Everyone knows that cupcakes are really just regular cakes that haven’t grown up yet … which makes them perfect for a first birthday party. Surprise those wide eyes and gaping mouths with an amazingly decorated treat that’ll have their hands clenching, “Gimme, please!” Whether your little one is a vegan or frosting fiend, click through our album to find a recipe that’s just right.

Hot Air Balloon Cupcakes

Making edible hot air balloon cupcakes is easier than renting a canister of helium for these treats. Just remember to snap off excess dribble before constructing the cupcake. To get the instructions, head over to The Cake Illusionist (formerly known as Made With Love By Me).

Photo by The Cake Illusionist


Have any cupcake tricks, baby-friendly substitutions and more? Share them in the comments below!

— Christal Yuen