Birthday Cupcakes for Girls

Whether you have an athlete or a princess, cleverly decorated birthday cupcakes will thrill your birthday girl. These creative cupcake ideas work well with purchased cupcakes, or bake from scratch using our recipe suggestions.


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Princess Birthday Cupcakes
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Princess Birthday Cupcakes

    Every girl is a princess on her birthday. These birthday cupcakes proudly display the tall hat and flowing ribbons of a fairy-tale princess.

    1. Place flat tart taffy candy, such as Airheads, on waxed paper. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 5 seconds. Flatten candies and cut into ribbons; set aside.

    2. Tint decorating frosting pink or to desired color. Place the frosting in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 20 to 30 seconds or just until melted. Stir well and set aside to cool slightly.

    3. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Lightly cover; set aside.

    4. When melted frosting is cooled but still pourable, hold a rolled sugar ice cream cone over the bowl, and spoon melted frosting over cone to cover, allowing excess to drip into bowl. Place frosted ice cream cones, pointed ends up, on a wire rack set over waxed paper.

    5. While frosting is still wet, decorate cones with multicolor sprinkles. Press one end of a taffy ribbon into the top of each cone, letting ribbon spiral down cone.

    6. Chill cones about 30 minutes or until firm.

    7. Place white frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip; pipe designs on cones. Let cones dry completely.

    8. Place cones on top of frosted cupcakes, pressing into frosting to secure. Arrange small decorative candies around bottoms of cones.

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Lollipop Flower Cupcakes

    How sweet! Lollipop flowers sprout out of this birthday cupcake. Let your child help make this easy garden grow in all the colors of the rainbow or in a color scheme that matches the party.

    1. Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

    2. Sprinkle crushed vanilla and chocolate wafer cookies on frosting; insert an unwrapped lollipop into the center.

    3. On a sugared surface, roll out green jelly candy and cut into leaf shapes. Gently press into frosting at base of lollipop to make flower.

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Basketball Star Cupcakes

    The birthday girl and all her party guests will make a fast break for the treat table when they see these basketball cupcakes. You'll cheer for the simplicity of the decorating.

    1. Place green decorating frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip or multiopening (grass) tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes to resemble grass.

    2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave orange candy coating disks on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir; microwave for 30 to 60 seconds more or until melted, stirring once more.

    3. Using a fork, dip doughnut holes, one at a time, into melted candy coating, turning to coat completely. Place on waxed paper until set.

    4. Use a tube of chocolate icing to pipe lines onto coated doughnut holes to resemble basketballs. Place a decorated doughnut hole on each cupcake.

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Silly Confetti Birthday Cupcakes

    Frosting streamers and confetti sprinkles scatter in festive disarray over these party-theme cupcakes. There's a birthday party in every bite, and the decorating is easy enough to let the birthday girl take part.

    1. Spread or pipe white frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle with multicolor confetti sprinkles.

    2. Tint white frosting various colors (such as pink, lavender, and other fun party colors) with paste food coloring.

    3. Place different colors of frostings in separate heavy resealable plastic bags. Snip off a very small piece from one corner of each bag. Pipe strands of colored frostings over cupcakes and serving plate to look like streamers.

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Lazy-Daisy Mini Cupcakes

    This garden blooms with birthday cupcakes. Plant colorful cupcake pops in tiny clay pots for each party guest, or fill a bigger pot with a bouquet of cupcake flowers. For a crowd, plant rows of cupcake flowers in a green-frosted sheet cake.

    1. Frost mini cupcakes with white frosting.

    2. On a sugared surface, flatten a small gumdrop using a rolling pin or your fingers; snip to resemble flower petals. Place on frosted cupcake with a small round or oval candy in the center to mimic a flower.

    3. Using a small sharp knife, cut a small slit into the bottom of each cupcake, cutting through paper liner and partway into bottom of cupcake. Insert a lollipop stick into bottom of each cupcake.

    4. Fill a small pot with florist's foam to hold the cupcake pops. Top with jelly bean "stones." Add a few bay leaves, if desired.

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Pink Flower Birthday Cupcakes

    Keep it simple and feminine for your little princess. These cupcakes require only one color of frosting and one decorating tip to create pretty pink flowers. If pink isn't the birthday girl's color, simply tint white frosting to a color that suits her.

    1. Tint decorating frosting to desired color and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small open star tip.

