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    filed under: Cupcakes on April 30, 2016

    Design the perfect Sixlet Cupcake is easy with my tried and true formula!

    I noticed that I have been using a lot, a lot of Sixlets in my cupcake designs lately. So I figured why not put them all together and show YOU how to do it too!

    I happen to have a lot of Sixlet’s candies on hand and store them in my Sprinkles Cabinet. I like to buy them from Amazon in larger quantities as it is MUCH cheaper.

    Seriously the easiest way to decorate cupcakes and so stinkin delicious!

    How to Decorate Cupcakes

    Whether you’re a seasoned cupcake-decorating pro or a complete rookie when it comes to frosting cupcakes, I’ve got a decorating tip that will help you make one heckuva beautiful cupcake! Follow my simple steps for how to decorate cupcakes, how to frost cupcakes, and even how to use what you have in your cupboard to create beautiful designs.

     

    Sprinkles Cabinet with jars of Sixlet's

    With a big variety of colors available it is to create a customized design for every holiday and occasion.

    How to decorate cupcakes with delicious Sixlets candies!

    Like birthdays…

     

    Sixlets Cupcakes for New Years Eve

    or New Year’s Eve…

    Seriously the easiest way to decorate cupcakes and so stinkin delicious!

    Or Christmas…

    The Perfect White Wedding Cupcakes

    or even Wedding Cupcakes!!

    Seriously the easiest way to decorate cupcakes and so stinkin delicious!

    I LOVE how easy they are. This was decorated with an 8B tip and then the Sixlets were added to one side.

    One thing you may have noticed in all of these designs is that it is a variation of sizes of sprinkles.

    How to Make the PERFECT Sixlet Cupcake!

    pearl gems

    How to Decorate Cupcakes with Sprinkles

    You will need:

    Sixlets

    medium round (these are called pearlized sprinkles, pearl sprinkles, candy beads, or pearl gems)

    round sprinkles often called nonpareils

    My SECRET tip to the perfectly decorated cupcake!

    nonpareils

    The combination of these three sizes really makes for a beautiful juxtaposition. You can also add in some disco dust or edible glitter for a fun effect!

    Seriously the easiest way to decorate cupcakes and so stinkin delicious!

    Assembling them is beyond easy. Gather the sprinkles of choice (I am a big fan of a color theme or making these with a special occasion in mind, like New Years.) and start by placing the sixlets on the cupcake. Then add the next smallest size or the medium pearl gems. Finally, sprinkle some of the nonpareils over the top!

    I have a little video from facebook where I show how to assemble.

    Seriously the easiest way to decorate cupcakes and so stinkin delicious!

    4.94 from 32 votes
    Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ultimate Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    18 mins
    Total Time
    33 mins
     

    Having this classic recipe in your recipe box is a must! These perfect Chocolate Cupcakes are paired with the most amazing Chocolate Frosting. These amazing moist chocolate cupcakes will be your new favorite!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with the Ultimate Chocolate Frosting
    Servings: 12 -14 cupcakes
    Author: Amanda
    Ingredients
    Chocolate Cupcakes
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) unsalted butter
    • 2 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
    • 2 large eggs at room temperature
    • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
    • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped
    • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks or 339g) unsalted butter
    • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
    • 2 cups (250g) confectioners sugar
    • 1/4 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 4 -5 tablespoons brewed hot coffee
    Instructions
    Chocolate Cupcakes
    1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. This recipe makes 12-14 cupcakes, so prepare one pan (or maybe two) with cupcake liners.
    2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between each time. Set aside.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and whisk on medium speed until smooth. (about 1 minute)

    4. In a medium sized bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until thoroughly combined.
    5. Add the cooled butter/chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until smooth, about 30 seconds.
    6. Slowly add in the flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time with the stand mixer on low.
    7. As soon as you are done adding the flour turn the mixer off. (You do not want to over-mix!)
    8. The batter will be very thick.
    9. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. The center of the cupcake should spring back up if gently pressed.
    Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
    1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. (should be about 1 1/2 minutes total)
    2. Place room temperature butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer, starting on low, then increasing speed to medium-high. Cream together until light, fluffy, and a pale yellow.
    3. In a separate bowl, add 4 tablespoons of hot coffee to cocoa and stir. If the mixture is still very thick, you can add 1 more tablespoon of hot coffee.
    4. Turn the mixer off and add in cooled chocolate and cocoa/coffee mixture.
    5. Turn mixer on to the lowest setting and add in confectioners sugar, 1 cup at a time. Once incorporated, turn mixer on high for 1-2 minutes.
    6. Frosting will darken as it sets.
    7. Make sure cupcakes are cool before frosting.
    8. Garnish with sprinkles (chocolate jimmies) if you want!

    I love using my Ultimate Chocolate Cupcake recipe above but have also used my white cupcake recipe in these images. I used my favorite whipped vanilla buttercream to pipe. (I love the 8B tip for Sixlets Cupcakes!)

    Check out my other cupcake decorating here!

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    Comments

    You’re so creative! Can you please share the manufacturer of the 88 tip you used? Thanks so much!

      Its 8B (eightB) and I think it was Bakery Crafts.

    Where do you order your sixlets/sprinkles from? I love the colours.

    Another winning tutorial I read and wished I could replicate! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    Thank you for your tutorials and recipes. I used your recipes for my icing for Wedding cupcakes and they were perfect!

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