Cute and Easy Cupcakes

As a mom it feels like I am always making cupcakes for SOMETHING.
Whether it be for a birthday party, soccer snack day or indulging a craving on any given day there is a cupcake being baked, or being planned.
I want to help you ladies (or gentlemen?).
A few tips on how to make cute and tasty cupcakes for any occasion.
We will stick with vanilla for the sake of ease on this one…
Tip 1: If you choose to use boxed cake mix, MAKE YOUR OWN ICING.
It is easy people, and by leaps and bounds better.  People care about the frosting.  The end.
How often have you ever seen a cupcake bottom being eaten with the frosted top left over?
Let me answer that for you:
NEVER.
Very few people will know (or care) that you have used a box mix if you top it off with delicious, easy homemade buttercream.
Trust.
Tip 2:  Sprinkles.  Sprinkles make everything better.
They hide imperfect frosting swirls, they add color and let’s be honest…they’re just cute.
When adding sprinkles, if you have beautiful swirls, add a pinch for cute embellishment.
If you have slapped on that icing here’s what you need to do:
pour your sprinkles in a small bowl and dunk your cupcake.
Cuteness made simple!
Now, for you overachievers:
Tip 3:  White candy melts + foodwriter = adorable personalized cupcakes that people will die for!
(Like I have said before, AmeriColor is the way to go with the foodwriters.  I haven’t had such great luck with Wilton, but that’s just my opinion!_
You could easily do the same idea with fondant as the decorated cookie  does so well, but if you are a little afraid of the fondant, or don’t have a ton of time try the candy melts.
Flip them over and draw whatever you want.
 I did these on mini cupcakes, but you could easily do them on regular sized cupcakes as well!
Now, get out there and make those cupcakes 🙂
I am linking these up to Hoosier Homemade’s Cupcake Tuesday…go check it out!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Abby
May 26, 2010 2:46 am

Flipping candy melts. That is so simple. AND SO GENIUS.

Mary
May 19, 2010 2:38 pm

I have only now found your blog but I've loved every minute I spent here. I had planned only to comment on this entry and then move on. I was lured by your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I intended. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Sinful Southern Sweets
May 19, 2010 2:01 pm

I agree, homemade frosting is always a must. You can get away with a boxed mix if you use homemade icing. And I love the idea of the candy melts decorated with the foodwriters. Too cute!!

Lauryn
May 19, 2010 12:54 pm

Its SO true – the frosting makes all the difference! Great idea with writing on the candy melts! So simple, yet so clever!

Barbara
May 19, 2010 11:40 am

Agreed! Decorations and extra frosting make the cupcake! I won a giveaway recently and was sent something called Ticings. Adorable little discs of decorated fondant. The easy way out. 🙂

Eliana
May 19, 2010 12:28 am

Amazing! They are super cute. You are incredibly talented.

Rosabela
May 18, 2010 9:58 pm

These are soooo cute! My kids would go gaga for them (and the mommy too)! Mmmmmm.

MommyTopics.com
May 18, 2010 6:54 pm

I love your site! I just found you today through Hoosier Homemade's Cupcake Tuesday. You have so many great creations on your blog that also look delicious!!!

Blessings
Rachymommy – MommyTopics.com

Jaime
May 18, 2010 2:34 pm

great idea w/the candy melts! those are adorable

GrapeSugar
May 18, 2010 2:07 pm

I love the mini! I really like the idea of writing on the backs of the candy melts, instant personalization.

Hoosier Homemade
May 18, 2010 1:47 pm

How cute are those! I'll have to admit, I've never tried the writers, guess I need to find some!
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!
~Liz

Monica H
May 18, 2010 5:34 am

How genuius are you to use ehite candy melts as decorations. I've got to get my hands on some of those writers!

Chic Cookies
May 17, 2010 7:01 pm

Aw, thanks for my link :)! What a great idea, this is, too!!

Cupcake Activist
May 17, 2010 6:07 pm

I admit it, I'm a box cupcake baker sometimes. I like the idea of making my own frosting. It usually doesn't take very long and should make a huge difference. The sprinkles idea is good too. Thanks!

Molly
May 17, 2010 5:52 pm

I love the idea of covering the ENTIRE cupcake top with sprinkles!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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