101 Ways To Cupcake

Yes. 101. 101 different cupcakes. All of these techniques are unique ways to make/decorate cupcakes and yes, they are all delicious! Obviously, I won’t put 101 different cupcakes on this single post; instead, I’ll stretch out the posts over a few months and post ten(ish) cupcakes per week. This week, I’m doing 9 variations of vanilla cupcakes. You can combine these ideas or use them on their own to create a stunning cupcake. These aren’t necessarily different cupcake recipes, but ways to mix up the colors of the batter and frosting. even something that small can make all the difference between a “blah” cupcake and a beautiful one!

1.Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting

I love the combination of my rich, creamy vanilla buttercream on top of the airy, buttery cake. I use the vanilla cake recipe from howtocakeit.com, and my frosting recipe will be posted soon! You can use a boxed mix or your favorite cake recipe to make these delicious cupcakes!


2. Vanilla Cupcakes with Colored Vanilla Frosting

The recipe for this and the Vanilla/Vanilla cupcakes is the same, but with one twist: colored frosting! These are beautiful for basically any holiday and all you have to do is add a few drops of food coloring to your buttercream before piping or spreading it on!


3. Vanilla Cupcakes with Hi-Hat Vanilla Frosting

This decorating technique can be used with any kind of cake and any kind of frosting. To hi-hat your cupcakes, you need to put your cupcakes in the freezer for about 30 minutes. When your cupcakes are chilled, dip the frosting in melted (and cooled!) chocolate or colored candy melts! (Me and my forgetful self forgot to take a picture of hi-hat cupcakes, so here’s one I found online!)

Hi-Hat Cupcake

4. Colored Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Just add some food coloring to your favorite vanilla cake batter for this variation of traditional vanilla cake and top it off with plain white buttercream! Great for Saint Patty’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or dyed to match the color scheme of a party!


5. Colored Vanilla Cake with Colored Vanilla Frosting

These are so colorful, fun, and simple! They would be perfect at a kid’s birthday party or if you wanted to match a certain color scheme with minimal effort!


6. Vanilla Cake with Dual Colored Vanilla Frosting

This frosting technique is so fun and super simple! It has not one, but TWO colors of frosting topping the soft white cake! You can do this with any two (or more) colors to match the color scheme you want to achieve perfectly! To achieve this dual colored frosting look, follow this link.


7. Vanilla Cake with THREE colors of frosting

The frosting technique on this cupcake is the same as the cupcake above, but with three different frosting colors. I used three shades of purple (it looks like there’s only two colors but I promise there are three)!


8. Vanilla Cupcakes with Bag-Stripe Frosting

The frosting on these cupcakes has a unique, sort of tie-dye look. To learn how to achieve the frosting effect, click on this link.


9. Tie-Dye Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

These cupcakes look normal enough, but on the inside, they’re an explosion of color! To make your tie-dye cupcakes, color your batter three or more different colors and put small blobs of each different color in one of your cupcake liners. Continue filling up your cupcake liner like that until it is about 2/3 full and bake it as normal.



Bag Stripe Frosting Technique

The bag stripe technique is a fun, colorful, and unique way to frost your cupcakes. To create a bag stripe swirl on top of your cupcake, you will need:

  • a piping bag fitted with a piping tip of your choice
  • gel paste food coloring
  • a food grade paintbrush (one that has never been used for anything except food)
  • a cup
  1. Place your piping bag inside the cup and fold over the edge of the piping bag.
  2. Dip your paintbrush into your food coloring and begin painting vertical stripes on your piping bag.IMG_2517
  3. Continue painting lines on your piping bag. You can paint as many lines as you want, but I usually do four lines.IMG_2521
  4. Fill your piping bag with frosting, but try to not mess up your lines.
  5. Pipe your cupcakes as usual and enjoy!IMG_2472

Multicolored Frosting

Frost your cupcakes with a beautiful multicolored swirl!

Like most people, I love frosting. And frosting is even better when it’s as pretty as it is yummy. In my opinion, cupcakes are prettier with a swirl on top! I just adore this two-toned (or multicolored) frosting effect that makes your cupcakes even cuter than they already are!

To achieve this multicolored frosting effect, you will need:

  • a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice
  • a square of plastic wrap (I made my square about 1′ by 1′, but it really doesn’t matter how big it is)
  • frosting in the colors of your choice


1. Lay your square of plastic wrap on your counter and spoon a thick line of your first color of frosting onto your plastic wrap.


2. Right next to your first line of frosting, spoon on a line of your second color of frosting.


3. Continue adding lines of frosting for all the colors you have!

4. Roll up your plastic wrap by folding it right over the frosting and continuing to roll it, then wist both ends of the plastic wrap shut.



5. Cut off one of the twisted ends of the plastic wrap and slide your plastic wrap tube into your piping bag with the cut end facing the piping tip.


6. Pipe out your cupcakes as usual and impress whoever eats your cupcakes with your extra-special multicolored frosting!


Welcome to my blog!

Happy labor day and welcome to If You Give A Baker A Recipe, everyone! I have been wanting to start a baking blog ever since I really got into baking about 2 1/2 years ago. My family can tell you firsthand of all the desserts I’ve made them try and all the failures I (and they) have experienced, but I want to get all my non-failing treats on to the Internet! I’m passionate about baking and I hope you are as enthusiastic about baking as I am, because I’ll be doing a lot of that!

Happy baking, everyone, and have a good week!