Cupcakes are single servings of cakes. Cupcakes can be decorated with sprinkles, sugar pearls and candies or decorated to look like flowers. When decorating cupcakes like flowers, use a stiffer frosting recipe if you plan to arrange the cupcakes to look like a flower bouquet.
To make pink and white daisies, mix up batches of white, yellow and pink frosting. With a round decorating tip, fill a pastry bag with white frosting. Start at the edge of the cupcake and draw an upside down tear drop that meets in the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the pink on another cupcake. Use a round decorating tip to apply a dot of yellow frosting in the middle of each cupcake to finish them off.
Roses can be created two ways on cupcakes. For a simple method, use a star decorating tip. Fill a pastry bag with the desired color and swirl the frosting onto the top of the cupcake working from the outer edge into the middle. A more difficult method to making rose cupcakes is to use a rose petal decorating tip. Use a flower nail to create a buttercream rose as wide as the cupcake. Use flower scissors to move the rose from the flower nail to the top of a lightly frosted cupcake.
Sunflowers are festive flowers seen in the end of summer and early fall. Decorate cupcakes with these fall-inspired flowers by using a leaf decorating tip and a grass tip. Fill the leaf tip bag with bright yellow buttercream and the grass tip bag with dark brown buttercream. Start with the leaf tip in the center of the cupcake and draw a straight leaf that comes toward the edge of the cupcake. Repeat the entire way around the cupcake. Go back and repeat the same method to make a second layer that has leaves half the size of the first layer. Use the grass tip and press a dot of brown buttercream in the center to finish.
Making cupcakes look like flowers does not have to be done with a pastry bag and decorating tip. Cupcakes can be made to look like flowers using candies. Frost several cupcakes using a knife or cake spatula with the desired color. Use several of the same colored candy wafer disks and cut each one in half. Press the disk with the cut side into the edge of the cupcake and repeat the entire way around. Fill the center of the cupcake with brown sprinkles
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