Cupcake Topper Ideas

Oh how I love cupcakes.  They are endlessly fun.  They are oh so cute.  They are tasty.  What is not to love!?  We are having a cupcake social for an activity at church this week and I’m in charge of sharing some creative ideas for decorating cupcakes, some techniques, and some of my favorite recipes.

I hope you like cupcakes as much as I do because I’m going to be sharing my favorite ideas and recipes in the coming days.  Before I get started on creating and sharing some of my creations, I thought it would be fun to share some inspiration.

Here are some of my favorite cupcake topper ideas.

Cupcake Sparkler Topper

This may be my favorite picture of a cupcake – ever!  I love the festiveness of the heart sparkler.  This would be great as a Fourth of July surprise dessert.   Image via Marlein Overakker.

Cupcake Topper Printable – Circle & Flag Combo

I recently stumbled onto Ellinee and immediately fell in love.  Such great, creative ideas.  I love the bright colors and simple design of these cupcake topper printables.  Ellinee has a lot of great free printables, so head on over and check them out.

Cupcake Wrapper Cupcake Topper

Cupcake wrappers are the thing to decorate with these days.  So, why not use a cupcake wrapper for a cupcake topper decoration?  Great idea, right?  The cupcake wrapper on top of the cupcake looks like a beautiful flower.  Image via Icing Designs.

Paper Flag Cupcake Topper

Paper flags are a popular trend in cupcake toppers.  The thing I love about the paper flag is that it is simple!  You can make (or find online) a cute printable or use your favorite scrapbook paper, cut it out, and you’re good to go.  Image via Little Paper Dog.

Paper Cupcake Topper Combos

I came across Lisa Storms blog about a year ago and became smitten with her fancy paper crafts.  Fiskars is lucky to have her on their team. I love the simple paper cupcake topper variety she shared.  My favorite is the pinwheels with the tiny button in the middle, but the log skinny flags are a close second.

Tall Cupcake Toppers

Go big or go home.  The tall bamboo sticks on these simple paper flag cupcake toppers are definitely stylish.  These cupcake toppers are meant to make a statement.  Image via Butterflyfood.

Paper Ball Cupcake Topper

The frills of these tissue paper DIY cupcake toppers are simple and elegant.  The bright yellow would make these cupcakes perfect for a summer party, but you could make them using any color to coordinate with your party. Image via 6 Bittersweets.

Ornate Paper Cupcake Toppers

These ornate cupcake toppers are delicate and perfect for an elegant party or wedding.  You could buy them from BHDLN or make some using your Silhouette machine.

Fancy Cupcake Toppers

These fancy cupcake toppers are almost too fancy for a cupcake!  The detail and embellishments are just right to make these cupcake toppers perfect for a vintage themed party or wedding.  Image via JeanKnee.

Cupcake Toppers for a Boy Party

I may have fallen in love with these cupcake toppers because they have my son’s name.  Or maybe it was the polka dots.  Or maybe it was the simple design and bright colors.  Whatever reason, these paper cupcake toppers would be stunning for a boy’s birthday party.  Image via Lilsugar.

Monogram Cupcake Toppers

You can’t go wrong with monograms.  These monogrammed cupcake toppers would be great for a wedding or anniversary celebration.  Image via Mary Had a Little Party.

Paper Pinwheels Cupcake Toppers

This tiny paper pinwheel banner is a simple way to dress-up your cupcake.  Anything tiny is sure to impress.  Image via Always with Butter.

Paper Punched Cupcake Toppers

Is there any easier way to DIY than a paper punch?  I think not.  I like these paper punched star cupcake toppers for a Fourth of July dessert.  These DIY cupcake toppers are so easy to make that your kids could help.  Image via Celebrate Creativity.

Fabric Cupcake Toppers

Another less thought of cupcake topper material is fabric.  Use scraps of old fabric that coordinate with your party theme.  This is a super simple and high impact way to dress-up your cupcakes.  Image via BooBahBlue.

Paper Puff Cupcake Toppers

These paper puff cupcake toppers on the striped pink paper straws would be darling for a baby girl baby shower.  Image via monkeymoomoo parties.

Bottle Cap Cupcake Topper

How clever is Sprinkle Bakes?  Using a bottle cap is an unexpected, unique idea for your cupcake embellishment.  Of course, my bottle cap would say Diet Coke. :)

Chocolate Cupcake Toppers

These handmade chocolate embellishments add charm to your cupcake.  You could customize your symbols and words to the time of year or event.  Image via Ready, Set, Craft!.

Origami Cupcake Toppers

Image source: via Jamie

Wow.  These paper folded t-shirts and ties for Father’s Day are clever.  I don’t know if I would have the patience to make these, but they sure are cute.

DIY Candy Cupcake Toppers

Make your own cupcake toppers using small Styrofoam balls and crepe paper.  This is a simple idea that could be used for a Candy land themed birthday party.  Image and tutorial at Cake Journal.

Felt Rose Cupcake Toppers

I’ve seen all variations of handmade flowers all over online.  I never even considered using them as a cupcake topper.  You could create paper roses, fabric roses, lace flowers, or felt flowers.  I’m thinking Mother’s Day dessert idea.  Image via The Decorated Cookie.

Do you dress-up your cupcakes with cupcake toppers?  What is your favorite way to decorate a cupcake?


  1. says

    Thanks for including us in this wonderful post Camille! I love discovering new (to us) blogs and you are definitely on our read list.

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