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Cupcake Decorating Recipes

Updated on November 2, 2010

Five Cupcake Decorating Ideas and Methods - To use with any design!

Looking for ideas and techniques for decorating cupcakes? Take a look at these five ideas that can be used with any basic theme or image. Start with anything as simple as a clipart image and make amazing decorations such as: Birthday Balloons, Easter Egg, Fourth of July Star, Halloween Spider. Thanksgiving Pumpkin, or a Christmas Stocking.

For the five example cupcakes on this page I've started with a very unique image - it's a Squid! It's actually the logo for this website and an excellent logo to duplicate with chocolates and icing since the colors are bold and defined. Take a look at the different decorating techniques listed here and choose the best one for your next cupcake adventure.

And please...

Vote For Your Favorite Squidoo Cupcake

at the bottom of the page!

This is a copy of the original image I'm working with and duplicating:

There are 3-4 colors and the image is

nice and bold. Check out the ideas I'm sharing

listed #1 through #5.

Cupcake #1

Orange icing and a Squidoo Pick

Cupcakes with Squid picture
Cupcakes with Squid picture

Cupcake decorated with colored icing and homemade picks

Make your own picks or buy them

Did I take the easy way out here? Maybe, but I think these look fabulous. I've recently discoverd a wonderful new tool for icing - It's decorating tip # 12 (listed below), used here to make the orange swirl base. It's a plain circle tip that produces a thick line and looks nice in a circular pattern.

For the pick, I copied the Squidoo logo to a folder on my computer hard drive (right click on image and "save picture as"). Then I printed the logo using the Photo Printing Wizard and chose "Wallet Prints" size. I then printed it in color, cut it out to size and taped the logo to a toothpick. Nice!

Very simple and this idea can be used with almost any image.

Here's a quick video of how to ice a cupcake using circle tip 12 - Just like the cupcake listed above

The decorating tip I mentioned and a Cupcake Pick Assortment - Rings too

Puffy Puppy Dog Cupcake Picks - 12ct
Puffy Puppy Dog Cupcake Picks - 12ct

Shown here are ready made dog picks.Here's a list of any cupcake pick you you can imagine.

Pirate Hat Cupcake Rings - 12ct
Pirate Hat Cupcake Rings - 12ct

If you're not crazy about picks, rings are also a really neat topper that kids will love and wear.Here's a huge list of cupcake rings..


Cupcake #2

White frostng and M&M's design

Decorated with M&M's
Decorated with M&M's

M&M Cupcake Design

Using my artistic license here :-)

Here I used one blue M&M (regular size) and several orange M&M Minis on a white frosted background. I also used some black icing for the detailing (see notes below).

See the texture in the white frosting? That comes from using Wilton decorating tip #21 (one of my other favorite tips).

Sharing a hint here:

I've recently discovered this product: Black icing in a tube. Red and Black icing are almost impossible to make using food coloring or gels. I'll never try to make black icing again! This ready-to-use tube CANNOT BE BEAT. It's perfect for small details. And the best part? The tube is designed to be used with decorating tips. Use a tip and a coupler ring and you are ready to go. Here, I'm using tip #3 for easy lines.

How to frost a cupcake using a star tip - Love those little ridges

Don't miss this tube of black Wilton icing - it's a must-have - And sugar crystal sprinkles of course

Wilton Icing - Ready-to-Use - Tube - Black
Wilton Icing - Ready-to-Use - Tube - Black

Take the cap off the tube, then put on your decorating tip and secure it with a coupler ring. So so easy.


Cupcake #3

Using Melted White Chocolate

and Colored Sugar Sparkles

Make with melted chocolate and colored sprinkles
Make with melted chocolate and colored sprinkles

Oh How Sparkly!

Decorated with Colored Sugar Crystals

This method takes a few steps and supplies and produces a striking decoration. I can image making pink crown shapes for girls or blue and red stars for Fourth of July cupcakes. Maybe even a sparkly green shamrock for St. Paddy's Day.

You'll need:

white icing for the base color

white chocolate chips (for melting)

colored sugar sprinkles

piping bag (or ziptop freezer bag)

Here's how to do it:

1. Place wax paper over the image

2. Trace image with melted white chocolate chips (microwave at 10 sec. increments, and stir until melted and smooth)

3. Sprinkle with desired color sugar crystals immediately (while chocolate is still wet) and then harden in fridge.

4. After 20 minutes shake off any loose sugar and assemble any pieces with a dot of melted chocolate.

5. Add any final touches with colored icings.

Cupcake #4

Squid Eye with

colored icing.

