When it comes to children’s birthday parties, I usually bake cupcakes for my kids because they’re cute and conveniently baked in single portion servings.  Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional birthday cakes decorated in ribbon swags, sprinkles, and frosting roses along with their traditional floral sprays.  But give me a beautifully decorated cupcake, and I am all smiles.  I suppose this is the child-like part of me who has always, and will always, love cupcakes.

Baking and decorating birthday cupcakes is an event both my daughters look forward to each year.  They are old enough to frost and decorate them and enjoy the baking process.

The nice thing about decorating cupcakes is how easy they can be.  I have a hard time resisting those thinly frosted cupcakes with a few pinches of sprinkles on top – simply perfect.

If you’re up to a decorating challenge beyond basic sprinkles, these five creative ideas might inspire the perfect cupcake for your child’s birthday party.

These Sesame Street Cupcakes by Annie’s Eats are simply amazing!

How fun would these Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes by Crustbakes be at a child’s birthday party?

No fancy piping skills needed for these Mum Flower Cupcakes by Give Me Some Oven.  The petals are made from cut mini-marshmallows and sprinkles.

frosted yellow cupcake
Learn my trick for decorating these pretty frosting flowers on Kitchen Explorers.

These Vanilla Bean Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction are simply perfect.

An oldie but a goodie, these Birthday Cupcakes in a Cone by Chez Us are always a popular choice for birthday parties!


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6 Responses to “Birthday Cupcake Ideas”

  1. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    Few can resist the allure of cupcakes! I was so proud of Celia last month when she and her friend Rebecca baked and decorated 100 4th of July fireworks cupcakes for the children staying at the Children’s Inn in Bethesda, MD while they were being treated at the National Institute of Health. I think it took them 6 hours!

  2. Spirulina

    I totally agree. I think cupcakes are better. They are individual portions so it is a simpler and cleaner affair than a conventional cake. I prefer them and I think most people do too.

    • Kathy

      I love the ice cream cone cupcakes, but transporting them is a problem if you are not staying home to enjoy them. Any suggestions? I tried punching holes in aluminum foil, but that didn’t do the trick.

  3. Kathy

    I think the ice cream cone cupcakes are adorable, but transporting them is a major problem. Any suggestions? I tried punching holes in aluminum foil, but that did not work.

  4. Chez Us

    Alice, thank you for the shout-out on our birthday cupcakes. Really appreciated. Am thinking I should make them for the big kid in my life!!

  5. Alice Currah alice

    Hi Kathy,
    What I’ve done in the past is to take a dress shirt box, like the ones you get at a department store and score a “X” mark slightly bigger than the base of the cone. Turn the box upside down. Press the ice cream cones through the scored marks and they stay in place. Hope this helps.