Cupcake bouquets! Because real flowers will die.
Happy Spring! We asked on Instagram if there was an interest in seeing a post on how to make cupcake bouquets. The response was an overwhelming “yes.” So, here we are! We are going to teach you how to make these pretty bouquets. They look hard but they are actually quite simple. After all, Mother’s Day is fast approaching…and these would make the perfect gift. They also make really cute centerpieces for a table. So, keep these in mind the next time you are having a party!
(Also, we would like to apologize in advance for the low quality photos. Sometimes both your electronics and the sun betray you on the same day at the same time. Please forgive!)
You only need a few things in order to make these happen. First, you will need a couple pots. You can find these in any garden section of your local grocery store. You can really use any size you want. We went for a large one (6 in. diameter), and a small one (4.5 inches). Then, you will need Styrofoam balls that will fit inside each pot. The Styrofoam balls should be the same diameter as the pots you use. Bring the pots into the craft store if you have to! It is important that the balls fit snuggly in the pot. Is snuggly a word? Do you know what I mean anyway? You will also need green tissue paper, toothpicks, and of course, cupcakes. You can really use any color tissue paper you want, but we went for green so that it looked like leaves. You can use either regular sized cupcakes or mini cupcakes for these it just depends how many cupcakes you want. It is also important to note that you can use whatever flavor cupcake you want! You could even use boxed cake mix. There are no rules here!
First thing you need to do is take a sheet of green tissue paper and cover each Styrofoam ball. Just cover each ball and then twist the excess paper on the bottom of the ball and shove it down into the pot. No need to cut it or secure it.
Once you have all of your cupcakes made, you can start assembling. First, you will take a toothpick and stick it into the top of the Styrofoam.
Then, you are going to take one of your cupcakes and stick it onto the toothpick. Place another toothpick to each side of the first cupcake.
You are then going to place two more cupcakes onto those toothpicks.
You will complete this process until your Styrofoam ball is completely covered in cupcakes.
We used regular sized cupcakes for the large pot, and it can hold 15-18 cupcakes. For the 4 inch pot, we used minis and it held roughly 22, depending on how you space them out.
PAY ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT PART
The cupcakes on the top of the ball will stay secure with only one toothpick. HOWEVER, once you get to the sides and the cupcakes are completely sideways, you will want to secure the cupcakes with two toothpicks instead of just one. So place two toothpicks into the ball slightly apart from each other and then place the cupcake on. This will help the cupcake from sliding off. ALSO, the cupcakes along the very bottom of the ball are very fussy. They will honestly, just fall off. Stubborn little suckers, they don’t want to obey. So, in order to keep them up where they belong, we secure them with the two toothpicks, like mentioned above, and then we place another toothpick directly under the cupcake. So the cupcake is resting on the toothpick. This is enormously helpful. It gives the cupcake something to sit on so it doesn’t fall right off. Don’t worry, you can’t see this toothpick.
Now you will notice that in this tutorial, our cupcakes were already frosted before we started assembling. However, ideally, you will want to wait until after assembled to frost. We did it the opposite way in this post, simply because we messed up. (April the giraffe was finally giving birth. Of all days April! Needless to say, we were a little distracted) But frosting them after is much easier. You are going to have to push on the cupcakes to get them on to the toothpicks, so if they are already frosted, you are going to risk messing them up.
The photo above shows the piping tips we used to achieve the flower look on top of the cupcakes. Any type of star tip will work.
Just start with your piping tip at the center of the cupcake and start piping in a circular motion outward. This will give you the flower look.
You are almost done! You will notice that there are a bunch of holes in your pot. Rude, intrusive spaces in between the cupcakes. In order to fill those and make everything look a bit nicer you will want to go back and get some more green tissue paper. Just rip off some pieces, and then bunch them up. Like shown above. Kind of fold them over and then twist the bottoms together.
Next, you’re going to want to take a toothpick and push it through the bottom, bunched up part of the tissue paper.
From there you just take the toothpick and stick it in one of the empty holes. You can play with the tissue paper once it is secured to open it up and make it look better.
Ta-Da. You are done!
These are so cute, easy, and always receive compliments. If you really want to fancy them up you can tie a ribbon around the pot or even paint the pots!
One word of caution. These are very difficult to transport. If you plan on making these for a party we highly suggest making the cupcakes and assembling that pots once you arrive at your destination. This is the best way to ensure that they do not get destroyed in transport. We learned from experience. Imagine, driving to a bridal party with 5 cupcake bouquets in your trunk. You drive 5 mph the whole way. You arrive, open the trunk, only to find 5 cupcake bouquets that tipped over and rolled around in the trunk the whole damn way. Yeah. It was terrible. Luckily we had a lot of leftover cupcakes so we were able to fix them. It was a traumatizing experience. Maybe you all are super creative and can come up with a better way to transport them. If so, please let us know!
Below are the links for the star tips we used to frost the cupcakes!
If you make these we would love you see them! Tag us in your photo on Instagram! @cupcakechronicles