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Floral Frosting Cupcakes

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These floral frosting cupcakes are the perfect way to welcome spring! We had a grand ol’ time experimenting with frosting tips and buttercream to turn cupcakes into flowers! Who doesn’t love cupcakes and flowers?!! These are the perfect example of a little Sugar AND Charm. You don’t have to be a professional baker or cake decorator extraordinaire to make these either, which is always a huge plus! The multi-colored hydrangeas turned out to be my favorite and they are ridiculously easy to create… like they might even make you laugh because they’re so easy. You will be so proud of yourself. Check out our short video to see how to frost the hydrangea cupcakes! We also made carnations and mums. One thing to note, you have to use a homemade buttercream frosting to make these. It’s the only one that’s thick enough to hold the floral design. SO, don’t try it with store-bought frosting! Enjoy!

Supplies

Frosting bags, food coloring (we used light orange, pink, yellow and white) and frosting tips. We used Wilton 1M for the hydrangeas, Wilton 102 for the mums and Wilton 100 ruffled tip for the carnations. Buttercream recipe below!

Hydrangeas

For the hydrangeas, put the Wilton 1M tip into a piping bag. It’s a large star tip. Then add in 3 colors of frosting on each side of the bag. We did light pink, creamy orange and white. This will give it more depth and make the flower multi-colored. Hold the tip down to the cupcake and pipe large petals all around until the top of the cupcake is covered.

Carnations

Add the buttercream frosting to the bag fitted with the Wilton 100 ruffled tip. With the tip sideways (not face down), start in the center of the cupcake and pipe around… the frosting will be sticking up like a ribbon.

Mums

Add the Wilton 102 tip to a a piping bag and then add any color frosting you want! For this, start on the outer edge and work your way in. The piping tool should be facing the cupcake and you can go up and down, while spinning the cupcake. Work your way into the center, overlapping the petals.

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Floral Frosting Cupcakes
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Measurements Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
Directions
  1. Whip the butter and shortening until they’re smooth.
  2. Add in the sugar, 2 cups at a time and continue to beat.
  3. Add in the milk in between alternating with the sugar.
  4. Beat on high until the frosting is fluffy. You want it to be thick, but not too thick where it won’t pipe smoothly.
  5. Divide the frosting up into 4 bowls to add food coloring to each of them. We used a tiny bit of gel food coloring to get the desired colors we wanted.
  6. Hydrangeas:
  7. For the hydrangeas, put the Wilton 1M tip into a piping bag. It’s a large star tip.
  8. Then add in 3 colors of frosting on each side of the bag. We did light pink, creamy orange and white. This will give it more depth and make the flower multi-colored.
  9. Hold the tip down to the cupcake and pipe large petals all around until the top of the cupcake is covered.
  10. Carnations:
  11. Add the buttercream frosting to the bag fitted with the Wilton 100 ruffled tip.
  12. With the tip sideways (not face down), start in the center of the cupcake and pipe around… the frosting will be sticking up like a ribbon.
  13. Mums:
  14. Add the Wilton 102 tip to a a piping bag and then add any color frosting you want!
  15. For this, start on the outer edge and work your way in. The piping tool should be facing the cupcake and you can go up and down, while spinning the cupcake.
  16. Work your way into the center, overlapping the petals.
 
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19 responses to Floral Frosting Cupcakes

  1. March 1, 2016

    These cupcakes couldn’t be more beautiful! I’ve always wanted to decorate them like flowers, but have been intimidated. You’ve inspired me, once again!

    1. Eden
      March 1, 2016

      Thank you Julie!!! These ones are so easy to make!! XOXO

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  3. sharon
    March 7, 2016

    the hydrangea look is the most often requested when i do wedding cupcakes. love it! so pretty with purple or green too!! these are all beautiful!

  4. March 9, 2016

    These are so so pretty!!

    1. Eden
      March 9, 2016

      Thank you so much!!!

  5. March 12, 2016

    These are the most beautiful cupcakes we’ve ever seen!

  6. March 21, 2016

    Wow Eden, you have some serious skill with a piping bag! So glad I ‘found’ your blog 😀

    Yeah, I know… You found me first 😉

    1. Eden
      March 21, 2016

      Haha!! Thanks Nila!!! You’re the sweetest 🙂 XOXO

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  8. Tina
    March 26, 2016

    Eden,
    You are right about store bought plastic tasting frosting. Yuck. Wish you had used swiss meringue buttercream. I will try it and I bet it works. Thanks for the tips, pardon the pun…

  9. April 5, 2016

    What a beauties. Looking forward trying these flowers.

  10. April 27, 2016

    This is amazing! I would love to invite you to my link party: The Beautifully Creative Inspired. The party launches every Fridays at 9AM eastern time on 3 BLOGS! It runs until Wednesday. 😀 Hope you can party with us!

  11. Andrea Zamorano
    May 6, 2016

    Hi,
    Just wondering how you made your icing colors? Love the peach color especially!

    1. Ashley L
      August 25, 2016

      Wilton has pastel coloured food colouring as well as neon colours!

  12. All of these cupcakes look amazing! I’m going to try my hand in them and see how I do! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. February 21, 2017

    Perfect! Simply wonderful your work.

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