These cupcakes have houseplants on them! I think they are pretty original and awesome looking. And there’s a tutorial to show you how to make them.
Here’s a simple idea with big pay off: use lace to stencil a design on your cupcakes. Sweet Verbena baked red velvet cupcakes and instead of frosting them, she laid a piece of lace on each cupcake, sifted powdered sugar over the top, and removed the lace, leaving behind a lovely design:
Looks great. And I always like tips that help me make an impressive-looking dessert without a lot of labor.
[Courtesy Sara Bakes Cakes]
It seems to be a thing to make Harry Potter cupcakes right now, just in time for the release of the last movie in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Here’s three Harry-Potter-themed cupcakes that caught my eye:
Cauldron Cakes from The Pastry Affair. They are devil’s food cupcakes with marshmallow filling and a chocolate glaze. The recipe even goes over how to make the handle.
Butterbeer Cupcakes by Sweet Tooth. In searching around for my post on real buttered beer, I came upon these cupcakes. Inspired by butterbeer in the Harry Potter books, it’s a butter/vanilla cake with a butterscotch ganache filling that has been topped with buttercream frosting and drizzled with more butterscotch ganache. That would give you a sugar buzz, all right.
Finally, Wizard Hat Cupcakes from Gordon Gossip. If the above two recipes are too complicated, here’s a simpler Harry Potter cupcake. Make your normal cupcakes–in this case chocolate–and ice them. Then turn some sugar cones upside down on top for the wizard hats. Add some candy sprinkles, pipe a lightning bolt onto the cones, and you’re done.
Here’s a clever way to decorate cupcakes: use candy to make a flower design on top.
After you bake the cupcakes of your choosing, ice them and make a flower design with different candies, such as jelly beans, Jordan almonds, licorice pastels, and mint cremes. It might lead to a sugar overdose, but it certainly looks pretty.
Looks like this idea originally came from Hello Cupcake! by Karen Tack.
There are a lot of Muppet cupcakes floating around the web, but these from Cupcake Occasions in the UK are the best I’ve seen by far. It is a bit inaccurate to file these under recipes since I couldn’t find a recipe for Muppet cupcakes and have no idea how to approximate them, but aren’t they awesome?
And unlike a lot of cake art, I bet they actually taste good. At least I hope so. (Via EW)
A friend pointed me to these delicious-looking Chocolate, Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness cakes with a chocolate ganache filling and Baileys frosting. Inspired after the Irish carbomb, my waistline is expanding just looking at them.
Martha Stewart is really mean. She knows everyone is on a diet right now and yet she does an entire show and issue of her magazine on cupcakes. In fact, she has an entire slideshow of cupcake recipes. I am drooling over:
Just in time for Mother’s Day, here’s how to make your own cupcake bouquet.
Last year I suggested making Cheesy Mushroom Pull Apart Bread for the Super Bowl. This year, I say go with the Mac and Cheese Cups.
The idea is simple, but brilliant. Make your macaroni and cheese–I have a good recipe–and scoop into muffin tins. Then just cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You end up with little “cupcakes” of macaroni and cheese that are bound to be a hit.
I recently had an occasion to use a piping bag for the first time. I went to my local kitchen supply store to buy the tip I needed and was confused by all the shapes and sizes. Too bad I didn’t see this post on how to frost a cupcake. It has a handy breakdown of the different patterns the tips make.
I like the Large Round Tip the best. What about you?