Baking cupcakes can be a sweet and fun project for a Saturday afternoon at home, but there is always a tricky part that can make you give up in an instant if you are not quite sure of how or what you should be doing about decorating.
Turning plain cupcakes into dazzling treats can be achieved by using cupcake toppers — or creating your own — for every taste and celebratory occasion, even if this means searching for the best tutorial for DIY toppers or chosing the best store-bought options.
From Halloween-inspired fondant toppers to Valentine’s Day decorations, read on to discover 24 unique cupcake toppers that will make you excel at every party.
Flower Cupcake Toppers
Try showing your guests a platter of delicious cupcakes topped with flowers, and you will see their eyes sparkling with excitement. Using flowers as cupcake toppers is one of the easiest and yet loveliest ways to decorate these treats. Whether you create the flowers with fondant or buttercream or purchase edible flowers to make the entire cupcake a delicious surprise, flowers are versatile toppers that will not disappoint.
Rainbow Cupcake Toppers
Make a splash with these rainbow cupcake toppers with extra colorful sprinkles to make them even more entertaining and delicious! These DIY rainbow toppers are pretty easy to make, just take a couple of rainbow and cloud paper cutouts and glue them on toothpicks. This effortless idea will turn your cupcakes into dreamy delights.
Ninja Cupcake Toppers
Do your kids love ninjas? What about Lego? Well, here is your chance to make it all come together just by adding this colorful group of marzipan ninjas to your cupcakes. Show them to your kids and their friends, and you will definitely be the star of the party for having the best cupcake toppers ever!
Unicorn Cupcake Topper
As they keep their fame intact by being the cutest, most wonderful make-believe creatures of all time, unicorns are also perfect as cupcake toppers. There are many ways to create a unicorn cupcake topper, such as chocolate modeling or gum paste. Still, you can just keep it simple by using a Pirouline wafer straw, for example, to create the horn and bits of cookies to make the unicorn’s tiny ears dunked in the tasty fondant.
Cupcake Toppers for Valentine’s Day
There is nothing like baking a fresh batch of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day. The pièce de résistance? A red velvet macaron as a cupcake topper, like the one we see on the image. Using macarons as cupcake toppers is definitely more cumbersome, but in the end, it will be worth your and your partner’s while — unless you go with store-bought macarons, which then will make your Valentine’s Day a little bit easier.
Sugar Rose Cupcake Toppers
Roses, roses all the way. The general opinion on roses is well-known, and it always comes down to being one of the most loved flowers everywhere. So why not bestow our gorgeous cupcakes with delicate sugar roses? For example, these will be perfect for a spring or a tea party, as they can bring a whole new look to your table.
Candle Cupcake Toppers
Candles are part of many celebrations, that is for sure, birthdays being the main one. One of the most inexpensive and simple ways to decorate a cupcake is by using candles as toppers. Make sure you find candles in the right size and pattern to ornament your cupcakes and make them shine.
Chocolate Bow Cupcake Toppers
You cannot go wrong with giving your chocolate cupcakes the topper they deserve. These bows are perfectly made by modeling chocolate into shape, and the result is just lovely. These bows as cupcake toppers are relatively painless to make, as you can blend the chocolate with corn syrup until you get a pliable mixture and use it to mold whatever shape you want.
Happy Birthday Cupcake Toppers
Birthdays are still the most special day in a person’s life, generally speaking, and cupcakes are still one of the best options to bring to a party. This ‘Happy Birthday’ cupcake topper is simple and candid and can bring a smile to everyone’s face with just a glittery surface dipped in the yellow fondant.
Marshmallow Cupcake Toppers
In the realm of sugar goodies, marshmallows probably take the crown. Their fluffy and spongy texture is second to none as far as candy is concerned. If you take a step further and use marshmallows as cupcake toppers, then your spring party will be complete. These lovely cupcakes look dashing with their tiny, pastel-colored marshmallows with bigger ones on the side.
Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers
As it happens with every celebratory occasion, Easter is also a perfect excuse to offer your guests some delicious cupcakes you baked and decorated yourself. Playful and delightful, these cupcake toppers can brighten up any Easter table — and are easy enough to make with bunny-shaped fondant-covered cookies and a toothpick. You can use store-bought cookies or bake them at home.