    2. Dot the top of each cupcake with stars to make the allover flower pattern.

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Ice Cream-Frosted Cupcake Cones

    Eliminate the drips but keep the fun of ice cream cones with these cupcakes baked in flat-bottom cones.

    1. Wrap the bases of 24 to 30 flat-bottom ice cream cones in foil. Place one cone in each cup of a muffin pan. If necessary, press foil into cups around the cones to secure.

    2. Spoon cake batter into cones, using about 3 tablespoons batter (no more than half full); let batter settle in cones. (Before filling all cones, bake one to check batter amount.)

    3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely.

    4. For Ice Cream Frosting, allow half of an 8-ounce package cream cheese and 1/3 cup butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Allow 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

    5. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in 5-1/2 cups powdered sugar. Beat in ice cream to reach piping consistency. Chill until ready to use.

    6. Use red food coloring to tint half of the Ice Cream Frosting pink. Spoon pink and white frostings side by side into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe frosting over cupcakes to look like soft-serve ice cream; decorate as desired. Chill until ready to serve.

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Dotty Birthday Cupcakes

    These little gems are so easy! Decorated in bright contrasting colors, they have a playful attitude reminiscent of Alice's tea party with the Mad Hatter.

    1. Tint decorating frosting to desired color and smoothly frost cupcakes.

    2. Place white frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, or place frosting in a resealable bag and snip off a small corner.

    3. Pipe the top of the cupcake with dots.

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Daisy-Topped Mini Cupcakes

    These bite-size birthday morsels hide a sweet surprise inside. Bake the mini cupcakes in festive nut cups suited to the birthday party color scheme.

    1. Before frosting, with the handle of a wooden spoon, make an indentation in the center of each cupcake.

    2. Spoon or pipe a scant teaspoon of jam into each indentation.

    3. Frost cupcakes with white frosting.

    4. Top with sugar flowers in appropriate birthday colors.

    Editor's Tip: Find sugar flowers among the baking ingredients at the grocery store or at baking supply stores.

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Soccer Ball Birthday Cupcakes

    Goal! Every soccer star will want these sweet soccer balls for her birthday party. Luckily, they're simple to decorate.

    1. Place green decorating frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip or multiopening (grass) tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes to resemble grass.

    2. In a small microwave-safe bowl microwave white candy coating disks on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir; microwave for 30 to 60 seconds more or until melted, stirring once more.

    3. Using a fork, dip doughnut holes, one at a time, into melted candy coating, turning to coat completely. Place on waxed paper until set.

    4. Soften a log-shape chocolate caramel candy (such as a Tootsie Roll) in the microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 5 seconds.

    5. Use a rolling pin to flatten softened candy. Cut out small squares using aspic cutters; arrange squares on coated doughnut holes, using white frosting to secure. Place a decorated doughnut hole on each cupcake.

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Flower Garden Cupcakes

    These birthday blooms may take a little practice, but the results are impressive. Whether the party is indoors or out, these flowery cupcakes make it feel like summer.

    To Make a Violet Cupcake:

    1. Place purple frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large rose tip.

    2. Pipe five petals around the edge of a frosted cupcake, then pipe another five petals in the center of the cupcake, staggering the top petals with the bottom petals. Add a blackberry center.

    To Make a Daisy Cupcake:

    1. Place white frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a small rose or basket-weave tip.

    2. Starting at the center of a frosted cupcake, use back-and-forth motions to create long petals. Add yellow candy-coated sunflower seeds to make flower center.

    To Make a Sunflower Cupcake:

    1. Place yellow frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a medium leaf tip.

    2. Pipe petals around the edge of a frosted cupcake, then pipe petals around the center of the cupcake, staggering top petals with the bottom petals. Sprinkle chopped miniature semisweet chocolate pieces and toffee pieces for center.

    To Make Cookie Leaves:

    1. Cut sugar cookie dough into leaf shapes and bake according to recipe. Tint icing green with paste food coloring. Spread over cookies and let dry.

    2. Arrange cookie leaves around cupcake flowers.

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Sweet & Simple Glazed Cupcakes

    The beauty in these charming birthday treats is in the size and display. Start with two sizes: regular for the birthday girl and mini for her favorite doll or stuffed animal. After the cupcakes are baked and glazed, slip them into decorative paper liners with pretty designs.

    1. To make Lemon Glaze, finely shred 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel from 1 lemon; set aside. Juice lemon over a small bowl.

    2. In another small bowl, combine 1 cup powdered sugar and enough of the lemon juice (5 to 5-1/2 teaspoons) to reach thin spreading consistency. Stir in the lemon peel.

