I LOVE cupcakes. I love how cute they are, how simple they can be, or how complex you can make them. They are an all around, good for all occasions, wonderful creations. That’s why I started my own Cupcake shop; Simply CelesteJewel Cupcakes. Get the pun? With Halloween coming up, there are a million things you can do to a simple cupcake to make it into a monster, witch, ghost, or anything else your imagination can come up with. Here are a few cupcake decorating tips that you can use to make delicious sweet little jewels.
Easy Cupcake Decorating Ideas
I started with a simple recipe for chocolate, or white cake- I did a wedding this weekend, and couldn’t choose, so I did both flavors. Some days you’ll feel more ambitious than others, and will make everything by scratch, and some times you’ll just want to open a box and dump it in. Both are perfectly fine and delicious. After baking it is really easy to just leave them, but I went a step further and decided to fill them.
I bought a cupcake corer to pull out the pieces from the center and make room for the cream filling, but it works just as well to grab a knife and cut a circle at a 45 degree angle.
I grabbed a pastry bag and cut the tip off to fill it with some pastry cream, and put a dab into each cupcake. They looked so sweet and yummy at that point that I didn’t even mind if I didn’t frost them at that point. But I frosted them anyway. I used a really light frosting for these cupcakes, basically a stable whip cream to hold shape when I pipe it out. I think frosting the cupcakes is my favorite part of making them. Unless you count eating them, that definitely comes first.
One of the easiest ways to frost cupcakes would be to pick a tip, star or circle shape, they both make very cute cupcakes. Put the tip into a frosting bag, and just have fun. I think some of the best tips that I was given to make these cupcakes look good would be to have equal pressure throughout the whole time. Start at the edge, and make a swirl toward the middle. Too much frosting doesn’t mean better cupcake. The bigger the tip you’re frosting with, the faster you can go.
If you want to spice it up a little, add some sprinkles, or drizzle something over the top. Little things can make a huge difference. Spider’s can be made with licorice for legs, add some black dots for eyes and a mouth to make a ghost, turn it into a witch’s hat with some flat cookies (I like striped shortbread ones turned upside down) and put the frosting on top of that to make the pointy top. Your imagination is your limit, and if that fails, you can always check out Pinterest to get some new ideas. Happy Baking!