I came up with these cupcakes for my best friend’s baby shower. They turned out so beautiful and were a hit at the party.
To make your own floral cupcakes you will need lots of icing sugar, eggs and butter! That is 6 cups of icing sugar, 7 eggs and 1.75 cups of butter to be exact.
Flowers (Royal Icing):
– Pipping Tool with leaf and open star tips*
– 3 cups Confectioner's (Icing) Sugar
– 2 Large Egg Whites
– 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
– Red & Green food colouring
* I used the Wilton
Note: This recipe will make lots of royal icing, but extra flowers can be stored in an air tight container for another baking project.
To make the royal icing, you will need an electric mixer (Unfortunately, I have yet to realize my dream of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer so I used a simple hand held mixer). First off place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and add the lemon juice while beating the egg whites on the medium-low setting. Once the egg white/lemon juice mixer starts to form soft peaks you can begin to add the icing sugar. Change the mixer to a lower speed and continue to beat until the sugar has been completely incorporated.
Divide the mixture into two bowls to begin colouring the icing. You will probably want to reserve more icing for the main flower color and then dye the smaller batch green for the petals. The amount of food colouring you use will depend on your desired shade for the flowers! I like to add a couple of drops at a time until I achieve the shade I want.
The next step will be to make the flower shape! To prepare your working space, line a baking sheet with waxed paper so that you can easily remove the dried flowers. Begin with the main flower (use the star tip), starting from the center make a swirl shape in the form of a rose. Once you reach your desired size, close off the swirl by relieving pressure on your tool and gently pressing the end of the icing into a circular shape.
To make the petals, clean out your pipping tool and apply the petal tip. Ensuring the tip is perpendicular to your working surface begin to pipe the icing in a line to form the pedal shape and relieve pressure once you reach the desired length. To add a bit more glitter, I used green coloured sugar to give my pedals an extra umph!
3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 large eggs (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (room temperature)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line approximately 2 muffin tins with large cupcake liners. (I like to fill my cups above the 3/4 line so I only made 18 cupcakes, but using normal tins and amounts this should yield 24 cupcakes) Also, make sure your oven rack is in the middle position 😉
Using the electric mixer (or by hand), combine the butter, sugar and vanilla. Once smooth begin to add the eggs, one at a time, and mixing after each addition. In a separate bowl combine the salt, baking powder and flour. The next step will be to alternate between adding the flour and the milk, into the sugar, butter, and egg mixture. Continue to mix until no lumps remain in the batter.
Fill your cupcake tins with the prepared batter and bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. The finished cupcakes will rise quite significantly and will be a lovely golden colour!
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups of confectioner’s (icing) sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Using your electric mixer combine butter and vanilla, then begin to gradually incorporate the icing sugar until you reach your desired texture. For my cupcakes I chose to not dye the main cupcake icing but if you wish you can add any food colouring at this point in the buttercream recipe.
To achieve the “perfect swirl” icing look, I used the largest open star tip on my icing tool. Once the cupcakes cooled (about 1 hour) I began to pipe the buttercream icing onto the cupcakes starting from the outside edge, and in a swirling motion reached a peak at the center of the cupcake.
[This step took me a bit of practice, and note that this technique can often use a lot of icing so prepare to make a bit extra if needed]
To decorate the cupcakes I added the flowers and pedals to the tops of the cupcakes then carefully added silver balls along the swirls of the buttercream.
Hope you have fun making these cupcakes. Once you start decorating the possibilities are endless 🙂