VIDEO: How to Make a Cupcake Bouquet

How to make a cupcake bouquet with decorated rose cupcakes and hydrangea cupcakes! Video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I have THREE video tutorials all about cupcake decorating today!!

Spring means Mother’s Day, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, and brunches. When working on my April editorial calendar, I wanted to publish a dessert fit for all of these April and May occasions. Additionally, one of my goals this month is practicing a new cupcake decorating technique. The pieces all fell into place and before I knew it, a cupcake bouquet had bloomed. 🙂

Today I’m teaching you how to arrange a beautiful cupcake bouquet complete with buttercream stems and a charming buttercream bow. A little nervous about all this piping? I have you covered. Crafting these buttercream flowers is a lot simpler than it looks. It just takes a little practice, some visual guidance, and a sturdy frosting.

Completely new to piping tips? Here is my basic guide to piping tips with a video.

How to make a cupcake bouquet with decorated rose cupcakes and hydrangea cupcakes! Video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The main focus today = buttercream hydrangeas and buttercream roses.

TOOLS YOU NEED

I only used 3 piping tips: flowers + bow, leaves, and stems. Using the same piping tip for the roses and hydrangeas makes things convenient. You could even get away with only 2 piping tips if you use the leaf tip for the stems! If you don’t have this 22 piece piping tip set and are interested in cupcake/cake decorating, pick it up. I LOVE IT. All of the piping tips you need for this cupcake bouquet are included. (You’ll get the 2D instead of the 1M, but both can produce a rose and hydrangea!)

Piping tips for a cupcake bouquet on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Aren’t the colors beautiful? The muted pink, violet, and mint green are all calming and soft shades for springtime. “Dusty rose” and “mint green” are sold in a 12-pack with other pastel colors and “violet” is sold in another 12-pack with more basic colors. Get creative with which colors you use! I will say that I prefer using gel food coloring instead of liquid food coloring in frosting. Liquid coloring isn’t as concentrated, so you usually need more– and more liquid could alter the texture of your frosting.

Americolor gel food coloring

How to make a cupcake bouquet with decorated rose cupcakes and hydrangea cupcakes! Video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

CUPCAKES

First, bake some cupcakes. Any flavor! I stuck with basic vanilla cupcakes. One batch of my homemade vanilla cupcakes recipe yields 12 standard, plus 12 mini cupcakes. I loved the variation of cupcake sizes for the cupcake bouquet presentation, but you can keep them all the same size if you prefer. Other flavor suggestions:

Browse my homemade cupcakes and find your flavor.

Homemade vanilla cupcakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

FROSTING

We’ll use vanilla buttercream, of course. You want a very sturdy frosting that will hold the detailed flower designs. I strongly recommend the vanilla buttercream recipe below. I love it because while sturdy and strong, this vanilla buttercream is also creamy and fluffy. Functional AND tasty, I love it!

Vanilla buttercream recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

PIPING HYDRANGEA FLOWERS

The piped hydrangea technique is very popular right now and great news: it’s a wonderful technique for beginners. I was pleasantly surprised (1) how quick it is and (2) how easy it is. To produce a gorgeous and real-ish looking hydrangea flower, use 2 or 3 colors of frosting. More than 3 colors could look overwhelming and maybe a little messy, too. I used 3 colors. I tinted the frosting pink, purple, and kept some white. There are many ways you can fill the piping bag to pipe hydrangea flowers, but I prefer to keep it REALLY simple. Drop spoonfuls of colored frosting into your piping bag, alternating colors. 1 spoonful of pink, 1 spoonful of purple, 1 spoonful of white, repeat. You can watch me do this in the video below. Nothing complicated! Your piping bag will be marbled with different colors.

Tinted vanilla buttercream for hydrangea cupcakes on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The first hydrangea you pipe may have only 1 color of frosting, so you can always pipe a little frosting onto a plate until you begin to see all the colors coming out. Grab your cupcake and place the piping tip on top of the edge. Using steady and medium pressure, begin piping stars all around the edges, then fill in the center. It’s easier to watch than to read!

Video tutorial for piping hydrangea flowers:

Impressive looking, but easier than you ever imagined. What I love most is that every hydrangea cupcake is unique. Some have more pink, others have more purple, some have white and pink, etc. Makes each one special.

How to make hydrangea cupcakes with a video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

PIPING ROSES

I taught you how to pipe roses last year, remember? We made two-toned roses. You can just use the same piping bag you use for your hydrangeas since it’s the same exact piping tip. I piped solid color roses with leftover pink and white frosting. Place the piping tip directly on top of the center of the cupcake. Using steady and medium pressure, pipe a tight spiral around the cupcake. Lessen some pressure as you come to the end. If the end looks a little messy, add some leaves using 352 leaf piping tip.

Video tutorial for piping roses:

Roses are really fun and your cupcakes have never looked more lovely!

