Your Cupcakes need little Cupcakes!

Today’s post is a cute little tutorial about making teeny tiny cupcakes…to go onto your cupcakes.   

At least once a week, you can find me on the candy aisle at the grocery store…staring down the candy.  I feel like if I stand and stare long enough, an idea will finally jump up and hit me over the head.  This week, I had one of those hit in the head moments—all over Peanut Butter Cups!

Peanut Butter Cups look exactly like cupcake liners!! Talk about a cute & easy cupcake topper!  I bought a bag of the miniature ones, and a bag of the minis (super tiny ones) & off I went! –Back at home, I tested the design & everything went according to plan– cuteness…total cuteness (and with a decorating time of about 30 seconds at most for each one!) —

But then….I realized…. this idea was so cute & easy that someone may just have done it already.  The dreaded Google search was done….and there it was….  the fabulous Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen beat me to the punch–a whole year ago!  

So, I ate about 5 peanut butter cups as I weighed my options.  I finally decided…the world can never have too many cupcake cupcake toppers!!!  With Kristan’s okay, I put my own twist on these cute little decorations.     

Here we go!……

First, you’ll need a frosted cupcake (that swirl is done with a 2D tip).  Then…unwrap a chilled peanut butter cup.  (I just kept mine in the freezer for several minutes.  This helps to prevent the chocolate from peeling away with the brown liner.)  

 Next, I swirled a little pink buttercream with my Wilton Tip 16  & added sprinkles!  (The heart sprinkles are Wilton–I stock up at Valentine’s day every year.)

Next, apply to your frosted cupcakes!    

 Another discovery I made at the grocery store is that you can buy Reese’s Minis!–  the little brother to the Reese’s Miniatures.  This means  that our mini cupcakes can have mini cupcake toppers too! 

Okay, so there’s one more way to enjoy the little cupcakes, and that’s to put them on a stick!  You’ve seen me do this before–I take a slice of a gum drop or a mini marshmallow…or in this case Dots candy, and push it onto my lollipop stick.  This makes a great support for your mini cupcakes–so they won’t slide down. 

****I love the novelty of a cupcake on a stick—but if you’re going to unwrap the cupcake liners (optional)  like I did below, wait until the day of the party.  Otherwise, the cupcakes may dry out a bit!  

 Here’s another option…


Drive the candy/cupcakes on sticks into a styrofoam block to keep them upright, and decorate with something cute (tissue paper, candy, chocolate chips, ribbon…)

Here’s the group shot!   :0) 


I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial!  I think that they came out super cute–and if nothing else, now you have a great excuse to go buy a bag or two of peanut butter cups!  —

 See you next time!

Category: Blog Tutorials, Cupcake, Cake Pop, etc. Methods, Kids, Miscellaneous Kids Themes


  1. Connie May says: #1

    What a great idea! I just love your site and thank you for sharing!

  2. Sadaf says: #2

    Such cute cupcakes ………just love them

  3. Hi..this is Marda from ””

    I loves yor cupcake. Would you nto be feature at my blog? thank you….

  4. Susie says: #4

    What an awesome idea. I may do this for my birthday. :)

  5. Darlita says: #5

    So cute and very creative! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing:)

  6. Anna ♥ says: #6

    Super cute! And I love peanut butter cups! :)

  7. Tisha says: #7

    So very cute! Thanks for another awesomely inspirational post and tutorial! I’m so in love with these.

  8. Andrea says: #8

    So cute! and a great idea too!

  9. Julie Stottmann says: #9

    These are adorable!

  10. Zoe Farmer says: #10

    These are so cute. You have found another way to use Peanut Butter cups!! The minis are just adorable. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and talent!!!

  11. Mala says: #11

    great idea. I have also tried these , but with fresh cream and strawberries.. Not on a stick though. like the idea of gum drop for support. excellent

  12. Melissa Diamond says: #12

    Thanks so much, everybody! I had a lot of fun making these–kids would love to make them (and eat them) too! —Marda, thanks—as long as you include a link to the site, that would be fine!

  13. jenni says: #13

    I love them!! Great idea

  14. Brenda says: #14

    I am always blown away by all the creativity I see and your blog is no exception! So many ideas…so little time.

  15. Brenda says: #15

    And there’s never too many peanut butter cups! One of my fav’s.

  16. Trisha says: #16

    a cupcake on a cupcake…I just fell off my chair. :)

  17. Ray says: #17

    I love it…very creative

  18. michelle elizondo says: #18

    So cute! This is something my daughter and I can make together. Thanks!

  19. carolyn chapparo says: #19

    What a cute idea…I love peanut butter cups. Can’t wait to try it

  20. CakesOnTheLane says: #20

    Too cut for words, Melissa! I always wondered how to keep cupcakes on a stick from poking all the way through and now I know!! Thanks for the info!!

  21. cook-e says: #21

    You are just too creative!! Thank u for sharing Melissa!!

  22. Janelle says: #22

    You are so creative!!! You have got so many great ideas and the fact you dont mind sharing is GREAT!! Thanks

  23. Shelby McCoy says: #23

    These are so cute, I really need to try making them soon! Your blog is amazing, thank you for all your wonderful ideas =)

  24. Miss_Galena says: #24

    My granddaughter and I will try this – so cute!

  25. stephanie says: #25

    any suggestions for a peanut allergy? i thought of rolos but they don’t have the cute ridges. thanks!

    love your blog!

    xo stephanie

  26. Absolutely and utterly adorable!! I’m going to try these this weekend…Thanks for the incredible cupcake cuteness.

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