20 Fun Birthday Cupcake Ideas
From creative flavors to gorgeous decorations, these birthday cupcake ideas are the best way to celebrate someone's special day.
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Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake
Rather than frosting each cupcake individually, gather them together and decorate as one. Pull-apart cupcake cakes can be themed to just about any birthday party with ease. Learn how to make these pull-apart cupcake cakes here.
For something a little more elegant, there’s no cupcake decoration that beats the classic frosting rose. To achieve this look, place a closed star tip in a pastry bag and fill it with slightly cool frosting. Starting in the middle of the cupcake, gently squeeze the pastry bag while moving the tip in a counter-clockwise direction. Once you reach the edges of the cupcake, loosen your grip on the pastry bag and lift it from the frosting. Easy peasy. For more help, take a look at these piping bag tips that will have you frosting like a pro.
For a near-effortless cupcake design that looks anything but, this watercolor technique is just the ticket. Using an offset spatula or a butter knife, spread dabs of different colored frosting along the top of a cupcake. After the cupcake has been covered to your liking, you can use your spatula or knife to spread the colors together slightly or leave them as-is. Either way, they’ll look beautiful on your dessert table. Here are some more easy birthday cake ideas you might want to try.
This dual-color frosting look is incredibly easy to do yourself. Split your frosting evenly between two bowls and dye them as desired. Open a pastry bag with tip of your choice or a plastic bag over a glass and add the frostings almong the side of the bag, using a spatula or butter knife. Twist the top of the pastry or plastic bag, then frost with a simple swirl. Then, enjoy! (Are you eating a cupcake the right way?)
Perfect for a brunch birthday party, this chic piping looks just like a hydrangea. You can recreate this decoration by filling a piping bag with a small star tip with the frosting color of your choice, and pipe short, small flowers. For a more natural look, use two-toned frosting and vary the size of your piped flowers. Check out these homemade frosting recipes that make cupcakes even better.
Make customized chocolate cupcake toppers in about five minutes flat. First, draw your preferred design on a sheet of parchment paper, then flip the paper over. Melt white or milk chocolate candy melts in the microwave, transfer to a piping bag or plastic bag and trace the drawn shapes on the parchment paper. Let the chocolate shapes set in the fridge until solid and then add to the top of frosted cupcakes. Take a look at these other edible cupcake decorations.