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Simple Yet Sophisticated - Cupcake Ideas for Classy Occasions

Simple Yet Sophisticated - Cupcake Ideas for Classy Occasions

 

I used to think that cupcakes were just less cake, therefore less fun. However, now that it's trendy to pile 2 inches of buttercream on top, I'm here for it.
A 1:1 ratio of deliciousness to diabetes.
 
These tasty morsels are so easy to make, yet somehow I always seem to get to the decorating part, accidentally add too many drops of colouring to the buttercream, attempt some fan-dangled idea I saw on Pinterest, waste 2 hours of my life, and when it still doesn't live up to my expectations; ditch the idea, drown them in sprinkles, and call it a day.

Nevermore, my dear friends!
Below I've put together 10 simple and easy cupcake decorating ideas - for swanky get-togethers or adult birthdays - that won't steal the joy of decorating.
 
Note: Today would normally be Cupcake Day, but the RSPCA have moved it to the 26th of October this year because of Covid.
I refuse to let that c-word stand in the way of a good baking session so this blog post is for you, ‘Rona!

 

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Cool Cupcake Decorating Idea #1

CHOCOLATE GOODNESS

 

Ahh, the Simple Simon. Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate. How could you go wrong?

When I'm making these mini curls, I just use a vegetable peeler down the long edge of a room-temperature block of chocolate. It's best to actually grate it over your cakes so the curls don't break with double-handling.

You can also try spiking your frosting with a dash of Baileys. ;)

For full effect, try to find dark brown patty papers.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Chocolate Baileys Cupcake

You can find this recipe here

 

 

 

Swanky Cupcake Decorating Idea #2

HONEY, MARSCAPONE & FIG 

 

Ooooh, so fancy! And super easy. Just torch a few figs, plonk them on top and you're basically the next Maggie Beer.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Honey Marscapone Fig Cupcake

Try it here.

 

 

 

Wonderfully Easy Cupcake Decorating Idea #3

APPLE BUTTER CARAMEL

 

I am a S.U.C.K.E.R. for cream cheese frosting! Pair it with apple and caramel and you have yourself a world-class tastebud party. 

Another plonk-and-you're-done decorating effort with maximum impact.

Tip - The darker papers balance well with this one, too.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Apple Butter Caramel Cupcake

Recipe here.

 

 

 

Deliciously Simple Cupcake Decorating Idea #4

BANANA CINNAMON

 

Again with the cream cheese and the plonking! Onto a winner here!

Also, fruit. These cupcakes are basically diet food*.

 

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Banana Cinnamon Cupcake

*Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Recipe here.

 

 

 

Minimalistic Cupcake Decorating Idea #5

MINT CHOCOLATE

 

Upping the effort level just a little, these minty morsels are still simplistic in their design.

When piping chocolate onto baking paper, I ditch my piping bag for a simple plastic freezer bag. That way, the warmth of your hands help to keep the chocolate flowing. Remember to temper your chocolate creations at room temperature so they get a gloss to them (no matter how tempting it is to just chuck the tray in the fridge for 5 minutes). 

Dark cases are a must for these.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Chocolate Mint

Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

Warming Winter Cupcake Decorating Idea #6

CHAI LATTE 

 

I would probably end up eating most of this mixture before it made it in the oven but how simple and delicious would these be to take to a supper gathering?

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Chai Latte

Get the recipe

 

 

 

Maximum Impact Cupcake Decorating Idea #7

CHOCOLATE CHERRY

 

The colours of these ones pop so well!

*Cue all the 'popping cherry' puns.* 

Again with the dark cases.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Chocolate Cherry Cupcake

Click for recipe

 

 

 

Simple but Stylish Cupcake Decorating Idea #8

COOKIES AND CREAM

 

Try not to eat all the cookies (bikkies) before you frost these.

I dare you.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Cookies and Cream Cupcake

Get the recipe

 

 

 

Easy But Effective Cupcake Decorating Ideas #9

LEMON & BLUEBERRY

 

Now THAT'S what I call a mountain of frosting.

The sprinkling of lemon zest just sets it off.

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Lemon Blueberry Cupcake

Take me there

 

 

 

Anddd, I saved my favourites for last. 

 

The Ultimate in Fancy But Easy Cupcake Decoration Ideas #10

BLACKBERRY & LAVENDER / ROSEMARY

 

These are just something else, are they not?

How beautiful and feminine are those colours and those sprigs!

I couldn't choose which sounded/looked better so here are both! 

Blackberry & Lavender

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Blackberry Lavender Cupcakes

Recipe here

 

Blackberry & Rosemary

Simple Yet Sophisticated Classy Cupcake Ideas for Adults - Blackberry Rosemary Cupcakes

 Recipe here

 

 

And there you have it!

Hopefully you feel inspired to try something you've seen! We'd love for you to tag us in your creations on social media. There might even be a voucher in it for you ;)  

 

Until next time, take care and happy baking!

Petula x

 

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