Mother’s Day is just around the corner and now that it is finally Spring, why don’t we celebrate both with these flower cupcakes? This year, you need to show up for Mother’s Day with a bouquet of these cupcakes instead of a bouquet of flowers. Wait… no, bring the bouquet of flowers too because who doesn’t love flowers? Just make sure these flower cupcakes are part of your Mother’s Day plans!
I’ve been meaning to make some sort of flower cupcakes for years but I always get side tracked or lazy since they look so intricate and difficult. (Spoiler alert: they are NOT!) This weekend I finally caved after I made some lavender honey cupcakes from a recent Better Homes and Gardens siting. The floral lavender flavor inspired me to grab my decorating bags and tips and give flower cupcakes a try. Actually, the lavender honey cupcakes are over on Delish Dish right now, so go grab the recipe there.
Back to these cupcakes though, I decided to do pink roses, yellow carnations, blue and pink hydrangea and purple chrysanthemum (wanna be) flowers, all very easy to bring to life on a cupcake. So let’s start with some helpful ways to do these, shall we?
First, start with a batch of your favorite vanilla cupcakes. I used this lavender honey cupcake recipe for these cupcakes but you can use any recipe you like. Here’s my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.
Second, and most importantly, use a well bodied and stable frosting for decorating. I used my whipped buttercream frosting and love how easy it is to color and how it holds up great to piping. Choose your frosting wisely and you will have an easy, fun time decorating these cupcakes.
Now, collect your tools. You will need decorating piping bags, gel paste food colors and decorating TIPS. Below are the decorating tips you need for each flower you see here. If you don’t have any of them, here’s a great beginner’s set that includes of the ones I used and other basic tips.
- Roses: Wilton Tip 1M (or Open Star tip) for the flat rose and Wilton Tip 104 for the open roses with petals
- Carnations: Wilton Tip 104 or 103
- Chrysanthemum (wanna be): Wilton Tip 59 but I would suggest using Wilton Tip 79 or Tip 81 since it is bigger and will be much easier to make the petals
- Hydrangea: Wilton Tip 2D (or Closed star tip)
Next, you will need to color your frosting. Decide on the colors and portion out the frosting into small mixing bowls. Use one drop of gel coloring at first and add more if needed. I stuck with pastel colors for Spring but you can use any colors here.
And finally, just have fun with the decorating! I don’t have step-by-step pictures for you here because it is really easy. If you know how to attach a decorating tip to a pastry bag, the hard work is done. Just follow the directions below on positioning the tips and go for it. I also linked to some videos for those of you who would like some visuals.
I hope this Spring you will make these cupcakes to brighten up someone’s day! Especially Mom on her special day.
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