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.

Caramel Apple Minicakes

Remember the first spoonful of applesauce your cupcake had for their first food? Well then an applesauce mini cupcake with caramel buttercream frosting is most definitely fitting for their first birthday. Use fondant to make stems and leaves for the topping. Head over to A Cup of Sugar … A Pinch of Salt for the sweet recipe.

Photo by Kat Suletzki


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— Christal Yuen