Mix butter until creamy. Add other ingredients. Mix until fluffy and desired consistency. This will make enough frosting for 24 cupcakes. However, if you are going to use a piping tool, double the recipe.
Step 1: Make cucpcakes. I use cake mix. It's foolproof. Let cool.
Step 2: Make butter cream frosting. I've used several different recipes online, including this and this. They all taste the same to me so now I just throw it all together. Here's my recipe:
1 stick softened butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
splash of milk (You can add more if needed. If you add too much, just add more sugar)
I topped with blue and green pearl sprinkles from Michael's.
Step 3: Make Cupcake Toppers
1 sheet scrapbook paper
I cut out circles from the scrapbook paper. A circle punch would have been faster, but I'm cheap. Then I stuck on the stickers. The monkey was a clip-art I printed and cut out. Glue circles onto toothpicks and stick in cupcakes.
You could also use a paint pen to draw the letters. This method was used by my sister who helped me with this birthday bunting. Thank goodness she's talented. I was running out of time!
I bought the cupcake stand last year from Michael's.