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How to Make a Beautiful Cupcake Bouquet to Brighten Any Table
The Beauty of Cupcakes
I love to decorate cakes and cookies, but one of my very favorite things to make and decorate is a cupcake bouquet. You can make them to fit any occasion- weddings, birthdays, Mother's Day, or just to say thank you to a friend. Plus, you can customize them to fit with any color palette. They make a stunning centerpiece that is beautiful to look at as well as delicious to eat.
If you practice you can recreate almost any flower in icing- roses, sunflowers, dahlias. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these creations. I'll show you how to make a cupcake bouquet that won't fall apart or sag with heavy cakes and I'll show you a couple of examples to help you get your cupcake bouquet imagination running.
How Do You Make a Cupcake Bouquet?
The first step to a good cupcake bouquet is an amazing cupcake recipe. Each bouquet holds 19 standard sized cupcakes, so most recipes will make that plus a little left over to taste-test. If you already have a favorite recipe, you are done with step one. If not, and you need a little help finding one there are many good books, blogs and websites out there that can help you out.
Cake Central has an enormous recipe index
Cup Cakes Take the Cake blog can point you in the direction of some great recipes and ideas
Cupcake Bake Shop by Chockylit has some great recipes
You can also use standbys like Allrecipes, your favorite cookbook and a cake mix if you really wanted to.
Got your recipe? Get baking! You will need at least 19 standard cupcakes. Most recipes make 24, which gives you a couple extra to practice decorating or to taste.
Making the Display
While your cupcakes are in the oven you can start to prepare the display. Most cupcake bouquets use skewers to secure the cakes in the bouquet, but that can lead to the cupcakes drooping or even completely falling off. So I use 5 oz. plastic cups. Each cup is just the right size to fit one cupcake inside. They are secure and close together so there is no chance of them dropping and there are hardly any gaps in between each cupcake.
It's an easy process that only requires 19 plastic cups and a stapler. Just staple the 19 cups together and you are done. This is also the time to add any decorations to your display. Coordinating tissue paper or ribbon to disguise the cups is a nice touch.
It's all in the Icing
While you wait for your cupcake to cool, it's time to make the icing. You are going to need a decorator's icing to pipe flowers. Sometimes you can use a stiffer cream cheese, but the all American buttercream will probably work best. I don't like to use shortening so I only use butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and some whipped cream in mine. Many of the cupcake recipe resources I mentioned will also have a good frosting recipe as well.
You will need to decide what types of flowers you want in your bouquet. Swirled roses are very simple using the 1M tip. Sunflowers are pretty and easy using the leaf tip. Flowers looks like they are hard to do, but are really very easy with a little practice.
When decorating the cupcakes for the bouquet it's best to place your cupcakes into the cups before you begin. This will drastically reduce the chance of you sticking your fingers in to a perfect icing flower while trying to place it in the bouquet. It will also allow you to frost to the very edges of the cupcakes for a more unified look and less gaps. Once all 19 cupcakes are decorated you are done! Place them in a box or cake carrier and deliver them. I guarantee everyone will love them and you will get tons of compliments and oohs and ahhs over your cupcake creation!