Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Cupcake Toppers

Diabetes-friendly cupcakes are gift-worthy--even without the toppers. But you can make your food gifts extra special with these decorating ideas. Try one (or all!) for festive flair without a ton of extra calories and carbs. All of these options are under 45 calories and 6 carb grams, so they're safe bets to add to special-occasion treats.
  • Cupcake Toppers and Decorating Ideas

    A cupcake is a thoughtful and easy homemade gift perfectly portioned to serve one. Make your cupcakes even more special by customizing them with these low-calorie, low-carb decorative topper ideas. Whether you make our delicious Dark Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes or use your own favorite cupcake recipe, everyone will be delighted to receive and devour a personal sweet treat!

    Dark Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes
  • Licorice Bow

    Divide a cherry Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel licorice rope into individual strands. Tie each strand into a bow. Place one bow on top of each cupcake.

    This topper adds 11 calories and 3 g carb.

  • Crushed Peppermint Candy

    Place sugar-free candy canes or peppermint candies in a plastic bag. Tap candy gently with a mallet or heavy book to crush the pieces. Top each cupcake with 1 teaspoon of the crushed candy.

    This topper adds 20 calories and 5 g carb.

  • Mixed Nuts

    Top each cupcake with 1/4 ounce (about 2 teaspoons) unsalted chopped mixed nuts.

    This topper adds 45 calories and 2 g carb.

  • Festive Holly and Berries

    Unwrap several green lime-flavor Tootsie Fruit Rolls. Microwave candies on a plate for 5 to 10 seconds. Gently press and roll each candy into a 1-1/2-inch square. Using a sharp knife, cut each candy into a holly leaf shape, discarding any excess. Before serving, top each cupcake with one candy leaf and three cinnamon imperial candies (Red Hots) for the berries.

    This topper adds 15 calories and 3 g carb.

  • Decorative Snowflakes

    Get crafty by decorating cupcakes with holiday-theme picks made from scrapbooking papers in the shape of snowflakes, Christmas trees, ornaments, or snowmen. Print the nutrition information for one cupcake on the back side of your paper creation and glue it to a plastic toothpick. Insert one pick in each cupcake.

    This topper adds 0 calories and 0 g carb. (Free exchange!)

  • Holiday Coconut Wreath

    Place 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut in a plastic bag; add three drops of green food coloring. Seal bag and shake gently until coconut turns desired shade of green, adding more food coloring as necessary.

    Place 1 teaspoon of the colored coconut in a ring around the perimeter of each cupcake to form the wreath. Top the coconut wreath with five cinnamon imperial candies (Red Hots) for the berries.

    This topper adds 19 calories and 2 g carb.

  • Fruit Leather Bow

    Remove the wrapper and plastic from a strawberry-flavor fruit leather candy, such as a Fruit Roll-Up. Cut leather candy in half lengthwise. Use one half of the leather candy for each bow.

    Cut each half lengthwise into three strips: one 1-1/2 inches wide, one 1 inch wide, and one 1/2 inch wide. Fold the 1-inch-wide piece in half and cut notches in the ends to make the ribbon tails. Pinch the 1-1/2-inch-wide strip in the center and fan out the sides to form the top of the bow. Wrap the 1/2-inch-wide piece around the center of the 1-1/2 inch piece to create the center of the bow.

    Place the ribbon tails piece on a cupcake and top with the bow piece.

    This topper adds 25 calories and 6 g carb.

  • Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds

    Top each cupcake with 2 teaspoons of red and pink chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Arrange the seeds in the shape of a poinsettia flower for extra holiday flair.

    This topper adds 43 calories and 5 g carb.

    Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds

  • Edible Glitter Flakes

    Create a snowy effect by topping each cupcake with a pinch of metallic silver edible glitter flakes.

    This topper adds 0 calories and 0 g carb. (Free exchange!)

    Edible Glitter

  • Chocolate Curls

    Purchase a good-quality dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate bar, or a combination of bars, if desired. Let chocolate sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Unwrap one side of the bar, then run a vegetable peeler gently across the exposed edge of the chocolate bar to create small curls. Top each cupcake with 1/8 ounce (about 2 teaspoons) of chocolate curls.

    This topper adds 17 calories and 2 g carb.

  • Give It in a Cupcake Gift Box

    Your friends will be delighted to receive their very own holiday gift box with a chocolate cupcake inside. Use our instructions and templates (which include nutrition information) to make paper boxes and bows from scrapbooking papers. This project works best with two-sided printed papers.

    This decoration adds 0 calories and 0 g carb. (Free exchange!)

    FREE! Instructions and Template for Cupcake Gift Box

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