Lisa Leonard Designs

oh, yum.

March 10th | DIY, food & goodies



matthias, david and i made cupcakes yesterday.

matthias likes to pour all the ingredients into the bowl.

david likes to help me hold the electric mixer.

i like to eat the finished product (a little too much).




for the toppers, we melted starbursts in the microwave.

it only takes about 10 seconds to get them nice and soft.

i used ‘pam’ on the plate to keep them from sticking.

then we use tiny cookie cutters (mine are from sur la table) to cut out shapes.




let the shapes sit for a few minutes and they firm up again.

try to restrain yourself from munching on the shapes

but feel free to munch on the leftover starbursts after the shapes are cut out.




i have a feeling there could be some really creative things you could make with cut outs.

but the most fun part?

eating the cupcakes of course!!

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is your mouth watering?  mine is!

56 Responses

  1. Lauren J says:

    What a good idea to use the starburst! :)

  2. megan says:

    i love the starburst idea. my mouth is watering just thinking about those yummy cupcakes.

  3. Chrissie says:

    You are too creative!! So yummy.

  4. Christie says:

    What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to do this, Lisa! (Is there anything you don’t do extraordinarily well???) :-)

  5. ani says:

    What a fun idea for cupcake toppers… I may just do it to eat fun shaped starburst :)

  6. The starbust idea is so clever! Beautiful cupcakes. And don’t you think chasing those kids around all days wears off the calories?

  7. Kristin says:

    Yummo! Maybe I should just break out and do this w/ my girls. They’d love it. My diet, not so much. Do you make yours homemade or box mix? I have a friend who makes wonderful homemade gourmet ones…don’t know how she comes up w/ all her flavors…the choco peanut butter is my fav so far. www. ….But for now, I’ll think I’ll go w/ vanilla, vanilla and make my life easier!

  8. bettyann says:

    yummy they look so good…best of all you made them together..

  9. Starbursts + cookie cutters = genius cupcake toppers! Thanks for the idea, Lisa, I’ll have to try it out.

  10. What a fun and creative idea!!!

  11. Those look delicious and the starburst are such a clever idea!!:)

  12. Bonnie says:

    What a precious idea. My tummy is grumbling!!! I need to make some cupcakes soon. :)


  13. mandie says:

    Those are so cute! Do you use regular frosting out of a can or do you make your own?

  14. Kerry says:

    fabulous idea about the starburst! We just happen to have some sitting around in the back of the pantry right now…

  15. teresa says:

    OMGoodness Lisa!
    If that’s not the cutest cutting those hearts out of STARBURST!!! yeah!
    Those cupcakes look like my favorite kind of cupcake…
    good and HOMEMADE!!!!
    Nothing like HOMEMADE cupcakes! ;o)
    Just posted about the giveaway! yeah!
    Oh so delighted to feature Lisa Leonard Designs!
    I do hope you’ll pop over Lisa!
    You are BEAMING on BAINBRIDGE!!!! xxooxx
    I’m leaving this post up FOREVER and ever! ;o)
    Thanks again Sweet Lisa!
    Hugs to the boys! xo

  16. Hillary says:

    How cute! I’m going to steal this idea for a bridal shower I’m hosting later this month. Thanks!

  17. Erin M. says:

    Great idea!!
    I’m waiting on pins and needles to receive the newsletter with a great coupon that you mentioned a few days ago! 😉

  18. Oh my goodness!!! This is a fabulous idea. I’m going to be me some starbursts TODAY and make some yummy shapes!!!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Such a GOOD idea to use starbursts that way! Cool! Thanks for the idea.

  20. Amanda :) says:

    Awww! How creative and FUN! :) You are just a fun mom. :) Those look delicious!! :)

  21. What a cute idea! Those look really yummy, too!

  22. Tonya says:

    i had no clue about the starburst trick….thanks for sharing! noticed you have fiestaware….me too! love that stuff!

  23. These look so good and the fact that you made them with your sweeties is special!


    Found you from a friend’s blog… Arianne. Isn’t she just amazing and beautiful?

