Low-Fat Cupcake Recipes (Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon, Red Velvet)

Fat Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.
Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 cup skim milk
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then stir just until combined. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers or spray with nonstick zero-calorie spray, fill each cup 2/3 full with batter. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
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Low Fat Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.
Ingredients

2 cups white flour
1 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then stir just until combined. Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers and divide batter evenly. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.

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Low Fat Lemon Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.
Ingredients

1 3/4 cups white flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup white sugar or sugar substitute
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 lemon, juice and zest of

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Whisk together applesauce, oil, and sugar. Add egg and beat well, then stir in lemon zest and juice. Alternately stir in flour mixture and sour cream in stages, then divide among 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.
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Low Fat Red Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.
Ingredients

1 3/4 cups white flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup white sugar or sugar substitute
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
2 Tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup fat-free buttermilk
1 1/4 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers. Mix together flour, cocoa, and salt and set aside. Whisk together oil, applesauce and sugar until well combined, then add egg substitute gradually, mixing well. Stir in food coloring and vanilla, then add fat-free buttermilk (to make your own see Low-Fat Cooking Tips) and flour alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Separately, mix vinegar and baking soda and allow to fizz, then fold in, stirring just until combined. Pour into cupcake papers and bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.

Miles from Tomorrowland Birthday Party Supplies and Themed Ideas

Plan a Miles from Tomorrowland birthday party

When it comes to TV shows that kids quickly take to their hearts, nobody does it better than Disney – and they’ve struck gold once more with their fantastic new space-themed show, Miles from Tomorrowland.

The series follows Miles – an adventurous and curious boy with a bit of a reckless streak, who lives on a spaceship with the rest of his family, the Callistos. Miles and his sister Loretta often find themselves getting into some intergalactic trouble, and the series has a real educational element to it, helping teach kids about space, stars and the solar system.

If your kids are positively manic for Miles and the rest of the gang, here’s how you can plan a perfect Miles from Tomorrowland birthday party that they’re sure to remember forever.
Outer space party table with night sky and planet backdrop and a delicious array of Space theme party food.
Outer space party table with night sky and planet backdrop and a delicious array of Space theme party food. | Source
Miles From Tomorrowland Birthday Party Invitations and Ideas

Obviously your Miles from Tomorrowland birthday party invitations are going to have an awesome space theme – and there are plenty of online downloads and invitations that you can buy to get this party started. These sweet invitations from a seller on Etsy can be sent to your inbox in a digital file format, while this site also offers a customisable template download that you can print off yourself.

Alternatively, why not get a little crafty and make some invitations yourself? Grab some dark blue card and a silver pen, and have your little ones dot the background with plenty of stars. Then use cut-outs of colourful card and paper to create your own planets, rockets and even aliens! If your kids are a little older you could have them help with addressing the invitations, but if not, this is one task best left to Mom or Dad.
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Miles From Tomorrowland Birthday Party Decorations and Ideas

Everyone loves a space theme – and the great news is, it’s easy and affordable to make this party theme look great. Here are some suggestions:

Hang circular paper lampshades in different colours from the ceiling with a piece of string. This will create a stylish solar system that might even teach kids a thing or too. Perhaps you could turn one of them in a space-themed piñata filled with candy?
Blow up some balloons in blue, green and grey and, using a felt-tip pen, draw on some alien features. The only limit here is your imagination – so go wild! You could even hire a balloon artist for your party, to create custom aliens for each of the kids. This incredible alien balloon creation surely takes the crown – if only it weren’t so scary for the little ones!
Another fun way to add to your Miles from Tomorrowland birthday party decorations is to create some bunting. This bunting could come in the form of stars, moons, planets, alien faces or even spaceships! You could even set up a bunting station and ask guests to make their own, which they can then take home with them.

Hanging Star Decorations
Hanging star decorations – string, star paper cutouts and some tape are all that’s needed to make these eye catching decorations.
Hanging star decorations – string, star paper cutouts and some tape are all that’s needed to make these eye catching decorations. | Source
3 Teir planet Cake
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Miles from Tomorrowland Birthday Cake Decorations and Ideas

The cake is one of the focal points of the whole party – it’ll be the centre of all attention while everyone’s singing ‘Happy Birthday’, and it has to look (and taste) fantastic!

