How to Make a Cupcake Bouquet

It’s Mothering Sunday March 30th, 2014. It’s a wonderful celebration to honour mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds. If you can’t decide whether to get your Mother flowers or cake this Mothering Sunday, why not choose both, and follow this step by step guide to make a gorgeous Cupcake Bouquet?!

We recommend you decide on the size of the flower pot you use first, as this will determine the size of styrofoam ball you will need, and the amount of cupcakes required to cover the domed area. You can estimate this by placing empty cupcake cases over the domed area to determine the amount of cupcakes required.

You will need: cupcakes and buttercream (flavour to suit), a disposable piping bag or a reusable piping bag, Wilton 1M tip (nozzle), green tissue paper, (or smaller sugar craft edible flowers) clear tape, flower pot, styrofoam ball, and cocktail sticks.

Bake cupcakes and make buttercream frosting. Fit a piping bag with a 1M tip (nozzle) and fill the piping bag ensuring there are no air pockets. Twist tightly at the top. To pipe a rose, hold the piping bag perpendicular to the surface and start in the centre of the cupcake. Gently squeeze the bag with a firm and steady pressure, and pipe buttercream around in a spiral until you reach the outer edge, then let go.

Place cupcakes in fridge while you prepare the styrofoam so the buttercream becomes firm.

Place styrofoam ball into flower pot. It should be a snug fit. Place two cocktail sticks in each area where you want a cupcake. Note: around the sides, insert toothpicks at 45° angle, otherwise cupcakes will fall off after a while.

Slide a cupcake onto each pair of cocktail sticks, adjusting cocktail sticks as needed to place cupcakes close together. Cover as much of the styrofoam as possible, ensuring minimal gaps.

Cut green tissue paper into small strips.Place a piece of clear tape at the pinched part of the tissue paper and stick it to the exposed styrofoam in between the cupcakes. Make more tissue paper “leaves” until you cover all the uncovered areas.

If preferred you can make smaller sugar craft leaves and flowers and secure in place to disguise the gaps with royal icing or remaining buttercream.

To learn more tricks of the trade visit www.buttercreamandbows.co.uk

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