Bubblegum Cupcakes made with bubblegum soda, extra bubblegum flavoring, a box white cake mix and a simple frosting with fun sprinkles and a gumball on top!
Every once in awhile, you just need to bake up something extra girly and fun! These Bubblegum Cupcakes would be perfect for a birthday party for a girl of any age. Decorate with really fun sprinkles and a big bright pink gumball on the top and we are ready to PAR-TAY!
You may remember those delicious 7UP Cupcakes from last St. Patrick’s Day (click HERE) made with soda. I love baking with soda for a few reasons.
- soda makes your cake super fluffy and moist
- soda is just fun to bake with
- soda adds lot’s of great flavor
- soda makes baking easy!
You can make these cupcakes in any color you wish. The bubblegum soda itself is blue so the cupcakes will come out a blue color, I added a bit of red to turn give them a purple tint. Adding even more color to the cake batter would make these even brighter! The frosting color is completely your choice! Go blue, pink, purple, white… maybe a swirl of two colors.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees after letting the unsalted butter sit out a bit to soften. Gather a couple mixing bowls, hand or stand mixer, ingredients from recipe card below, a small plate with sprinkles poured in, the gumballs, muffin pan and cupcake liners. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan and start the cake batter.
Use your mixer to make the butter creamy and add in all other cupcake ingredients in. The bubblegum soda will add flavor but if you want more, add a drop of bubblegum flavoring. Pour the batter into liners filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes in the oven and let cool.
Time for frosting! Use the hand mixer again to mix the butter and vegetable shortening until creamy. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and a drop of bubblegum flavoring. Pick a color for the frosting and add in desired amount. I have made these Bubble Cupcakes a few times and wish I would have made the color more vibrant this round, however, they are still pretty without the added food dye. Mix until smooth. I did not add any other liquid in todays frosting, normally a couple tablespoons of milk would be necessary but it was at a good thickness without. So, if your frosting is too thick, add a pinch of milk. If the frosting ends up too runny, add in more confectioners sugar. If you want to go big with the frosting, make a bit more frosting than instructions say.
Place your bubblegum frosting into a pastry bag with large tip. Frost each cupcake starting with just a ring around each. Dip each cupcake onto the sprinkle covered plate gently to decorate. Finish frosting each cupcake with a dollop of frosting on top. Add your gumball to complete. This recipe will make about 20 cupcakes.