Monday, November 29, 2010

Seasonal Cupcake Decorating

Cupcakes are so much fun. Here are some ideas for Cupcake decorating:

Seasonal Cupcake decorating ideas

Santa cupcake
Frost cupcake with white frosting. Sprinkle top with red sprinkles or red sugar. Give two M&M eyes or other candy. Make a beard out of mini marshmallows or shredded coconut. This is a fun and easy Santa dessert kids can put together.

Reindeer Cupcake
Frost cupcake with chocolate frosting. Add pretzels for antlers and M&M candies for eyes and nose.

Turkey Cupcake
Use candies, cut fruit leather or sliced cookies and stand them up for feathers. Add eyes and beak.

Cupcake Creations
Just by decorating in different colors and laying cupcakes out a special way you can create masterpieces.

Frost cupcakes in same color. Some examples of these could be placing 4-5 cupcakes in a squiggly line to form a caterpillar. Give the first cupcake eyes and antennas.

Or form cupcakes into a tree shape. Start with one on top and two on the next row, three in next row, etc. (just like you were making a pyramid shape) Frost the top cupcakes green and the bottoms brown for the trunk.

More cupcakes designs could be shaping cupcakes together to form a butterfly, flower, flag, ball. Using the color frosting to match the design. Another popular idea now is to place your cupcakes in a design and frost them all together like they are one big cake. This is often called a pull apart cupcake cake.

Always start with a great cake recipe before the decorating starts. Here is one of our favorites.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake recipe
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/3 cups flour
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup milk chocolate chips, optional

Prepare muffin cups and preheat oven to 400 degrees. In mixing bowl blend sugar, sour cream, oil, eggs, cocoa, and milk together. Add in cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Blend together. Add in flour, zucchini and chocolate chips until well blended. Pour into muffin cups and bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle of cupcake comes out clean.

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