Just like frosting it is not mandatory to decorate your cupcakes. This is an optional step whose success all depends on your creativity.
It is advisable to use edible cupcake decorations as opposed to paper cut-outs and plastic toppers for the safety of small children. There are various recipes for home-made toppers which are quick and simple to make. They are very attractive too.
Another suggestion is to play around with the frosting colors available. Instead of frosting them all in the same way, divide the mixture into three or four different bowls and put a different color into each bowl. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a spiral motion and top them with candies or sprinkles. If you do not have ideas for decorations, just visit the candy aisle at your favorite supermarket. Toppers like maltesers, boiled sweets, honeycomb and jaffas are good enough for the job.
You can also buy edible sugar toppers from the supermarket to match the theme of your occasion. Chocolate is also great for decorating cupcakes because it can be melted and played around with. You can pipe chocolate, grate or shred it, make chocolate leaves or chocolate curls, drizzle it or make various shapes. All this can be done with either milk, white or dark chocolate. You can also make stain glass figures or flowers. There are many recipes for this too.
Chocolate cookies are popular as well. They blend in well with cream cheese or butter cream frosting. You can make them in any size or shape which matches with the theme of the cupcakes. The cookies plus frosting go well with cupcakes which are red-violet in color.
Let your imagination run wild. You can even attempt to make cupcake cosies. It is a very simple task to wrap the cupcakes in these fabrics. Most people prefer to wrap cakes as opposed to frosting and decorating them because it is easier. Once the cupcakes have been wrapped, the results are quite amazing.
When decorating cupcakes, think of who or what occasion you are decorating for. This will definitely guide you in choosing the colors and toppers according to the theme, making your work much easier especially if you are making a large batch of cupcakes. In addition to that, it will make your cupcakes more attractive and appealing to the people who are supposed to eat them.
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