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These cupcakes came to be back in the day when you could say I was quite obsessed with making cupcakes. I was just a little nutty about a show called Cupcake Wars.
I had an idea to make bubblegum cupcakes and I couldn’t rest until I had them perfect. Then I found it! Bubblegum Extract.
It’s hard to believe that teeny tiny bottle can hold such a fantastic bubblegum flavor, but it does.
You could use your own homemade white cake recipe, or you can use a box cake mix as I do. I always use a white cake mix and use sprinkles inside the cake batter to give it the colorful “gumball machine” look. You could use a Funfetti Cake mix to make it even easier.
Bubblegum Buttercream Frosting
But what bubblegum flavored cupcake recipe would be complete without the perfect frosting?
I used my buttercream frosting recipe, and again added some of that bubblegum essence. Now it was time to complete the look.
In my opinion, a bubblegum frosting recipe should, of course, be colored bubblegum pink! I always find the McCormick Neon Pink Gel Food Coloring to always look perfect.
I add a little bit at a time as the frosting whips in my mixer until the color I want is achieved.
How To Make the BEST Bubblegum Cupcakes
Honestly, cupcakes don’t get much easier to make than these. Like I said before, I always use a box white cake mix. You’ll need the ingredients the cake calls for, water, oil, and eggs, plus the bubblegum extract for flavoring.
The bubblegum frosting recipe uses butter, powdered sugar, milk, bubblegum extract, pink food coloring, and the gumballs and sparking sugar for decorating.
This recipe makes one dozen bubblegum cupcakes.
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- FOR THE CUPCAKES
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1/8 teaspoon bubblegum extract
- brightly colored sprinkles
- FOR THE FROSTING
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 teaspoon bubblegum extract
- bubblegum balls
- pink food coloring gel
- Make cake mix according to the package directions. Add 1/8 teaspoon of bubblegum extract. Fold in brightly colored sprinkles. Bake in cupcake liners. According to package instructions. Cool.
- To make frosting cream the butter in your mixer until it's fluffy. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, bubblegum extract and milk. Color with neon pink food coloring.
- Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Decorate with sugar crystals and a gumball.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 0gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g
Nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.
This recipe was originally published on October 22, 2011. It was updated to improve user experience and re-published on May 12, 2020.