One of my recent commissions was a ‘Cupcake Bouquet’. This is a wonderful way to display cupcakes and create a stunning effect. They make lovely gifts for Easter, Mothers Day or birthdays and are very straightforward to bake and put together. This project involves a little baking and a little crafting, so here we go:-
To Make a bouquet of 12 cupcakes, you will need: –
Non Food Items:
Small container, such as a plant pot, or vase – approx 11cm diameter
A polystyrene ball, slightly larger in diameter than your container – 12cm diameter so it sits comfortably on the top.
Cocktail sticks x 24 ( 2 per cupcake to avoid them spinning around !)
Glue – optional, if you wish to secure the polystyrene ball into place on your container.
Tissue paper in green and pink.
For the Cupcakes:
Cupcake baking tin
X 12 cupcake cases
3 Eggs ( at room temperature )
175g S.R. Flour Sifted
½ tspoon of Baking Powder
For the Icing:
500g Icing Sugar
75g Softened butter
Large ‘open’ Star Nozzle
Food colouring is optional should you decide to add colour to your ‘flowers’
Making the Cupcakes
Set the oven to 175 degrees fan ( 190 degrees conventional )
Place the cupcake cases in the cupcake tin.
Place butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until soft and creamy
Slowly add the eggs
Stir in the sifted flour and baking powder, do not beat as the gluten must not be stretched.
Divide the cake mixture into the cupcake cases, the cases should be 2/3 full.
Place in the oven and bake for 15/20 mins
When golden brown and cooked remove from the oven
Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool
Once the cupcakes are cool you can decorate
Preparing the buttercream icing
Place the butter into a mixing bowl and beat until soft. Slowly add the icing sugar until you have a creamy, pale consistency.
Decorating the cupcakes:
Put your nozzle into the piping bag
Place the butter cream into the piping bag
Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake, starting from the centre and working in a circular motion towards the edge of the cupcake.
Repeat this step until all the cupcakes are iced
Assembling the Cupcakes
Sit the polystyrene ball on the container and glue into place.
Starting on the top of the polystyrene ball insert two cocktail sticks approx half way in, close to each other – these are going to hold one cupcake in place. Slide a cupcake on to the cocktail stick and gently push down into place.
Working in rows around the circumference of your polystyrene ball, starting beneath the cupcake in place at the top, repeat the above steps for each cupcake you attach.
Once your polystyrene ball is covered with all the cupcakes you can now fill in between them with green tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper into leaf shapes approx 4cm long and 2cm wide. Tuck the tissue leaves between the cupcakes to fill in the gaps and create the greenery.
If you wish you can finish your masterpiece off by adding a gift tag and/or wrapping in brightly coloured paper. These make fabulous gifts not just for Easter but also as birthday cake gifts too.
If you like this idea but do not feel ready to tackle this project yourself, order your ‘Cupcake Bouquet’ from us by contacting us via email at email@example.com our FB page Wedding Cakes In Spain or visiting our shop Boda Boutique in Velez-Malaga.