"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!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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72 Responses
  1. betchacanteatjustone

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

  2. HoosierHomemade

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

  3. Lucie

    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!

  4. I run for cake!

    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!

  5. Natalie...

    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.

  6. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    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 🙂

  7. Joanne

    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.

  8. grace

    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.

  9. Cupcake Activist

    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.

  10. Di

    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!

  11. Molly

    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!

  12. roxan

    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!

  13. Nicole Maki

    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!!!!

  14. Erin

    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)

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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