Personally, I think they look like cupcakes only if you tell yourself they should look like cupcakes. If you don't know what they are I think it's a little hard to tell. I'll try to do cupcakes again sometime to see if I can come up with something more realistic.
For this manicure I used China Glaze For Audrey as the base of the cupcake, Zoya Snow White for the frosting, and Zoya America for the giant red dot (it was supposed to be a cherry). For the colored dots (a.k.a. sprinkles) I used Finger Paints Art Nouv-Yellow, Zoya Robyn, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure I Pink I Can, and Zoya Mira. Finally, for the cupcake holder lines I used So Easy Stripe Rite White.
Some of my dots are smudged. They took a ridiculously long time to dry and I kept smudging them (sigh). I need to practice dotting more so that I keep down the amount of nail polish I have on my dotting tool.
I also learned that this manicure is a little too risqué for work. Evident ally engineers are supposed to be creative, but conservative. Who knew?