It was my friend Holly's birthday on the 8th and we had recently seen a similar cupcake on Pinterest. She mentioned to me how cool it would be to have something like that for her birthday, so I decided to make these for her as a surprise.
I decided I would try to make mirror the cupcakes after Holly's favourite Starbucks fares the Iced Caramel Frappucino, and both of our new Winter favourite, the Caramel Brulee Macchiato.
Starbucks recently offered not only $2 Holiday Lattes, but BOGO lattes as well. Because our Starbucks is in our Safeway, you also get a free coupon for a free tall drink if you fill out their survey. Needless to say, we have been going to Starbucks quite a bit lately. These cupcakes seemed like the perfect treat to make.
- 2 starbucks straws, cut into quarters
- 3 cups Whipped Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce
- 2 pieces of good quality cardstock
- double sided tape
My first step was to make the cupcake liners.
First I took the logo from the Starbucks website and printed it off on cardstock (12 to a sheet). I cut these by hand using a pair of craft scissors.
Next, I found a background similar to the Starbucks Holiday cups, and printed it off on one sheet of the cardstock.
Then, I used a paper cutter to cut my paper. I made each cupcake liner 1.83" wide, and the width of the paper across. You will get 6 cupcake liners per 8 1/2 x 11 page.
I stuck the Starbucks logo's on the paper strips using double sided tape. It is important to place the tape over the entire back of the logo (cutting off any excess) so that when it bends around the cupcake it stays flat.
* Note - I brought the cupcakes over to Holly's a few hours after I finished assembling them. By the time I got there, the icing had started to "melt" the top edges of the card stock. If you are serving them right away, no problem. If you are planning on serving them a bit later like I did, I would suggest lining the inside of the cupcakes liners with wax paper.
Next, place the liners around the cupcakes, sealing them at the back with double sided tape. I put the cupcakes on a foil lined cookie sheet, although I'm sure you could always do something fancier.
Place a tsp of homemade caramel on the top of each cupcake.
Top cupcakes with frosting, using a piping bag.
Top "Frappuccino's" with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a straw quarter.
Top "Caramel Brulee's" with hard toffee bits.