It's National Cupcake Day! Here's How to Decorate 'Em Like a Pro
Few things in this world incite more excitement than batch of freshly baked cupcakes, but it's the decorations that truly determine the amount of oohs and aahs you'll receive come dessert time. "A beautiful and whimsical topper really makes a cupcake," says Katherine Kallinis Berman of Georgetown Cupcakes, the cult-favorite Washington, D.C.-based bakery she co-founded with her sister, Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. "Creative decorations complete the overall look and make for a chic presentation," LaMontagne says. Just in time for National Cupcake Day (today!), we asked the baking savants for their go-to ideas. Try them out for yourself below.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Give your batch a customized touch with monograms, like these chocolate cupcakes emblazoned with initials and decorated with matching fondant snowflakes.
Satin Ice Fondant; $10; cakes.com
Don't be afraid to DIY
Turn them into place card holders
Jot your guests' names on mini place cards, secure with toothpicks, and gently pierce into cupcakes for an unexpected (and delicious) twist on traditional place settings.
Embrace edible flowers
GET CREATIVE WITH CANDY
Transform your desserts into winged wonders with the help of two raspberry and blueberry yogurt-covered pretzels, jelly beans, licorice bits, and malted milk balls.