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Impressive Cupcakes for Dinner Parties | Pretty Designs and Delicious Cake Recipes

Updated on January 22, 2015
Chocolate cupcakes with banana ice-cream...mmm...
Chocolate cupcakes with banana ice-cream...mmm... | Source

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

Wilton 415-0182 Wilton Pearl Swirl Cupcake Wraps, 18-Pack
Wilton 415-0182 Wilton Pearl Swirl Cupcake Wraps, 18-Pack

Presentation is everything, and these delicate lacy wraps really make all the difference.

Wilton 2104-6667 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set
Wilton 2104-6667 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set

Create all kinds of patterns and shapes with a professional finish.

Home Essentials Elegant Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder & Display Stand by Black
Home Essentials Elegant Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder & Display Stand by Black

Add a bit of novelty when you present your marvellous cupcakes with this fun ferris wheel stand.

Cuisipro Cupcake Corer
Cuisipro Cupcake Corer

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.

- Finished!

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

Can cupcakes get any more impressive than this?!
Can cupcakes get any more impressive than this?! | Source

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

With banana ice-cream and candied hazelnuts.
With banana ice-cream and candied hazelnuts. | Source

Champagne 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:

Buttercream Roses

5 Icing Techniques

Vintage Rose Cupcakes

Rainbow Frosting Swirls

Which of the cupcakes would you choose to eat?

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      garylawson 4 years ago

      some fantastic ideas, loving your work

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      I lied in the Poll...but you didn't allow "all of the above." These are gorgeous and sound so yummy. Thank you.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Flaming strawberries! Whoa. Definitely a wow factor. Very impressive cupcakes, for sure.

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      BrightDaysAhead 5 years ago

      I could eat them all!! Love your lens!

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      cupcakeideas2011 6 years ago

      I love the idea of the floating strawberry, its rare to see such very creative cupcake idea.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Great lens!