Having a space theme means there’s plenty of scope, and lots of room to be creative when making the birthday cake. This three-tier creation combines elements of space and robotics, while this fabulous creation was finished off with Miles from Tomorrowland toys from the Disney store itself – inventive! You could also make sure each kid has a cake to take home with them by making sweet little alien cupcakes, as shown here in this colourful example.

If you’re not hugely confident in the kitchen, it makes sense to stick to smaller cupcakes – they’re less adventurous, but they still look fantastic! This Facebook page offers a multitude of ideas, with some really easy cupcakes to replicate. The Sand Creature cupcakes can be iced with chocolate and googly eyes from a craft store, and adding some green icing to a regular cupcake will create the perfect Blodger Blop.

Happy Birthday Jesus Cupcakes – Our Christmas Tradition

Past Christmases

The only Christmas tradition I really remember from when I was younger was having homemade pizza on on Christmas eve – the night we opened gifts. Since getting married and having my own family, I really haven’t stuck to that tradition – mainly because my homemade pizza never turned out! And since getting married, it seems like our Christmases have lacked tradition as they have been different every year.

Our first Christmas together, we drove from North Daktoa to Toronto, Ontario to be with my husband’s family. It was a long trip – driving about 3,600 miles in all in my husband’s Ford Probe in the dead of winter.

The next year, our daughter had been born in October. Since she was born two and a half months early, she was in the NICU over the Holidays and we celebrated Christmas at the local Ronald McDonald House.

Since then, we’ve celebrated Christmas in three different apartments. And one of those years we traveled to Canada, this time by plane. It was tough traveling with our daughter who had a wheelchair and needed her car seat to sit upright on the plane. I don’t think we’ll ever do that again!
Our first Christmas with our daughter in the NICU
Our first Christmas with our daughter in the NICU
A New Tradition

Just last year my daughter came up with something that I believe will be our Christmas tradition through the years. One day as Christmas was approaching I asked her what she wanted for Christmas. My daughter exclaimed, “Happy Birthday cupcakes!” Perfect, I thought. After all, we were celebrating the birth of Christ.

It saddens me that Christmas has gotten so commercialized and that oftentimes what is supposed to be a joyous season, is one of stress and anxiety. So many people forget the true meaning of Christmas and “the reason for the season” which is why I just love our new tradition of making Happy Birthday Jesus cupcakes!
Making Cupcakes

Before last year, I always found little gifts to hand out to Faith’s caretakers, therapists, respite care providers, anyone that had an important role in her life during the year. We didn’t have a lot of extra money to spend last year and really, making cupcakes was pretty inexpensive. Plus, I found some very cute little containers at the dollar store in which to put the cupcakes.

Faith loves to bake and she loves cupcakes so this traditiion is perfect. The funnest part for her is to help stir the ingredients in the bowl and of course to eat some of the frosting! I think last year we made a total of three dozen cupcakes.
Faith loves frosting!
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Our baked and frosted cupcakes
Our baked and frosted cupcakes
Merry Christmas!

After the cupcakes are all made, it’s time to package each cupcake into our very cute Christmas containers. Then, on the lid we make a little label. Last year, I wrote “Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy this Happy Birthday Jesus cupcake!”

We then passed them out wherever we went. It really was amazing the response we got from people after they read the label and realized what was inside. Everyone smiled but some even had tears in their eyes. I do hope that we helped them to remember, even if it was for just a moment, why we celebrate Christmas. It’s not about the gifts, the tree, the dinner, the lights…it’s about a Savior who came into this world to be with us and I hope as we continue this tradition, my daughter will remember that above all else.

Harry Potter Recipes: Sweets, Treats, Drinks, & More

Throw a Harry Potter party with delicious candy and baked goods!

Holding a Harry Potter themed party is a very worthwhile, memorable experience. If you want it to be truly amazing, you’re going to put in a lot of time, but from holding my own Harry Potter event I can say it’s definitely worth the commitment.

Of course, if you have an unlimited budget you can buy a lot of decorations, food, and candy already made or from the Harry Potter brand and that will save you time, but this lens will show you how to make all the sweet and candy and desserts from the books and movies on a low budget.

