Edible centerpieces are a great way to add interest and save money; they
can also serve as favors and/or dessert. To me, a cupcake bouquet is one of the
more fun looking options.
This DIY centerpiece takes a bit more talent than the others. If you are
non-crafty (like me) it can be done, but it will likely look better if someone
more creative and experienced frosts the cupcakes or buy if you buy the cupcakes already
decorated. My daughter, Amarette did the one on the right
in the photo (as well as took the picture).
Mine is on the left.
As we did these
I picked up a couple of tips from Amarette:
Tips for the Non-Crafty Do-It-Yourselfer
1) When icing the cupcakes, be patient and go slowly so the icing is thick
enough to cover the top and look like petals. Close up it's obvious I was
impatient to get it over with and went fast.
2) When putting cupcakes on the toothpicks, make sure
to position the cupcake so about 2/3 of it is above the toothpicks. This gives them more
support. Two of my cupcakes split and fell off because because they were kind of
hanging from my toothpicks instead of being supported by them.
What you will need.
How to make the bouquet.
1) Bake the cupcakes according to directions and let them cool.
2) Put the decorating tip into the bag. If using plastic bags,
snip off the corner so the end of the decorating tip pokes through.
3) Fold back the ends of the bag to make a better opening,
then fill the bag about 1/2 or so full with
buttercream icing. Fold the ends back up.
Stephanie's technique (she has an excellent visual on how to pipe the flower
frosting), hold the bag completely upright and squeeze it like
toothpaste so the frosting comes out the tip. Begin in the middle and
slowly spiral outward until the cupcake is completely covered (see the photo for
what happens if you do it too fast, like I did).
5) Put the iced cupcakes in the refrigerator to cool, long
enough to get very firm icing.
6) Get the pot and ball ready by placing the styrofoam
into your flower pot and pushing toothpicks into it to hold your
cupcakes. Begin at the top with two or three toothpicks for each cupcake on or
near the top of the wall. Then place more--all angled upward--for
your additional side rows.
Stephanie, Amarette, and I each placed ours a bit differently. (I like
7) Get the cupcakes out of the fridge and place them on
the toothpicks. Here's where I went wrong (see the second non-crafter
tip above). I placed some of mine more like I was hanging a picture (with the
"nail" near the top). They eventually tore in half and fell off. You need to
place them so the toothpicks are further down and are supporting the
8) Fill in the spaces between cupcakes with tissue
paper (like Stephanie) or leaves (like Amarette and I
did). I had a ring of styrofoam showing at the rim of my pot, so I took the ball
out, placed leaves all around with a little tape inside, then put the ball back
on. That did the trick.
You are done!
Enjoy! ~Bobette Kyle