Pink Flamingo Cupcakes Are Perfect for Summer

Pink Flamingo Cupcakes

Pink Flamingo Cupcakes Are Perfect for Summer

Author: Amanda Ilkov | Published: June 12, 2020 | Updated: December 7, 2020

What could be a more perfect summer treat than pink flamingo cupcakes? These adorable little guys are easy to make and oh so pink!

What could be a more perfect summer treat than pink flamingo cupcakes? These adorable little guys are easy to make and oh so pink!

If you know me at all, it’s no secret to that I love sugar. And cute little animals. And everything pink. How could I possibly resist a creative project that includes all three?

    What are Pink Flamingo Cupcakes?

    Flamingos are large graceful birds, known for their bright pink feathers. They also became an American pop culture icon in the 1950’s.

    Cupcakes, of course, are small, individually sized cakes, usually decorated with icing.

    Flamingo Bird
    Photo Credit: Len
    Flamingo Bird

    Flamingo Definition

    In case you're not familiar with these birds, here's a definition from Wikipedia [2]:

    Flamingos or flamingoes /fləˈmɪŋɡoʊz/ a type of wading bird in the family Phoenicopteridae, the only bird family in the order Phoenicopteriformes. Four flamingo species are distributed throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, and two species are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. [2]

    Cupcake with Pink Frosting
    Photo Credit: Jess Bailey
    Cupcake with Pink Frosting

    Cupcake Definition

    Here's the official definition of a cupcake from Wikipedia [3]:

    Cupcake /kʌp.keɪk/ A cupcake (also British English: fairy cake; Hiberno-English: bun; Australian English: fairy cake or patty cake) is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations such as fruit and candy may be applied. [3]

    So when we’re discussing Pink Flamingo Cupcakes, we’re talking about a small cake (made to serve one person), decorated to look like a Flamingo.

    An Introduction to Pink Flamingos

    Pink flamingos have been part of American pop culture for nearly 70 years.

    The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo

    For more than 60 years, the pink lawn flamingo has adorned yards and gardens all over the world. It’s an unmistakable sign of summer, beaconing suburban American families to head outside for good times in the sunny, perfectly manicured back yard.

    Don Featherstone [1], an art school grad and sculptor is credited with creating this pink plastic creature. He first sculpted it for Union Plastics, a company he later became president of. He called it “Phoenicopterus ruber plasticus[1].

    Flamingo Gardians
    © 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

    Although the lawn ornament had it’s hay-day midcentury, when plastic was just becoming widespread through mass-production, it’s kitschy appeal remains. The pink flamingo is a ubiquitous, if somewhat kitschy, part of pop culture all these decades later.

    Pink Flamingo Parties

    It’s been a long time since those first pink flamingos debuted.

    These days, they’re not just for the lawn. Adorning everything from beach towels to pool floaties to flip-flop sandals, flamingos are now a classic theme for summer get togethers.

    Of course, you don’t need to throw a big bash to have fun with them. The pink flamingo cupcakes I’ve gathered below would be just as welcome at a family BBQ or in the kitchen on a rainy afternoon. Wherever you end up eating them, these pink flamingo cupcakes is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

    I know cake decorating with kids can be messy. But these guys are easy to whip up (you could definitely use a boxed mix for the cake). They would be a great baking and decorating project to tackle with kids. It’ll be totally worth the clean up time when you see a little flock of bright pink birds hanging out in your kitchen!

    Inspiration for Making Pink Flamingo Cupcakes

    Want to make your own Pink Flamingo Cupcakes? Here are some ideas to get you started.

    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes by Alli
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    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes by Alli

    Quick & Cute

    In a hurry for your flamingo cupcakes? If you don't have time to make the birdies custom head and wings, you can always use store bought icing decorations like Alli did!

    Read Alli's Post

    Soft & Sweet

    Emma's version of pink flamingo cupcakes is softer but just as sweet! She uses candy melts brushed onto parchment for the wings.

    Learn How
    Emmas Soft Pink Flamingo Cupcakes
    Photo Credit: Emma
    Emmas Soft Pink Flamingo Cupcakes
    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes from Sugar Hero
    Photo Credit: Sugar Hero
    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes from Sugar Hero

    Fabulous Flamingos!

    These sweet little flamingos are so much fun for summer. Elizabeth from Sugar Hero shows you exactly how to make them on her blog.

    With fondant heads and icing bodies, these bright birds are wonderfully whimsical.

    Get Instructions

    Flamingo's Feeling Tropical

    LuluKayla pinned this beautiful mix of flamingos, pineapples and hibiscus flowers.
    The fruit and flowers give the cupcakes set a tropical vibe that's perfect for summer!

    See Original Pin
    Tropical Flamingo Cupcakes
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    Tropical Flamingo Cupcakes
    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes Made with White Chocolate
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    Pink Flamingo Cupcakes Made with White Chocolate

    White Chocolate Wings

    Vitor Correa set these pretty pink flamingos to rest on a perfect little cloud of sugar. The white chocolate wings are almost too lovely to eat!

    Full Directions

    Further Reading

    Want to learn more? Here are a few links to articles and even a podcast about Pink Lawn Flamingos you might find interesting.

  • Stuff You Should Know Podcast

    The podcast "Stuff You Should Know" devoted a whole episode to pink lawn flamingos. It's an interesting listen, covering the history and some of the cultural subtext of these kitschy plastic birds.


Reference Source Citations

The following links are to provide reference information for the sources cited in the post content above.

    1. Don Featherstone, Inventor of the Pink Flamingo...

    Cited: 11/17/2020

    Margalit Fox, The New York Times
    New York, NY, United States, Published: 06/23/2015

    2. Flamingo

    Cited: 12/07/2020

    Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation
    San Fransisco, California, United States

    3. Cupcake

    Cited: 12/07/2020

    Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation
    San Fransisco, California, United States

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