Cupcakes have really come a long ways, even in the last five years or so. I remember when I first started baking and doing cupcakes for birthday parties it was either chocolate or vanilla and a choice of either for frosting. Talk about boring!
Nowadays most cupcakes you see at specialty shops and in cookbooks have a minimum of two different frostings, fillings, and some of the toppings are out of this world!
You can literally put together any of your favourite flavours and turn them into one, fabulous tasting cupcake!
Browse through these free Tutorials on how to create many different varieties of cupcakes for birthdays, weddings, adult parties, and more!
Learn how to create some of the most creative designs ever...
*Create unique cupcakes like BBQ and Popcorn Buckets!*
*Decorating ideas with candy*
*Fondant covered cupcakes*
*Recipes and delicious frostings*
Take your cake decorating skills to the next level and learn how to make beautiful, professional looking fondant masterpieces!
Cupcake fillings come in almost all colors and flavors. There's Chocolate, cream cheese, raspberry or lemon. Jams, custards, or plain old vanilla icing. Whatever you decide to fill them with, read this great tutorial on how to fill a cupcake.
Here are just a few creative toppings to choose from, and most of them can be found at your local grocery store or gas station...
*Colored Coconut * Licorice* M&Ms* Hot Tomales* Marshmallows* Cookies *Gum sticks *Fruit by the foor or fruit roll up *Cereal *Life savers *Mints *Jelly Beans *Tic Tacs *Wine gums *Caramels *Tootsie rolls *Taffy *Star burst
Now really you can't forget about the even smaller version of the oh so wonderful cupcake, of course it's the mini cupcake! which are perfect for popping in your mouth - but be careful, before you know it you've easily eaten 20 of these darling little things! Whoa!
So, of course, in the last few months I've taken most of my time and devoted it to coming up with unique, fun and creative ways of turning just a plain old cupcake into something wonderful and fun to eat. Some of my ideas haven't exactly worked out so great, which I think I might post a page on NOT what to do, but for the most part I think things turned out pretty good!
Cupcakes can also makes great gifts for any occasion. They can be fairly affordable and can also be truly personalized for each person, event, or celebration.
You can also add small toys for cupcake toppers for children with a specific theme in mind, or just to add a little extra fun to the mix!
Baking and decorating is a great way to spend time with friends or family, whether big or small, and don't forget you can boost everyone's creativity!
*Cool cupcakes completely before covering to keep tops from getting sticky (about 30-45 minutes)
*Cover any that won't be used or frosted right away with sarah wrap
*Regrigerate buttery frosting or any kind of cream fillings
*You can freeze cupcakes up to two months tightly wrapped or in an air tight tupperware container.
*Thaw them in the fridge or on the countertop
*Gel, hard candies and colored sugars do not freeze well and tend to melt or run during the thawing process. Leave any of this decorating to be done after you've pulled your cupcakes out.
Wondering how long cupcakes last? Well, it's about a week, however it does depend on the recipe and how you've stored them. Remember cupcakes always taste the best fresh!
Below I've posted my most recent cupcake creations and you can click on the link below each picture to get step-by-step instructions for each one, with photos!
Click here for BBQ Grill cupcake Instructions
Click here for popcorn bucket cupcake instructions
Click here for spaghetti and meatballs cupcake instructions
Click here for Lawnmower Cupcake Instructions
Click here for Hamburger Cupcake instructions
Click here for Beaver cupcake instructions
To frost or ice your cupcakes you can either make your own cupcake frosting or you can purchase some from a store, either way will work just fine. If you want to color your icing now is the time to do it, just take a few drops of food coloring, place your icing in a bowl and mix together until you have the desired color.
There are two methods of frosting cupcakes....
*One* is to use a spatula or knife and do it by hand, or
*Two* you can use a piping bag or zip lock bag and "pipe" your icing onto the cupcake. I always use this method because it's much easier, faster and less cleanup too!
*If you're using a pastry bag or piping bag for different designs you will need piping tips*
*Small round tips are used for writing, making lines and dots.
*The larger round tip is used for edging or borders, flowers or making a large frosting swirl on your cupcake:
There are also star tips, grass tips and basket tips! If you're looking for instructions on each tip then go to the cake borders page for complete how-to-instructions on each tip. If you're using a ziplock bag all you need to do is snip off the end of the bag using a pair of scissors. The more you cut off the bigger your "circle" will be as well as the amount of icing that will come out.
If you're using a pastry bag you need to cut off the end, about half an inch and insert your tip directly into the end of the bag.
*Here's a great video to show you exactly how to ice your cupackes!*
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Hi! I'm Leigh, and welcome to my Easy Cake Decorating website!
I've been a professional baker and cake decorator for just about 10 years now and really enjoy making innovative cakes with elaborate taste! Please browse through the pages on this site and discover a little inspiration for making unique creations for special occasions!