How to pipe roses with a video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Piped flowers with a video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

ARRANGING A CUPCAKE BOUQUET

Now that you have your hydrangea cupcakes and rose cupcakes, begin assembling your cupcake bouquet. There are many ways to present a cupcake bouquet. You can get REALLY crafty and assemble a pot with Styrofoam, but I just used a tray. Any large serving platter is great! Use your leaf tip to fill in any gaps. Adding green sprinkles on the stems, as well as a bow, was a last minute decision because my stems looked a little bare. White sugar pearls are a nice finishing touch. I left them out in the video, but you can see them in photos.

Video tutorial for arranging a cupcake bouquet:

Do you want your cupcake bouquet to have only roses, only hydrangeas, or both? Maybe some sunflowers too? Get crazy, have fun! By the way, you use the same leaf tip for the sunflower petals.

How to make a cupcake bouquet with decorated rose cupcakes and hydrangea cupcakes! Video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make a cupcake bouquet with decorated rose cupcakes and hydrangea cupcakes! Video tutorial on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Cupcake bouquets are so simple and look way more intimidating than they really are. They’re a wonderful addition to any bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day, brunch, wedding, or any event this season!! Assuming everyone loves flowers… and cupcakes… and a lot of buttercream. 😉

Cupcake Bouquet

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks; 345g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 cups (720g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) heavy cream (milk works too but the frosting won't be as creamy)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste
  • food coloring (I prefer gel coloring)*
  • 1 batch baked & cooled cupcakes (vanillalemonchocolate, etc)*
  • optional for garnish: green sprinkles, white sugar pearls

Directions:

  1. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until it begins to come together, then increase to high speed and beat for 3 full minutes. Add another Tablespoon of cream if frosting is too thick. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet. (I add 1/8 tsp salt.)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup of frosting into a separate bowl. Stir in a drop of green food coloring. Add to a piping bag fitted with the 352 leaf piping tip (see note). This will be for the stems and leaves. Set aside.
  3. Divide remaining frosting up evenly depending how many colors you are using. Tint frosting your desired colors.
  4. Fit a piping bag with a 1M piping tip or 2D piping tip. Add spoonfuls of frosting to the bag, alternating colors. You can watch me do this in the video above. Your piping bag will be marbled with different colors. Twist the open end shut and squeeze the frosting down to the tip. Squeeze some frosting onto a plate until you begin to see more than 1 color. (Or just pipe this onto a cupcake!)
  5. Hydrangeas: You can watch me pipe hydrangeas in the video above. Place the piping tip on top of the edge of a cupcake. Using steady and medium pressure, begin piping stars all around the edges, then fill in the center. For some flair, add a few white sugar pearls to the hydrangeas!
  6. Roses: You can watch me pipe roses in the video above. Place the piping tip on top of the center of the cupcake. Using steady and medium pressure, pipe a tight spiral around the cupcake. Lessen some pressure as you come to the end. If the end looks a little messy, add some leaves using the 352 leaf piping tip.
  7. Assemble the bouquet: You can watch me assemble and decorate the bouquet in the video above. Arrange cupcakes in a circular shape on a serving platter or food-safe tray. Use any extra cupcakes as decor around the bouquet or serve separately. Pipe leaves around any edges of cupcakes to fill the gaps. Pipe the stems coming out of the bottom of the bouquet. If desired, top the stems with green sprinkles. Using the 1M piping tip or 2D piping tip and any color frosting, pipe a bow on top of the stems.
  8. Your bouquet is ready to serve! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Make ahead tip: Make frosting 1 day in advance, cover it tightly and store in the refrigerator until ready to use the next day. Beat it on medium speed with the mixer for a minute or two before using.

Recipe Notes:

Gel food coloring colors I used are dusty rose, mint green, and violet.

One batch of my homemade vanilla cupcakes (what I used in the photos and video) yields 12 standard, plus 12 mini cupcakes. I loved the variation of cupcake sizes for the cupcake bouquet presentation, but you can keep them all the same size if you prefer.

I created a few different cupcake bouquets and was never pleased with my stems. I settled on using a round tip, then flattened the stems out with a spoon so they looked less messy. Use any round or flat piping tip for the stems, but be sure to use a coupler so you can easily switch between your stem tip and leaf tip. You could even use the leaf tip for the stems and if that's the case, you don't need a coupler. 🙂

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Here are some items I used to make today’s recipe.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer5-qt Tilt-Head Glass Measuring Bowl | Cupcake Liners | Cupcake Pan | Mini Cupcake PanPiping BagsPastel Gel Paste Color Kit | Regular Gel Paste Color KitWilton 1M Open Star Tip | Wilton 410 Round TipWilton 352 Leaf Tip | White Sugar Pearls

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37 Comments

Comments

  1. Joyce on April 23, 2018 at 12:41 am

    What a wonderful post, Sally! Just in time for Mothers’ Day next month. I’ve been intimidated by piping and decorating for years. This will definitely help to get me out of my rut. Thanks!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you, Joyce! I can’t wait to see your finished product – sure to be gorgeous 🙂 Happy decorating!

      • Joyce on May 19, 2018 at 10:05 am

        I made the cupcake bouquet today. It was challenging because it was so hot and humid and my buttercream was too soft. But I made it work, using different colours and designs than yours. Thanks again for your idea that helped me make a beautiful belated Mother’s Day display and dessert.



