We had a decorate-your-own cupcake party last night! I got the idea from this post on A Beautiful Mess. People had so much fun choosing a cupcake flavor and heaping on toppings inside the ring of frosting. Carrot cupcakes were the most popular, and I saw lots of people spooning on strawberry curd. It wasn’t too bad waking up to leftovers this morning, either. I am a big fan of cake for breakfast. Maybe the decorate-your-own cupcake station can become a permanent feature around here?
In case you want to throw your own cupcake party, here are the recipes I used:
- Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Neufchatel Frosting
- Double Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes
- Vanilla Bean Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats
- Strawberry Curd
- Salted Caramel Sauce
For the chocolate cupcakes, I was too lazy to make the Swiss meringue buttercream that’s in the post for the Double Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes, so I made a simple chocolate buttercream. Here’s the recipe in case you want to make it!
Ingredients (makes enough for 12 cupcakes):
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients and beat on high speed until smooth.
I also put out these toppings:
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped pecans
- Chopped strawberries with a little sugar
- Mini m & ms
There are so many other things that would be great on cupcakes! What are your favorite cupcake flavors, frostings, and toppings?
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