I love how this DIY cupcake mini-bouquet came out! The bright colors of the cupcakes, the “greenery” in between, and it’s highly portable and easily giftable – just wrap it in Saran wrap and tie it up with a bow!
These DIY cupcake mini-bouquets are perfect for Mothers’ Day, Easter, or really anytime you want to celebrate. The one I’ve got here is a spring/summer-y looking one, but with a set of red and green frosted cupcakes, you’ve got Christmas. Red, white, and blue? 4th of July. Pink and Red? Valentines.
Mini-bouquets are the perfect size for a gift as well. There are six cupcakes per bouquet, which means you can get four gifts out of one cake mix. Frosting can be as easy or as hard as you like. I’ll include tutorials for each of the piped flowers I put on mine, but if you’re less decorating inclined, check out this tutorial for how to use candy to make a six different flowers, and this one for using marshmallows (you can also use sprinkles instead of color mist – just dip the cut marshmallow sides in the sprinkles)!
Let’s get started! I’ll drop my favorite cake mix/frosting recipes down below, but feel free to use your own. Then, we’ll get into how to build the base, and finally, frosting those cupcakes, and assembling the whole thing!
Doctored Cake Mix
- 1 pkg cake mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pkg instant pudding
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- Mix together all ingredients.
- Pour into cupcake liners. Fill only to 2/3 full.
- Bake at 350 degress for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2-4 Tbsp water or milk
- Beat together butter, shortening, and vanilla until well combined.
- Add powdered sugar in 1 cup increments until mixed well.
- Add water or milk in 1 Tbsp increments, mixing until desired consistency is achieved.
Bouquet Base, Step-by-Step
- pot, tin, or other container
- styrofoam ball that fits snugly in container
- 6 plastic cups
- hot glue
- green grease-resistant cupcake liners
Start by hot glueing your styrofoam ball into your container.
Next, you’ll cut your plastic cups down so that the sides are 1″ high. You want them to be high enough to support the cupcakes, but not so high that they’ll show outside the greenery you’ll put around them.
Now, glue those cups onto the styrofoam ball. Five fit around the outside with one in the middle.
Then, take your green cupcake liners and crumple them up. Tuck them down in between the cups and glue them down. Feel free to play around with their placement. They are going to cover the cups and function as “greenery” for the bouquet.
You can also use green tissue paper here, but I found that when I did that, the paper picked up the grease from the frosting in under an hour, and the bouquet did not look very good. Grease resistant liners can hold up for days, even with the frosted cupcakes inside.
Once you’ve got that greenery glued down, your base is finished!
Frosting the Cupcakes – Hydrangea, Rose, and Camelia
- 6 cupcakes
- decorator frosting in desired colors
- piping bags
- tips (rose tip for camelia (Wilton 104), open star for rose (Wilton 1M), and star tip for hydrangea (Wilton 2D)
These are far and away the simplest flower. The tutorial below uses a two-tone method. I stuck with just yellow, but I’m sort of jealous. Aren’t hers just gorgeous?
These roses aren’t difficult, but it does take a little practice to get just the right angle. Like the video says, once you get it down, you can make a rose cupcake in 5 seconds!
And last but not least, my favorite to frost. The camelia is a little bit more difficult than the other two, but Jen Johns makes it easy in her tutorial. She uses fancy dragees in the center of hers, but I just used regular old grocery store nonpareils.
Putting it All Together!
Now that you’ve got your frosted cupcakes, all that’s left is to put them in the base. I put a small dollop of frosting inside the cup, then place the cupcake on top. When the frosting dries, it plus the cup will hold the cupcake in place.
And that’s it! Let the cupcakes crust, then wrap some Saran wrap around them, tie it off, and your bouquet is ready to gift!
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