Put A New Twist On A Birthday Tradition With Cupcakes

Birthdays are exciting times for families. It’s also a fun time to get creative with baking. There are many possibilities to express such creativity through a unique and special birthday cake. Cupcakes are all the rage right now, thanks to popular baking shows such as Cupcake Wars and cupcake bakeries popping up all over the country. So, why not follow the trend and put a new spin on the traditional birthday cake by making a cake designed out of cupcakes? Whether it’s for a child’s birthday or an adult’s, cupcakes will make for a delicious, sweet treat that everyone will enjoy.

Probably the best thing about cupcakes is the fact that you don’t have to settle on just one flavor when it comes to creating the perfect celebratory treat for that special person’s birthday party. You can create a variety of different flavors including popular options like chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or anything else that you can come up with. Cupcakes make it possible for you to truly let your imagination run wild and create a birthday treat that is fun, easy, and that will definitely make everyone in attendance smile from ear to ear as they come back for seconds and probably even thirds.

Start Out With A Fun And Unique Theme

Kid’s birthdays have endless theme ideas, such as favorite characters like Mickey Mouse, Elmo or Dora the Explorer. Design a child’s cake with cupcakes in the shape of one of these fun-loving characters. A character cake design will require intermediate to advanced cake decorating skills. Be prepared with plenty of cake decorating tools and if possible, a “How-To” guide.

If a character cake is not something that interests the birthday boy or girl, a favorite hobby or sport may be a great alternative, such as a toy train, basketball or baby doll. This type of cake might be easier to make for a beginner because it is generic and allows for freedom with decoration. Adult birthday themes can be just as limitless. Going with a favorite sport or hobby is a great option for the cupcake design that would be simple to make. For example, a golf bag with golf balls for the avid golfer. For a milestone birthday such as a 40th or 50th, a simple and fun cupcake design in the number (40 or 50) to represent how old the person is turning.

The Necessary Tools For Perfect Decorating

Once the shape of the cake has been laid out on a large board or cake plate, the fun yet challenging part begins – decorating with icing and/or fondant. One doesn’t have to be a professional cake artist to create a fun and unique birthday cupcake design. With the right tools, such as a frosting spatula, piping bags (with the appropriate size tips,) and an assortment of food coloring, the cake will noticeably resemble the chosen theme/character and put a big smile on everyone’s face.

Fondant can be tricky to use. It requires a lot of manipulation to get to a perfect color and texture. When successfully used, fondant can make interesting decorations that add an extra special touch. For the beginner, taking a fondant class first might be a good idea. The most important thing is to have fun and get as creative as you want to!

The Community Manager of www.MyReviewsNow.net website, Stephanie Frasco, wrote this post about learning how to decorate a cake.

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