For a banquet with about forty guests, I was able to feed everyone for under $100 for all the dessert and candy with substantial leftovers (plus $400 for a catered full dinner, but that was from a restaurant and so isn’t included on this lens). If you want a party people are going to talk about for weeks and remember for a lifetime, plan an elaborate Harry Potter party and leave no detail behind!

Without further ado, here are all the Harry Potter sweets we served at the event.
Make Your Own Honeydukes! – Create a Honeydukes shop full of candy and cupcakes for your Harry Potter party

If you’re planning a Harry Potter party, whether for a birthday or another event, Harry Potter sweets, including Harry Potter candy and baked goods, are essential. I held a Harry Potter-themed awards banquet at my school and made and purchased a whole lot of tasty Harry Potter-themed food, candy, cookies, and cupcakes for the event.

To make a Honeydukes sign (the name of the candy shop in the Harry Potter books), either paint it on a piece of wood cut into the shape of a diamond or print it out on a few separate pages of legal sized paper, cut off the white part of the paper, and glue it to cardboard to make it sturdier. Then just hang up the sign wherever your desserts are being displayed.

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Flexible Cupcake Design: The Options Are Endless
Here is birthday cupcake design easy enough for anyone to make. The best part about this cupcake display besides being fairly simple is that you can choose any color scheme, patterns, designs or decorations you want to fit either male or female, young or old. I made this for my daughter for her third birthday. I took a step away from any cartoon characters or typical little girl decorations to make something simple that celebrated her life thus far. I got this idea from the Martha Stewart, but I took the liberty to choose my own colors and special decorative touches. For example, I added pictures of my daughter. Below I will give you a step-by-step plan for designing your own birthday cupcake display.

To Note: How long is your name?
To begin, here are a few general preparatory thoughts. First, you will need 25 total cupcakes to do five rows of five (see picture above). Please note with this design, you have to have a name with five or less letters (or that can be shortened to that amount of lettering). For a three or five letter name center the name, and for a four letter name add an exclamation mark at the end. You could still make this cupcake design with a longer name, it just won’t be a square or else you’ll need to make a larger square dimension.

Step-by-step Instructions
1. Choose some paper to cut circles out of that you can place your cupcakes on. The circles will “frame” your cupcakes so to speak. This is the time for you to determine your color scheme or decorations. In my case I decided on purple and green, found some paper that I liked in the scrap-booking section of our local craft store, and then made sure they matched some plates, cups, and napkins I planned to use. You may decide you want to incorporate colors that match a favorite cartoon character like blue and red for Spiderman. You may want to go for black and white for a classy look or for an over the hill party. Sky’s the limit here.

2. Choose a poster board or poster board sized paper that compliments the paper colors you chose for your circles (or your party theme colors). I believe later I trimmed mine down to more of a square size, but you will want to start with a poster board size. You may have more luck at a craft store if you want a larger variety of colors.

3. I would suggest making your cupcakes next. First, the cupcakes need time to cool before icing. Second, this will give you a good idea of how big you want your circles to be that you will place your cupcakes on. If you have the cupcakes done, you can start experimenting with good circle sizes. I can’t give exact dimensions as I used a cup in our house to trace circles.
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4. Determine your circle size to place under the cupcakes. Once again, you want the circle to frame your cupcake. You want to see the colors or designs under the cupcake without the circle looking too large. Still, starting with larger circles and working your way to a smaller size can be a good strategy. After determining the size, trace the circles and cut. You will also want to determine your pattern at this point so you know how many circles of each color you want cut. I had purple, green and printed paper to work with. You may choose more or less.

