If you're looking for unique cupcake decorating ideas, you can't go wrong with origami cupcakes. Whether you're making cupcakes for a birthday party or whipping up something for the next PTO bake sale, using your paper folding skills to jazz up your cupcakes is sure to attract attention to your sweet treats.Baking With Origami Paper
Baking with origami paper is not as difficult as you might expect. As long as you keep the temperature of your oven between 300 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit, your paper will not burn. You might want to experiment a bit with the type of origami paper you use though, since some papers are thicker than others.
In my experience, origami paper with bright patterns and a slightly shiny surface is best for baking. Unlike a store bought cupcake liner, a container folded from origami paper remains bright and colorful after the cupcakes are baked. The prettier the pattern on the paper you choose, the prettier your finished cupcakes will be.
If you don't feel comfortable using origami paper in the kitchen, however, you can fold your containers from parchment paper or use a parchment paper liner in the decorative paper container. I find parchment paper a little more difficult to work with than regular origami paper, but this may just be a personal preference on my part.Making Liners for Square Cupcakes
Why make square cupcakes? Traditionally, cupcakes are round. But, the square cupcake has been popularized by Cupcakes Squared, a trendy bakery in San Diego. An origami box is also one of the easiest containers to fold, so you don't even need to go out and purchase new baking pans to make your own square cupcakes at home.
Use the instructions in the About Origami How to Make an Easy Exploding Box Card or How to Fold an Easy Origami Box to make square cupcake liners for your origami cupcakes. The cupcake in the picture accompanying this article is made using the lid from the easy exploding box card design, which is steps 2 through 5 of the project. It was folded using origami paper measuring 8 1/4 inches x 8 1/4 inches. It's a bit larger than a regular cupcake though, so feel free to use smaller paper if you want to keep your treats at a daintier size.
Repeat until you have the desired number of boxes. Space them evenly on your cookie sheet, then fill each container about 2/3 full. Bake as directed in the recipe you are using, but be aware that you might need a few extra minutes in the oven to make sure your square cupcakes are completely done due to the fact that these are a bit larger than regular cupcakes. If you don't have a favorite cupcake recipe, About Baking has several interesting recipes for you to try. There are also a number of yummy cupcake options for vegans on the About Dairy Free Cooking site.Decorating Your Cupcakes
To decorate my cupcakes, I like to use a small origami model. The cupcake in the photo accompanying this article uses a pinwheel folded from a 3 inch x 3 inch square origami paper. The design in the middle is a decorative brad from the scrapbooking supply section of my local craft store. It's just resting on the frosting, but you could certainly attach your model to a toothpick first if needed.Share Your Tips
If you try putting your origami skills to work in the kitchen, I'd love to see what you come up with. Send your tips and pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.