You will find a new trend in desserts that is all the rage in all of us world. That trend is cupcakes. But that doesn't mean just the basic vanilla or chocolate cupcake with regular icing. Today's cupcakes come in many new varieties and flavour combinations, many exotic and exciting. Think of a peanut butter and jam cupcake topped with maple cream icing. Or how about a cappuccino cupcake with Grand Marnier frosting. All those are simply a couple types of cupcake creations that you can bake in your own home.
Along with the great new tastes offered in cupcake recipes, the way the cupcakes are lead and decorated are new and trendy as well. The simple swirl of icing on the top of a cupcake just doesn't cut it any more. Although many good cupcakes are simple ones, today's cupcake maker wants to go above and beyond the norm and offer truly beautiful cupcakes with unusual and highly decorative toppings.
In case you are good with a curso de confeitaria pastry bag, you can create many different designs with just the icing alone. The beat of icing over each scrumptious can be revised to create flowers or leaves, or any other item from your creativity. The icing can be tinted in so many colorful ways, including different colors of the range all on one cupcake.
Although cupcakes normally have a frosting of some kind, other cupcakes might have only a glaze and still be tasteful and appealing. Consider a zesty lemon glaze over over a vanilla cupcake with a lemon cream centre. Add a little of slivered candied lemon to decorate and you have a truly scrumptious beautiful cupcake. You can also try a caramel glaze over that would be very tasty.
You can use anything you can dream up to top your cupcakes and make them unique and attractive. The baking or volume food stores carry many ideas. They have little shaped candies that can add color, whimsy and a lttle bit of crunch to your cupcake toppings. You can add chopped almonds, cut up chocolate candies bars or slivered candied peel to add a little more flavor to your cupcakes. You can mold your own numbers or designs from building chocolate to create fanciful cupcakes, you can also use marzipan in various shaped designs. Try using cookie cutters for shaping your cupcake cut-outs.
If you are making cupcakes for a wedding, shower or other elegant event, you may consider purchasing edible plants to top your cupcakes and make them extra special. Flowers like the English Daisy, Chrysanthemums, Gardenias, Marigolds, Pansies or Roses are all good options. If you are adding real flowers to decorate your cupcakes, do make sure that the flowers are edible and not poisonous.
Another way to add a lttle bit of crunch to your cupcake toppings is with crushed up cereal. Sweetened cereals can be swirled in a food cpu or chopped up with your knife (depending how fine you want it) and sprinkled over the top of your cupcake icing to add structure and a little more sweetness. Cereals that you may want to consider are honey-granola types of cereals (that include crunchy bits as well as some types of nuts), and cereals like "Alpha Bits", "Honey Bunches of Oats" or "Frosted Flakes".
Fresh fruits is always a good topping for cupcakes. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sliced blueberry, orange slices are all good choices, but you can practically use any fresh fruit. Just make sure when you are utilizing a fruit like an apple or banana that you coating it in lemon juice so that discoloration does not occur to destroy the effect.
Sprinkles always create sparkling effects and beautiful results. You can buy multi-colored candy sprinkles or sprinkles in one-tone colors. You can use chocolate sprinkles or metallic and gold dragees. There are also new products on the marketplace that you can use to embellish your cupcakes, like ready-to-eat glitter, sugar pearls in all colors or candies rocks (they look like rocks or pebbles and turn into chocolate in your mouth).
If you are creative and wish to make unique stunning cupcakes, there are 1000s of ways you can top your cupcakes. Cupcake toppings can really put in a whole lot of personality to your cupcakes and can really play up the theme of the event you are using them for. Even if you are just making cupcakes for your own family, try surprising them with fun creative cupcake toppings.