7 Creative Cupcake Ideas
Decorate With Candy
On the frosting, arrange decorative candies in a floral pattern. Try using candy-coated Jordan almonds or these chocolate-covered sunflower seeds ($7 for 4 ounces, thecocoaroom.com).
Try this easy yellow-cupcakes recipe.
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The topping looks like fancy meringue but tastes like a campfire treat. Just before serving, frost the cupcakes with a spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff, then run them under the broiler for a few seconds, just until they're golden.
Place in Votives
Votive holders make perfect containers for bite-size cupcakes. Bake the batter in mini-muffin tins, dust the cakes with confectioners' sugar, and insert candles. Then just make a wish.
For a shortcakelike dessert, slice a cupcake into three layers, reassemble with a dollop of whipped cream in between each, and top with berries.
Substitute candied citrus slices for frosting. Simmer unpeeled, seedless oranges or lemons, thinly sliced, in simple syrup (boiled sugar water) over low heat until softened, about 1 hour. Cool slightly. If desired, spoon any remaining syrup over the top.
What better way to serve cake and ice cream than together in a sundae or wine glass, drizzled with chocolate sauce? (Serving note: Don't forget to remove the liners from the cakes.)
Inspired by the Linzer torte cookie, this confection sandwiches fruit preserves between layers of cake. Follow these easy three-step directions:
1. Slice: With a sharp knife, remove the top from each cupcake. Use a small (1½-inch) cookie cutter to stamp out a favorite shape.
2. Sweeten: Place a small spoonful of preserves in the center of each cupcake. Sprinkle the tops with confectioners' sugar.
3. Assemble: Holding it by the edges, carefully place each top on the bottom portion of the cupcake.
Try this easy Yellow Cupcakes recipe.