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DIY Barnyard Party Cupcakes

If you haven’t yet seen the joint Barnyard Birthday Party I styled for my babies this year, then click here for all the details. Today I’ll be showing how I made the cute Barnyard Cupcake Pails for that party.

I got the idea from these metal pail cupcakes on this party I styled a while back. But to give it a farm look, I used green frosting instead (to look like grass), and shredded wheat cereal to emulate hay! :)

Materials + Ingredients Needed:
* Your fave cupcakes or muffins (to fit snugly inside your chosen metal pail)
* Cream Cheese Frosting
* Gel Green Food Coloring
* Piping Bag + Large French Star Tip
* Shredded wheat cereal
* Mini metal pails (from most craft stores) – Cleaned!
* Wooden Cupcake Picks
* Hot glue OR 1″ round stickers (from most office-supply stores) to stick animal toppers onto wooden cupcake picks.
* Double-sided tape

Barnyard Party

How to make your Barnyard Cupcakes:
1) Fit your cupcake inside your metal pails. I actually used large, chocolate chip muffins for a more “farmhouse look”, and unashamedly cut corners by buying from my local bakery to save time…
2) Tint your cream cheese frosting a little at time using a toothpick. Best to add small amounts of the gel and mix. Adjust color to your taste, but if making these a day or so in advance, know that the frosting darkens when dry so go easy on the color. Pipe a nice swirl of the frosting on top of each cupcake using your piping bag and tip – you could just also spread it on with a spoon!
3) Crumble on some shredded cereal on top (I got my little helpers involved at this stage)
4) Print and cut each printable animal topper and secure to a wooden cupcake pick with hot glue or the 1″ stickers at the back. Top each cupcake pail with a printable Farm Animal Cupcake Topper in the center for extra cuteness! Add a round personalized tag to the front of the pail with double-sided tape to complete the look.


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Tiffany is a stay at home mom to four ridiculously cute kids and wife to one smoking hot Mc Dreamy lookalike. She loves remodeling, chocolate chip cookies and sunshine. She is the founder of Making the World Cuter, a site committed to doing just what the title states; Making the world cuter, one kid, DIY, yummy treat or crafty thing at a time.

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