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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Place in Votives
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.
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.