Whether you're making or buying them, whether they're for a little boy's birthday party or a get-together for grown girlfriends, cupcakes are delicious fun. And the ideas for cupcake decorating are practically endless. One area to draw inspiration from is the world of music; make some musical cupcakes.
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Make a musical note or two for your cupcake toppers. Shop in hobby stores or on line for plastic musical notes to use. Or try creating some edible ornamentation by making little musical notes out of fondant. Another option is making little musical flags. Print out small colour pictures of musical notes, attach them to toothpicks, either by gluing or piercing the paper with the toothpick and insert them into a mound of icing on the cupcakes.
These days, nearly all bakeries and even most grocery store bakeries can put any image you provide on cupcakes and cakes. Find a music-themed photo to use, the same one on each cupcake, repeating photos or a different photo on each cupcake. The options are endless: a bar of musical notes, a piano, a practicing orchestra, a silhouette of a sax player or the birthday person playing the flute. This option may be a little more expensive; however, the oohs and aahs the cupcakes elicit will be worth the cost.
Another idea that's sure to impress is 3-D cupcakes. With plenty of creativity and only basic baking knowledge, make cakes shaped to look like musical notes, microphones, records, guitars and drums. Use icing to create all of the cute finishing details.
A quick and easy way to make musical cupcakes is to pipe on words with musical meaning. Bake a batch of cupcakes, frost as normal, then fill a piping bag with icing and add a musical message. For a class of music students, pipe a musical term onto each cupcake; for example: a cappella, clef, forte, scale and vibrato. For a party, pipe on whatever works with the party theme, such as song titles, musicians or bands, concert venues, different musical instruments, kinds of guitars, genres of music or record labels.
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