Cheater Cupcakes

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Hi Everyone!

We had our daughters birthday party this past weekend and I was definitely lacking in the preparation department. Usually I am planning out her party for at least 4 weeks or so – this year I think I had about 4 or 5 days, and not full days either – pretty much just my evenings since I work full time.

I needed a quick treat to put in the loot bags so I purchased a lemon cake mix, a can of buttercream frosting, blue sugar and pretty cupcake liners {actually the liners are for Easter, but they were just too cute that I couldn’t pass them up}

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It takes about 5 minutes to whip up a cake mix right?

I used regular cupcake liners in my muffin tins and then when the cupcakes were baked and cooled I placed them in these fancy liners. I piped on the frosting using a frosting bag and tip – nothing fancy, I’m definitely not a cake decorator I just piped it around in circles working from the outside in until the top of the cupcake was covered. Sprinkle on coloured sugar and you’re done!

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I also picked up these clear bags at the dollar store – 24 for $1 – fantastic!

Put you cupcake inside and they are all nice and packaged…you could take it a step further and make a pretty tag or add ribbon but like I said, I was pressed for time!

These were going inside a loot bag and would be ripped open and eaten anyways, so I figured why bother dressing it up.

Still they look great and they took no time at all!!

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  1. They do look fantastic…and delicious! Pretty liners too. Thanks for sharing them at the Rock N Share!

  2. Beautiful! Love how cute paper liners can take it to the next level with no effort at all!
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  3. I love simple easy stuff like this! The liners and the clear baggies really do make them look awesome with out the extra effort.
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  4. Really cute idea and it looks really FAB! Perfect for celebration, this idea is bookmarked! Thank you for sharing Sarah!
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  5. Very cute!

  6. You make it sound so effortless, but it sure looks pretty! Nice job!
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  7. So pretty all wrapped up in the Easter cupcake liners and baggies – definitely don’t look like cheating to me! I didn’t know the dollar store had baggies, but I’ll have to look the next time I’m there. Thanks for the wonderful tip and for sharing your sweet cupcakes. I’m sure they were a hit!
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  8. OMG these look so yum and easy! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party!! Hope to see you!

  9. What a cute and yummy favor! I love the cupcake liners…so pretty!
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  10. Yummy. Cupcakes are delicious no matter how long they take to bake ;) I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  11. I love them! Looks like fancy something from the cake shop! Cant believe the bags so cheap from dollar store!!
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  12. So cute! What a great idea.
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  13. These are darling! The liners are so cute, they really dress them up :)

  14. I’ve been known to make ‘cheater’ cupcakes a time or two…but the kiddos never seem to notice. These are so lovely I’m sure no one would think twice!
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  15. They look wonderful. I must go get some of those plastic bags at the dollar store. There are such pretty cupcake papers these days. I just picked up a batch at TJ Maxx. The way you show them would be a great way to take them to school parties.

  16. Those liners are fantastic! Those turned out so cute!
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  17. Awesome cupcakes! Seems the way of the world today to be pressed for time! Thanks for the cheater tip… PS I’m following you pretty much every were, love your stuff…

    ~Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
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  18. Your cupcakes are so pretty! I bet they taste just fine too, there’something about presentation – if it looks good, it will be!
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  19. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!
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  20. These look fantastic! Great idea ;)
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  21. Such a clever idea- it’s all in the presentation!
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  22. They look fantastic for cake mix cupcakes! You would never know by looking at ‘em! :)

    Gorgeous photos!

  23. Now that is my kind of cupcake! LOVELY!!!
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  24. Thanks for this post! I love anything cupcakes especially when its designed to make them easier to enjoy!
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  25. Oh my goodness!! How smart are you?? I love it!!

  26. Colored sugar and pretty liners help to dress up any cupcake. thanks for sharing with SYC.
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  27. Very cute grab and go gifts :) Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative.

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  28. They look great!! So pretty all dressed up you would never know that they only took a few minutes to whip up!
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  29. So pretty!! Nice job. Thanks for linking this up at Romance on a dime!
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  30. What beautiful cupcakes and I love the presentation. It looks like you slaved away for hours ~ such a great idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ I’m adding this beauty to the party board ~

    Hugs, Mary Beth
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  31. So pretty they way you styled them!

  32. These look amazing! What a great tip for last-minute party planners {like ourselves!} Thanks for sharing :)

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