Martha Stewart has a new cookbook about cupcakes and she had a whole show on cupcakes. She had cupcake store owners on. My favorite was Sweet Revenge, her cupcakes were visually interesting and they looked delicious. She used parchment paper instead of cupcake liners. I decided to try it and I liked it. I was lame and just made regular boxed cake batter.
I do have one tip for you. I take a container of frosting (store bought) and I whipped until it is light and fluffy, it doubles in size and is half the calories.