Easy Cupcakes Recipes for Parties & Celebrations

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Cupcakes for a 1st Birthday Party

I am the cupcake maker in my family, and happily make them for all events! I made these 1st birthday cupcakes for my niece. She had an owl themed party, and naturally, that extended to the cupcakes. I used an owl shaped fondant cutter set to make toppers, and only one cupcake had a number 1!

Owl Cupcakes
Cute Owl Cupcakes

18th Birthday Cupcakes

If you need to make 18th birthday cupcakes, (or any age!) just cut the numbers from sugarpaste/fondant (this set of number cutters are handy to have in your cake decorating kit – and so are the alphabet cutters too!).

Before I bought a set of number cutters, I used a technique called runouts to make numbers to pop onto cakes, as in these Pink Glitter Cupcakes.

Use the birthday person’s favourite colors when icing the cupcakes, then a complementary color for the number(s). I tend to stick to white because it saves me having to tint the fondant with food coloring! Although, you can buy ready-colored fondant too! It’s so easy to make cupcakes!

18th Birthday Cupcakes

Cupcakes for a 21st Birthday

Add sparkle and shimmer to cupcakes for a 21st birthday by adding a sprinkling of food-safe glitter or sanding sugar.

21st Birthday Cupcakes

30th Birthday Cupcakes

Want to make 30th cupcakes? Then here are some black and hot pink 30th birthday cupcakes, and these ones are pink and yellow cupcakes.

The hot pink cupcakes were sprinkled with pink sugar crystals, and chocolate vermicelli strands (jimmies). Then the other 30th cakes had star sprinkles and glitter. In my opinion, glitter cupcakes are awesome!

30th Cupcakes
30th Birthday Cupcakes

Mermaid Party Cupcakes

These Pearl Oyster Cupcakes are the cutest things ever! They are just perfect for a Mermaid Party, or an Under the Sea Party, and so much fun to make!

Awesome Ideas for Birthday Cupcakes

40th Birthday Cupcakes

These 40th birthday cupcakes that I made for a friend, also had a glittery touch. I use some colored, rolled fondant and cut ’40’ for the cupcake topping, as well as piped on musical notes with black icing.

You can buy icing tubes in various colours, which is so handy because it saves you have to make a batch when you only need to use a small amount.

40th Birthday Cupcakes

Cupcakes for a 60th Birthday

I made my Dad a batch of Red & White Cupcakes for his 60th birthday. Simple white buttercream frosting, piped in a swirl using a piping bag and star tip and finished with red fondant ’60s.

60th Birthday Cupcakes

Orange & Yellow Cupcakes

I made Orange & Yellow Cupcakes for [another] friend’s 40th birthday – they are her favourite colours. I flavored some of the cupcakes with lemon, and all of the cakes were decorated with piped frosting and sugarpaste ’40s and flowers. The flowers were made from fondant, and cut using a daisy plunger cutter.

Orange & Yellow Cupcakes

Wizard of Oz Cupcakes

I made these Wizard of Oz Cupcakes for a friend’s son’s surprise birthday party. Definitely, a different way to decorate cupcakes!

Wizard of Oz Cupcakes

Mustache Cupcakes

And these Moustache Cupcakes were for another birthday surprise. The mustache toppers were made a candy mold and melted Candy Melts (candy wafers).

Moustache Cupcakes

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