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For the coffee lover, these birthday treats are the cupcake version of the popular mocha-coffee drink -- complete with whipped frosting and an edible cookie straw.
Pretty sugar flowers in the birthday gal's favorite colors provide a sweetly simple topping to these super tender buttermilk cupcakes.
Spring and summer birthdays are a perfect time to serve sweet cupcakes decorated to look like flowers and soaring butterflies.
Celebrate the guest of honor with monogrammed cupcakes or deck out the cupcakes in the honoree's birth year.
Transform plain cupcakes into a bright bouquet with silicone flower-shape baking cups (such as Wilton's Fun Cups) and mini candy-coated milk chocolate candies. Marzipan bees provide a bit of buzz.
Tart cranberries complement the spicy flavors of chai in these beautifully decorated cupcakes.
Don't be fooled by the cute pink frosting. These sweet-sour cupcakes have a shot of raspberry liqueur in the batter and in the frosting.
Delicate handmade vanilla and chocolate ganache bows make these cupcakes the perfect treat for an elegant birthday party.
For a summer birthday, bake vanilla cupcake batter in cones, then top with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and a cherry.
Animal lovers will be thrilled to have birthday cupcakes creatively decorated with cut marshmallows, rolled Tootsie Rolls and Starbursts, and piped frosting to look like cats and dogs.
Summer birthdays rule when you serve a cluster of cupcakes decorated to look like a beach scene -- complete with peanut butter cookie flip-flops and crushed vanilla wafer sand.
Add ice cream to the frosting to make delicious root beer float cupcakes garnished with candy root beer barrels and colorful straws.
Mix and match frosting colors, cookies, candies, pretzels, and more to create a menagerie of zoo animal cupcakes.
The ice cream shoppe favorite gets a cupcake twist with these over-the-top birthday treats.
Set the theme in motion with cupcakes decked out in the birthday guy or gal's favorite color palette -- from cheerful fuchsia, orange, and yellow to tranquil teal, aqua, and emerald.
No need to wait for the ice cream truck to drive by -- just serve party guests these fun birthday cupcakes decorated to look like yummy frozen treats.
The secret to these creative cupcakes? Decorate frosted doughnut holes to make miniature soccer balls, basketballs, or baseballs -- depending on the birthday guy or gal's favorite sport.
With some creative cutting, a square cake becomes a triangular ice cream cone and whimsically topped cupcakes become scoops of ice cream with embellishments such as strawberry preserves, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and maraschino cherries.
These silly cupcakes -- made with frosting, gumdrops, and fruit leather -- are perfect for birthdays near Halloween, or for anyone who gets a kick out of cute monsters.
All you need for these celebratory sweets are baked cupcakes (purchased or homemade), canned frosting, food coloring, and a bottle of confetti sprinkles.