I’m linking these up to Hoosier Homemade Cupcake Tuesday ~ fun place to get your weekly dose of cupcakery :)
Let me know if you have any experience in the freezing of batter…good or bad, I wanna know!

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73 Comments on ""Gumball" Cupcakes and a Discovery!"

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Susan Crabtree
May 4, 2010 1:14 pm

they are so SUPER cute! my kids would love these!

May 4, 2010 1:32 pm

I love that they're mini! Very high rating on the cuteness scale :)

May 4, 2010 1:40 pm

Cuteness! I love how those look.

May 4, 2010 1:54 pm

VERY cute!

May 4, 2010 1:55 pm

Aww, these are so cute and colorful!

May 4, 2010 2:39 pm

These are so cute. I have never frozen batter, but would love to know if you attempt it.

May 4, 2010 2:42 pm

super cute, i'm hosting an end of year preschool party and these would be ideal for it! thanks!!

Whimsy Cookie Co.
May 4, 2010 3:01 pm

Very very cute Shelly!! My boys would think this is so cool!! Thanks for sharing!!

May 4, 2010 3:11 pm

These cupcakes are adorable! My kids would love them.

I have never put cake batter int he freezer before but have put the cupcakes in the freezer. They freeze great and thaw fine. (Then I don't end up eating 24 cupcakes) =o)

Nicole Maki
May 4, 2010 3:13 pm

These are ridiculously cute and so clever.

With my giant children I'd probably have to make them regular cupcake size.

Love this. Thank you so much for the inspiration

P.S. Oh my gosh! You froze cake batter – and it worked!!!!

May 4, 2010 4:01 pm

those are SO CUTE!!!! I hope a party or something comes up soon so I can make them. Wonderful idea on freezing the batter and beautiful domes!

May 4, 2010 4:15 pm

I love those. So darn cute! Great tip with the freezing of cake batter! Thanks!

Sara Tea
May 4, 2010 4:50 pm

what a great idea! you're so creative!!

Pink Little Cake
May 4, 2010 5:07 pm

This is a wonderful idea!! you did great. thanks for the tutorial.

May 4, 2010 5:15 pm

Those are ADORABLE! great idea!

May 4, 2010 5:30 pm

Such a cute idea – I love these!

And freezing cake batter – I never thought that was possible. I freeze leftover cupcakes pretty often, but the cupcakes always seem sticky on the top after they thaw. Maybe freezing the batter is a better solution!

May 4, 2010 6:38 pm

I've frozen cake batter for years… I learned from my mom. I guess I didn't realize you weren't supposed to.

I do usually (but not always)add it to another fresh batch when I use it.

Cute cupcakes, too!

Erin Elizabeth
May 4, 2010 7:44 pm

so cute! what an awesome idea.

May 4, 2010 7:46 pm

OMG, SOOOOO Cute! Thanks for sharing!

Cupcake Activist
May 4, 2010 8:44 pm

Wow, super cute idea! I have no idea they were cupcakes laying on their side. Love these! I've never tried freezing cake dough. I'll take your word for it that it works.

May 4, 2010 8:48 pm

stupendous! i've never seen such an original and adorable cupcake idea–nicely done. your execution is perfect, and i'm so glad the scraps weren't wasted. that'd be tragic. and who knew cake batter froze so well? excellent tip.

Pam Ponder
May 4, 2010 10:17 pm

now those are soo cute!!!

May 4, 2010 11:26 pm

My gosh these are adorable! Perfect for a kids party…or for a group of medical students in severe need of a pick-me-up after five hours of class. I am definitely bookmarking this idea.

Cookie Sleuth
May 5, 2010 4:09 am

So cute! Thanks for the detailed instructions and pictures. You make the recipe a lot less scary!

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}
May 5, 2010 5:57 am

They look so cute!!!! What a fabulous job you did.
I always freeze cake batter! I have a huge freezer and freeze most everything. Cake batter comes out great :)

May 5, 2010 10:02 am

Omg wow what a cool idea :) these would be perfect for a kids party, it would be so cool if you made the frosting bubblegum flavour as well :D.

May 5, 2010 10:24 am

Oh my goodness! They are adorable!
I've never tried freezing cake batter either – thanks for the tip.

I run for cake!
May 5, 2010 12:23 pm

I think these are the absolute CUTEST cupcakes I have ever seen in my entire life! I am in love with the gumball cupcakes! I think they turned out great and I can't wait to give them a try!

May 5, 2010 1:20 pm

So cute! I've never frozen cake batter before, but now that you've documented your adventure I'll give it a try next time!

May 5, 2010 1:33 pm

Oh those a so CUTE! And I love your Cupcakealicous! :-)
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!

May 5, 2010 1:34 pm

These are so super cute! Have you ever frozen decorated sugar cookies?? I'm going to try it! :)

May 5, 2010 2:19 pm

Pretty clever and cute! You did good and gave a great lesson!

May 5, 2010 2:33 pm

Oh Em Gee….how stinkin cute are these?? I am in total mini cupcake envy right now!! Beautiful work!! :)

Shauna from Piece of Cake
May 5, 2010 3:35 pm

Oh! LOVE. So perfect and creative! You are the best mom ever.

Shauna from Piece of Cake
May 5, 2010 3:36 pm

And the batter freezing just blew my mind.

May 6, 2010 1:56 am

these are so cute, perfect for a play date..


Sue Sparks
May 6, 2010 3:41 am

So cute and clever! Thanks for the freezing tips! You did all the scientific experimenting for us:)

Monica H
May 6, 2010 7:31 am

I never even thought to freeze cupcake batter but I'm glad it worked!

These cupcakes are super cute and I love that cupcake top sandwich- mmm!

Brisbane Baker
May 6, 2010 11:18 am

LOVE these. Really reminds me of the gumball machine cake on Ace of Cakes :)


May 6, 2010 3:59 pm

Oh my gosh, these are stinkin' adorable. What kid wouldn't go crazy over having a treat that looks just like a gumball machine? I love it!

I'm also really happy to hear that your frozen batter baked up so well. That's definitely something I'll keep in mind!

May 6, 2010 5:36 pm

You are so crafty: frozen batter andddd a cute gumball design. :) amazing

May 6, 2010 5:45 pm

i know I already commented but i wanted you to know, i made these today. i was actually making a cake and had leftover batter. i found the red liners at hobby lobby. i will try it next time with mini cupcakes

bridget {bake at 350}
May 6, 2010 9:13 pm

A. I cut the same cupcake out of the same magazine…you're right, I think it was from a couple years ago. Great minds, um, tear out the same things from magazines! Yours are darling!

B. Frozen BATTER!!! Genius! That makes me want to go home and whip up some batter just for the heck of it.

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch
May 6, 2010 9:18 pm

These are seriously the cutest thing I've seen in a while. My kids would LOVE them!

I host a Messy Monday and Transform Tuesday linky parties. I would really love for you to link these up to one of them.


May 7, 2010 12:01 am

Freezing batter? That is genius! I can make a few cupcakes whenever that sweet tooth hits. The gumball machines are soooo adorable!!!

May 7, 2010 2:09 am

VERY cute! Thanks for the frozen batter tip. Good to know for thos times you don't want to bake up all of a batter.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
May 7, 2010 2:01 pm

Frozen cake batter!! Wow. Thanks for the super scientific experiment 😛 :)

These gumballs are beyond adorable!

May 8, 2010 3:17 pm

These are too cute! I love it!

Stumbling this one…

May 8, 2010 5:20 pm

Oh, those are too too adorable!
Great job =).

~Kurious Kittteh

May 8, 2010 9:36 pm

Great job, those are so cute.