I’ve never been huge on spending a ton of time making cutesy desserts for themed parties, so I’m always looking for simple ways to dress things up. Festive, but not time-consuming is the hope. I saw a post on pumpkin spice cupcakes from i heart naptime and she had the most adorable cupcake toppers. They looked like little flags and said things like “made with love’ and “just for you.” All she had to do was wrap the flag around a stick and shove it into her cupcake and she had the cutest little treats ever. Yes, I thought. Cupcake toppers. That’s the secret.
I looked all over, but couldn’t find a cupcake topper I liked. The internet had an inexplicable dearth of flags. The i heart naptime lady had flags. I wanted flags – in fact, I was having major flag jealousy. Luckily, I’d recently learned to use Adobe Illustrator, so I popped it open, played around a bit, and came out with – you guessed it – flags! I made two designs, orange with “Trick or Treat” and black with “Happy Halloween.” It’s not like I’m proud or anything.
Now that I had my flags, I knew I needed a cupcake that would be awesome enough to match. Salted caramel seems to be the flavor of the season, and these cupcakes do that glorious sweet and saltiness justice. The other nice thing about salted caramel and dark chocolate is that it comes out practically black and orange, which makes these treats a shoo-in for the perfect Halloween dessert. The cupcake base is a doctored cake mix, and as you probably already know, I’m a big believer in doctored mixes. They bake so evenly and come out perfectly moist with an intense flavor. These dark chocolate cupcakes are no different. Between the cute cupcake toppers and the amazing flavor combo, you’ll be the hit of any party!
Once you’ve made your delicious cupcakes, you get to add the toppers! The file is below in both pdf and jpg form. I printed mine on cardstock, since I wanted them to be a somewhat sturdy. Then, I cut them out, wrapped them around toothpicks, glued them together with glue sticks, and pushed them into the tops of the cupcakes.
Warning; The buttercream can cause your toppers to get little grease stains near where they’re stuck in. The fix for this is to stick them in just before you take them to the party. It takes several hours to get the stains going, and I doubt your cupcakes will last that long!