  24. naturegirl says:

    I love cupcakes!! The child in me comes out when eating cupcakes!! Mmmmmm!
    I adore your jewellry individual so unique each piece!!

  25. I love the idea of using the Starbursts to decorate with. Gosh I love cupcakes! Thanks for the idea!

  26. Miaja says:

    I have been off of sugar completely for about 2 weeks, so yes, my mouth *is* watering!!!! Yum!

  27. oh, great idea! and just in time for the boys’ birthdays. yeah! thanks for sharing. xox

  28. Sharon says:

    oooh love the idea! I need to get tiny cookie cutters now:)

  29. Lisa! I love cupcakes and I’ve never seen that idea with starburst! I’ve also heard you can toast them like you do marshmallows. I’ve never done it though. Thanks for sharing girl!

  30. Philippa says:

    OOOOOOHHHHHHH YUM!!! I have been longing to make cupcakes for so long…. I just never seem to get the time in the kitchen! Too much gardening and creating to do.. I must make the effort as these look absolutely divine! About to have a cup of tea – where’s my cupcake?? Sob!

  31. Linda says:

    Genius! I love it!

  32. Taylor says:

    wow! i never would have thought of the starburst thing… that’s so clever! i will definitely be using that, i work in the kitchen at a kid’s facility, they’ll love this.

  33. angie says:

    I LOVE CUPCAKES! This is such a great idea!

  34. I love melted starbursts as a kid…and cupcakes, yum!
    I too posted about cupcakes today:

  35. Rachel says:

    Could y’all be any cuter?


  36. green and blue and yellow polka dot starbust cupcakes for b-man’s bday party! I love you!!

  37. What a wonderful idea. I’ll have to whip that out and impress the kiddos! :-)

  38. Denise C. says:

    Yum! Now I want some Starburst!

  39. Destiny D says:

    Love, love the idea of starburst cupcake toppers! Too clever — I’m going to try it. Thank you for sharing. We recently melted down Jolly Rancher candy and made the most gorgeous and yummy lollipops for a fundraiser.

  40. :)erin says:

    our fam loves melted starburst, never thought of it as a topper. sooo cute!

  41. Laura says:

    I see that you wlll be making more cupcakes for St.. Patrick’s !

  42. We love cupcakes around here, making and eating…in fact, youngest child had one for breakfast today!!!

  43. that is an excellent tip and I was just thinking to myself, wow those shapes are cute on top

  44. Terri Dell says:

    That sounds perfect for my daughters birthday at the end of the month. Thanks for the great idea.

  45. Michele says:

    Love this idea! We do something like this every St Pattys Day….I roll out green gumdrops, the big ones, using extra sugar on the counter, and then cut out shamrock shapes and use them on cupcakes to send to school….the kids love them.
    As for the starbursts, in family fun magazine they have a project where you use them to make food for Aprils Fools day, peas and carrots and other things….very cute, I would like to try that this year!

  46. MommaKiss says:

    2 words.

    GAH! My alllll time favorite thing ever. And to melt starbursts? Jeez. Genius!

  47. Melissa says:

    wow! so creative! I would have never thought to melt starbursts and cut shapes out! You are a culinary genius!

  48. Cassie says:

    I love that you used melted Starbursts! These look so yummy!

  49. Stacey says:

    What a great idea, I never would have thought of it! However, I’m afraid to try it because then I’ll be eating them – ha! I so enjoy checking out your blog daily and appreciate your creativity!

  50. Ok, I’m only two post in and hooked. I love cupcakes! Really, and I blog them at least once a week :) Yours are so cute! I love that you re-purposed the starburst-they are so much fun to work with!

  51. debbie says:

    what an awesome idea! could also do it on top of cookies – as long as there is icing. ooh – I’m gonna try that when I bake for easter this weekend.

    and I got my family tree necklace last week that I ordered from here. I absolutely love it!! thanks so much!

  52. […] they were baking the kids helped me make the candy toppers following a tutorial on Lisa Leonard's blog. You just heat the starburst for approx 10 seconds in the micro, smash them flat and then use […]

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