"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!

72 Responses

  1. 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)

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. HoosierHomemade

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

  14. betchacanteatjustone

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

  15. Kristan

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

  16. Monica H

    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!

  17. oneordinaryday

    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!

  18. trooppetrie

    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

  19. bridget {bake at 350}

    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.

  20. Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch

    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.


  21. Cinnamon-Girl

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

  22. Ingrid

    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.

  23. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]

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

    These gumballs are beyond adorable!

  24. Julie

    You remembered correctly–the gumball cupcake came from the August 2008 Rachael Ray Magazine. I designed the gumball cupcake and entered in the contest. It was fun to see it in print in the magazine. Yours look very cute you did a great job!

  25. cookies and cups

    Thanks Julie! I was surprised that they didn't really "credit" anyone in the publication…or maybe I missed that too!
    Such a cute idea ~ glad you found them!

  26. Murfra

    These are adorable! I wonder how it would work though to use the tops you cut off to make the tops–frosting in the middle of two of them to make them round (that's what I was thinking you did until I got to the end where you put the other cupcake on top.
    Very good to know you can freeze the batter for cupcakes!

  27. BigBearswife

    a-ma-zing!!!!!!!!! what a cute cupcake!! Julie did and great job designing them for the magazine contest and you did a great making them too!

  28. Amy

    Thanks! I have been looking for cupcake/cake gum ball ideas and these win by far. My daughter is thrilled! We’ll be having them later this month for her birthday party.

    1. shelly

      I imagine it would. I used a boxed cake mix to try out the experiment, so I can only go based on that, not a scratch mix.

  29. Julie

    Hi! Just happen to run across your cupcake picture on Pinterest. I was so tickled to see it—I was the creator of the cupcake. I had entered it in the Rachael Ray Magazine cutest cupcake contest in 2008. It was in the August 2008 edition, page 30 (in the “Yum” section). You did an amazing job recreating it! Happy baking!! Julie

  30. JustRosy

    Very cute! Love the frozen then fridge-thawed batter idea.

    It would also work to cut each cupcake in half, turn half of the bottoms upside down, creating bases, like you showed here, but instead of eating any of the tops, set them all aside to use later. Discard the other half of the bottoms (those are great for snacking). Turn all of the top halves round-side-down. Put frosting on the flat parts of half of the tops, then place the flat parts of the other half of the tops down, creating frosting sandwiches that look like balls. On each ball, cut a small flat part off of one side, discard it, then put a little frosting on that newly cut flat part of the ball. Set the ball down onto one of the bases, then finish frosting it. For those who can’t have chocolate melts because of milk allergies, Skittles will work just fine for this project.

  31. hi, i just came across this adorable cupcake idea of yours, so i pinned it & shared it on facebook. i can’t wait to make these for my granddaughter’s birthday, plus we got her a real gumball machine, how fun will this be, thanks so much

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