Friday, 9 March 2012

Cupcake Decorations - Christmas Cupcake Ideas

Cupcake Decorations - Christmas Cupcake Ideas

If you love Christmas time like I do, you'll probably agree that decorations are a big part of the season. And what would Christmas be without all the goodies? For my family and me, this includes cupcake decorations. If we're honest, the tendency to over-indulge in such sweets is more prevalent colse to the holidays - and I wouldn't have it any other way! So, I hope you enjoy these imaginative and whimsical Christmas cupcake ideas - creating as well as eating them.

o Here's a real time saver - it's straightforward yet fun, and your family, friends and party guests will love them. Start with your favorite cupcake recipe, from scratch or otherwise - a dozen or more, depending on quantity needed/desired. Generously top them with white frosting, add shredded coconut, dust with powdered sugar and voila! Instant, mini-winter-wonderland in a yummy cup.

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o These are great for parties year-round, and especially at Christmas time. The idea is to generate a minute Christmas present atop each cupcake. Use a variety of icing colors; red licorice works well for your ribbons and/or bows. Toss on a small estimate of sprinkles, if desired. (As with all these ideas, creativity is key.) For place setting name cards, use gift tags. Your guests will love these personalized, wonderfully edible place markers!

o Santa's face was never so yummy: Top your favorite cupcakes, each one with red frosting on one side, white on the other. Mini marshmallows separate the two colors, forming Santa's hat brim. Carefully use brown chocolate or green frosting to craft his face upon the white-iced side. Use little, round candies for Santa's facial features (eyes, nose, etc.) Thin strips of varied edible goodies (fruit roll-up cutouts, thin licorice whips) work great for the jolly old elf's smile.

o These snowman cupcakes are sure to be a hit. White icing forms the base (or, snow on the "ground.") Top that with a big marshmallow, add a minute one above that (getting the picture?) A toothpick inserted vertically, straight through both marshmallows helps hold freezing together. Use small candies (your choice) for eyes, nose, etc. - held in place with a small bit of frosting. Try a small piece of Tootsie Roll for his hat. These snowmen won't likely melt ... But they won't last long, either!

o For this one, you'll need about one and a half dozen cupcakes, and a suitably big, festive platter to hold them all. (We're "building" a Christmas tree here, made of cupcakes.) Top all but four of your cupcakes with green icing - the remainder you'll frost in brown chocolate. Simply dispose the four brown-topped cakes at one end of the plate, in the shape of your tree trunk. dispose your green cupcakes above the brown, in a triangle, forming the rest of your tree. As for decorations, have fun, and don't be shy - small chocolates (kisses, bells, and other shapes) are a must. Any and all colors of M&M's are good; minute candy canes, peppermints ... You get the idea. As always, you can't go wrong using grated coconut as snow, and red licorice makes great garland. Try tubes of gel icing, in a variety of colors, which can be found at most supermarkets (or party furnish stores.) You might want to take a few photos before they devour your "tree!"

Have fun development (and of course, eating) your Christmas cupcakes - hopefully, these will inspire you to come up with some of your own yummy, artistic creations!

Cupcake Decorations - Christmas Cupcake Ideas


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