Cactus Cupcakes

If only I could grow a cactus garden in my very own backyard… one can dream, can’t she?

Although I wouldn’t necessarily grow a numerous number of cacti, there’s nothing wrong with baking them! These Cactus Cupcakes are the epitome of summertime celebrations. They’re cute, colorful, and will be the perfect centerpiece for any of my summer BBQ parties.

I can also picture them as the main dessert at a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Cacti are all the rage right now. I had to hop on, catch the “Cactus Train.”

These Cactus Cupcakes turned out so cute and are so easy to make especially since it starts with a cake mix and a box of lady fingers. I am so happy that these were the result of my cactus-inspiration.

Cactus Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Author Jennifer Grooms


  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Kelly green gel food coloring
  • 6 lady fingers cut in half
  • 4-6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp white sprinkles


  1. Ensure that your cupcakes are cool before starting the decorating process.
  2. Using either a stand mixer or an electric mixer, start beating butter, sugar, and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase the speed to high and add vanilla extract. Beat until mixture forms stiff peaks. When it does, you have successfully made your buttercream.
  3. Divide butter cream in 2 bowls. Leave about 3/4 of the buttercream in one bowl and color with Kelly green food coloring.
  4. Using a frosting bag, spread the non-colored buttercream on each cupcake. Insert 1 lady finger half in each cupcake. Sprinkle the buttercream with brown sugar. Using Wilton tip #47, frost the lady fingers with green buttercream in an upward motion (ie.: vertical strips).

  5. Cover each lady finger completely. Insert white sprinkles on random spots of your cactus.

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