By Mrs. WSL
For my son’s second birthday party, I made Elmo cupcakes for the kids and some pretty cupcakes for the adults. They were all made on a black and white theme so I dug out all my nonpareils and went to work.
After making the cupcakes, I frosted them with canned frosting in either chocolate or white. I put a bit of frosting into a decorating bag to add some detail, but mostly used the sprinkles. You’ll see I had large and small brown and white sprinkles. The cupcakes that look like spider webs were done by piping concentric circles onto the top of a cupcake and then dragging a toothpick through the circles to create a webby effect.
One of the easiest ways to decorate a cupcake is to simply rim the edge with a decorative sugar. Frost the cake and then carefully press only the edge into a bowl of your favorite sprinkles.
On another occasion, I had a bunch of teenage girls over and we made cupcakes for a friend. This recipe is from the What’s Up Cupcake? book. The flowers were made by slicing mini marshmallows in half diagonally and then dipping the wet centers into colored sprinkles. Arrange the “petals” into rows starting in the center. I also used a bit of starburst candy, molded into stringy centers on a few of them. But, overall, I liked the cakes without the stamen centers better.
I used a package of multi-color marshmallows, but all white ones work just as well. This was a first time project for all of us and was a great success–very easy to complete. There is one cupcake in the top row that looks a little different, one of the girls rolled the marshmallows in her fingers until they were a little smooshed. By putting them all over the cupcake, it really ended up looking like popcorn.
I hope you have a chance to make cute cupcakes soon!