mini cupcake boxesWithout a doubt, the biggest trend in baked goods now is the cupcake. These tiny, and delicious, confections are taking the place that cake once held as the centerpiece of birthdays, showers, and even weddings. Whether they are served to guests individually in chic little mini cupcake boxes or arranged on the table, they are a great way to add some fun and whimsy to your next get together.

With cupcakes, there is no limit to the number of flavor combinations that you can come up with. Branch out from the traditional white and chocolate cake flavors and try red velvet, one of the most popular kinds of cupcake, or even those that combine sweet and savory, like maple bacon variations. There are so many choices to pick from that you can make your selection blend perfectly with the theme of your party. If you are having an evening, decadent occasion, opt for sinful rich chocolate that is embellished with dark chocolate flakes and gold leaf. For a daytime event, use pastel colors, like pistachio, to add some brightness and personality.

The flavors are not the only way that you can make these desserts thematically appropriate. There are also an endless number of ways that they may be decorated. Some bakeries make each individual cupcake its own work of art, creating little lions and tigers for children’s parties, or incorporating each individual cupcake in a design that will mimic a famous painting. Whatever you decide, you will find tons of inspiration both online through baking blogs and in the look books of some of the leading bakeries.

These little cakes also travel very well, making hosting an event outside your home easy. With cupcake boxes, you can transport dozens of pre decorated desserts with ease, without worrying about their designs remaining intact. Some bakeries will even make the boxes part of the display, so hosts will need to do nothing more than open the lid to show off their fabulous after dinner treat.

If you are looking for party ideas that will make your gathering stand out from all others this year, find a way to incorporate these tiny baked goods into your planning. Those who would still prefer to serve a traditional cake can even get cupcake shaped baking pans that will give them the look of this stylish treat while still serving all their guests from a single dessert. Whatever the event, you will find that they are the perfect finishing touch.