Decorating desserts: Pineapple flowers, sugar art, fruit and more

I recently made a batch of cupcakes for a 30th birthday party and adorned the Pineapple and Coconut Cupcakes with pineapple flowers, an idea I saw Martha Stewart once do. I received several questions on how to make these so I thought I would share the technique, as well as some other easy ideas for decorating desserts.

Pineapple Flowers:

1. Pre-heat oven to 110°C and line 3 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. Thinly slice a pineapple (or split pineapple rings in 3 horizontally) and arrange rings on the baking trays.
3. Bake for 30 mins, then turn and cook for another 30 mins.
4. Transfer rings to a muffin tin to cool so they curl upwards and form the shape of a flower.

And now for some other decorating techniques:

Sugar Art

A lot of great sugar decorating options are now becoming available in supermarkets and specialty stores. My absolute favourites are the sugar buttons from Donna Hay. Cheaper options from the supermarket include silver cachous, little pink flowers and they often have seasonal decorations like these cute Christmas-themed ones I found.

♥ Fruit

Fruit is a simple, colourful and healthy way to decorate your desserts. Berries are always an easy and delicious way to jazz up a dessert. Or try contrasting colours and textures such as kiwi and passionfruit. Get a little creative and top chili-chocolate cupcakes with a chili ganache and small chili, or turn strawberries into Santa hats for a Christmas treat!

Toppers, nuts and more

Purchase some cupcake toppers from a homewares store (or make your own… more on that in another post!), or get creative and make a birds nest out of chocolate and crunchy noodles and top with an Easter egg for an Easter-themed cupcake. Otherwise, nuts make a delicious and crunchy decoration, either spread across the sides of a cake or on top.

I have been collecting numerous decorating inspiration on my Pinterest Board. Some new tricks I am dying to try out:

♥ Bunting

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♥ Cookie Stamping

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♥ Pinwheels!

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I hope this has given you some more ideas for decorating your own desserts!

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  • Reply Christine @ Cooking Crusade May 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Great post Swah! You are the cupcake queen :) Thanks for sharing your technique with the pineapple too btw. I was really wondering how you got them that shape!

    • Reply Swah May 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Christine! The pineapple flowers are super easy, give them a try :)

  • Reply Brooke Schweers May 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wow your pineapple toppers looks great! And thank you for the other great ideas on how to decorate :)

    • Reply Swah May 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you so much Brooke! Enjoy :)

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    What darling cupcakes Swah!! :D And I think the liners match the flavour and topping perfectly :D

    • Reply Swah May 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Lorraine! I think I am getting addicted to buying liners in every design and colour ;)

  • Reply ChopinandMysaucepan May 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Dear Swah,

    I think your cupcakes would put many in Sydney’s delis to shame. Love the look of that strawberry topping.

    • Reply Swah May 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Thank you! I’d like to think so too ;)

  • Reply vegeTARAian May 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Oh those pineapple and coconut cupcakes sound AND look divine! Such a clever fox you are

    • Reply Swah June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Why thank you Tara darling! I think this recipe is becoming one of my favourite cupcakes :)

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