Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Cupcakes are not only taste great, but they can also be fun to look at. The individual snacks can be decorated to compliment any holiday or party theme. With a little imagination, a few extra ingredients, and some simple techniques, it is easy to turn plain cupcakes into exciting party fare.

Halloween cupcakes can be decorated to look like pumpkins by spreading orange frosting liberally over the cakes. Pipe on thin curved lines that meet at two points directly across from each other to resemble the texture of a pumpkin. Finish the pumpkin by pressing a green gum drop into one of the meeting points for the stem. Another fun Halloween idea is to make a graveyard. Tombstones can be made by sticking home-baked or store-bought Milan cookies upright in the top of brown frosted cupcakes and finished with funny epitaphs written in black gel frosting. Alternate tombstones with extras like gummy worms and skeleton rings popping out of the cakes. Sprinkle crumbled cookies atop the cupcakes and around the carrier or serving tray to resemble dirt.

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Bunny cupcakes make a cute Easter treat. Frost the cakes with white icing; coconut can be added to make a fur-like texture. For larger cupcakes, use coated chocolate candies for eyes, a jellybean for a nose, two large swirls of white frosting for cheeks, two mini marshmallows for teeth, and a full-sized marshmallow cut in half and dipped in pink sugar for ears. Smaller cupcakes can be made with mini coated chocolate candies for eyes, half a jellybean for a nose, two mini marshmallows for cheeks, and one-fourth of a full-sized marshmallow dipped in pink sugar for ears. Cupcakes can also be decorated to look like Easter baskets by first topping with green frosting, and then dipping in sanding sugar or sugar crystals. Form the handle by inserting two ends of a candy straw into the cupcake. Fill the basket with robins’ eggs, chocolate eggs, miniature chocolate bunnies or jellybeans.

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Pumpkin Decorated Cupcakes

Christmas shapes like snowflakes and stockings can be cut out of rolled fondant ahead of time and allowed to dry before placing them on frosted cupcakes for a quick holiday treat. Christmas trees can be made by piping a mound of thick frosting in a tree like pattern atop the cakes and decorating with small silver ball candies, confetti candy in holiday shapes, or festive sprinkles. Green frosted cupcakes can also be clustered together on a cake carrier or serving tray in a tree-like shape and decorated with fondant cutouts, sprinkles or crushed candy canes.

Cupcakes can be decorated to serve at other gatherings as well. Hearts, flowers and animal designs are fun additions to Valentine’s Day, birthday and anniversary festivities. With endless decorating possibilities, cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.

By Tom Lingle
Article Source: ezinearticles.com