5 Fancy Birthday Cupcakes

We all want to make our loved ones feel special on their birthday. So here's 5 cupcakes that you can make for them that they are bound to enjoy and remember.

Spiced saffron scented cupcake

Crush three to four pods of cardamom with the help of a rolling pin or in a pestle and mortar. Add the seeds only to your vanilla cupcake batter. Bake the cupcakes and let them cool for a while. Take a good pinch of saffron and dissolve it in about two or three tablespoons of milk. Whip up some cream lightly and add the saffron mixture and fold through gently. Lushly ice your cupcakes with the cream. The best part is that you can pack these up in birthday gift basket for a treat the recipient will thoroughly enjoy.

Golden cupcakes

We all have this one friend who loves her bijoux. This one is a bit over the top but totally worth it for the reaction it will garner. Just make a regular batch of chocolate cupcakes and use a double chocolate ganache for the icing. Turn up the lushness quotient by filling these cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream filling. As a final crowning glory sprinkle the cupcakes with edible gold dust or better yet use gold leaf to cover the ganache icing. A bejeweled birthday cupcake that your friend will never forget!

Edible flowers

Instead of a bouquet of flowers for a gift, why not gift flowers that your loved ones can eat? There are various kinds of flowers that are edible. Some are used specifically for savory dishes while others are cultivated for desserts. They look really dainty and are a healthy replacement for sugar flowers. Plus they add that extra bit of exoticism and can be placed upon flavored birthday cupcakes.

Caramelized cupcakes

A creme brulee tastes so incomplete and meh without the slightly burnt crust. The caramelization can be duplicated on birthday cupcakes as well. We have all seen enough episodes of Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen to familiarize ourselves with a blowtorch. Many of us have been adventurous enough to get one for ourselves as well. So go ahead and take it out to use on cupcakes as well.

Strawberry flambe cupcakes

Instead of blowing out candles on your birthday cupcakes, make a wish by blowing out flambe cupcakes. You can do many variations of this, but you will need a good bottle of alcohol though. Anything that is above 80 proof is perfect for this. Either make red velvet cupcakes with a cream cheese filling and icing sugar topping, or a simple chocolate cupcake with icing to match. Gently scoop out strawberries to create a cavity. Place the strawberry on your cupcake and add a teaspoon of the alcohol. Light it up just as you are about to wish the birthday boy or girl. It will make for an amazing Instagram thread!