Cupcakes - How to Decorate Without Frosting

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Cup cakes, or fairy cakes as they are sometimes known are actually small cakes baked in paper baking cups or foil baking cups. These cute cakes have made a popular come back in the last couple of years and are now widely used for party cakes and are also chosen as wedding cakes and party favors.

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One good thing about fairy cakes is that they come in ready serving sizes which means no hassle of having to cut a larger cake. 

Whatever occasion they are made for, these cakes are often seen as cute desserts. There are many different ways to decorate these cute cakes before even deciding on the type of frosting or icing to use.

Cupcakes - Decorating with Icing or Frosting

  • Cup cakes can be baked in colorful and decoratively printed baking cups. There are many such cups being sold in the market today and some are decorated to suit the occasion for which the cup cakes are made. For example, for birthdays, you can find baking cups with 'happy birthday' inscriptions or pictures of candles printed on them. For Christmas and Halloween, for example, you can find baking cups with candy cane designs, or red and green stripes, or pumpkin designs printed on them.
  • Using cup cake wrappers is another great way of dressing up cup cakes. There are many exquisitely designed wrappers available in cake decorating stores and they simply add elegance to any cupcake, especially wedding cup cakes.
  • Last but not least are the cup cake stands. You can make your own display stands using cake boards and styrofoams and decorate them with ribbons and decorative papers. Alternatively you can purchase the display stands at your local cake decorating supply stores or online stores. There are also disposable ones which you can use and discard after use. If you do not want to invest in a cupcake display set, you can always rent it for a fee from your local cake shops.

And if you are not into fancy wrappers, baking cups or stands, then your imagination is the only limit when it comes to cup cake decorating ideas. From simple swirls of your favorite frosting on a cup cake, to complicated 3D fondant figurines and gum paste flowers as toppers, you can decorate a cup cake in any way you can imagine. 

Click here to see my decorated cup cakes along with my sharing on how to decorate them.

And here, you will find decorating ideas submitted by talented people like you. 

If you too have a great cup cake design, share it with us in our 'Cakes Gallery' page where generous readers like you have shared their cakes and cup cakes decorating ideas. Click here to find out more about submitting your decorating ideas. 

I also have a list of my favorite cupcake recipes. They are all listed along with my cake recipes. Click here for my cup cake recipes.

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