Squid eye cupcake with colored icings
Squid eye cupcake with colored icings

This one's strange but...I LIKE it

It's got the purple people eater thing goin' on

I first thought this one would be just too strange. But the more I look at it the more I like it. Who said I had to use the entire logo...right? So I just used part of the logo.

For the orange base I (again) used the #12 decorating tip. For the blue, I used the #5 tip. The black outline and black pupil are from the Wilton pre-made icing tube (listed above) topped with a #3 tip. And the white "reflection" spot on the eye is a little dab of melted white chocolate.

Here's the progression of steps:

Cupcake #5

Pre-colored Orange Candy Melts

and an M&M

Made with colored candy melts
Made with colored candy melts

Squid with Orange Candy Melts and a Blue M&M

Similar to cupcake #3

What are Candy Melts? They are disks of colored chocolate-like candy that melt easily in the microwave then re-harden in a desired shape.

For these decorations, I melted orange candy melts and, using a piping bag, traced the entire squid image on wax paper. Then I immediately added a blue M&M for the eye before the candy melt hardened and put the cute little squids in the fridge to firm-up. After about 20 minutes in the fridge I used my trusty black icing tube and added the eye and a dab of white melted chocolate for the eye "reflection".

Wilton Candy Melts - Excellent product

Wilton Candy Melts 14-Ounce, Orange
Wilton Candy Melts 14-Ounce, Orange

These candy melts are easy to use and

come in LOTS of colors.


My two favorite decorating products:

Decorating tip set - All the most popular tips

Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set

Comes with 52 tips and a plastic case. Make lines, squiggles, stars etc. with your icing.


It's time to vote...

And the candidates are.... - Vote for your favorite cupcake

Which is your favorite? - From left to right

Counting left to right #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

See results

Do you make cupcakes too?

Here's a challenge - Make a page just like this and show me.

If you have any questions or need help getting started, contact me by clicking on my name "puzzlemaker" in the top right corner. Then on the contact me button. Let's see what you've got.

The Cupcake Club on Squidoo is an ever-growing collection of the best cupcake recipes ever. It's also home for cute and unique decorating ideas, debates about chocolate vs. vanilla frosting, recommendations for the best kitchen gadgets, cupcake sightings at hot bakeries around town, colorful cupcake photography... If you've got a sweet tooth for cupcakes, you're in the right place. You can make pages for your favorite cupcakes (and even earn money from them).

Click the big cupcake you see at the right to learn more and get started.

I've just learned that this lens has made Lens of the Day.

I'm totally surprised and grinning from ear to ear.

Thank you to everyone for visiting, commenting and voting.

Being recognized by my peers is the highest honor.

What do you think of these Squidoo Cupcakes and Methods? - Have you used these ideas on your own cupcakes?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorites. Lots of good information here. Squid-liked it.

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      Anwarart 7 years ago

      All of your cupcakes are great, but the one that uses the sugar crystals is amazing! Thanks for putting this great lens together!

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      Great lens! I hadn't thought of using my printer to make cupcake picks. Good idea. Thumbs up!

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      vitar 7 years ago

      Excellent lens with great information. Keep up the good work.

      I invite you visit and rate my lens Unusual Wedding Cake.


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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      I ike all the cupcakes, except the one with black icing.

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      taliamurphy lm 7 years ago

      Reeealy reeealy cute ones! I think I like the last one the best, but the one in the middle caught my eye!

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      tintin79 7 years ago

      Oh they look yum.. I wonder what squidoo tastes like.?

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Adrable....and congratulations on Lens of the Day...adding an Angel Blessing to this :)

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      Sammy24 7 years ago

      I can't agree more about the red and black icing. Red always turns out pink and black is always yucky! I will have to buy the tubes. I gave up and started decorating things that didn't require red or black but HALLOWEEN IS SOON! thanks for the advice

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love these "Squidcakes" :)

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      HtCares 7 years ago

      Great lens... I voted for #5, but all of them are wonderful. It was hard to pick a favorite.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      The methods are easy to follow, even my kids can help me prepare. Me and my kids favor cupcake #2 by the way.

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      MissyBrown LM 7 years ago

      I had to pick #4 because I love strange things. Great lens and congrats on being the lens of the day!

