I made cupcakes for my brothers a few weeks ago--back when I could still walk, stand and sit without pain (I love you, baby, but GET OFF my left side and off of that nerve). Anyway, to make the cupcakes look nice, I put a sugar coating on them.
To do this place A LOT of colored sugar (small sprinkles will work, too) in a small bowl. Frost each cupcake and immediately dip and rotate the top of each cupcake in the sugar so that it sticks to all of the frosting.
That's it folks! Unless you want to place a plastic football in the center cupcake like I did.