Wedding Cupcakes

Cupcake Decorating Ideas for Your Cup Cake Wedding Cakes

So now you are ready get ideas for your wedding cupcakes. Well have you really given any thought to the many different options that you have in the way of cupcake flavors, frostings, decorations, themes and let's not forget how you are going to present them to your guests?

Whether you are having them professionally made or making them yourself, you have almost an endless list of options available to you.

If you are having your cup cake wedding cakes made professionally use this page to get ideas that you can discuss with your baker.

If you are making the wedding cupcakes yourself then use this as a source for ideas. Most of the decorations can be easily achieved at home depending on your skill level.

Now if you are a beginner with little or no experience, don't worry you can achieve excellent results by keeping it simple and paying attention to some details.

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when planning and making your wedding cupcakes:

Creative Cupcake Ideas - Valentines Cupcake Simple cupcake design


1. Think about the colors that you want to use in the way of cupcake wrappers and frosting colors they should always complement or contrast each other.

For example this cupcake on the right is deocrated very simply and looks very elegant.

With a white frosting piped neatly in a simple swirl decorated with store bought decoration that compliment the heart design cupcake wrapper.

2. If you have made cupcakes before you will notice that in most cases the oils from the cake will spoil the look of the cupcake liner, this can easily be fixed.

Simply place the cupcakes (with wrappers on) into new cupcake wrappers do this on the day of your wedding.

Tip: Keep your new cupcake cases in the wrapping until you need them. I find that if you leave them out in the open they tend to "sag" and lose their shape.

3. Work on a clean surface and with clean hands this will keep your cupcakes looking clean and mess free. There is nothing worse than presenting a cupcake with smudges of frosting on the cupcake liners. So always clean up as you go.

4. Weeks before your wedding day bake a few different batches of cupcake recipes to get the flavors that you like and at the same time practice your decorating skills, you can only improve with practice.

5. Use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to measure out equal quantities of batter and only fill the cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full.

By measuring your cake batter all of your cup cake wedding cakes will look the same when baked - just as if you bought them.

So now are you ready to decide on what you want for your wedding cupcakes?

To help you with your decision I have made a step by step guide for you from the taste of your cupcakes to cupcake boxes. Just start at the begining or if you want to go to a specific section click on any of the links below.

1. Cupcake Flavors

2. Cupcakes with a Theme

3. Cupcake Liners and Cupcake Wrappers

4. Cupcake Frosting and Cupcake Icing

5. Cupcake Decorating

6. Cupcake Tower

7. Cupcake Boxes

 

1. Cupcake Flavors

With cup cake wedding cakes you can offer your guests a variety of cupcake flavors that is sure to please everyone.

If you are making cupcakes for the first time choose an easy cupcake recipe to make and purchase the best quality ingredients and you will be sure to get the best tasting cupcakes.

You may also like to read How to Make Cupcakes From Scratch to get the best results for your cupcakes.

If you are stuck for flavor ideas the list below has some of the most requested flavors for cupcakes online. You can also read more about cupcake flavors and frosting combinations on our cupcake flavors page.

  1. Chocolate Cupcakes
  2. Redvelvet Cupcakes
  3. Vanilla Cupcakes
  4. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  5. Blackbottom Cupcakes
  6. Cheesecake Cupcakes
  7. Banana Cupcakes
  8. Pumkin Cupcakes
  9. Lemon Cupcakes
  10. Strawberry Cupcakes
  11. Coconut Cupcakes
  12. Gingerbread Cupcakes
  13. Orange Cupcakes
  14. Blueberry Cupcakes
  15. Angel Food Cupcakes
  16. Cherry Cupcakes
  17. Coffee Cupcakes
  18. Mango Cupcakes
  19. Peanut Butter Cup cake
  20. Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
  21. Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
  22. Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
  23. Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

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2. Wedding Cupcake Designs With a Theme

Have you ever considered a theme for your wedding? If you have then you can carry that theme on in your wedding cupcakes. If not, why not consider it, it is a great way to bring some fun into your wedding reception.

Listed below are some cupcake decorating ideas that you could use for your own wedding cupcakes.

Weddings at Holiday Times and Special Occasions

If you are having your wedding close to a seasonal holiday or special occasion you could incorporate this theme into your wedding.

Let's say your wedding was to take place close to Valentine's Day you could serve red velvet cupcakes (red being the color of romance) with white frosting and a single red rose made from sugar paste or marzipan in a white lazar cut cupcake wrapper.

If your wedding is around Halloween time and you want to carry this theme into your wedding you could serve pumpkin cupcakes with Halloween cupcake toppers.

