Cupcake Designs and Decorating Ideas

 Step by step decorating instructions, videos, pictures, recipes ....

Cupcake Designs are getting crazier as we speak :-). It's been just five or six years since they re-entered deserts' arena in a big style and pomp. I am glad they did. To be honest with you, for the most part I prefer how they look to how they taste. But that's OK.

I am in constant search for the beautiful cupcake designs of all kinds: vintage, whimsical, simple, wedding, birthday, white, name it...and you'll know I am after it.

You will find a great collection of cupcakes and mini cakes on our blog. Here we would like to share a cupcake experience with you!

Cupcake is very popular kind of cake nowadays and its popularity grows from day to day. This small cake designed to serve one person is adored amongst all generation, especially the youths.

They can be used in many different occasions instead of ordinary large cake. In recent years, it is almost impossible to celebrate any holiday or any special moment without a cupcake. Their attractive and very often fun design made this type of dessert infallible part of many parties.
Pink Rose Cupcake
Pink Rose Cupcake

Cupcake Decorating Ideas 

There are so many different and interesting ideas how to decorate cupcakes which is incredibly fun activity. Same as large cakes, cupcakes may be decorated with various frostings or some other materials like icing, cookies, candies, fondant etc.

Swirl is the simplest and easiest idea to decorate cupcakes. For this technique you will need decorating bag filled with icing and appropriate tip on top of the bag. Various ribbons and bows are also excellent choice for decoration cupcakes.

They are usually made out of fondant, gum paste or icing. Decorations are usually done according to the theme of the party. For example, wedding cupcakes are very popular today. There are many various wedding cupcakes designs and maybe the most interesting is a cupcake tree which shows cupcakes as if in the shape of traditional cake.

Not less interesting are birthday cupcakes where choices for decorations are unlimited starting from kids birthday cupcakes with some fun kids friendly decorations, to adult's birthday cupcakes which can be very interesting yet elegant. Baby shower cupcakes, Christmas cupcakes, Halloween cupcakes, Valentine cupcakes, July 4th cupcakes are just some of the favorite cupcakes among all generations.

As you may notice, the choice for decorating cupcakes is limitless, and with a little creativity, you can create very beautiful cupcakes. Here is a video where you will see some of the ideas how to decorate cupcakes.

Easy Cupcake Decorating

Apart from frosting, icing, fondant, gum paste, candies or cookies which are very often used for decorating cupcakes, they can be also beautified with the help of edible images. This type of cake decorations became very popular way to make cupcakes perfectly decorated.

The images are very easy to work with. It only requires a little bit if patience. All you have to do is to spread a bit of butter cream on top of cupcake, peel the image off the backing and place it onto the cupcake.

Another excellent option for decoration cupcakes is usage of ready made edible decoration. There are numerous interesting decorations such as edible flowers, edible gems, sprinkles, colored sparkles and sugars, chocolate decorations, candies and many others. All these decorations are perfect for any theme and experimenting with them will give you real pleasure.

Cupcake recipes

Basic Easy Cupcake Recipe:

Cupcakes are very delicious cakes and who doesn't love cupcakes. There are many various recipes for cupcakes but the basic and the easiest recipe is:


- 250gr butter

- 250gr flour

- 250gr sugar

- 4 eggs

- Pinch of salt

- 4 tablespoon milk

- ½ teaspoon baking powder


Make the batter out of these ingredients and pour it into the prepared muffin pan and baked in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in pan, then remove from the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool completely. When cooled frost them with or decorate them as desire.

Apart from this basic recipes very popular are chocolate cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, pumpkin cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, lemon cupcakes, orange cupcakes, mocha cupcakes, vegan cupcakes, gluten free cupcakes and many more. Which recipe you will chose, depends on your taste.

Here is a video on Banana chocolate cupcake recipe:

Cupcake Frostings

Frosting is maybe the main option for decoration cupcakes and when done with lot of passion and creativity, cupcakes may look fascinating. Adding different colored frostings will create fun cupcakes and if you place some shaped candies on top your cupcake will look amazing.

There are many different frostings that can be used for decoration cupcakes such as:

- brown sugar icing which is ideal for vanilla, chocolate, pumpkin, or carrot cupcakes;

- butter cream frosting which tastes very good and can be easily colored;

- chocolate ganache has very rich and smooth texture and is very easy to make;

- cream cheese frosting is good for any cupcake recipe;

- fondant can be used for forming different shapes and can be easily colored;

- peanut butter frosting is ideal for chocolate cupcakes;

- whipped cream frosting can be also used with different flavors.

If you wish to prepare cupcake frosting on your own here is a video tutorial on how to make cupcake frosting and how to apply it onto the cupcakes.

Cupcake Stands

Most people when make cupcakes have problem where to place them. Very often they put them on normal plate and set them on table. There is a perfect solution for placing cupcakes and that is cupcake stands which allow you to display your beautiful cupcakes. They can be found in many different shapes round, squares and even in the shape of tower or tree which enables you to arrange them differently. Also they can be designed into one tier or multi tiers. Some cupcakes stands can display up to 300 cupcakes and are perfectly suitable for weddings.

Cupcakes Liners

Cupcake Liners are actually single round sheets of paper that are inserted into the muffin pan, they hold the cupcake in place and enable the quickly removing cupcake from the pan when baked. They are usually lightweight and colorful. After the cupcake has been baked, the cupcake liner is peeled from the cupcake and allows for fast cleanup. They also keep the cupcake moister. Several sizes of cupcakes liners are available on the market. Usually they are made of paper but also they can be made out of thin aluminum foil or silicone rubber. As they can stand up on their own, cupcakes liners may be used on a flat baking sheet.

Cupcake Pans

Cupcakes are usually baked in muffin pans which are more often made from metal with or without non-stick surface. Generally they have six or twelve depressions or "cups". Apart from metal cupcake pans can be made from stoneware, silicone rubber, or some other material. Standard size of each cup inside the pan is 3 inches (76mm) in diameter and each cup holds about 4 ounces (110gr).

Cupcakes Sprinkles

If you want to decorate your cupcakes in the most attractive and the most beautiful way, cupcakes sprinkles are the best option for you. These cute little decorations perfectly dress up cupcakes in such an amazing way giving them unique and interesting design. There are plentiful of different cupcakes sprinkles available on market. The most wanted and the most fun are butterfly, hearts, chocolate stars, sugar balls, chocolate smarties, alphabet sugar sprinkles, and other. No matter which sprinkles you will use for decorating, every cupcake with some sprinkles on top looks incredibly wonderful.

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