Is there anything more delightful than a bouquet of fresh flowers? Perhaps, if it were a delicious cupcake bouquet instead!
Today I am sharing with you how to make the perfect cupcake bouquet for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, or simply want to create a gorgeous treat for your family, this is the perfect way to do it. Let’s get started!
A Cupcake Bouquet
The funny thing about social media is that it knows you. What I mean is, if you start looking at something for too long in any social media app, then you will see more of it. Lots more.
I love decorated cupcakes. And I love watching a cupcake get decorated. Now, whenever I go to my feed on Instagram it is full of cupcake decorating videos. After about my thirtieth video of watching how these flowers are made with “big tips” I knew I had to give them a try.
What I was most surprised about is that these flowers really are easy to make.
Making the Cupcakes
The first step is making the cupcakes and since I didn’t have any idea how hard this new decorating method would be, I made my favorite easy gluten-free cake mix from King Arthur. Somehow I mistakenly bought the Confetti option, but a quick strainer fixed that problem very quickly.
I did find the cutest cupcake Vintage inspired floral holders. Aren’t they wonderful?
Making the Coconut Buttercream Frosting
Don’t worry the taste is so light you can barely taste it. And yet that is what actually makes this the best buttercream frosting ever!
To make these cupcakes, I baked a double batch of the cake mix and a double batch of the frosting. I also used a bit less coconut milk (4 TBL instead of 6) because I wanted a more firm frosting.
- 1 cup nonsalted butter (do not warm)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 - 6 TBL coconut milk (I like Thai Kitchen Organic)
- Cream the butter until soft in a mixer for about two minutes.
- Add the sugar, vanilla, and three TBL of coconut milk.
- Add the remaining TBL of coconut milk as needed. If you are making roses, make sure the frosting is thick so it will hold its shape. If it gets too soft, place it in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes.
- When frosting cupcakes, place in the freezer for about one hour before decorating.
As I was decorating these cupcakes, I took breaks and put the frosting in the refrigerator. I highly suggest you make the frosting fairly stiff. That will help the flowers hold their shape.
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Using the Large Frosting Flower Tips
These are the Flower Frosting Tips I used. They are about five times the normal size of a cake decorating tip but because of their shape, you don’t have to make individual petals for each flower. When you squeeze out the frosting, the entire flower comes out at once. It makes the entire process so much easier and almost fool proof.
I found a kit on Amazon that has everything I will ever need to make these super easy cupcakes.
So how do you get the multiple frosting colors in each flower?
You put multiple colors of frosting in the bag and the tips are designed to let you create an entire flower at once. For each cupcake, I made seven flowers and it took less than three minutes to make the entire thing!
I love this flower bouquet. It makes such a nice gift too.
How to Make the Flower Cupcakes
- one – Add coloring to the frosting to make the colors you want for your bouquet. I kept some white frosting too.
- two – Using a spatula, line the inside of a pastry bag with frosting. Be sure to cover the inside of the bag with a thick layer. Try to get the icing down to the tube.
- three – Fill the center of the tube with another color of frosting.
- four – Push the frosting with the knife into the bag as far as possible.
- five – Use a pastry cutter to push the frosting into the end of the bag.
- six – Frost the cupcakes lightly with frosting so the flowers will stick to the cupcakes.
- seven – Pointing at a right angle, squeeze the frosting and slowly move the tip upwards.
- eight – When you reach the desired height, stop squeezing and quickly remove the tip. If the flower doesn’t work, just scrape it off and add another one.
For each cupcake, I added seven flowers to the top. Then I took the leaf tip and added leaves. Basically, I just filled in the holes between the flowers with the leaves.
How to Make the Cupcake Bouquet
- one – Cut the cups to the height of your cupcake baking cups.
- two – Make a round base to hold the cups by tracing a round plate on a piece of strong cardboard.
- three – Arrange the cups.
- four – Cover the cardboard with paper and make a “stem”. Secure with tape.
- five – secure the bottom of the cups to the “bouquet with a hot glue gun.
- six – Wrap tissue paper around the edges, if desired, and secure with tape or hot glue. You can also wrap some brown paper around the “bouquet” if you want. I did!
- seven – Carefully insert the cupcakes into the cups. Tie the bouquet with a bow underneath.
I put together this video to show you how to decorate these cupcakes.
I think a bouquet of Mother’s Day cupcakes would make the perfect gift!
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