Flowers and sweets are probably the two most common and most popular gifts mothers receive on Mother’s Day, so why not combine both by making a cupcake bouquet? Don’t worry, it sounds much more difficult than it is. But at the same time, a cupcake bouquet is so impressive, it will guarantee you to stay your mum’s favourite child.
So, what do you need in order to make a cupcake bouquet? Cupcakes, of course! Bake them yourself, please, instead of buying them from the supermarket. Your mother will be proud. If you want your cupcakes to look like actual flowers, check out this tutorial on how to pipe the frosting to make it look like roses.
Besides cupcakes, you’ll need a pretty flower pot, a styrofoam ball which sits on top of it, and some toothpicks. Make sure your cupcakes are cooled down, or even better, refrigerate them for a few hours before making the bouquet – warm cake may be too soft and therefore slide off the toothpicks.
Put the styrofoam ball in the flower pot and place toothpicks all over the ball using two toothpicks per cupcake. Make sure that the toothpicks are angled slightly upright on the sides, so that the cupcakes won’t slide down. If your cupcakes are on the larger side, use three or four toothpicks per cupcake.
Then, place the cupcakes on the toothpick pairs until the styrofoam ball is mostly covered. To fill the small gaps in between cupcakes, you can either use real flowers or twigs, or you can use some green tissue paper as fake leaves. Crunch it up slightly and glue it to the exposed parts of the ball.
That’s it! Tie a nice ribbon around the pot and surprise your mum with this creative and delicious Mother’s Day gift this year.
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Whip up a batch of these super vanilla cupcakes for Mother’s Day or afternoon tea – the vanilla bean frosting is the best we’ve ever made!
100g butter, softened
185g caster sugar
2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
200g self-raising flour
100g butter, softened
450g icing sugar mixture
1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add the Queen Vanilla Bean Paste and mix well. Add eggs one at a time and beat lightly. Add sifted flour and milk in two batches, stir with a wooden or metal spoon, until just combined. Spoon into 12 muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180C.
2. To make the frosting: using an electric mixer, beat butter until very light in colour. Add the Queen Vanilla Bean Paste. Add sifted icing mixture gradually, beat after each addition. Add the milk and beat to combine. Spread over cooled cupcakes and enjoy.
Vanilla? Chocolate? What’s your favourite cupcake?