Tuesday, 13 December 2011

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet, step-by-step!

As this is a question I get asked quite a bit, I decided to photo my latest cupcake bouquet every step of the way to show exactly how it's done. It's fairly easy to do and by using different colours and decorations you can create a beautiful bouquet that not only looks lovely but tastes great too! 

You will need:

A suitable container (I like to use metal buckets that are easily available from florist suppliers, they are approx 6" across - you could also use terracotta pots or anything else of a suitable size that takes your fancy), plastic disposable cups, various coloured tissue paper, sellotape and a stapler.
Optional: cellophane, ribbon, sugarpaste, elastic band, edible glitter.

You also, of course, need a batch of cupcakes plus enough buttercream to decorate them! You will only need seven but my recipe makes twelve so plenty to nibble on later ;)
This time I used good old vanilla for both cake and buttercream but you can use any flavour combination you wish.

Method:

To start off, you need 7 plastic cups, arrange them into this shape:

Now, at this point, you can either staple them together as they are or you can do as I did and wrap some tissue paper around each cup (sellotape comes in handy here just to keep in place) before stapling for an even lovelier effect, like this:
If you'd like to use cellophane, now is the time to wrap it around your pot as it's much more fiddly to do it later on - cut a big square of cellophane, turn your pot upside down and secure with an elastic band, don't worry that it looks awful, we can pretty it up later!


Next, take a sheet of a different colour tissue paper which will complement your icing colours, cut in half and lay out flat across each other:

Lay the tissue sheets over the top of your container and gently push your cup arrangement downwards pushing the tissue paper with it.

Ok, you're ready to ice your cupcakes! For these ones, I used a Wilton 2D nozzle in a piping bag and painted a stripe of red extra colouring up the seam of the bag before filling with buttercream to get a two tone effect with the icing.

Another optional bit now! To make the cakes a little bit more special, I rolled out some red sugarpaste and used a plunger cutter to make some flowers, added one to each cake and then dusted each cupcake with some edible glitter.

To assemble your bouquet, simply pop a cupcake into each cup holder! I then tied a length of red ribbon around the pot to cover that elastic band!
And there you have it, a gorgeous bouquet of cupcakes! Perfect for a present :)






Happy Baking :)



32 comments:

  1. brill just brill going to do these for mothers day xx

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  2. Good luck, glad you liked it xx

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  3. Thanks Louise - can't wait to try - Andrea x x

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  4. I've posted this to my cupcake wall on Facebook. Hope you don't mind? They look amazing, will be having a go for Mothers Day. Thanks for sharing. x

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    1. Of course I don't mind! I'd love to see your finished creation xx

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    2. Posting this picture on my tumblr Hope you dont mind

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  5. Very cute idea !!! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  6. Beautiful!!! Going to make this for my Mom on. Mother's Day. What size cups did you use?

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  7. I just use basic small disposable party cups - they hold around 200ml xx

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  8. Fab!! Thank you for sharing it xx

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  9. OMG, that is amazing, read loads of different ways to do them but this looks so much easier. Have you done them with mini cupcakes before

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  10. Thank you! I don't think you'd be able to use this method for mini cupcakes as the plastic cups are too big but it would work using oasis or polystyrene xx

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  11. Thank you for sharing, these are beautiful! How did you wrap over the top in the last picture please?

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    1. Hi Sam, I just draped some cellophane loosely over the top and sellotaped to the sides of the box, hope that helps xx

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  12. Wow these are beautiful, they will make a good valentine gift, definately gonna try them. Thank you for sharing

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  13. going to try for mothers day but thought i would try putting real folliage round the outside and tie it so it looks like a hand tied boquet if you get what i mean lol

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  14. That sounds a lovely idea, just be careful that the foliage doesn't come into contact with the cakes xx

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  15. im going to put tissue round each cup before i put the cupcakes in so they will be nestled in tissue to make sure xx

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  16. I'm making this right now for Mother's Day tomorrow. Thx for the idea. My mom is gonna love it :)

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  17. Going to do this for a friend who is having her first baby soon. It will be a gift with a difference!! Thanks for sharing this :-)

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  18. These are fabulous! I've seen them before and never tried it, but now I do catering at college I think I've got the confidence to try it! And as its my mums birthday on Sunday I think I will, one question though. With the 2 tone effect on the icing would I need practice beforehand or does it usually work straight away? :)

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    1. Sorry, I've only just seen your question! The two tone effect is so easy, just paint some food colour paste - I use Sugarflair - along the seam of your piping bag before filling with your buttercream. It really is that simple xx

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  19. Thanks for your help! I did the cupcakes today and the 2 tone effect looked soo good on them, I will definitely be using that again :D thankyou very much for your detailed instructions on how to make the cupcake bouquet! I'm sure my mum will love it for her birthday tomorrow :) xxx

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  20. Ah lovely, hope your mum had a great birthday xx

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  21. How kind and thoughtful of you to share. I wish I'd found your blog sooner, but now that I have, I will be a regular visitor. Thanks once again xxx

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  22. This is amazing I am going to book mark and try.

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  23. Just found your site. Love it! Gonna do this for mothers day, it looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing :)

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  24. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing! Also dying to try the tip with the food colouring!

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  25. Im making 4cupcake bouquets. Over the next 2 days.i love baking . I am just never confident on making things fo other people. But I have in this last 7 months. I just hope mine will look just as stunning as yours do.

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  26. Very beautiful. I've done a few myself, they are so much fun.

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