How to Decorate Easy Cactus Cupcakes if You’re Not a Pastry Chef

I made these easy cactus cupcakes in just minutes. Seriously, this is the easiest cupcake decorating tip you will ever see. If you want to learn how to frost cupcakes like a cactus, well, this is is the best cupcake decorating hack.

three Easy and Adorable Cactus Cupcakes for Party on a white wood background
Make these simple cactus cupcakes with this easy cactus cupcake decorating hack!

Cactus Cupcakes

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are not expert cupcake decorators. Not really. It’s not that it’s not fun to decorate cupcakes in fun ways, but that’s not even a hobby. Just a way to make the kids smile. But the truth is, I kind of wish I was better at it. So, I’ve been coming up with cool ways to make fun cupcake decorating hacks to share. This cactus cupcake is my favorite one so far.

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If you’re ready to check out this awesome cupcake decorating tip and learn how to make an easy cactus cupcake, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make this Fun Cupcake Decorating Idea

  • You can make one type of cactus cupcake by running the star tip from top to bottom on the marshmallow, then adding a pink star “flower” on top. Make another by swirling the same tip around the bottom of the cactus shape. Then another by just dabbing stars all over. There’s lots of variations you can come up with, but these were my three favorites!
  • I like to crush my graham crackers by placing them in a top seal plastic bag and rolling over them with a rolling pin a few times. This makes them nice and squished, breaking them up a lot.
  • Don’t use a lot of chocolate frosting–you’re just building a little bed for the cactus cupcake, not frosting the cupcake with the chocolate frosting. Keep that in mind. Because too much frosting underneath the marshmallow will make it slip off.
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How Do I Make this Cactus Cupcakes?

Below is the written and printable tutorial for this fun cupcake decorating idea. Use the comments section below if you have any questions.

Yield: 12

Cactus Cupcakes

side view of Easy Cactus Cupcakes on a planter base on a wood background

I made these easy cactus cupcakes in just minutes. Seriously, this is the easiest cupcake decorating tip you will ever see. If you want to learn how to frost cupcakes like a cactus, well, this is is the best cupcake decorating hack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost the top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting and dip into a small bowl of graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Add a small amount of chocolate frosting to the bottom of each marshmallow and place one marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
  3. Use your can of green frosting and different decorating tips to cover/frost the marshmallows to make them look like cacti. Example: use the start decorating tip to frost stars all over the marshmallow.
  4. Place a star tip in the bottom of a decorating bag and fill your bag with cherry frosting. 
  5. Use the decorating bag to add a few stars to the top of each cupcake for flowers. 
  6. Sprinkle the white nonpareil sprinkles on the green part of the cupcakes. photo collage of how to make cactus cupcakes marshmallows

Notes

For more great cupcake decorating cupcakes ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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Yield: 12

Cactus Cupcakes

side view of Easy Cactus Cupcakes on a planter base on a wood background

I made these easy cactus cupcakes in just minutes. Seriously, this is the easiest cupcake decorating tip you will ever see. If you want to learn how to frost cupcakes like a cactus, well, this is is the best cupcake decorating hack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost the top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting and dip into a small bowl of graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Add a small amount of chocolate frosting to the bottom of each marshmallow and place one marshmallow on top of each cupcake.
  3. Use your can of green frosting and different decorating tips to cover/frost the marshmallows to make them look like cacti. Example: use the start decorating tip to frost stars all over the marshmallow.
  4. Place a star tip in the bottom of a decorating bag and fill your bag with cherry frosting. 
  5. Use the decorating bag to add a few stars to the top of each cupcake for flowers. 
  6. Sprinkle the white nonpareil sprinkles on the green part of the cupcakes. photo collage of how to make cactus cupcakes marshmallows

Notes

For more great cupcake decorating cupcakes ideas, visit Ruffles and Rain Boots

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

Did you make this yummy recipe?

Please leave a comment or share a photo and tag me @rufflesandrain

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