Buttercream frosting for cupcakes is a superb idea. The creamy, butter flavor of the buttercream will combine with the rich cake to give fabulous flavor. The best part of buttercream frosting is that it can be easily prepared.
Leopard Cupcake Icing Tutorial - Basically she lays down lightest icing, adds darker color and accents with black (not all the way around the design). When the icing has just crusted, she smooths with a paper towel.
Cupcakes baked in the jar! I baked these in a jar a few years ago and sealed them shut as if I canned them. Then mailed a couple to mark in Iraq for his birthday. His roommate and his still claim it was the best cake and very moist too!
The cupcakes are a simple vanilla cupcake recipe with vanilla buttercream icing then dipped in a bowl of coconut, easy peasy. I made the little flags out of bamboo skewers and cardstock cut into little flags.