We’re talking cupcakes today and I’m not going to lie – this might be my all-time favorite tutorial! Who wouldn’t love a DIY Cupcake Bouquet? I saw my first Cupcake Bouquet at a school bake sale several years ago, and I’ve wanted to make a Cupcake Bouquet ever since. Finally, a few weeks ago, I got together with a friend and we made our own Cupcake Bouquet. Here’s our tutorial for making a Cupcake Bouquet, and it’s easier than you think.
Isn’t it pretty? I could not have made this without my friend Dina – she’s a professional photographer and a cake decorator. I baked the cupcakes and assembled the bouquet, and Dina decorated the cupcakes and shot these beautiful photos. And trust me, the bouquet was just as pretty in person. I sent the cupcakes to school, and ten teenager girls devoured all 24 in no time at all, so I guess they tasted as good as they looked.
To make a Cupcake Bouquet, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
- Bowl, basket, or other container to fit the 6” ball (this pretty bowl is from Pioneer Woman’s collection at WalMart)
- Cupcakes baked in liners (I used 20 cupcakes)
- Tissue paper in green
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors, toothpicks, metal skewer, cake decorating bag and tip (Dina used the Wilton 1M tip)
To make a Cupcake Bouquet:
1. Bake your cupcakes in liners and let cool.
2. Position your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in your container and test the fit. It should fit snugly, so that it will not tip, roll or fall out of the container. l added a little crumpled paper in the bottom of my bowl to raise up the ball just a bit. If needed, secure the ball in the bowl with low-temp glue.
3. Add a row of cupcakes around the rim of the bowl. To add a cupcake, insert two toothpicks into the foam ball so that the picks point slightly upward. Poke two holes in the bottom of a cupcake using the metal skewer. Insert the cupcake onto the toothpicks. Repeat, adding toothpicks and cupcakes, till you have the first row all around the foam ball.
4. Add a second row of cupcakes.
5. Finish adding cupcakes to fill in the opening at the top.
6. Frost each cupcake to look like a rose. (This tutorial is easy to follow.)
7. Cut the green tissue paper into 3” – 4” squares. Carefully tuck the squares between the cupcakes, and using the metal skewer, push the tissue paper into the foam ball.
This is such a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! It would also make a beautiful centerpiece and dessert for a birthday party, wedding shower, baby shower, or really, do you need a special occasion to make a Cupcake Bouquet? I think not!
Have you ever made a Cupcake Bouquet? Are you inspired to DIY one now? After watching Dina, and this video for making cupcake roses, I am going to try making my own cupcake roses. And between you and me, I’m stirring around a few more ideas for Cupcake Bouquets . . .
Happy cupcake crafting!