Halloween Cupcake Toppers
Halloween-themed cupcakes are always a fun addition to any party, and we are never short on ideas to bring toppers to life. Whether they are spiders, ghosts, monsters of all kinds, or pumpkins, the sky is the limit when it comes to Halloween symbols people love to see on cupcakes. This jolly pumpkin is ready to make all our nightmares come true on Halloween!
Cookie Cupcake Toppers
Combining cupcakes and cookies is one of the best inventions in the universe of cupcake recipes so far. The crunchiness of the cookies makes them the perfect cupcake topper — and the fact that they are inexpensive enough to allow for virtually endless options to be turned into cupcake toppers is absolutely amazing.
Christmas Cupcake Toppers
The dreamiest, most glorious time of the year demands gorgeous cupcakes to make it justice. Make it count by creating your own Christmas tree wonderland with red and green fondant on vanilla and red velvet cupcakes, sprinkled to taste to emulate the lights. The result will look colorful and absolutely enchanting.
Mermaid Cupcake Toppers
Add a splash of nautical fun to your party with these gorgeous, mermaid-theme cupcake toppers. Whether you are able to make mermaid tails by molding fondant or prefer to go with store-bought options, your cupcakes will look dashing and unique with an underwater theme.
Wedding Cupcake Toppers
Your special day could not be complete with a handful of lovely cupcakes with a remarkable message. These are easy to prepare and will make the newlyweds’ day. Bring your crafting skills to life by designing and printing ‘Just Married’ tags, glue them to toothpicks, and add a little bow. The final result will look elegant and sophisticated, a lovely combination for any wedding.
Ballerina Cupcake Toppers
Perfect for your little one’s birthday party, these ballerina cupcake toppers are beautiful and elegant. You can get your hands on these tiny ballerina figures online easily, and then place them on top of some delicious cupcakes to get the best result, paired up with some shiny frosting.
Lemon Cupcake Toppers
Whether it is a spring-themed party or a tea party for your friends, these lemon cupcakes with lemon cupcake toppers will make a splash among lemonade lovers. Light-hearted and blissful, these lemon-shaped toppers are pretty easy to make with printable lemon flags glued to toothpicks.
Mother’s Day Cupcake Toppers
We think we can all agree that Mother’s Day is every single day, but let’s make the official Mother’s Day more special by baking delicious cupcakes for the most important woman in our lives. Make it even more special with a heart-shaped cupcake topper and a special message that says it all.
Alice In Wonderland Cupcake Toppers
Bring out the fairy-tale lover inside you with these Alice In Wonderland cupcakes. Perfect for themed parties or even special birthday parties, these cupcakes look amazing, all thanks to the infamous playing cards that belong to the Queen of Hearts entourage. These cupcake toppers are easily designed, printed, and stuck to cupcakes with toothpicks.
Fourth of July Cupcake Toppers
In between Fourth of July fireworks and barbecues, there is space for some delicious cupcakes. Get the party started and make a splash with themed cupcakes and some edible cupcake toppers. These toppers are easily found online or ordered custom-made in your local bakery and can really make a difference in your party.
Popcorn Cupcake Toppers
One of the most accessible yet most delicious cupcake toppers you can get your hands on is popcorn. Turn every single cupcake into a piece of tasty art with just a few popcorn kernels that you can easily make at home. Add a bit of caramel, sprinkles, honey, or cinnamon, and your cupcake will be complete.
Cinco de Mayo Cupcake Toppers
Take your Cinco de Mayo festivities to a new level with themed cupcakes. The cupcake topper you see on the image represents a specific symbol of Mexican culture, making it a terrific choice to decorate your cupcakes. Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebration, so cupcakes are always a good idea.
The options for cupcake toppers are endless, and it is definitely a daunting task to select or make the best ones for our beautiful platter of cupcakes. Whether you choose to have edible, themed, homemade, or store-bought cupcake toppers, your parties and celebrations will be complete and more colorful.