5. Place your circle pattern on your poster board and decide how you like it. Then tape or glue onto the poster board.

6. Icing your cupcakes. I used a butter knife to spread the base of the icing. Then, I used my icing decorating kit (with the small round writing tip) to write each letter in a dotted fashion: “Happy (age) Birthday (name)”.
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7. Add your special touches. For me, I printed some of my favorite pictures of my daughter over the last 3 years. I cut them in circles and picked my top choices to place on blank cupcakes. I trimmed the pictures in icing dots. Extra pictures I cut in circles, framed in paper circles, and laid on the poster board. I also ended up punching some confetti shapes with leftover pieces of paper and sprinkling on the poster board as well. Martha Stewart’s version simply included a dot on the center of the cupcakes that didn’t have letters on them. You could use those blank cupcakes to put any decor you want. If you had little cartoon figurines you wanted to dress up the cupcakes with, you could. If you wanted to do a design with icing (like a flower) or even leave it blank, you can. This cupcake birthday design has a lot of flexibility.

We Help You To Select Great Gift Ideas For Every Occasiona

Aside the food eatery, gift-giving ideas sometimes becomes great for every occasion and is always the most anticipated part of every occasion. All of us love gifts and do not wish to leave a party without a little something to remind you of the big day? Of course, not really, when you are the one on the giving end, it is very exciting and fun to receive gifts. With us, you can find great gift ideas for every occasion. It is not very hard, but all it takes very little of imagination.

Personalized gifts forms great gift ideas for every occasion and are always the best, regardless of what the event. Be it a coffee invitation or a designer perfume, a personal message never fails to make the receiver happy and caring. You can get a pen carved with a lovely greeting written on the birthday cake, or just write a quick note. Performing these simple gestures will add a more intimate feeling to your emotions as well make it seem more special.

We help you to select great gift ideas for every occasion for instance for corporate events, you frequently have to settle for “generic” items like pens, mugs, or note pads. Now you can make them personal by having them custom print at the shop, which will be a bit expensive, but as they say, good relationships are always a good investment.

Also, ensure they are suitable to the receiver, as you would not gift cheap plastic cup to CEOs or a designer suit to everyday customers who come in.

Our Great gift ideas for every occasion work for Birthdays and anniversaries are it festive or casual, so your gift should be something that reveals your receiver’s interests. Just try and find out your partners likes and dislikes, also which of them they already have. Majority of the stores tender gift baskets, of your choice. Therefore, if you cannot make up on an individual item, then if you can invest some precious time and try making your own gift bag that way.

Cupcakes are also great gift ideas for every occasion. Sweet, beautiful and amazingly affordable, they never fail to set the mood. Buying gifts for friends and family should not be confusing or a matter of great chore. Find more information about great gift ideas for every occasion.

It is indeed challenging to seek a gift for a loved one, friend, or business associate. A great gift idea for every occasion is merely an imagination, and a little thinking time. For important functions like Christmas gift, your loved ones they would never buy themselves.

Impress Your Guests With Impressive Bonbonniere

Wedding ceremonies have been embracing traditions for centuries long and these were being practiced even in the 21st century. Bonbonniere is one of the traditions that cannot be excluded in wedding ceremonies. These Bonbonnieres are small trinket box made of porcelain, crystals and precious stones that are filled with sweet confections such as sugar cubes, etc. In modern centuries, these are common referred to as wedding favours by which serves the same purpose as Bonbonniere, to show appreciation of the couples to their guests.
Giving your guests an appreciation of thank you through the use of Bonbonniere or wedding favours entails significant considerations to make it a perfect gift. Any wedding couple want their special day to be memorable not only to them but as well to the guests, and the use of Bonbonniere is not limited on the wedding day itself but as well as days, weeks, months and even years after the celebration. There are some who prefer gifts that can be useful to the receiver but there are still many who practice traditional wedding favours such as Bonbonnieres.
Here are some of the tips to make your Bonbonniere the best of the best.
1. Best suits the entire wedding.
The Bonbonniere items must be suitable for the wedding theme, styles and for the couple. If your wedding has specific theme like a particular colour or style then you can make use of this as your basis in choosing the unique but perfect Bonbonniere for your guests. The ribbon that is to use in completing the presentation of the gift box can utilise your wedding theme and style. Like for an instance your wedding theme is summer, you can use ribbons of different colours that best represents summer.

2. Generating attention and exciting looks.
You can choose from the variety of Bonbonniere items that are different, imaginative, funny and interesting. Your chosen wedding favours is guaranteed to be successful when your guests are discussing about it while they are on each of their tables. Sharing your family, friends and guests the sweetest moment of your life require you to give them the sweetest possible Bonbonniere with excitement.