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      jamie-smart 7 years ago

      They all look delicious, might have to give it a go myself!

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      Asinka Fields 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love the idea and the way you have implemented it in 5 different ways. Awesome!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      GREAT IDEA for a lens -- well done!

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Presentation of food is important, fun for the cook and fun for the eater!

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very cute cupcakes and great decorating tips. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      Athelyna LM 7 years ago

      I love these! I've never seen the chocolate-and-sugar combination before. It's brilliant, and especially cool with the Squid!

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      Dessai89 7 years ago

      I love these cupcakes; they are SO effin cute :] keep on baking!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How did I miss this! Belated Congratulations on your Lens of the Day, no wonder this was awarded, it is just too adorable!

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      randomethoughts 7 years ago

      wow i like it!

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      lawyerscout 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Super Cute! Super Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Super cute cupcake and very clever decorating, Congrats to you!:)

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      BziB 7 years ago

      Really awesome! I'm going try my hand at this. Will need to scour Mumbai to find the makings first though! Awesome lens.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      Totally awesome lens! Loved it - had fun reading AND learned some new stuff - super groovy! And I got 50pts voting in your poll (since I've voted in a certain # of them) - so thanks! Congratulations on making LOTD! You definitely deserve it! :-D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      My goodness these are cool! Congrats on LotD.

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      diztentbe 7 years ago

      I've just discovered squidoo this wee hours in the morning when I need to be sleeping to get ready for work and I'm too excited to quit searching. I've set my page up, just need to get a lens started, I'll do that tonight, Thank you, I'm loving the different ideas and I thought I loved facebook, and even my blog.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Well, seeing that its after dinner here I don't think I can squeeze one in but congrats on LOTD. It is now featured on Squidoo LOTD lenses.

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      AWildDog 7 years ago

      And now... I'm craving a cupcake. Thanks for that! LOL.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont


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      kitsiu lm 7 years ago

      Great lense. I like it!!

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      Rita-K 7 years ago

      Congrats on your great lens! I now want to be a Squidoo Cupcake for Halloween!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Awesome! Unique and original. Great idea.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens - and you are exceptionally creative! I love these cupcakes! Can you imagine how cool it would be to have a meet and greet for Squidoo lensmasters and serve these? It doesn't get much better than this. Congratulations on a well deserved Lens of the Day.

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      tyrillis 7 years ago

      That's such a cool idea! lol i love it. Great idea.

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      dessertlover 7 years ago

      Love the white chocolate and orange sprinkles idea, that's so clever!

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      eclinicmd 7 years ago

      My girlfriend will really appreciate this.

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      DharmeshTolia 7 years ago


      great ideas for Halloween cakes

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      Jen 7 years ago from California

      Congrats on LOTD! Great cupcake ideas - perfect for Halloween!

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      Congrats on getting LOTD! These are some really great ideas (although that plain eyeball one kinda scares me. lol).

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      clicks-4-bricks 7 years ago

      These look cool and delicious! I think my sons would like to help me make these and then give out for Halloween! Congrats on LOTD too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i love cupcakes, and i cannot wait to try and make these!!

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      whatnextk 7 years ago

      Your lens just made me hungry, I have to give these tips a try, thanks for sharing.

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      Margaret Schaut 7 years ago from Detroit

      This is the tastiest version of the Squid that I've ever seen! Well done on a terrific how-to lens, and an inspiration for us fellow calamari!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! It was fun coming back to review this fabulous lens once again. Glad I'm able to leave a SquidAngel blessing behind this time!

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      pylemountain1 7 years ago

      Great lens idea, very clever and awesome looking cupcakes! Congratulations on your LOTD award.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great squidoo cupcakes! They look yummy. Wish I was at your party. Congrats.

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      thepartyanimal2 7 years ago

      I love this lens - You were very creative and that is something I love !!! I love the Glitter (Sugar Crystals) I think everything should sparkle - even a Squid.

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      SugarB 7 years ago

      Very creative - I'm impressed!

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      iphone4accessories 7 years ago

      Congrats on being LotD! Bookmarked this to show to my girls later, they'll love it.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great lens!

      Congrats on LoTD


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      isabella lm 7 years ago

      wow! this lens and your idea are great!! lovely

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      this lens made me happy, squidoo cupcakes :-)

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      How about you come over to my house to do my Christmas baking for me - you have such a wonderful talent.