 

Cup Cake Wedding Cakes - Holiday Cupcake Wedding Themes

Christmas Cupcakes - Cupcake Wedding Cakes
Christmas Cupcakes

Valentine Cupcakes - Cupcake Wedding CakesValentine Cupcakes
Heart Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes - Cupcake Wedding Cakes
Easter Cupcakes

4th July Cupcakes - Cupcake Wedding Cakes
4th of July Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes - Cupcake Wedding Cakes
Halloween Cupcakes

 

 

Weddings With A Color Theme

If you have a particular wedding color theme in mind that can also be used as part of your cupcake decorations.

You could match the colors of your bridesmaid's dresses or even match the colors in your wedding flowers.

This can be achieved by co-ordinating the colors in the cupcake frosting, cupcake papers and the colors of your cupcake decorations.

 

Cup Cake Wedding Cakes - Wedding Colors Theme

Pink CupcakesPink Cupcakes

yellow cupcakesYellow Cupcakes

Purple CupcakesPurple Cupcakes

Cupcake BrownBrown Cupcakes

Green Cupcakes
Green Cupcakes
Orange Cucpakes
Orange Cupcakes
White Cupcakes
White Cupcakes

Red Cupcakes
Red Cupcakes

 

Garden or Country Wedding Themes

You could decorate your cupcakes in so many fun ways for a garden or country theme wedding.

If you are having a spring garden wedding you could serve lady bug cupcakes or make a cupcake bouquet of flower cupcakes.

For a casual country wedding you could have a little more fun here by serving animal cupcakes made from marzipan or sugar paste.

 

Cup Cake Wedding Cakes - Garden or Country Wedding Theme

Ladybug CupcakeLadybug Cupcakes

 

Butterfly Cupcakes
image by Angelina CupcakeButterfly Cupcakes

Horse Cupcakes
image by Angelina CupcakeHorse Cupcakes

Cow Cupcakes
image by cscott2006 Cow Cupcakes

Frog Cupcakes
image by Signature SugarArtTurtle Cupcakes

Dog Cupcakes
image by clevercupcakesDog Cupcakes

Bee Cupcakes
image by weir thru a lensBee Cupcakes

 

Beach or Tropical Theme Weddings

Edible decorations made from chocolate, fondant icing and marzipan can easily be made into beach and tropical figurines using molds. Choose shapes such as fish, shells, palm trees and even flip flops to decorate your cupcakes.

 

Cup Cake Wedding Cakes - Beach or Tropical Theme Wedding

Fish Cupcakes
image by clevercupcakes

Fish Cupcakes

Beach Cupcakes
Image by zen cupcakes

Beachy Cupcakes

Palm Tree Cupcakes
image by clevercupcakes

Palm Tree Cupcakes

Shell Cupcakes
image by kristin_a
(Meringue Bake Shop)

Shell Cupcakes

 

Wedding With A Flower Theme

You could decorate your cupcake with fresh flowers (just make sure they are insecticide free and non poisonous), silk flowers, flowers made using molds, hand modeled flowers and paper flowers.

 

Wedding Cupcakes - Weddings with a Flower Theme

Flower Cupcakes
Flower CupcakesThis purple flower has been made with royal icing which has been piped and left to dry then added to the cake

Flower Cupcakes
Flower CupcakesCupcake frosting has been piped directly onto the top of the cupcake to give a flower blossom effect.

Flower Cupcakes
Flower Cupcakes

The flowers on this cake have been made in two different ways both in sugar paste. The rose has been hand crafted and the others have been made using a cutter and the centers gently pressed into a hollow

Flower Cupcakes
Flower Cupcakes

These flowers have been made by using two cutters in the same shape but different sizes and the center is a smaller daisy type shape. The veins in the leaves have been made usings a special mould.

Cupcake Flowers
Handcrafted sugar paste flower cupcakes

Quite a lot of detail and time has gone into making these flowers

 

Sports Wedding Themes

Do have a sport that you both love? If you do you can use this as part of your wedding theme.

 

Wedding Cupcakes - Sports Wedding Theme

Sports Cupcakes
image by clevercupcakes

Sports Cupcakes
Football Cupcakes

 

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3. Cupcake Liners and Cupcake Wrappers

Cupcake Liners

Cupcake liners are small paper cases that fit into cupcake pans they vary in size so you need to select one that is the correct size for the tin you are using.

Cupcake liners make it easy for the cupcakes to be removed from the tin once baked, you don't even have to grease them.

They are available in plain colored and patterned paper as well as foil. The foil cupcake liners usually come with a paper liner inside. If you don't use the paper liner your cupcakes would just stick to the foil which would spoil all your baking efforts.

Using foil liners is a great option they available in a variety of colors which can give a rich shiny professional look to your wedding cupcakes.

You can also use colored and theme printed liners to enhance the appearance of your wedding cupcake.

Not sure of a cupcake design?

Why not start by looking at different patterned cupcake liners and pick your design and colors from a cupcake liner that you love.

