Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes

Mark’s birthday was last week and as a fun (and super easy) dessert for his birthday the children decided that they wanted to make “Spaghetti and Meatball” Cupcakes.

No, it's not a big plate of spaghetti, they're cupcakes!

We got this idea from the adorable book Hello, Cupcake! After the kids and I had so much fun making the hamburger and ant cupcakes that we made for Memorial Day, I saw the book ‘Hello Cupcake’ in the store and purchased it for Sadie, our 6 year old gourmet wannabe.

This book is perfect for children because it doesn’t require special, hard-to-find tools or ingredients and the techniques are simple and explained clearly.

We did things the easy way and purchased vanilla cake mix and pre-made frosting (I know, I know after all my talk about making things from scratch, I’m using the 2-week old baby excuse. )

Ingredients we used to make 20 cupcakes/2 platters of spaghetti:

  • Vanilla cake mix
  • White frosting
  • White cupcake papers
  • Cocoa powder (for tinting frosting)
  • yellow food coloring (for tinting frosting)
  • sandwich bag (for creating the pasta)
  • hazelnut chocolates (Ferrero Rocher)
  • low-sugar strawberry preserves
  • 2 TBL white chocolate

We tinted the frosting with a bit of cocoa powder and yellow food coloring until it looked the right color for pasta

and then laid 10 cupcakes out on each of two platters.  Before we started making the ‘noodles’ the children lightly frosted each cupcake.

For the ‘noodles’ we spooned frosting into a sandwich bag, cut a very small hole in the corner and squeezed ‘noodles’ all over the frosted cupcakes ( I was nursing the baby and didn’t get a picture before the kids started adding meatballs).For the meatballs we opened the hazelnut chocolates, tossed them with strawberry preserves

and spooned one onto each cupcake.

For the finishing touch we finely grated some white chocolate and sprinkled over the top of the ‘spaghetti and meatballs’.  Next we topped each plate of  ‘spaghetti’ with birthday candles and served to the best husband/daddy in the world.

These cupcakes are SUPER easy and the children (9 and younger) were able to do everything with only minimal supervision.

This post is linked to Cupcake Tuesday at Hoosier Homemade.

Happy Birthday, Mark.  I’m very grateful to be able to grow OLD with you. ♥

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28 Responses to Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes
  1. AllieZirkle
    July 27, 2010 | 7:46 am

    Love these! What a great photo of your Hubby too!

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  2. Mrs. White
    July 27, 2010 | 8:33 am

    Wow! That is so creative! It sounds delicious!

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  3. Cynthia
    July 27, 2010 | 9:15 am

    They did such a good job! The picture really fooled me…looks just like spaghetti!

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  4. Phyllis
    July 27, 2010 | 9:41 am

    These would be great for those April Fool’s Day cute trick desserts.

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  5. pamela ponder
    July 27, 2010 | 9:54 am

    oh my these are too cute I am so trying these out, thanks…

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  6. valerie
    July 27, 2010 | 11:10 am

    all my daughter and I keep saying as we look at this is “ahhhhhhh chocolate….ahhhhhhh frosting…..ahhhhhhh yummmmmm”. thanks for sharing!

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  7. Kate @ Bliss & That
    July 27, 2010 | 11:23 am

    Those are sooo cute, and I bet yummy too! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

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  8. aimee
    July 27, 2010 | 11:46 am

    Those turned out great! I’ll have to try this out!

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  9. zeemaid
    July 27, 2010 | 12:53 pm

    Wow, those look awesome! I really did think it was spaghetti and meatballs from the first photo. Great job!

    Stopping over from Blog Frog!

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  10. Jami
    July 27, 2010 | 3:12 pm

    I love these! What a fun idea!

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  11. Jennifer Jordan
    July 27, 2010 | 3:55 pm

    I checked this book out earlier this year and made these for my son’s b-day. LOVE this book!

    http://jordanfamilyhappenings.blogspot.com/2010/04/happy-birthday-to-jeremiah.html

    Have you seen the new one?
    http://www.hellocupcakebook.com/

    We look forward to trying some more of them….they are so easy, but look great!

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  12. ali @ an ordinary mom
    July 27, 2010 | 5:09 pm

    Cute! That may be the funniest set of cupcakes I’ve ever seen! (and I may have to do that for my husband’s upcoming birthday!!) Too cute!

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  13. Liz@HoosierHomemade
    July 27, 2010 | 5:50 pm

    Oh Kimberly, those turned out great! And what fun for the kids to do for their Daddy’s bday!
    Thanks so much for sharing them on Cupake Tuesday!
    I hope you can join us for the Cupcake Challenge next month! It’s gonna be a blast!!
    ~Liz

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  14. Sandy Smith
    July 27, 2010 | 6:37 pm

    LOVE the Cupcakes!! Looked wonderful!! Master chefs in your house!!

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  15. Emily
    July 27, 2010 | 9:38 pm

    I love this! My kids and I will be making these soon! They are 6, 4, 2 (and six months, but she’s no help in the kitchen! 😉 But my 3 older one’s will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Jena
    July 28, 2010 | 9:20 am

    I made these for MY hubby for our anniversary dinner with the kids last year! They were SUCH a hit! Glad they were with your family too!

    The books are amazing and so much fun.

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  19. Andrea @ Simple Organized Living
    July 31, 2010 | 2:09 pm

    So Cute…how creative if you!

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  20. Jenn @ Beautiful Calling
    July 31, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    These are adorable!!

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  21. Becky @ Our Peaceful Home
    August 1, 2010 | 8:19 pm

    Oh my goodness! How cute is that! They really look like spaghetti and meatballs!

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  22. Melissa
    August 7, 2010 | 6:25 pm

    Too cute! I’ll have to make these with my daughter soon!

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  23. Mette
    August 8, 2010 | 3:01 am

    Hello from Denmark 🙂

    *LOL* I actually thought that this was a OAMC recipe for Spaghetti and Meatball when i saw the picture. These cakes look so real 🙂

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  24. Raylene
    August 9, 2010 | 11:53 am

    I made these for my 11 year old’s Birthday becasue he refuses to eat spegehtti and meatballs. It was a huge hit and very funny to see him actually enjoying spegehtti and meatballs for the first time ever! Thanks so much–this was so much fun. All the brothers and sisters help make it and we suprised him. They got a big kick out of it!
    Raylene

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  25. Kathryn
    May 3, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    These are darling! Amazing! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking it up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!
    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/caramel-pudding-muffins

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  26. Kat Menard
    November 21, 2011 | 9:57 am

    so cute! we have made these a few times as well–we have the “Hello Cupcake” book, and it is always a hit. I did find that the second time i made it, i used a bag of macaroon cookies instead of the Rocher chocolates. MUCH CHEAPER and they looked the same since the cookies are slightly browned.
    cheers!

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  27. Marleen
    July 10, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Hi,

    I stumbled upon your website searching for a fun cupcake-recipe.

    Thanks for the great idea.

    Marleen – The Netherlands

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  28. Nikki
    May 24, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    My 8-year old wants to do this as his cake for the Cub Scout contest. 🙂 I’m so glad to read you didn’t have to use special icing tips or bags. I have sandwich bags.

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