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Cupcake Decorations for all Occasions!
What are Your First Cupcake Memories?
My first cupcake decorating memories are nothing like the decorations of today! Are yours?
What is your first memory of the cupcake? Was it a lonely cake with a candle in the middle for your birthday at school? Or were the cupcake decorations more sophisticated than that perhaps?
My own memory was of a cupcake with a candle, plonked in the middle of a chair while all the kids at the creche sat around on the floor and sang happy birthday...can't remember if everyone got a slice though! lol...
Cupcake decorations have come a long way over the years and this lens is dedicated to providing ideas for all occasions. Can you smell the baking...mmm? Well, can you?
Photo by Lyn Bell
My first cupcake memory...looks a bit lost and lonely, doesn't it?
I was at the Creche for littlies and it was my birthday. All the kids sat around and a single cupcake with a candle was placed on a stool for me to blow out - the flame I mean. I guess they were worried about spitting as you blow the candle and so a single cupcake meant you'd get your own germs! That's my theory anyway...don't remember everyone getting their own cupcake but guess they did! No, I wasn't one year old, if that's what you were thinking! I think a single candle was to do it for all ages...perhaps they were cost cutting!
Butterfly Fairy Cake
One of my first memories were of a little cake called a fairy cake made by my Mom. It had little 'wings' made from cutting the top of the cake, slicing the cut piece and placing it back on top of some whipped cream to represent wings. Sprinkled with icing sugar ~ no doubt to represent fairy dust! It was the butterfly fairy cake and is really a cupcake. It's one of the easiest to decorate, I'm sure you'll agree. This cake always reminds me of my Mom as she made them quite often.
While cupcakes in America are desserts fairy cakes in the UK tend to be a tea treat.
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Fourth of July - A patriotic display of cakes!
At my friend Carol's 4th of July picnic a few years ago all the guests enjoyed cup cakes in a patriotic theme with this American Flag Cupcake cake. I'll let her photos speak for themselves.
Notice the icing Carol has used on the tray. This is not just a mess -- it does have a purpose. When you place the cupcake on the icing it will be less likely to slip around when being transported to the picnic! What a clever idea.
Each of these photos belongs to my friend Carol
Fourth of July
Will you make cupcakes for your 4th July celebrations?
Christmas Cupcake Gift Idea
Have you been searching for something different to give at Christmas? Something that won't break the bank. One that will be treasured for years to come and is individual to the recipient....
Try this idea. No...the cupcakes will not keep for years to come but the rest will!
Use Christmas ball decorations for inspiration for your cupcake. Try to recreate the design on the ball. Using glace or Royal icing will give a more shiny finish to your Christmas decoration. Make a special little cake for each of your guests and give them the matching decoration to keep.
If you are inclined you could buy a set of plain round ball Christmas decorations and make your own designs on them once again match your cupcake.
Thanks to Royce Blair for the use of this illustration of a Christmas cupcake tree created by his grand daughters aged 9 and 13!
You can view a different illustration of this idea by clicking the link below.
I found this photo of spider cupcakes on Flickr. It's another by Tawest64 and is similar to ones I've made in the past.
Chocolate cupcakes (my favorite flavor of all) make a nice background for the orange colored cream icing. The body of the spider can be made of a candy covered chocolate button such as a Smartie or M and M. Or even a jelly bean.
Make the legs from melted chocolate piped onto paper to dry and then placed on the cake. You can also cut pieces of licorice laces for the legs.
Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Decorations
More Halloween Ideas
Party Theme ~
It's a Celebration!
Do You Love Takeaways?
How about these little hamburgers! Now that's a bit different, don't you think? You could have a party theme of takeaways and use these for dessert.
It sort of works well with the Graduation theme below too!
How about this little idea for a baby shower? So cute! Change the colors to suit the sex of the baby or babies!
Decorating Ideas for Easter
* Easter bunny decoration idea. Ice your cupcake with a pastel shade of pink. Use white icing to make two cheeks, just below halfway. Cut a jelly bean for the eyes and nose and use small marshmallows cut and shaped for the ears. To make the pink inner ear, dip the cut side of the marshmallow into pink sugar. Finally pipe two or three whiskers from the cheeks. (An idea published in my Ezine article of 2007)
* Easter egg idea. Ice your cupcake with smooth icing and pipe designs or use edible paint to create your design. You can also use two or three different color icings without actually mixing them but to make a marble effect.
