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Cupcake Decorations for all Occasions!

Updated on January 11, 2016

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

Lonely Cupcake

Cupcake
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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.

Creative Commons Photo on Wikimedia

Cookbooks

Crazy About Cupcakes
Crazy About Cupcakes

A book for all skill levels with about 300 recipes!

It contains the basics but provides sooo many variations! The book is well laid out, easy to follow and will help you to find something for any occasion...

 

Patriotic

Fourth of July - A patriotic display of cakes!

4th July Cupcake first stage
4th July Cupcake first stage

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

4th July stage 2
4th July stage 2

Fourth of July

Fourth of July
Fourth of July

Will you make cupcakes for your 4th July celebrations?

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Christmas

Christmas decoration
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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.

Photo Credit

Halloween

Spider cupcakes
Spider cupcakes

Spider Cupcakes

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 cupcakes
Halloween cupcakes | Source

Halloween Pumpkin Cupcake Decorations

More Halloween Ideas

Party Theme ~

It's a Celebration!

Do You Love Takeaways?

Hamburger Cupcakes
Hamburger Cupcakes | Source

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!

Graduation

Graduation cupcake
Graduation cupcake | Source

Baby Shower

Baby cupcakes
Baby cupcakes | Source

How about this little idea for a baby shower? So cute! Change the colors to suit the sex of the baby or babies!

Easter

Nest of eggs
Nest of eggs | Source

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

Mother's Day Bouquet - Make a flower bouquet for Mother's Day

Tools Required for a Bouquet Cupcake

Wilton Basic Cake Decorating Set
Wilton Basic Cake Decorating Set

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!

 

Romance ~

Weddings and more..

Wedding cupcakes
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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.


Cupcaketree.com Large Round Cupcake Stand holds up to 300 cupcakes and cake topper. Perfect for Weddings. 5-tier.
Cupcaketree.com Large Round Cupcake Stand holds up to 300 cupcakes and cake topper. Perfect for Weddings. 5-tier.

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

Carmen's Wedding Cake
Carmen's Wedding Cake | Source
Cupcake for Afternoon Tea
Cupcake for Afternoon Tea

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

Valentine cupcakes
Valentine cupcakes

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

Hearts Cupcake
Hearts Cupcake

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 Creations

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Katey's business
Katey's business
Katey's business

Vote On Your Favorite Topping

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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!

Cupcake Trivia

..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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I'd love to hear what you think so please leave a message. Thanks:)

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      These look great.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Some really yummy photos. Now I really have to find somebody to try these recipes and test the results - on me!

      ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A lovely lens! I am a cupcake addict. I must admit, I am not very good at making them, but I am a professional when it comes to eating them ;)

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      MaysLounge 4 years ago

      I absolutely love cupcakes, beautiful decorations.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      First you should not visit this site when you are hungry.

      Second I don't do the halloween but adding the legs onto the cupcakes with a face on them is a great idea. Hope you don't mind if I use it sometime.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I'm craving cupcakes now! Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some of these look way to good to eat. All that work gone in so little time.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like these Cupcake Decorations for all Occasions, the images are great makes me want to start baking again.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Many years ago my brother used to work in a bakery. He taught me how to make butterfly cupcakes. We would cut them like you showed but would fill the hollowed out part with colored frosting. Put the wings on and fill the space between the wings with a piped in frosting. Then we would sift icing sugar over the whole cupcake. It was really pretty and very yummy. When my daughter was a youngster I made some for her and her friends for a sleepover. They thought they were great.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping in with some extra angel blessings for these tasty morsels!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @Joy Neasley: Did you see the cupcake maker to the right? It was there...no need to search!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I tend to go with simple cupcake decorations, so I like that single candle ... but lately I've been designing cupcake boxes, wrappers and toppers so that even a simple cupcake can have some flair.

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I'm hungry for cupcakes now, I think I want a cupcake maker. Time to go search the internet.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I love cupcakes and I love the variety of cupcakes you have on this lens. Blessed!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Everything looks yummy. I like the idea of 4th of July cupcakes.

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      Jessica Barst 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Great collection! I only recently baked my first cupcake. I have no idea why I didn't do it sooner...I love them!!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      I like cupcakes. The decorations they have today are amazing, some seem too pretty to eat.

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      Kae Yo 5 years ago

      This is excellent! I loved the Halloween Jack-o-Lantern cupcakes. This made me want to try making some fancy cupcakes. Thank you.

      Thanks for visiting my lens "Surprisingly Unexpected Disasters".

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Great cupcakes. It would be nice to make these for fourth of July.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very cool ideas, indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      So cute!

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      If only I were a better cook :-)

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      The pull apart cupcake with a USA flag themed is such an brilliant idea.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Awesome ideas, I love making cakes for birthdays and christmas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      DELICIOUS! I love cupcakes, some awesome decorations featured here. I'll add a link on my Teddybears picnic Lens, they adore cupcakes!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I like to place a piece of wax paper over a simple drawing, such as a heart of flower, and trace it with melted chocolate. After the design cools in the fridge, I stand them up in the icing on top of my cupcakes. I love your ideas and will use them. Thanks!

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      bechand 5 years ago

      loved it -

      my first cupcake memories were white frosting with those tiny colored sprinkled balls on top :O) at school from cool stay at home moms :O)

      I have a full lens on the cupcake cakes (like your flag above)

      You are right - cupcakes have come a long way in the past 10 or so years !

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Amazing lens, great job!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Great cupcake resource!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Good ideas, cup cakes look delicious! Thanks!

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      These are so sweet! Thanks for the nice comment!

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      These are so sweet! Thanks for the nice comment!

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      These are lovely and I love the pumpkins! Great page :)

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Very cute ideas. I love cupcakes - they're just the right size for a snack (well, two or three are the right size...). Well done.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks everyone. Your comments appreciated

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks:)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      @TriviaChamp: Thank you Jane

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      There are SO many wonderful ideas here!! I think we could be wonderful friends :)

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      cupcakeideas2011 5 years ago

      Gorgeous cupcake display!

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      TriviaChamp 5 years ago

      Well done. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gorgeous and lovely cupcakes!

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens ! I luv cupcakes !

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      mockingbird999 7 years ago

      You are certainly giving me ideas. Your cupcakes are so cute!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Wow, fantastic lens. Thank-you for ideas, especially the butterfly one. 5 stars*****

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      stan33man 9 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, tips and resources - a wide array of cupcake-related info, for sure! As for my first cupcake decorations memories, I'll have to think about that one a bit more ... :-)

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      tranndee lm 9 years ago

      Way cool blog. You've got me soooo excited for Christmas and I am planning some pretty treats with the tips you have here.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Mmmmm !

      A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips..but oh so worth it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Mmmmm !

      A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips..but oh so worth it!