    3. Drizzle over mini and regular-size cupcakes and finish with a curl of lemon peel.

    4. Before serving, place each cupcake -- paper bake cup and all -- into a second, more colorful paper liner. Spread out the edges slightly so the cup flares around the outside of the cupcake.

    Editor's Tip: Paper cupcake liners are available in pretty colors, fun designs, and clever themes. Liners are a cheap way to dress cupcakes in party attire. Explore the options at cake decorating stores, crafts stores, kitchen stores, and online retailers.

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Cupcake Rainbow

    This cupcake arrangement is a pot of gold. You don't even frost the cupcakes individually. Simply arrange the cupcakes and pipe frosting in colorful bands. The birthday girl gets the first choice of colors!

    1. Divide white decorating frosting into six portions. Tint each portion a different rainbow color with food coloring. Place each color in a separate disposable pastry bag or heavy resealable plastic bag.

    2. On a very large serving platter arrange cupcakes tightly together in a rainbow shape; use 6 to 8 cupcakes for the inside row, 8 to 10 cupcakes for the middle row, and 12 to 14 cupcakes for the outside row.

    3. Snip off the tip of each pastry bag or one corner of each plastic bag. Pipe rows of colored frosting onto tops of cupcakes to make a large rainbow. If desired, use a narrow metal spatula to gently spread frosting to fill in gaps.

    4. Sprinkle matching sugars over colored frostings.

    5. Sprinkle marshmallows over frosting at each end of the rainbow to resemble clouds.

    Editor's Tip: The top red band of the rainbow will require the most frosting, and subsequent bands of frosting will require less, so divide frosting accordingly.

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Marshmallow Tower Mini Cupcakes

    This marshmallow topping resembles soft-serve ice cream. Sprinkled with colored sugar, the towering peaks add drama to tiny birthday desserts.

    1. For marshmallow topping, in a large mixer bowl, sprinkle one packet unflavored gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.

    2. In a small, heavy saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves; remove spoon. Brush insides of pan with a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals and place a candy thermometer into mixture. Boil (do not stir) until syrup registers 235 degrees F (soft-ball stage), about 10 minutes. Pour into gelatin.

    3. With the whisk attachment, beat mixture on high until soft peaks form, about 7 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and use immediately.

    4. Fill a large pastry bag fitted with an open star tip with marshmallow topping. Pipe onto mini cupcakes, pulling pastry bag straight up to create tall towers.

    5. Immediately sprinkle with colored sugar.

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Beribboned Strawberry Cupcakes

    Tiny satin bows encircle strawberry-topped birthday cupcakes that any little girl will love. It's so simple and adds a cute, sophisticated finish. Choose a single ribbon color, such as pink, to match the cupcakes, or use various ribbon colors for a complementary color scheme.

    1. Pipe or spread pink frosting over cupcakes. Top with a fresh strawberry.

    2. Tie pink or a complementary color of thin satin ribbon in a bow around the outside of the paper liner.

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Flower Patch Cupcakes

    Marshmallow slices and gumdrops grow into these beautiful birthday bouquets.

    1. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Or for a "grassy" background, frost the cupcakes with green frosting.

    2. Slice large marshmallows crosswise into four slices.

    3. Arrange marshmallow slices on frosted cupcakes to resemble flower petals. Squeeze the slices slightly to create an oval petal.

    4. Add a gumdrop in the middle to form the flower center.

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Swirls and Sprinkles Cupcakes

    It's a party! Decorate cupcakes with ribbons of frosting, confetti sprinkles, and a candy treat topper. Add sprinkles to the cupcake batter for even more party fun.

    1. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a ruffle tip with pink decorating frosting.

    2. Pipe ribbons of frosting over top of cupcake, covering completely.

    3. Add multicolor sprinkles, and top with a brightly colored gum ball, sourball, or round candy-coated milk chocolate piece.

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Flower Swirl Cupcakes

    Dress cupcakes for the birthday party. Swirls of creamy frosting, sugar flowers, and pretty paper liners outfit plain cupcakes in festive attire. The color scheme is easy to match to the birthday girl's favorite colors.

    1. Pipe or swirl white frosting onto cupcakes, creating soft mounds.

    2. Scatter sugar flowers in appropriate birthday colors on top of frosting.

    3. Serve cupcakes in a second decorative paper liner.

    Editor's Tip: Find sugar flowers among the baking ingredients at the grocery store or at baking supply stores.

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