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Impressive Cupcakes for Dinner Parties | Pretty Designs and Delicious Cake Recipes
Top 10 Show-Stopping Cupcake Ideas
Cupcakes are can be anything from a quick snack to a 'Wow' dessert, and this page focusses on the latter, with fantastic flavours, striking colour combinations and spectacular decoration.
There are chocolate, green tea, malted vanilla, Champagne, blackberry and many more fun and yummy ingredients, perfect for impressing at your next dinner party :-)
I hope you find this selection as mouth-watering as I do!
Malted Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Fabulous Cupcake Sets, Tools & Display Ideas
Presentation is everything, and these delicate lacy wraps really make all the difference.
Create all kinds of patterns and shapes with a professional finish.
Bite-size miniature muffins are dainty and look quite adorable!
Add a bit of novelty when you present your marvellous cupcakes with this fun ferris wheel stand.
This inexpensive and clever gadget saves so much time and mess when you want to add a filling to your cakes.
Angel Food Cupcakes with Blackberry Buttercream
Make Your Own Salted Caramel Swirls
It can be a little tricky to get the sugar melted correctly but don't let that put you off having a go - because the end result would certainly make for an impressive cupcake topper!
What you will need:
* Granulated sugar (or caster sugar if you're in the UK)
You can use any amount of sugar you want, depending on the number of toppers you plan to make, but I would recommend at least 175g (3/4 cup)
* Small amount of sea salt
* 105ml water (If using 175g sugar)
If you are using a different amount of sugar, just multiply the grams of sugar you are using by 0.6 to get the amount of water you require in ml
* Heavy-bottomed saucepan
* Baking/parchment paper
* A large bowl, tub or even sink full of very cold (ice) water
You can do this process without the water, which will make the method quicker but I find that it's easier to burn when not using water.
- Lay out a piece of parchment paper on a table so that it lies flat and is big enough to hold all of the cupcake toppers you plan to make.
- Put the sugar and water into the saucepan, and turn on the heat to a low setting.
- Stir until all of the sugar has dissolved. then turn the heat up a bit until the mixture boils. Do not stir at all from this point onwards, but swirl the pan from time to time to make sure the sugar cooks evenly. Then turn the heat back down slightly.
* Note: If you are only heating sugar - no water - then you must not stir at all during the heating process, although you can swirl the pan a few times.
- The sugar mix will continue to color, and you should watch for it to become a golden amber color, (but not burned!) Once it is the right color, turn off the heat and dip the base of the saucepan for a couple of seconds in your bowl/tub/sink of cold water. This will stop the caramel from coloring any further. If you are unsure, it's best to err on the side of caution and remove the sugar from the heat too early rather than too late.
- Take a teaspoon and dip it into the caramel. Drizzle the caramel from the spoon in spiral shapes onto the parchment paper you laid out earlier. Lightly sprinkle the caramel spirals with sea salt straight after you make each one so that it sticks. A helper is useful for this because you need to be quick!
- Repeat until you either have enough toppers or you run out of caramel.
Tip: After you've finished, fill the saucepan with boiling water to dissolve the set caramel so you can clean it :)
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes
Green Tea & Cranberry Cupcakes
Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Sparkling Wine Cupcakes
If your skill doesn't lie in baking, then maybe your piping skills and decoration choices will create the 'wow' instead! To learn some awesome presentation techniques using limited equipment, check out the videos below: