Cowboy Cupcake Tutorial

After years of not being able to make fun, pretty birthday cakes, the kids and I are completely addicted to crafting adorable cupcakes thanks to  Hello, Cupcake! (Check out our hamburger and ant cupcakes and the spaghetti and meatball cupcakes.) So for Nicholas’ third birthday we decided to do both cowboy and horse cupcakes.

These cupcakes are simple, but oh so cute and they are fun and easy to make with kids (as a matter of fact, the kids completely did the cowboys while I supervised the horses). Cupcakes are definitely the way to go when it comes to decorating with kids. All ages enjoy helping and when someone has an “oops” you just grab another cupcake and start over. I typically make more cupcakes than we need for that very reason.

Here is one tip that will make your life easier, make the cupcakes the day BEFORE the party, trust me!

For our variation of 12 cowboy cupcakes you’ll need:

  • 12 white cupcakes (we used a cake mix and made 12 cowboys and 12 horses)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 12 Pringles – Make sure you buy extra because they’re easy to break!
  • 12 large yellow gumdrops – we used those gumdrop like wedges, that are shaped like orange or lemon slices
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 24 blue M & M’s
  • 24 Cheerios
  • 12 small jellybeans for the nose
  • Red and Blue fruit rollups

Bake the cupcakes, allow to cool and frost with vanilla icing.

Add M & M eyes, a jelly bean nose and Cheerio ears.

Spoon some of the chocolate frosting into a small baggie and clip 1/8 inch off of one corner. Pipe some chocolate frosting from ear to ear on the top of the cupcakes to make hair.

With the tip of a small knife or toothpick, drill a hole (large enough to insert a pretzel stick through) into the center of the 12 chips. Put a pretzel stick through the potato chip then into the bottom of one of the yellow gumdrops or wedges.

Cut red fruit roll-ups into 1/4 inch strips to make hat bands and wrap around the gumdrop. Trim the pretzel so that only an inch or so remains and stick into the ‘cowboys’ hair.

Cut crescent shaped mouths out of the red fruit roll-ups and add to the cupcake.

For the bandannas cut the blue fruit leather into 12 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 triangles and 12 triangles with all sides 1 inch long. Cut a jagged edge along one side of the smaller triangles and pinch the opposite edge together to give the appearance of the bandanna being tied. Add the bandannas to the cupcakes.

Enjoy, preferably with cowboy hat, boots and bandanna! (fire pit optional)

For more do-it-yourself ideas, cupcakes and other crafty fun visit my tutorials page.

Linked to Cupcake Tuesday @ Hoosier Homemade.

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15 Responses to Cowboy Cupcake Tutorial
  1. Jenny
    April 27, 2011 | 8:39 am

    So stinkin’ cute! I always see fun cupcakes I want to try, and they seem like they would be easy, but mine NEVER turn out well! You did a great job 😀


  2. DeAnn
    April 27, 2011 | 9:18 am

    Awesome, I just made the simplest rainbow cupcakes for easter, if you would like to check them out they are my lastest post. I’ll have to give these a try too! Thanks


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Those turned out beautifully! Cupcakes are so much fun.


  3. Beth
    April 27, 2011 | 9:27 am

    How cute! I may have to make those for my son’s birthday which is coming up fast. He is a cowboy too.


  4. Jama Joyner
    April 27, 2011 | 10:53 am

    I have got to get that book!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    And there’s a sequel, “What’s Up, Cupcake?” It’s on my list.


  5. Valerie Jorgovan
    April 27, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    I want a cupcake!!!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You know where we live and if you come down, we’ll make a whole batch just for you.

    Love you!!


  6. Valerie
    April 27, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    Your kids have the best mom ever! Bounce house in the backyard, making cowboy cupcakes… I’m so inspired.


  7. Janna Wiersma
    April 27, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    those are so cute! great idea!


  8. Mary
    April 28, 2011 | 7:29 am

    Too cute!


  9. Amy
    April 28, 2011 | 8:15 am

    How CUTE! I may need to consider cupcakes for our next birthday party!
    I hope your family is all ok after all those storms that came through… been thinking about you guys!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks Amy, we’re all great and enjoying the now beautiful sunshine.


  10. Trooppetrie
    April 30, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    these look great, thanks so much


  11. Liz@HoosierHomemade
    May 4, 2011 | 9:44 am

    They turned out great! I was so excited to see them on Cupcake Tuesday!
    Thanks for joining us!


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