Silly question here – can ever have too much dessert on Thanksgiving? Nope, I didn’t think so. In the spirit of more dessert is always the answer, how about adding a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet to the Thanksgiving buffet? If you’ve followed Crafts ‘n Coffee for a while, you might remember the first Cupcake Bouquet I shared, and more recently, my Halloween Cupcake Bouquet. Am I cupcake obsessed? Maybe! But I do know that you can’t go wrong adding a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet to the Thanksgiving menu – not only is it yummy, but it’s pretty enough to serve as a Thanksgiving centerpiece, too.
The tutorial for the Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet is very similar to the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet, and we simply changed the frosting colors for a fall theme. Just by changing the colors of the frosting, it’s easy to create a custom Cupcake Bouquet for your special occasion, from a bridal shower to a graduation party. Here’s how we made our Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet.
To make a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
- Bowl, basket, or other container to fit the 6” ball (I found this tin pail at the dollar store)
- Cupcakes baked in liners (the number you’ll need will depend on the container, and how you position the ball in the container. I’ve used from 16 – 20 cupcakes in making my bouquets)
- Gel food coloring
- Tissue paper in green
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors, toothpicks, metal skewer, cake decorating bag and tip (we used the Wilton 1M tip)
To make a Thanksgiving 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. 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.
Here are the other two Cupcake Bouquets Dina and I have made.
These are so fun to make – and eat! What other occasions could you celebrate with a Cupcake Bouquet? Would you serve cupcakes for Thanksgiving?
Happy cupcake crafting!