Cupcake ideas for kids' birthday parties

Updated November 21, 2016

Cupcakes are a fun alternative to a regular birthday cake. With a little creativity and imagination, you can create fun and delicious cupcake masterpieces for your child's next birthday party. Choose a cupcake decoration that will coordinate with theme of the birthday party for a cohesive look.

Birthday Hat Cupcakes

Make cupcakes that resemble traditional cone-shaped hats that children often wear at birthday parties. Bake cupcakes in the birthday boy or girl's favourite flavour. Choose a cupcake liner that coordinates with the colours of the party. Frost the cupcakes, then place a cone-shaped sugar ice cream cone on top of the cupcake. Frost the sugar cone and cover it with sprinkles and other small decorations. You can even write "Happy Birthday" on the front of the birthday hat.

Popcorn Cupcakes

Another fun alternative for a child's birthday party is to make cupcakes that look like a bowl of popcorn. Bake your cupcakes and frost them in white icing. Take miniature marshmallows and cut them each into two or three pieces, then mash the pieces back together, using more white icing if you need to. This will make lines and wrinkles in the marshmallows so they look like pieces of popcorn. Place the marshmallows on the tops of the cupcakes and pile them up, using more frosting to help them stick. Dilute some yellow food colouring in a bit of water. Using a clean paint brush, paint the tops of the marshmallows with the yellow food colouring so they look like they are covered with butter.

Frog Cupcakes

For a child that likes animals, create cupcakes that look like frogs. Bake your cupcakes and frost them in blue icing to look like the surface of a pond. Cut a large green gumdrop in half and use that for the frog's eyes. Pipe a circular round of white frosting on the bottom of each eye, topped with a bit of black frosting to create the eyeballs.

Fondant Cupcakes

Fondant is a wonderful tool to create imaginative birthday cupcakes. Bake your cupcakes and frost them in the birthday boy or girl's favourite kind of frosting. Purchase fondant at your local grocery store or speciality baking store and roll it out to about a 1/8-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of the fondant and place them onto the tops of the cupcakes.

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