In my family, May is not only Mother’s Day, but also my Nana’s and my Mother’s birthdays… so there’s a lot of celebrating and gift giving to do.
First celebration is Nana’s birthday, Happy Birthday Nana! what I made for her was a mini cupcake flower bouquet, in a hand-painted pot. We all went out to dinner and brought to bouquet in with us, and people couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful it was. I know it made her feel special. but I was feelin’ a bit proud too on the inside. This project is not just a recipe, but also a craft as well, FUN!
What you’ll need:
- flower pot
- spray paint / tape
- floral foam sphere
- mini cupcake tins
- large cupcake wrappers
- construction paper for leaves
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk (room-temperature)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8oz cream cheese
- 1/2 stick butter
- 2.5 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
First, decorate your pot. If your spray painting it, you’ll want to have enough time to let it dry, and not smell like spray paint anymore.
Next you’ll start on the cupcakes.
*note: the cupcake and icing recipes are from the book A Baker’s Field Guide to Cupcakes (see amazon link) This is hands-down my favorite cupcake book I have found. Not only great recipes, but awesome decorating tips as well.
Step 1: Preheat the over to 350 degrees
Step 2. whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Step 3. With an electric mixer, beat butter until it is creamy. Add sugar gradually and beat in until light and fluffy (3 minutes) then add the vanilla and then the eggs. Scrape down sides of the bowl after each addition.
Step 4. Add the dry ingredients, slowly, beating until smooth.
Step 5. Divide batter between 18 little cupcakes. I use an ice cream scoop to get even cupcakes.
Step 6. Cool completely before icing.
For the Icing:
In a large bowl, beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla, then gradually add the sugar until desired consistency. Then ice your cupcakes. I’m not that great with icing yet, but eventually I’d love to try one of these where the cupcakes were iced like roses. This time I just used a few white sprinkles to decorate.
Putting it all together:
Now you’ve got most the pieces; the pot and floral foam ball, iced and decorated cupcakes so it’s time to put it all together.
Step 1. For each cupcake I took two of the larger, colored cupcake wrappers and folded them in 1/2, then cut a flower from them.
Step 2. With one of the toothpicks, poke it through the 2 wrappers and then stick it into the cupcake (about 1/2 the toothpick) and stick the toothpick into the floral ball to secure the cupcake on. repeat for as many cupcakes as you can fit on the display.
Step 3. Take a piece of green construction paper, and cut leaves out (fold in 1/2 and cut 2 together, attached) Then curl the tips of your leaves on a pencil and stick them into the floral ball with pins. This hides the edge where you can see the foam and makes it look a lot more like a real bouquet.
The cupcakes turned out super yummy, and I was so excited to give this to Nana for her birthday. I even took pictures of it and used it as part of the card design, so she would eat it, and not want to save it. Hope she shares! Love you Nana.