Garnish with Fresh Fruit
If you're looking for ways to dress up cupcakes without loading on a lot of high-calorie toppings, experiment with fruit. Play with different methods to slice and display your pickings. You might be surprised by how many ways you can cut up star fruit, strawberry or mango. Or, you can mash the fruit so it takes on the consistency of jam, and use that as a substitute for sugary frosting. For more decadent flavor, spread the fruit onto the cupcake crown before adding a dollop of whipping cream or layer of frosting. Generously pile on fresh fruit, or place only a few pieces artistically, depending on the look you're going for.