I have a fun idea for those of you that are Starbucks fans. These cupcakes are really simple to make and I think they are very cute and whimsical!
My 6 year old has made incredible progress with her sight words at school and once the children reach a certain goal, the teacher rewards them with a Starbucks hot chocolate they get to drink in class.
Now my girls love Starbucks hot chocolate (we have a homemade recipe for Starbucks hot chocolate that I make all the time) and I thought it would be fun to make a second treat to celebrate her accomplishments.
So I made these little Starbucks cupcakes and really these can be made into any flavor. Since she already had the chocolate, I thought I would do a caramel cupcake. For the adults I added just a little bit of sea salt and for the kiddos I skipped that step.
I was a little short on time so I made the cupcake batter and the frosting and then just used a jar caramel sauce to drizzle on top.
I used white cupcake liners which I wasn’t thrilled with but I couldn’t find really dark espresso colored ones. I think if you do find them, they might look better.
After I made the cupcakes and let them cool and frosted them, I drizzled a tiny bit of caramel over the top and then sprinkled with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.
Once that was finished, I pulled a Starbucks™ logo off the internet and just put it into a Word doc. I made several logos per page in the right size to fit the cupcakes and then cut them out by hand.
Also I grabbed a few extra straws while I was in a Starbucks recently and cut those down (you get about about 4 mini straws per regular size Starbucks straw.)
And that was it!
I think these would have turned out a lot better if I had the right size frosting tip on hand. The larger Wilton tip would have looked much nicer, but well… I have had 4 of them and each has come to an untimely demise. (Mental note: add large Wilton tip to shopping list.)
I packaged up a few extras to take for the teachers and for those I just put the plain cupcake in a plastic cup and tied with a bag and ribbon. Then I just used a bit of glue to adhere the Starbucks logo on.
To get the logo to adhere to the cupcakes, I used just a tiny dab of hot glue- pretty much where the two stars are located- and they stayed in place.
If you decide to try this out please come back and let me know what you thought! I can tell you I was really happy with the results and everyone loved these.
NOTE: Starbucks is a registered Trademark and is not affiliated with this blog in any way. Normally I would not have taken their image to use (the cupcakes are still really cute without it) but this idea actually came from Starbucks directly! A very long time I saw these on the Starbucks Facebook page. I believe this idea may have originated from Kim’s Kitchen and she has a recipe to actually use Starbucks Via in the cupcakes.
Oh and one other note– originally I was planning to use a cuff sleeve around the cupcake similar to what you see on your Starbucks cup. I found that even a tiny bit of caramel sauce, frosting etc.. that dripped down made the sleeve look messy and not as appealing. I thought the cut out shape of the logo just glued onto the cupcake liner resulted in a nicer presentation. The cupcake liner is much more forgiving of any little drips or spills then a piece of white paper cut as a sleeve.