No longer reserved for classroom celebrations, birthday cupcakes and ice cream are fast becoming the new birthday party treat.
Birthday cupcakes are as easy to serve as they are to eat, and can be artfully displayed in fabulous arrangements that rival even the most festive birthday cakes. Plus, with so many flavors to choose from, it's a piece of cake to have everyone's favorite on hand. Let's take a look at a few unique ideas for decorating these cupcakes:
Edible Toppings: Festoon your tasty treats with edible toppings like candy corn, gumdrops, silver or gold dragees, or sprinkles. Adorn cupcake tops with ready-made pressed sugar decorations, or make your own unique edible toppings using melted chocolate and candy molds.
Non-Edible Toppings: Decorations like character cut-outs, racing flags, die cast cars, or play jewelry provide easy tie-ins to the party's theme. You can even pay homage to the guest of honor by topping each cupcake with a photo of the birthday boy or girl.
Icing Creations: Create edible masterpieces using spray-on airbrush icing, icing bags with decorative tips, squeezable icing tubes and gels, or smooth, rolled fondant.
Artful Arrangements: Add another element of fun to your cupcake creations by displaying them in a tiered cupcake stand, arranging them on a serving platter in the shape of a number, caterpillar or smiley face, or by topping each with a letter to spell out a special birthday message to the guest of honor.
For added fun, treat the crowd to a gigantic cupcake baked in a 3-D cupcake pan, or to a cupcake birthday cake. Cupcake birthday cakes are a cinch to prepare - just arrange cupcakes on a platter leaving as little space as possible, and then frost as if you were icing a single sheet cake. To serve, just pull out the next cupcake in line and the frosting comes along with it.
Remember, cupcakes don't have to look picture-perfect to bring a smile to your guests' faces. Have fun creating this year's special cupcakes!