Dessert Hack! Gumball Machine Cupcakes

Last week I got a pink gumball machine in the mail from one of my clients and I thought it would be fun to do a little dessert hack to make edible pink gumball machines! And guess what? We used store-bought cupcakes, so all you have to do is assemble these cuties and they’re done! I know I say this a lot, but I mean it this time when I say that these might be my favorite dessert I’ve ever made. I mean, it’s a miniature gumball machine, how can you go wrong?!

Cupcakes (we used store-bought ones)
Clear small ornaments (here)
Rainbow sixlets
Pink chocolate melts
Pink and gray fondant


1. Remove the paper from the cupcakes and cut the tops off of them so they are flat.

2. Melt the pink chocolate in the microwave until it is able to be poured. Turn the cupcakes upside down and pour the chocolate over them. Shake off any excess chocolate and put the cupcakes in the fridge until the chocolate dries.

3. Fill up the ornaments with rainbow sixlets and place them on top of the cupcakes once they have finished drying. Use a little dollop of chocolate under the ornament to hold it in place.

4. Roll out your pink fondant and cut a small circle out of it for the top of the gumball machine. Attach the fondant to the ornament with chocolate and let dry.

5. Roll out your gray fondant and cut out rectangles for the coin slot. Make a crank out of the fondant and attach it to the rectangle with a little bit of water.

6. Place a little bit of melted chocolate on the cupcake and place the gray fondant piece on the front of the gumball machine. Allow all of the chocolate to harden and you have yourself some fun, edible gumball machines!


What color gumball did you always hope would come out of the machine? My favorites were pink and blue, and don’t try to convince me that they all taste the same. Ha!

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