Top Them Off
Just in case icing, mix-ins and fillings aren't decadent enough for your taste, a staggering array of toppings are available to adorn cupcakes. Cupcake fans that feel guilty about the caloric intake associated with these treats can add a little bit of nutritional value with a few strategically placed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or other fruit. Miniature cookies are another festive topping that adds a little bit of crunch to an otherwise soft dessert. People with a penchant for extreme sweets can add candy shavings to the frosted top of a cupcake. Of course, you can't go wrong with traditional sprinkles, which always provide a quick dash of color and festivity to an otherwise plain batch of cupcakes.
If you really want to attract some attention, find creative ways to arrange and display your little cakes. The most delicious vanilla cupcake can go unnoticed on a plain white platter. Try stacking cupcakes on tiered plates, or tuck them into a cupcake tree. Colorful decorations like ribbon, confetti and doilies complement the whimsical qualities of your bite-sized works of art.