Serving up cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake makes a lot of sense. These goodies can do double duty as table decor or even triple duty if you use them as guest favours. They add delicious colour and character to your day, and there are plenty of ways to amp up the wow factor and take the basic cupcake to new levels. Here are some crowd-pleasing cupcake designs to charm your family and friends—this might be our sweetest post yet!
Who doesn't love a sundae? It's an all-American dessert at the center of many happy childhood memories, such as rewards for little league wins and getting As on pop quizzes. Why not invoke this nostalgic spirit? You can tempt your loved ones with mouthwatering ice-cream-inspired cupcakes topped with hot fudge sauce and fruit.
There's no better way to express love and romance than with hearts. You can place fondant hearts on uncomplicated cupcakes, use sprinkles in the shape of a heart, or forego the cupcake and choose heart-shaped ombré macarons to enhance a Parisian theme. These cupcakes spell out the message, so it's loud and clear.
Indulge us while we activate our Received Pronunciation accents, à la Queen Elizabeth II (RIP) and Lady Whistledown. With its pearl border and calligraphy, this cupcake style is so apt for a vintage theme. Personalized cupcakes adorned with signatures allow you to imbue your soiree with elegant Downton Abbey or Royal Wedding vibes. After all, only one queen matters on your big day, and that's you, darling.
There's nothing petite about this treat. If you want to make an impression on your guests, a supersized cupcake is the way to go. This one looks like a ball of roses and could probably satisfy cake cravings for days, ensuring your event leaves a sweet taste in your guests' mouths.
With these beautifully pressed treats, there's a solid chance you'll elicit oohs from your nearest and dearest. If you're going for a delicate and pretty look with a soft palette, the sugar flowers and floral filigree add an ultra-feminine touch, and the dark dots at the center provide some visually-interesting contrast.
We love this slightly unconventional colour choice—it's bold, daring, and sexy. The juxtaposition of the blue sugar flower with the black icing is fun, and the gold pearls add a hint of glam. The leaf accent makes it all a little more natural. A surprise center would elevate a cupcake like this and live up to the expectation you set with the aesthetic.
We think Marie Antoinette would approve of these lil' cuties. Request the gold trimmings, and your wedding cupcakes will look like they've teleported to the future straight from 17th-century Versailles. Cakes that look splendid should taste splendid too, so ask your baker to make a sample batch for you to try.
Our accent's gone to the north of England now, perhaps up to the Geordie Shore? Either way, these cupcakes give new meaning to the term 'perfect pair.' The only thing pear-shaped here is that gorgeous gold-flecked marzipan topper full of almonds and honey. Apples would look great too, and warm cinnamon would be lovely during a winter celebration.
This is not your average cupcake. We repeat—this is no ordinary cupcake! It's a mini cupcake atop a similar-looking regular-sized cupcake, and we're obsessed. We were the folks liking all the Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon inception mug photos, so if you're anything like us, this playful concept will be right up your street. The rainbow confetti is also the ideal array of colours (IYKYK).
Neat and clean, fondant cupcakes are stunning buttercream alternatives—especially on a hot summer day. These have a classic air about them and look fancy even though they're relatively simple. You may want to go this route if you're replacing a three-tier wedding cake display.
Hydrangeas are one of our favourite flowers and look like they belong in a utopia. These skillfully-piped ones are to die for and are true to form with calming shades of pastel blue and purple. We can't think of any wedding that could do without an extra dose of zen.
If your colour scheme comprises more than one colour, your cupcakes would do well to incorporate both. These fabulous cakes are unfussy but easy on the eye. The two-toned approach with pink and green frosting and matching sugar flower accents lifts the look and enhances the fresh springtime feel.
These blue, black, and white cupcakes are a great example of how one intricate gum-paste flower can bring all the drama—imagine dozens together on a tiered stand for the full effect. You can give your sugar flowers colour with petal dust and food colouring, and throw in some edible glitter and mini pearls for good measure.
Surprise guests and provide cake balls that look like mini-cupcakes, with sprinkles and a faux cherry on top. We're into this quirky idea that's somehow also one of the bawdiest options on our list (they kind of look like boobs from Avatar, right?).
Licorice isn't for everybody, but if you're an Allsorts fan, here's a straightforward and budget-friendly way to transform the basic buttercream-swirled cupcake. Candylicious with a dash of whimsy, dontcha think?
There's a lot to love here. Firstly, these non-traditional blueberry pie cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious. Secondly, the Alice-in-Wonderland cake toppers are a little cheeky and would allow you to inject your personality into another wedding element.
For a dreamy design, have your baker whip up some buttercream roses. Roses are the ultimate romance motif because they symbolize love until death, which echoes the vows brides and grooms make at the altar.
Whether you're going for a strawberry milkshake flavour or a choc ganache frosting, ruffles are exquisite and give cupcakes a luxe quality.
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