Mother's Day is just about 3 weeks away. As a child I enjoyed creating something to give to my mom and grandmothers. To this day I still love creating a gift that I know my mom will like. If my grandmothers were still around I'd create one for them as well.
How would you like to learn how to make a Cupcake Bouquet? If you have children this would be a fun project to do with them in celebration of Mother's Day. However, if your schedule is hectic but know your children would love to create their own culinary masterpiece to give for Mother's Day, please contact me. I'd be happy to schedule a class in your home to teach them how to make this lovely bouquet. (Continue for recipe and instructions).
I made two different types of cupcake bouquets over the weekend while workmen were ripping out and replacing carpet in our basement - one with regular size cupcakes (shown above) and the other with
(my photos don't do them justice)
Note: Although beautiful as is, the mini cupcake bouquet above could be filled with additional cupcakes. However, my family snacked on more than I thought was needed. This bouquet is covered with 7 and I think 9 or 10 cupcakes would have been nice. Whether or not your bouquet is filled with cupcakes the tissue filler is perfect for small gaps. That said, if your cupcakes are too close you risk them touching and ruining the iced flower design. Keep that in mind when filling your bouquet.
These are so much fun to make. Whether you make these with your children, yourself or have me come over to teach you and/or your children - here's the recipe.
For this bouquet we are going to make a Rose Cupcake Bouquet. In my opinion it's the easiest and prettiest to master. Who doesn't like a bouquet of roses?
- Clay pot (I used 8") or glazed pot as shown above with the white polka dots (both purchased at Michael's), basket or container to place your cupcakes in.
If you purchase a clay pot you may want to add some spray paint. I used a high gloss spray in white but any color will do.
- Ribbon - if you'd like to add some additional color
- Double-sided tape for adhering the ribbon to the pot
- Tissue paper - your choice of color. I chose lime green to look more like grass or leaves or even some netting.
Why the plastic cups? Sometimes you may find it easier to staple the cups together in a circle to place inside your pot for added security. Depending on the weight and angle that your cupcakes are inserted into the pot they may seem loose. In which case, the cupcakes can be placed inside the plastic cups. If you do this, I recommend having a flat Styrofoam disc and with a toothpick poke through the center of the cups and attach to the Styrofoam. Then push your cupcake onto the toothpick that's already attached to the Styrofoam. Another alternative would be to staple the cups together in the shape that will fit into the pot.
I'm so sorry that I didn't take step-by-step photos as I did this. I hope you can understand my explanation.
- Favorite cupcake recipe or box mix
- Cupcake liners for regular or mini cupcakes
- Favorite Buttercream recipe. I recommend a slightly stiff recipe (one with solid shortening) so the flowers hold up well.
Decorating tips: For simplicity I recommend making a rose bouquet. It's the easiest to start with and looks the most beautiful, in my opinion. You will need:
Make icing adding color of your choice
Place icing in pastry bag fitted with desired size decorating tip
To make roses simply place the decorating tip on the center of your cupcake. Squeeze gently, then in a continuous counter clock wise motion start to swirl the icing moving out towards the edge of the cupcake. When completely covered you should have a rose.
Here is a pictorial demonstration from Wilton on making a rose using the Wilton 1M decorators tip. The 2D is made by Ateco.
For more cupcake bouquet inspiration check out these links: