These flamingo cupcakes with swirl batter are perfect for summer or a luau party. It’s easy to bring a bit of the fun flamingo party food to your table, so let’s get started.
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Tropical Vibes, Luau Parties, and Summer Party Ideas
I’m a sucker for flamingos, friends. They are oddly beautiful and I’m always drawn to them at the zoo, in design, and now, apparently with food!
These flamingo cupcakes are perfect for a tropical party, beach party, summer birthday celebration, and so much more.
A few other fun ideas if you’re setting up a party:
- candles – they make flamingo candles and you will fall in love
- such a fun (and inexpensive) party favor people will RAVE about
- my favorite party banner EVER (it has two tropical elements that I love)!
- the cutest flamingo straws (we got ours on Amazon)
Ingredients for Fun Flamingo Cupcakes
First, let me say that if you’re crunched for time, have a bakery make cupcakes with pink or pink and white swirled icing. There’s just so much to do that it’s not always feasible to make homemade cupcakes.
For the Cupcakes
- 1/2 cup softened butter (not melted)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- pink cupcake liners (or grab these two in one – no need for liners AND toppers)
- flamingo icing decorations (or pick up these from Amazon if you can’t find them locally)
- piping bag fitted with a star tip
- pink food coloring
For the Frosting
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup softened butter (not melted)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or coconut)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- pink food coloring
How to Make Pink Swirl Flamingo Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350 and place liners in a 12-cavity cupcake tin.
- For the cupcake batter, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, milk, and baking powder. Mix well.
- Fill each cupcake liner two-thirds full.
- Mix in a few drops of food coloring into the remaining batter.
- Top the cupcake liners with a dollop of pink icing and use the toothpick to swirl the color into the batter.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
Prepare the Icing and Assemble the Cupcakes
- Combine powdered sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla extract and whip until it has reached your desired consistency. Add a few drops of pink coloring and stir to combine (or swirl).
- Attach a star tip to the icing bag and fill.
- Frost each cupcake in a circular motion, gently squeezing the bag and keeping it off the cupcake (slightly raised).
- Once the flamingo cupcakes are iced, stick in a topper and you’re ready to party!
Over to You
What is your favorite cupcake flavor? I’m going to bore you and say it’s between two classics for me: red velvet and plain ‘ol vanilla.