*Bird's nest of eggs. Ice your cupcakes with chocolate frosting and raise the edges a little. Grate chocolate or sprinkle chocolate hail to represent the twigs in the bird's nest. Place mini chocolate eggs or sugared almonds in the hollowed centre as in the picture above.
*Bird's nest of eggs #2. Ice with your favorite frosting and sprinkle with coconut rather than chocolate. Top with sugared almonds.
* Hot cross bun cupcake. The simplest of the decorating ideas. All you need do is choose your cupcake icing and pipe a cross on it. To make the cupcake look like a spicy bun with fruit you could add the spices and a small amount of current...or use chocolate chips.
Mother's Day Bouquet - Make a flower bouquet for Mother's Day
Tools Required for a Bouquet Cupcake
This has all the basics you will need to get you started on decorating your cupcakes! It also includes an instruction book and four different colors to use in your icing. Be aware that the colors are concentrated so use sparingly to create your color choice...you can always add more if needed!
Weddings and more..
Wedding Cupcake Decorations
Wedding cupcakes don't have to be elaborate, just tasty. When decorating, consider using fresh flowers which can be intertwined with the cupcakes.
The top tier is often a normal cake of choice...fruit, sponge, carrot.
There are some great advantages of using cupcakes for your wedding, such as:
-- Less staff on hand as there is no need to cut the cake.
-- No mess.
-- Decorating disasters can easily be hidden.
-- Simplicity -- can be assembled at the last minute.
-- Guests can choose their favorite flavor or decoration making it more personalized.
-- Friends and family can help which will keep costs lower and add fun to the wedding preparations.
This is made of corrugated board but you can see from Carmen Rivera's picture of the stand with cupcakes it is easily disguised. The top has room for a six inch cake and Carmen covered the edges with ribbon.
There should be enough room to hold up to 300 cakes. If you have less to cater for you can leave off one of the tiers.
Carmen's Wedding Cake
Out for Afternoon Tea
Looking for an elegant afternoon tea that reminds you of yesteryear? I found this fabulous place in Christchurch called The Cupcake Collection. Just the sort of place to meet for a lady's afternoon tea. Yes, I do work...but you have to relax sometimes!
This hazy photo was taken with my mobile while meeting a friend for a cup of tea and a chat. Well, we had to have a cake too, didn't we!?
Photo by Lyn Bell
Decorating for Romance or Valentine's Day
Something for Valentine's Day?
Try this idea for the perfect romantic occasion. Let me set the scene... you would like something different to the usual red roses, especially as red roses can be VERY expensive at certain times of the year. Yes, I'm talking of Valentines Day but of course there are other romantic occasions.
The answer is to decorate your cupcake with white frosting and add red or pink sugar roses and butterflies. Now you can arrange these decorated cupcakes in the shape of a heart. Place your gift in the centre of the heart. You may be about to propose so you could place the boxed engagement ring in the centre of your heart shape.
How about sugared hearts with messages: I love you, Marry me?
Take this a step further. Depending on your abilities you can pipe your proposal or message on other cupcakes that do not have the red rose on top. Place these in a row above your heart shape.
Photo by Lyn Bell
Everyday is a Day for Romance
A dainty little number made with love...Who wouldn't like to receive such a delight? It's sweet but simple and so easy to do.
Forget Valentine's Day and make everyday count for your loved one.
Photo by Lyn Bell
Starting a Business
Making a Business of Cupcake Decorations
I met Katey who had a successful cupcake business called Buttercups. Katey was selling her creations at the market and also doing weddlings, baby showers, Corporate gifts and more. Katey, your cupcakes look great...taste good too.
Unfortunately Katey's venue at the market has disappeared due to the Christchurch earthquakes and I've lost contact with her. I hope she's still working with her passion.
These photos taken by Lyn Bell
Katey's CreationsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Cupcake Decorating How To Videos
I've chosen videos that I think will help you make the best cupcake decorations. Enjoy!
..or should that be patty cake trivia?
While browsing a kitchen shop the other day I came across a long forgotten word -- a patty tin. Well you make patty cakes in a patty tin and while these can be in individual paper cases it can be done straight in the greased pan. Many may refer to this as a muffin tin but really a patty cake is another version of a cup cake! It's really hard to find patty cakes referred to as cakes when searching the internet as most interpretations are of the child's game 'pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake', or patty cake.
Have you ever heard of patty cakes?
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