Oh hi there, welcome to another blog post. This week’s post is a bit different it is for these beautiful Vanilla Flower Cupcakes.

What are Flower Cupcakes?

This style of cupcake has been everywhere recently so I thought I would make some of my own and create a how to guide to creating these beautiful cupcakes.

Vanilla Flower Cupcakes are Vanilla Cupcakes that are decorated with a buttercream flower design. The design could be a full buttercream rose or it could be smaller buttercream roses and ribbons similar to my cupcakes.

How do you make the Cupcakes and Buttercream?

To make the cupcakes I followed my Velvety Vanilla Cupcake recipe and I, of course, used these beautiful Baking Cups from Iced Jems.

For the buttercream in this recipe I tweaked the amounts slightly so I used 550g of Icing Sugar I used Silver Spoon, 225g of Unsalted Butter and 1tsp of Vanilla Extract.

To colour the icing I used Rainbow Dust – Pro Gel I bought the pack of 7 to make a rainbow cake (which should be coming soon) but decided on using the pink, purple and blue for the buttercream.

I split the buttercream into four bowls and coloured them. I coloured three using food colouring and left one white.

I would recommend using a gel food colouring, because you tend to get better colours compared with liquid food colourings and you won’t need to use as much of the gel colouring. You can of course use any colours you want for the decoration.

Once I made the buttercream I split it into four piping bags with four piping tips. You should have roughly 200g of buttercream in each bag.

What Piping Tips should I use?

The four piping I used were 2 Wilton 1M Piping Tips for the Pink and White Rosettes a Medium Leaf Tip for the ribbon and a Medium French Tip for the purple drop flowers.

How do I make the Pink and White Rosettes?

To pipe the rosettes you want to hold your piping bag vertical to the cupcake. Start piping from the centre of the rose out. I piped the rosette around a centimetre away from the edge of the cupcake so I could get the beautiful swirl. You want to keep the swirl nice and tight to the centre of the rose if you can to create the beautiful rose effect. 

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To pipe the white rosettes I done exactly the same but I tried to make them slightly lap over the top of the pink roses again by piping from the centre out in an anti-clockwise circle. Again keeping as close and tight to the centre of the rose as you can. You want to try and make the roses slightly small so that you can fit the other piping around the roses.

If you want to decorate the full cupcake with a rose start from the centre of the cupcake and pipe outwards in an anti-clockwise direction keeping as tight to the centre as you can.

How do you make the blue ribbons?

To make the ribbons I held the piping bag horizontal to the cupcakes so that the bottom of the piping tip was touching the cake I then piped from side to side moving along the side of the cupcake to create the ribbon effect.

How do you make the purple drop flowers?

These were super simple to make. Hold your piping bag vertical to the cupcake and I just squeezed and then lifted the piping bag away to create this super cute design. I made sure I filled any gaps on the cupcake with the purple buttercream.

I then finished these off by using Happy Sprinkles. I decided only to use them on top of the purple flowers rather than over the entire cupcake so you are still able to see the different piping. Again though, it is completely up to you, you could use sprinkles all over the cupcakes or just on a certain part.

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  • Toni Pomfret

    13 May 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Ahh these look absolutely yummy! I wish I could bake, but I am absolutely rubbish (& not very good at following instructions!) but I’ll share this with my baking friends ☺️ Thanks!

    Toni x

  • amymayj

    13 May 2020 at 1:38 pm

    These are so pretty! I’m not very good at the whole icing/piping thing but I’d love to have a go at these! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      16 May 2020 at 9:19 pm

      I am sure they will look great and taste delicious! I hope you have fun baking! x

  • Kim

    15 May 2020 at 12:19 pm

    These look so good! I love the work you’ve done piping the flowers. Thank you for the tutorials too, piping is always something I struggle with.

  • Adam

    18 May 2020 at 2:51 pm

    These look cool, my daughter would absolutely love these, as much colour as possible is her motto 😂

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:34 pm

      Life would be boring without colour! She could make them any colour she wanted and as bright as she wanted!

  • Chloe Chats

    19 May 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Oh these cupcakes look so cute, I love them! I would say I’m quite a messy decorator when it comes to decorating cakes so always up for hearing about piping tips. These would be lovely to do for a special occasion, thank you for sharing!

    Chloe xx

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you! They would be perfect and you could make them any colour to suit the occasion!

  • Jen

    19 May 2020 at 9:56 pm

    These look lovely – too nice to eat (almost 😂). Love the colours 🌈!


    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you!

  • Tina

    19 May 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Looks pretty and yummy!

  • Ariel

    20 May 2020 at 3:16 am

    Okay. YUM! These look so amazing and actually do-able for someone like me who is terrible at baking. I don’t think I can do all that fancy icing work, but it will be edible haha

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:38 pm

      You would 100% be able to do these!

  • Rebecca

    20 May 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Oh wow these look amazing! I’d love to make these but have never had much luck with icing cakes. Maybe I’ll enlist the help of my mum!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      20 May 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you! I am sure they will be incredible and what a great plan it would be so much fun to do some baking with your mum!

  • chefkreso

    22 May 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Hi! These cupcakes look fantastic, so delicious, my niece and nephew would love them! 😀

  • Mehsi

    10 June 2020 at 9:57 am

    Aww, these look so pretty and cute, you don’t want to eat them (though eventually will as they are probably very yummy). Thanks for sharing and also thanks for the tips on how to do piping!

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