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Mini Cupcakes for the Win!

I heart mini cupcakes.  I know that they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think that they’re pretty fantastic… especially for 1st birthdays!  We took a little road trip down to California for my god-daughter, Savannah’s 1st birthday party… and as a good cupcakin’ auntie, I made all of the cupcakes for the party!

Here’s the thing about mini cupcakes, they don’t really look like a ton of cupcakes when they’re on display, but 120 mini cupcakes goes a long way!

Instead a super long post with step-by-step directions for each cupcake, I figured I would link to the recipes that I used, just so you can get an idea of what worked for me ;)

I made 2 dozen mini cupcakes in 5 different cupcake varieties:

I modified all of the recipes to make 1 dozen regular sized cupcakes, which basically turns into 2 dozen mini cupcakes.  I kept it simple and used white, mini cupcake liners and 2 pastry tips from Bake It Pretty (Giant Closed Star Pastry Tip and Super Star Giant Pastry Tip).

I think the biggest hit of the party was cookie dough, but I’m guessing that’s because they had little chocolate chip cookies on them :) Cupcakes & cookies=win for the kids!  I went with a semi-homemade version of these cupcakes and instead of making chocolate chip cookies, I just bought a bag of bite sized chips ahoy cookies.

If you’re planning a party, consider mini cupcakes.  The birthday girl had about 3 banana & nutella cupcakes… she totally loved them!  I decided to display them on a large platter, just to keep set-up easy since we were at a park… but, I also have a mini cupcake stand that is super cute!

If you have any questions, as always, please let me know!

Mahalo! xo-Jenn


Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Could you please tell me the bake time for your mini cupcakes & did you use a simple syrup before you iced them? Thanks!

Betsy Eves

Thursday 19th of February 2015

I always check them after about 8-10 minutes. :) But oven times vary.


Tuesday 7th of August 2012

Hi, I was wondering how much you modified your recipe for cookie dough mini cupcakes. Id love to make minis but dont know how much of the ingredients i need to mix to make a dozen. Thanks! I love your cupcakes btw :)

Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

Thursday 9th of August 2012

Usually a dozen regular cupcakes = 2-3 dozen mini's. Sometimes more. I usually don't make one dozen mini's at a time because the amount of batter you'd need is so small... it's almost impossibly to make only that much.