Birthday cupcakes may take the shape of flowers, letters or animals, or may feature sports logos, movie themes or celestial motifs. You can decorate cupcakes individually or group them together to form a birthday cake made of cupcakes.
Create a bouquet by decorating cupcakes as the birthday celebrant's favorite flower. Arrange the bouquet on a tiered cupcake stand. Make animal-themed birthday cupcakes featuring all one type of animal, such as foxes, or a variety of related wildlife, such as jungle or marine animals, or regional creatures, such as animals of the Southwest. Frost cupcakes to resemble baby chicks and display them in clean egg cartons for a "spring chicken" birthday theme.
Spell the birthday celebrant's name and the phrase "Happy Birthday" using cupcakes with candy letters on the frosted tops. Play a spelling game by scrambling words using groups of alphabet cupcakes; let guests guess for small prizes. Use simple keyboard symbols written on white frosted cupcakes to create emoticon cupcakes. Top cupcakes with candles, toys and trinkets for cupcake favors.
Pattern movie-themed birthday cupcakes after characters and scenes. Create a celestial theme by decorating cupcakes with suns, moons, stars and planets. You can also use cupcakes to represent planets in the solar system.
Cupcake birthday cakes may represent sports logos, letters or animals. Build a rainbow by frosting cupcakes with the seven colors of the rainbow and making an arch two or three cupcakes wide.