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Makeup Cupcakes

Show off your glamorous side with purple ombre cupcakes decorated with chocolate makeup and accessories!


  • Cupcake batter:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • pink and purple food colouring
  • Buttercream:
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • purple, pink and black food colouring
  • Melted candy melts, in a variety of colours


  1. Bake the cupcakes: Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and eggs one a time, mixing with each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this to the batter in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Divide the batter into 3 bowls and dye them dark purple, medium purple and pink. Pour each shade of batter into muffins cups in a lined muffin tin. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely.
  2. Make the buttercream: Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, then beat for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy. Divide the buttercream into 4 bowls and leave one bowl white and dye the remaining 3 bowls pink, purple and black. Spread each shade of buttercream vertically into a piping bag fitted with a 2D star-shaped piping tip, so that each shade takes up ¼ of the bag.
  3. Assembly: Pour the candy melts into makeup and fashion-themed chocolate molds. Transfer them to the freezer until set, about 20 minutes. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes in a swirl motion, then top with a chocolate decoration. Enjoy!