      Great lens! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      blujeanmomma 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a fun lens - you are very creative (I'm jealous)

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      hollyshope 7 years ago

      I loved the #3. I don't cook at all and I can't imagine all the work that went into that one! It looks so pretty!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I loved all of them, but chose #3. Great lens. Loved the pictures and the items offered for sale, too. Very creative!

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      mazbond 7 years ago

      Your Squidoo Cupcakes all look so yummy but for me No 2 wins cos I love M&Ms. Great Lens!

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      lilkon 7 years ago

      Now, if anyone is interested, the contents in the paper beneath all the designs is CHOCOLATE cake, my favorite!

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      Violin-Student 7 years ago

      Very cute lens! Thanks for all the hard work. I love cupcakes, and the current craze of cupcakes and cupcake bakeries just makes me grin ear to ear!

      Art Haule

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      divacratus 2 7 years ago

      They look delicious! What a fun lens which I'm sure would be loved by every Squidoo lensmaster! Keep up the good work!

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      divacratus 2 7 years ago

      They look delicious! What a fun lens which I'm sure would be loved by every Squidoo lensmaster! Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      super cool lens!

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      Latiera 7 years ago

      Wow this was great. I loved how you demonstrated the different methods for the decorations.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      These are incredibly cute!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      wow! Far out! These are great. I don't make cupcakes -- perhaps its time to start.

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      Marti Lawrence 7 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri


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      AdriennePetersen 7 years ago

      Amazing Squidoo cupcakces! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved!

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      DebMartin 7 years ago

      What a great lens. This lens is really well done. Loads of info without the clutter. And just in time for Halloween. Don't those cupcakes look kind of Halloween creepy in a delicious way? And the colors are perfect for the holiday too.

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      PaulWinter 7 years ago

      Very cool cupcakes, and it was interesting to see some of your techniques. Congrats on getting lens of the day.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!!

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      So cute! I love your designs. Thanks for sharing and congrats on the well-deserved LOTD! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      cathyswraps 7 years ago

      You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing your techniques, who knew the tips could screw into the piping bags? Love this.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      That is so cool.

      Squidoo cupcakes... I would have never thought of this one.

      Congratulations for LOTD.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Hahahahaha! I knew that one day it would become famous! I enjoyed looking at those cupcake squid decoration ideas and definitely like all of them. Kudos on the icing squids, though.

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congrats on lotd! I loved this the first time I saw it. Great ideas here.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Many congratulations on achieving LOTD and these cupcake decorating ideas look excellent!

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      asiliveandbreathe 7 years ago

      Lovely cakes - great ideas! These methods can be used to produce so many other designs for all occasions.

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD Paige! :)

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      BabyBoomerQueen 7 years ago

      Love the cupcake decorating idea. Great blog. Wish I could get the Squidoo thing down.

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      nukemdomis lm 7 years ago

      Excellent! I love seeing Squidoo outside in real life scenarios. Good Job.

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      pebbles123 7 years ago

      Cograts on LOTD these are little works of art!

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      Coffeebreak9am 7 years ago

      These are adorable you deserved Lens of the day for all your effort!

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      SpiritualistKatherine 7 years ago

      Yummy Mummy these Squidoo cupcakes look so delicious. I will have one of each please, thank you puzzlemaker.

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      Mieka 7 years ago

      Amazing! Very good lens, worthy of the lens of the day trophy! And it looks like you had a lot of fun making all the cupcakes!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! Super Squidoo cupcakes!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wouldn't these be fun to serve at one of the Squidoo Meet UPs.

      Great work here. You are so very creative. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD!

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      dryder 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas! Congrats on making LOTD!!!

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Great idea for a lens, just the idea alone deserves LOTD, but on top of that it is well presented - thumbs up :)

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      modz 7 years ago

      This is very nice, Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      The perk of using M&Ms as part of the decoration is that you get to eat all the other colors out of the bag and no one will ever know! ;-) Great decorating!

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      SuzanSuzie 7 years ago

      coooollllllll i love all the design

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      reemasunil 7 years ago

      Are you expert in icing cakes and decorating it. I can do only cup cake part and icing goes for toss. Lot of handwork you must have put in .

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      Absolutely fabulous . . . I love it (and blessed)!

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      you are incredibly talented on this! Great cupcakes!

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      mockingbird999 7 years ago

      Your cupcakes are amazing! I especially love the one in your intro module. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      Cute! You are a creative soul. Congratulations on the LotD and Purple Star.