Cupcakes are easy to serve and eat. They can be enhanced and made appropriate for seasonal parties and events with a few creative additions. Adults may need to supervise with the baking, but children can decorate cupcakes in themes to fit different holidays by themselves. Add edible elements and decorative garnishes to enliven your treats and party.
Creepy Halloween Cupcakes
Despite their macabre appearance, children will be eager to devour creepy Halloween cupcakes. A little green food coloring and ordinary candies turn regular cupcakes into spiders, witches and monsters. Use licorice whips for spindly spider legs and taffy for tentacles. Candy corn makes a witch's nose, and candy corn can also serve as spider fangs and vampire teeth. Create a conical witch's hat from a chocolate ice cream cone. Place it on top of a green witch cupcake.
Easter Egg Cupcakes
Easter is a holiday associated with both eggs and candy. Combine these two themes in one dessert by making Easter cupcakes with candy nests on top. A pastry bag fitted with a large star tip pipes a fluffy nest. Fill the nest with pastel, speckled chocolate eggs or an assortment of colorful jellybeans.
4th of July Cupcakes
Cupcakes, a traditional treat for kids' birthday parties, are also a suitable way to celebrate the birthday of the United States. Fresh blueberries and raspberries provide the appropriate color scheme for these patriotic cupcakes. Arrange rows of fruit on top of a cupcake spread with vanilla or whipped cream frosting as a tribute to the American flag. Garnish each cupcake with a lit sparkler or a mini American flag.
Valentine's Day Cupcakes
Special decadent cupcakes offer a token of love on Valentine's Day. Bake romantic cupcakes in heart-shaped pans for a special treat. Make a rich chocolate ganache from melted dark chocolate pieces and heavy cream to cover the cupcakes. Decorate the surface with conversation heart candies to convey your feelings to your sweetheart. Ripe strawberries and fresh whipped cream provide sensual additions to this luscious Valentine's Day treat.