List of Toppings for Cupcakes

Updated July 20, 2017

Cupcakes are a sweet and delicious treat. They come in many different flavours ranging from vanilla and chocolate to more exotic flavours including red velvet or carrot cake. Cupcakes are meant to have toppings. Toppings on a cupcake add a little extra deliciousness to the treat. There are a wide variety of toppings that you can put on a cupcake to improve an already delicious treat.


Sprinkles are a traditional cupcake topping. Sprinkles are small pieces of confectionery used as a decoration on desserts specifically cupcakes and cakes. Sprinkles have a sugary taste. They stick on icing and create a decoration on a cupcake. Sprinkles can range in colours and shapes. Most sprinkles are multicoloured while black sprinkles are known as jimmies. Sprinkles add colour and visual interest to basic vanilla or chocolate cupcakes.


Candies can be used as a topping on cupcakes. Different types of candies including peanut butter cups, pieces of chocolate from candy bars, crushed peppermints, or jelly beans can be placed on top of a cupcake for a sweet treat. This type of topping combines cupcakes with candy. Different types of cupcakes can be inspired by candy toppings. For example, a Snickers cupcake can feature a Snickers chocolate bar inside the cupcake and as a topping. Different candies can make a cupcake even tastier.


Different types of fruits can be used as toppings on cupcakes. Pieces of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and other fruits can be placed on top of a cupcake for a fruity topping. Fruit works as a topping when you have cupcakes that are flavoured by the specific fruit. Examples could be a raspberry swirl cupcake featuring a raspberry on top of the icing or a banana nut cupcake with a slice of banana as a topping. These cupcakes bring together a delicious dessert and a healthy fruit.

Liquid Topping

A liquid topping on a cupcake helps enhance the taste of a cupcake. Different liquid toppings include hot fudge, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and peanut butter sauce. These liquid toppings can be placed over the cupcakes in a drizzle to decorate the cupcake. Liquid toppings create extra flavouring for a cupcake. Cupcakes such as a sundae inspired cupcake or dulce de leche cupcake can use a liquid topping.

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Kayla Posney has been writing professionally since 2008, specializing in fashion and historical fiction. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English studies from Robert Morris University and Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University. She will begin studies for a second master's degree at the University of Greenwich in London in 2011.