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!)
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.