The creator of this gorgeous cupcake, Cupcake Nouveau of Miami, has provided a design template: Add a ribbon and a flower to a plain cupcake, and it looks like a million dollars. Be sure to use organic flowers (no pesticides) that are nonpoisonous (check online for "edible flowers"). Photo courtesy




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June 2010

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Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Transform Any Cupcake With These Cupcake Toppings


What’s the easiest-to-make crowd-pleasing dessert? Store-bought cupcakes with your own special touch! If you want to bake your own cupcakes, we have ideas for that as well. This is Page 1 of a three-page article, with more than 50 cupcake decorating ideas. Click on the black links below to visit other pages—and be sure to visit them, as the photos get better and better.



  • Baking chocolate (use sweetened chocolate, or chocolate bars), shaved into curls (see photo below); thicker bars are easier to shave
  • Candied violets & other flowers
  • Candy Confetti (in dozens of shapes, from stars to dinosaurs to holiday themes)
  • Chocolate Chips: regular or  mini
  • Coconut: plain or toasted
  • Other chips: mint, peanut butter, mixed chips
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Nuts: whole, chopped, mixed, salted, honey-roasted (see photo on Page 3)
  • Toffee chips

Mint-flavored chocolate morsels from Guittard. Photo by Corey Lugg | THE NIBBLE.

With a knife or a cookie cutter, you can cut fondant into a shape that’s perfect for the occasion. Photo courtesy
Sprinkles are the easiest cupcake decorating idea. Beyond the jimmies of our childhood, sprinkles now come in many shapes. Photo courtesy
Shaving chocolate curls is another easy way to make glamorous cupcakes. Mix and match dark, milk and white chocolate curls with icing color. Photo courtesy


Shops and websites that sell cake decorating items have pre-formed chocolate shapes (like those in the photo at right) and many other items that make you look like a cake-decorating expert.

  • Chocolate
  • Dragées (silver, gold and other color balls—pronounced drah-ZHAY)
  • Fondant (Wilton sells four-color fondant packages in primary and neon colors)
  • Sanding Sugar
  • Sprinkles: so many colors and shapes (oblong, dots, etc.)

Use a small cookie cutter to cut shapes in fondant (shown here alternating with a multicolor dragée topping). Photo courtesy

Dragées, round balls of sugar, are available
in every color—including glamorous gold and
silver—plus dragées that look like pearls.
Photo courtesy

Chocolate decorations can be purchased from
cake supply websites or local baking supply
shops. Photo courtesy


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