3. Personalised Bonbonniere.
There is no other wedding favour that can beat a Bonbonniere with personal touch of the couple. There are lots of ways that you can personalised your wedding favour and the most common way is to include your wedding date, place and of course name. You can also include your personal message and your initials to the Bonbonniere items. Like for an instance, a mini cupcake with coloured icing can include your initials on top to make it more personalised.

4. Price that is worthy.
What makes a Bonbonniere worthy is by having the best items at affordable prices. You can set range for the prices of your items. Remember that it is not necessary to spend much as long as it represents you and your wedding day at its best.
You can choose from the extensive Bonbonniere products available in the market. It will depend upon your discretion and preferences which one best suits your desires. Variety of products ranges from the traditional sweet confectionaries such as cupcakes, chocolates, fondue and other items like candles, glasses, etc. Impress your guests by giving them the most stylish and impressive Bonbonniere like non of the others.

Wedding Favors:-is An Unbelievable Memory For The Guests

Throughout history wedding favors have become an important part of marriage celebrations around the world. The tradition of handing out wedding reception favors dates back several centuries or perhaps thousands of years. It is said that since the 16th century brides and grooms have presented wedding favors upon their wedding guests at their special event. Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception. Undoubtedly, favors have been an important part of wedding ceremonies around the world, symbolizing the appreciation of the newly united couple to their wedding guests for sharing with them such a significant occasion in their lives.

Wedding favors around the world are as diverse as the cultures surrounding them. The type of wedding favors that have been used in weddings of the past depended a great deal on the culture of the families of the bride and groom. Different cultures have various traditional wedding favors that they use. Without a doubt, there are some similarities among many of the traditions. For instance, it is quite common for many cultures to provide each guest with a wedding favor that contains five candies. Each piece represents one of the five common wedding wishes: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.

During a wedding, guests were expected to bring home wedding favors. Wedding favors are little things that are being distributed to all the guests to commemorate the said event. If you want favors that your guests will appreciate and partake of, why not plan for edible favors? Since then, edible favors can make any celebration more fun and memorable. Although these edibles can’t give tangible memory, but the fact that they were made delicious and very tasty gives reason for the guests to appreciate them. With this delightful idea, you can provide satisfaction to your guests’ who loves candies, chocolates, cookies, jams, wine, cupcakes and other edible preparations. The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. Everybody likes to receive wedding favors from the couple, whether it is of the edible kind, the practical type, or the displayable variety. For your wedding, you are thinking along this line and looking at catalogs for wedding favors like cute wine bottle stoppers, quirky scented candles, sweet mints and candies, delectable cookies and cupcakes, sweet picture frames and fridge magnets.

Couples use unique wedding favors to thank their wedding guests. Many wedding party favors are practical gifts such as silver plated bottle opener or favor bags. Picture frames, candles and candleholders are among some of the most popular wedding favors. Both personalized chocolate and Jordan almonds are very popular wedding favors. Brides seek to make a statement with their favors. Personalized wedding favors provide an especially effective way to display a brief message to the reception guests.

Select favors that uniquely reflect your personal sense of style and will create a lasting impression with your guests. Gifts that your guests can actually use are always appreciated. Some couples provide cultural favors that reflect their heritage while others choose gifts that will bring a smile and highlight their sense of fun. The most common wedding favor is a simple bar of chocolate wrapped with a design wrapper. These chocolates can be milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and topped and dressed with almond raisins and other nuts. Even for the wrapper there are many options available. The wrapper is a very important one as that is the first thing that catches the attention of the guests because of which many a couple make it a point to wrap their gifts with a sheet which has printed their two names along with the date of their wedding. Some brides and grooms can go to that extent where they decide to print their own photos as well as names and date of wedding on the wrapping paper and use it to wrap their favors.

Cocoas, tea, coffee are yet another type of edible favors that can be gifted. Specialty cocoas or teas and coffees can be selected which can have their packing done in different ways or you can have the packing along with your photo and a happy thought written on it. The happy thought could be a saying or a joke or a poem or a limerick or anything.
Again the picture of the couple along with the names of the couple and their wedding date could be printed which would again be a very innovative idea of gifting.