  2. Becky on April 23, 2018 at 7:24 am

    What a wonderful idea for mothers day! Your videos make it look so easy. I’m ordering some piping tips right now. Thanks Sally!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Yay! You can absolutely do it AND have fun throughout the process 🙂 Enjoy decorating!

  3. Ellie on April 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Oh, It’s so cute!! I never knew that you used that kind of  tip for roses. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much Ellie!

  4. Debbie Elder on April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    This is a fabulous tutorial Sally.  Such a lovely idea and the end result is beautiful yet unique.  Thanks for sharing!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! So happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  5. Ashley on April 23, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Beautiful Sally! Would you mind sharing the details of the textured baking sheet you have the bouquet on? I didn’t see a link above.

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Hi Ashley! I found this pan at a local goodwill shop. The brand is Ovenex 🙂

      • Tammyt on April 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

        I love this pan.  My grandma used to have one like it. What a great find that day!



  6. Karen T on April 23, 2018 at 9:31 am

    What  an awesome post! I have no excuses now!  Going to have to try to conquer my decorating fears! Thank you!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      You CAN do it! Happy decorating!

  7. Catherine Smith on April 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I spy your beautiful new pink mixer!!! Looks gorgeous!

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Ha – yes!!! I love it! 🙂

  8. Angelina on April 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Cupcake boquet has been around a long time. Cupcake boquet videos have been on YouTube since 2012 when I first made one. I do not understand why people are so intimidated. ..there just cupcakes decorated and arranged on a tray or board.

    • Sally on April 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      You’re absolutely right! Cupcake bouquet presentations are certainly nothing new, but I felt inspired to try my hand at it this month. When I began using piping tips a few years ago, I was very frustrated with my lack of skill. As I practiced more and more, I realized just how approachable piping designs can be. My goal is to inspire beginners to give these simple designs a try too. Thanks Angelina!

  9. Tammyt on April 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful Sally!! I love this.  I’m going to do it with my Nieces for Mother’s Day!

  10. Ellie on April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    One question….. Do you have a recipe for fondant?

    • Sally on April 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Hi Ellie! I don’t. I still need to work on my fondant skills.

  11. Shelby on April 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Sally, how beautiful! My mother would have loved this- and how wonderful for Mother’s Day.
    It may not be new but is new to me and I love it! You are so talented . Thank you for your work.
    It is very much appreciated.

  12. Codrut Turcanu on April 24, 2018 at 7:18 am

    My mother in law and girlfriend love doing things with their hands… so will share with them this video, thanks!

  13. Alaina on April 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Wow! your decorating skills are out of this world! Great job . I always love rose and pink and white cupcakes, they are so good and so tasty 🙂

  14. Laura | Tutti Dolci on April 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Just gorgeous, the hydrangeas and roses are so beautiful!

  15. Laura O. on April 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Love it! I keep saying I am going to do this but with the styrofoam balls in the flower pot (sticking the cupcakes on with toothpicks). Maybe for May Day!

  16. Katie on April 28, 2018 at 11:03 am

    How many cupcakes can you frost with that amount of frosting?

    • Sally on April 29, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      I was able to frost 1 dozen standard cupcakes and 1 dozen mini cupcakes. Depends how much you use per cupcake.

  17. Charlotte on April 28, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    WOW, I had to click on it because it just looked so stunnning, hun this is a masterpiece!!!

    • Sally on April 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Charlotte!

  18. Rachel on May 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I have been wishing I could do buttercream piping but like the April croissant baking challenge, your post gave me the confidence to give it a try. And I’m happy to report it worked very nicely. I’m used to the first time looking a little amateur; see: royal icing. Instead, mine looked very close to yours. If you have been thinking about giving this try, now is the time. I used the simply perfect vanilla cupcakes and they turned out very nicely. I am looking forward to more piping in my future.

  19. Elza Jakovleva on May 10, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    These look amazing! I am planning on doing these for mothers day, but I am confused on how to make the multi-colored frosting without it turning brown. 🙂

    • Sally on May 11, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Hi Elza! The frosting colors won’t completely blend as they aren’t really being mixed.

  20. Marina on July 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    None of the videos work 🙁

    • Sally on July 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Marina! I just double checked on desktop and mobile and they seem to be working! They’re located towards the bottom of the blog post. Are they just not playing for you?

  21. Lucia on July 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Sally for a great frosting recipe and a beautiful presentation idea!! I made the hydrangea and rosette cupcakes (minus the stems) for a garden party and they were a hit. I added some gold dust for extra sparkle because I am also a sprinkle-lover. The frosting was just the right amount of sweet and piped beautifully. Thanks for making cupcake decorating a lot less intimidating!

    • Sally on July 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      I bet they were so pretty with the gold dust!

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  1. Elza Jakovleva on May 10, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    These look amazing! I am planning on doing these for mothers day, but I am confused on how to make the multi-colored frosting without it turning brown. 🙂

    • Sally on May 11, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Hi Elza! The frosting colors won’t completely blend as they aren’t really being mixed.

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