The cupcake bouquet or centerpiece can be as humble as plain frosted cupcakes on a styrofoam form to elaborate displays in a myriad of colors.
Once you get the hang of it, these beautiful cupcake presentatios are easy to put together. You'll see from the examples below that cupcake bouquets have come a long way. Every bit as beautiful as actual floral displays, your cupcake centerpieces have one thing it's flower counterparts don't have...they're completely edible! If you've wondered how to make something like this, let the ideas below help you create your very own beautiful bouquets or centerpieces.
Bouquet and Centerpiece Tutorials
The simple nature of this two color rose bouquet makes this idea a show stopper.
Your favorite butter cream frosting recipe (add a bit more powder sugar to give it a stiff consistency)
Rose Decorating Supplies:
Red liquid coloring (we used basic food colors from the grocery store)
Wilton 1M Star Tip
Royal icing leaves
Pot Decorating Supplies:
6" Terra Cotta Pot
6" styrofoam ball
White Acrylic Paint
1" Foam Brush
1-1/2" wide wire-edged ribbon (color of your choice)
White and Pink Tissue Paper
Preparing the Pot:
Step 1: With the foam brush, paint terra cotta pot using acrylic paint. Let dry completely, preferably over night.
Step 2: Wrap ribbon around the top of the terra cotta pot and tie a pretty bow.
Step 3: Press the styrofoam ball firmly into the terra cotta pot.
Icing the Cupcakes:
Step 1: Divide the buttercream in half. Add a drop of red food color to tint one part pink and leave the other white.
Step 2: Fill the icing bag with white butter cream and fit the opening with the Wilton 1M Star tip.
Step 3: Starting from the top of the cupcake, use a circular motion and squeeze the icing out to cover the cupcake turning the cupcake until you come to the outside edge.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 - 3 with the pink frosting.
Assembling the Bouquet:
Step 1: Push bamboo skewers into styrofoam starting at the edge where the styrofoam meets the pot. Use two skewers cupcake. Start your first row that follows the edge of the terra cotta pot. You will need 10 cupcakes.
Step 2: Start on your next course of cupcakes above the first row inserting the bamboo skewers and attaching the cupcakes. You will need eight cupcakes for this row.
Step 3: Finish off the top inserting the last three cupcakes.
Step 4: Cut pink and white tissue paper squares about 4"x4" wide. Layer and white and pink tissue together and insert them using the tip of the bamboo skewer in between the cupcakes to cover any large gaps.
Step 5: Randomly add the pre-made leaves. Distribute evenly.
Colorful Cupcake Bouquet
Difficulty Level: Experienced
Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:
6 chocolate cupcakes
2 cups of your favorite butter cream frosting recipe
Cupcake Bouquet Flower Icing Supplies/Tools:
Yellow, Purple and Blue Paste Food Coloring (we used Wilton’s paste food coloring in Lemon Yellow, Violet, and Royal Blue)
Wilton # 1M Star Tip
Magic Tip #125 Petal Tip
Cupcake Bouquet Supplies/Tools:
5” Syrofoam Ball
Colorful 5” Flower Pot
2 sheets of Green Tissue Paper
Brown Cupcake Liners
Preparing the Icing:
Step 1: Divide the butter cream icing into two bowls.
Step 2: Tint one bowl a light yellow. Tint the other bowl periwinkle. (To create the periwinkle color, tint the frosting a light blue using the blue paste food coloring. Add a purple paste food color until a medium shade of periwinkle is achieved.
Icing the Button-Style Cupcakes:
Step 1: Fit the opening of the icing bag with the #1M Star Tip. Fill the icing bag with periwinkle butter cream.
Step 2: Starting from the outside edge of the cupcake, pipe a row of stars all around the edge. When complete, pipe a second row of stars and finish with a single star in the center.
Icing the Begonia-Style Cupcakes:
Step 1: Fit the opening of the icing bag with the #125 Petal Tip. Fill the icing bag with light yellow butter cream.
Step 2: Lay the icing tip flat against the surface of the cupcake with the thin end pointing to the outer edge of the cupcake and the fat end pointing to the center.
Step 3: Apply even pressure to the bag and bring the bag up and down to create a rounded petal.Continue piping petals until you have one row of icing petals along the outside edge of the cupcake. Repeat this step with a second row of petals.
Step 4: To finish the flower, hold the tip perpendicular to the surface with the fat end slightly above the cupcake surface.
Step 5: Pipe a standing petal in the center of the cupcake by piping out icing and bringing the tip forward and backward as you squeeze the icing out. Ice three more cupcakes in this manner.
Directions for Preparing the Bouquet Base:
Step 1: Cover Styrofoam ball with a sheet of green tissue. Fit the ball into the flower pot.
Step 2: Place two bamboo skewers into the top of the ball. Carefully push a decorated cupcake into the skewers.
Step 3: Insert five more skewers into the ball about 3” or so down from the top of the Styrofoam ball. Space them apart evenly. Insert a second skewer next to each single skewer so that each cupcake has two skewers to support it.
Step 4: Place the remaining cupcakes onto the skewers alternating begonias with button style cupcakes.
Step 5: Cut the remaining sheet of green tissue into squares about 2”x2”. Using a small knife, push the issue paper into the Styrofoam ball to fill in any gaps between the cupcakes.
Valentine Cupcake Bouquet Idea
Difficulty Level: Experienced
This cupcake bouquet idea mixes cupcakes with silk flowers for a beautiful display! This example uses pink, but feel free to use any color you like.
Bakery/Cake Goods Needed:
6 - 8 cupcakes lightly frosted pink
6 - 8 mini cupcakes lightly frosted pink
Floral Basket Supplies:
1 square basket approximately 5" on each side
5" square of floral foam (if you can't find the exact size, just buy a larger block and cut it to fit)
*Weights to weigh down the basket (you can use rocks, marbles or even uncooked beans)
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
Long sturdy craft sticks or bamboo skewers
Assembling the Cupcake Bouquet:
Step 1: Put weight material in the bottom of your basket. Cover that with your foam square and glue it into place with your glue gun.
Step 2: Push the skewers or craft sticks into the foam starting at the bottom. (If you are using thinner skewers, you will want to use more than one to add stability.) Push them into the foam at a angle.
Step 3: Randomly add your cupcakes to the skewers using the larger cupcakes toward the bottom and smaller ones toward the top.
Step 4: Fill in the rest of the gaps with silk flowers.
*Note: The weight in the basket keeps the arrangement from tippng over as the cupcakes are removed.
Cupcake Bouquet Tip: Start your bouquet project with cupcakes that are frozen. They will be easier to handle and will fasten to the dowels much easier. Just make sure each cupcake has enough toothpicks to support it.