New Year’s Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

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These New Year’s Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes don’t take long to create. You can use any colors you can imagine but New Year’s Eve to me is all about gold, black, and silver.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

It’s pretty simple in the fact that you can pick any cake mix. I used red velvet. The black ball toppers on the straws I bought at Hobby Lobby and the straws also. The balls are in the craft section and straws next to the cake decorating section.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

I also got the sprinkles in the cake decorating section. Bought donut holes that are powdered. Just roll them in water lightly as you see pictured above then roll in sprinkles as you see in the picture below. It just wets the powdered sugar and does soak the donut.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

Set the balls on foil. Now glue all the decorative sparkle balls to the tops of the straws. The trick here is slowly sliding the straw through the donut hole so it doesn’t break in half.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

If the donuts slide down just add a little melted chocolate or icing to hold it up. The icing I used on these cupcakes won’t work for that as it is a whipped topping icing but you can prepare some buttercream icing (small amount) to use as a edible glue. I used chocolate on about two or three.

Frost the top of the cupcakes, add sprinkles, and then insert straw into donut hole and add to the cupcake. These are sure to wow your guest at your New Year’s Eve celebration.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes

So with a big Happy New Year’s Eve to you I leave you with my recipe for New Year’s Eve ball dropping cupcakes.

New Year's Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes


Jenne Kopalek
Red velvet cupcakes with sprinkle covered donut holes for a New Year’s Eve Ball Dropping Cupcake.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes
Calories 260 kcal


  • For Icing

For Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • For Cupcakes

For Cupcakes

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • For Ball

For Ball

  • 1 bag of powdered donut holes
  • 1 container of gold sprinkles
  • Water
  • For Straws

For Straws

  • Striped straws
  • Glitter craft balls


  • Bake cupcakes according to the directions on the box and let cool.
  • In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, pour in the heavy whipping cream. Turn mixer to a 2. Run for about two minutes and add powder sugar. Run for 2 minutes and increase speed every two minutes. Mixture will look like cool whip or whipped topping when ready. Place in piping bag and refrigerate.
  • In a small bowl add sprinkles. In another small bowl add water. Glue decorative balls to tops of straws. Roll donut holes in water and in sprinkles then place on foil to dry.
  • Slowly press straws through the donut holes and slide upward. If donut hole won’t stay in place use a tad of melted chocolate or icing to hold it.
  • Pull icing out of fridge and decorate the top of the cupcakes. Place straw with ball into the cupcake. Serve.
Keyword Ball Drop, Cupcakes, New Year’s Eve

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