Easy Cupcake Decorations – No Equipment Necessary

Whether or not you are pressed for time, cupcakes with plain frosting sometimes aren’t enough. When you want to create cupcakes with style, texture, visual interest and memorable flavors, here are a few cupcake decorating ideas that are quick, easy and have great edible appeal.

1. Confetti decorations add a lively look and texture to your cupcakes. You can stick with traditional rainbow or chocolate sprinkles (aka “jimmies”) but you’ll find a growing variety of tiny, adorable confetti shapes to choose from. While it is sometimes tempting to coat the entire top of the cupcake in confetti, a nice option is to cover only the sides of the frosting, allowing the beautiful frosting color to contrast on top.

2. Edible cupcake toppers – Try candies such as a peanut butter cup or miniature chocolate bar on top of a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting. How about a chocolate-chip cookie garnishing your chocolate-chip cupcake with vanilla frosting? Try a few chocolate-covered coffee beans on your mocha-frosted chocolate cupcake. Branch out! Non-pareils, candied fruits, m&m’s or a single maraschino cherry make for perfect edible cupcake decorations. For a more sophisticated look, edible flower blossoms require nothing but placement on top of the cupcake. Nasturtium blossoms, rose petals, thyme flowers, and violet blossoms all blend well with sweet cupcake flavors.

3. Candles – A more unusual option is miniature candles that are expressly designed to sit on top of a frosted cupcake. You’ll find traditional birthday theme candles, and others that are just plain festive, with stripes and stars that make each cupcake look incredibly special and unique. These candles are usually no more than 1-inch in diameter and 2 inches high, and far more interesting than traditional birthday candles. They typically do not require a candle holder, but they do provide a more finished look.

4. Cupcake Liners – Available in mini or regular cupcake size, cupcake liners add pizzazz while tying in your party’s theme. Cupcake liners come in sets of 50-100 and sometimes include coordinating decorative toothpicks to insert into the frosted cupcake as well. They are available in every theme imaginable including Dora the Explorer, pirates, and solid colors and patterns. Silver or gold foil liners are often used for more formal occasions such as weddings.

For any occasion, try these simple-yet-satisfying ideas for cupcakes that make for both a decadent dessert and tasteful decor.

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Cupcake Decorations For Grownups

Cupcakes make great party fare and can be designed to appeal to both young and old. While cupcake decorations for grownups may look just as pretty and appealing to kids the addition of alcohol or certain flavors will mean they aren’t quite so tempting to them after all. So put on your thinking cap for your next adult party and make something decadent for your guests.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Recipes are not included as this is more about decorating your cupcakes but I’m sure you’ll have your own favorite recipes that can be adapted.

Pina Colada cupcake decorations are particularly easy. Add coconut rum and pineapple juice — perhaps even crushed pineapple — to the cake mix and flavor the glace icing with pineapple juice and a little of the coconut rum. If you prefer, use a frosting. Decorate your cupcakes with a cocktail umbrella pierced through a piece of glace pineapple and a glace cherry. Maraschino cherries with a little of the stem still on will be very attractive alternative.

Irish coffee normally has Irish whisky but you could substitute the whisky for coffee and Irish Cream in your cupcakes. Decorate with frosting made with Irish Cream flavoring. Pipe the frosting on the top of your cupcake and dust with a little cinnamon to look like a cup of coffee. Place a coffee bean on the top. If you have any coffee cups or mugs that your cupcake would fit into this would be a particularly nice touch. This decoration idea would be good for many coffee cupcakes. Other flavor ideas are: Caribbean coffee with rum, French coffee with brandy, Mexican with Kahula.

What about savory cupcakes? Many would recoil in horror that the sweet little cupcake may now have savory items added to it. But think of muffins — they are not unlike cupcakes except for the texture. Savory cupcakes could be decorated with cream cheese instead of sweet frosting, topped with bits of bacon, tomato, dusted with paprika. Savory cupcakes could be your starter while the sweet cupcake is a fitting finish to your meal.

Whatever takes your fancy, I hope that this article both sweet and savory has helped to bring some ideas on cupcake decoration to your table to make your next grownup party something special.

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