Macia Imber. cupcake. January 05th , 2017.
So you’re planning a birthday party for your little toddler and are looking for really creative cupcakes you can make. Or maybe you just feel like baking cupcakes one day! Either way, there are some really adorable kids cupcakes out there. Before you start looking for cute kids cupcakes, remember you’re baking these cupcakes for toddlers; and toddlers are picky eaters! You may think I’m crazy for telling you this. There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t want to eat a cupcake, right? I believed that too until the day I put a cupcake in front of my 18 month old daughter and she didn’t want to eat it! So it’s important to keep this in mind when baking kids cupcakes.
If you are making cupcakes for a wedding, shower or other elegant event, you may consider purchasing edible flowers to top your cupcakes and make them extra special. Flowers like the English Daisy, Chrysanthemums, Gardenias, Marigolds, Pansies or Roses are all good choices. If you are adding real flowers to adorn your cupcakes, do make sure that the flowers are edible and not poisonous. Another way to add a bit of crunch to your cupcake toppings is with crushed up cereal. Sweetened cereals can be swirled in a food processor or chopped up with your knife (depending how fine you want it) and sprinkled over the top of your cupcake icing to add texture and a little more sweetness. Cereals that you may want to consider are honey-granola types of cereals (that include crunchy bits as well as some types of nuts), and cereals like Alpha Bits, Honey Bunches of Oats or Frosted Flakes.
A game that all children love is " Pin the Cherry on the Cupcake ". You can buy fabric versions of the cupcake party game, but I always love a home-made copy that the children can help decorate. Draw a large cupcake on a sheet of large paper and decorate with lots of color and sparkles. This is a fun game and perfect for your cupcake theme party. I always find my children love coloring the cupcake as much as they like playing the game. Decorating the game could also become a party activity. When you want to keep the little guests occupied, get them to frost and decorate their own cupcakes. Make a batch of cupcakes, have bowls of different coloured frosting and a variety of sprinkles, candies and edible toppers and let the kids go wild! They can either eat their cupcake immediately or take it home with them. If you are planning to serve cupcakes as the birthday cake and don’t want to decorate them as a party game as well, make cookies in a cupcake shape (using a cupcake cookie cutter) and the children can decorate them instead. My children love painting plaster shapes. Cupcake shaped moulds are readily available, so make up some shapes prior to the party and let the children paint. Supply acrylic paints and have a range of glitter, beads, sequins etc to adhere to their faux cupcakes. My daughter and her friends love painting these and the finished results look spectacular and are really individual.
If you’re going to decorate your cupcakes, make sure they have cooled completely. Warm cupcakes can melt your decorations or icing and give them an amateur look. The sky is the limit when decorating your cupcakes. Multi-colored sprinkles or dressage give a festive look without taking much time. Use your imagination and let your creative juices flow when decorating. You may surprise yourself. With these tips as your trusty companions in cupcakes baking, your cupcakes are pretty much guaranteed to improve. Practice makes perfect, so make plenty of cupcakes to test these tips out. It will all be because you’re on a quest to bake the perfect cupcake, of course. Cupcakes are really popular these days so knowing how to bake and decorate your delicious cupcakes will give you star status with your friends and family!
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