Sometimes I enjoy walking around the mall.  I rarely ever buy anything (unless Anthropologie has a sale), but Atlanta is really hot and the mall is air-conditioned, and there is coffee…

…anyway I was browsing the home department at Macy’s and saw these adorable glitter pom pom cupcake toppers from Martha Stewart, and decided that I must make my own.  I’ve been searching all over the vast internets to find a picture so you can see how similar they look, but alas I have come up empty handed.

I picked up two packs of glitter pom poms from Michael’s and just twisted some toothpicks into them, and voila!  These look almost Seussian in silliness, and I am not a very good icing piper, however, I still really love the way they turned out!

I’m definitely going to have to recreate these for Christmas and New Years!


I used a box of Funfetti cake mix (it was on super sale…sue me), but I made the icing from scratch.  I want to share the recipe because the gentleman informed me that this was the best icing he had ever had, and that made me very happy!

Homemade Buttercream Icing


1 cup unsalted butter (softened, but try to keep it out and organically soften instead of microwaving it)

3-4 cups powdered sugar (now, you are supposed to sift it, but I am too impatient and never do.  I’ve never had an issue though)

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbs vanilla extract (make your own here!)

up to 4 tbs milk or heavy cream (i usually use half&half since I always have some on hand)


1.  In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.

2.  Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn mixer on the lowest speed, or else you will have a very difficult clean-up ahead of you.

3.  Return the mixer speed to medium and add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tbs of the milk/cream.  Beat for 3 minutes.

4.  Now you need to decide if your frosting needs a stiffer consistency (add the remaining powdered sugar), or thinned out (add the additional milk, 1 tbs at a time).

5.  I always use Wilton food color gels when I make icing because, let’s face it, colored icing is super fun.  So, if you would like, add a bit of food coloring and mix on slow until combined!

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6 Responses to Make: Cupcake Toppers + Icing Recipe

  1. Kelli says:

    What a good idea! So simple yet SO cute! :) Thank you for sharing, I am going to pin it!

  2. Anna says:

    love the idea! but I like your icing even better! such a fun and delicious looking cupcake. would you mind sharing which tip you used to create it?
    thanks, anna

    • lexy says:

      Thank you! I’m sure there is a fancy term for this tip, but it looks like a flower with 6 petals. I would totally take a picture if I had cleaned it! (it is still sitting in my sink…gross!)

  3. Lindsay Jo says:

    These are adorable! I love how you iced the cupcakes. It gives them personality.

  4. kelsey says:

    I love this idea! I’m totally going to try this out some time :]

  5. I *adore* these toppers! And you never buy anything in a mall?! You’re better than me ;)

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