Cupcake Wrappers

Cupcake wrappers are used as a decorative feature and to enhance the look of a cupcake, you don't bake your cupcakes in these. They are available in lazar cut designs as well as patterned in many different themes.

Lazer cut wrappers can be purchased readymade or you can purchase special machines which make different cupcake wrapper patterns so you can easily produce them at home. These machines can be quite pricey so if you are only doing them once it would be cheaper to buy them readymade.

You have a large choice from all over lacy designs to solid wrappers with a lacy edge. The all over lacy ones look great when the cupcake inside has a liner in a dark color such as reds, blues, greens the cupcake wrapper design  really stand out.

Find out more about cupcake wrappers here.

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4. Cupcake Frosting and Cupcake Icing

You should take into consideration how you want your cupcakes frosted or iced as this can greatly alter the look of your finished cupcake.

Cupcake Frosting

Cupcake frosting can be added to you cupcake in so many different ways to create different looks. It could be piped in so many different ways using a variety of different piping nozzels such as high piped swirl on top of your cupcake, or decoratively in a basket weave design and even in varying shades of colors.

Just take a look at the pictures below for some ideas on how you can use cupcake frosting.

If you are not confident in piping cupcake frosting you can easily spread it over the top of you cupcake with a palette knife.

Are you looking for some frosting recipes you can find some here on our cupcake frosting page.

 

Cup Cake Decorating Ideas with Cupcake Frosting

Cupcake Frosting
Piping done with a medium sized round nozzle

Cupcake Frosting
Frosting spread over the top

 

Cupcake Frosting
Frosting piped in a low spiral

Cupcake Frosting
Stars of frosting have been decoratively piped over the top of the cupcake

Cupcake Frosting
A large petal nozzle has been used to create the rose flower on top of the cupcake

Cupcake Frosting
A high spiral was created using a large star nozzle

Cupcake Frosting
A low sprial piped using a round
nozzle

Cupcake Frosting
Piped white frosting creates the background for the decoations

Cupcake Icing

Fondant icing has become vary popular for wedding cupcake decorating ideas because you can create many different looks with this. It can be simple or fancy depending on what type of techniques are used.

 

Wedding Cupcakes Decorating Ideas - Rolled Fondant Icing

Cupcake Frosting Rolled fondant cirlce covers the top of the cake

 

Cupcake Frosting
Rolled fondant has been embossed and then cut out to completely cover the domed cupcake top

Cupcake Frosting
Blue rolled fondant icing highligthed with edible gold dust.

 

 

Cupcake Frosting
Rolled fondant was used to decorate the flat top of these wedding cupcakes, if you look closely you can see that it has been embossed.

Cupcake Frosting
Pink fondant icing with fondant flowers and royal icing work.

 

Cupcake Frosting
Soft blue fondant icing cover these elegant looking cupcakes. Some have been embossed and others left plain. All feature a beautiful white molded cameo.

 

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5. Cupcake Decorating

After you have deocrated your wedding cupcakes with frosting or icing you can add more decorations whether they are pre-made or you make your own.

You have many options to choose from as you can see from the cupcakes listed on this page you are only limited by your imagination.

If you would like more ideas see our page on cupcake decoration ideas.

Cup Cake Wedding Cakes Decorating Ideas

Blue Flower Cupcake

Pink Rose Flower Cupcake

Butterfly Cupcake

Orange Cupcake

Pink Cupcake Flower Cupcake

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6. Cupcake Tower

Cupcake Stand

A wedding cupcake tower allows you to display your cup cake wedding cakes on different levels.

Try not to have the tiers to high as there is a risk of them tumbling over. If do need to display a large number of wedding cupcakes it would be best to use two or more towers.

Include a small cutting cake on the top tier to give a sophisticated and stylish look, and this will also provide you with a fun photo opportunity as you cut your cake.

You can get more ideas about stands and towers on our cupcake stands page.

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7. Cupcake Boxes

Cup Cake wedding cakes boxes are the perfect and mess free way for your wedding guests to take home that special piece of wedding cake.

Why not extend the excitement and joy of your wedding day a little further by presenting them with their own individual cupcake in cake a box which has been especially designed for this purpose.

Most people do enjoy taking home a piece of wedding cake to enjoy the next day but in the past these pieces of cake where usually put into small paper bags, or wrapped up in paper napkins.

And in most cases the cake would end up looking unappetizing by being squashed in someone’s pocket or handbag and then thrown in the bin.

Give the tradition of giving your guests a piece of cake to take home a whole new meaning by making it an actual wedding favor presented in its own beautiful box. There are a variety of different style wedding cake boxes to choose from.

There are square boxes with clear plastic windows that allow a glimpse of what’s inside perfect for wedding cupcakes.

Then you have plain boxes in a variety of shapes and colors which you can personalize with a wedding favor gift tag, sticky labels or wedding favor ribbons.

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