Cupcake bouquets are similar to, and look like, floral bouquets except they are sweeter smelling and much tastier. Cooking up cupcake bouquets for someone is appropriate for a birthday, anniversary or just an everyday pick-me-up. All you need is a little baking skills and some ingenuity to design the bouquet and make them look like sunflowers or roses.
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Things you need
- 1 box white or chocolate cake mix
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 16 extra long tooth picks or cookie sticks
- 1 flower pot filled with small chocolate chip cookies
- 1 roll of tissue paper
Decide which flavour cupcake batter you want. Then, decide on the colour or colours of the frosting. Cook cookie sticks before you start your cupcakes. Use a recipe for chocolate chip cookies but make the cookies long and thin so they will be the long stems of the bouquet to hold the cupcake on top. Alternatively use long toothpicks or wooden skewers.
Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius. Fill a mini muffin pan and a muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a separate bowl, mix the cake batter, buttermilk, oil and almond and extract with the eggs until it is all well mixed. Fill the liner two-thirds full with the batter. Bake the cup cakes for 15 to 20 minutes. The cupcakes should have puffed up and have tops to them.
While the cupcakes are cooling, take the flower pot and fill it halfway with a box of small cookies. These can be small chocolate chip cookies or animal crackers. These will hold your bouquet in place. Then, place your cookie sticks or toothpicks in the place where you want the cupcakes to lay. Try to spread the sticks evenly around the pot. Fill the rest of the pot up with cookies so it appears full.
Once the cupcakes are cool, add icing to the cupcake tops. Use a knife to swirl the top of the icing around and create flowers on top. You may also want to use an icing decorating bag for better application. Once you are finished, poke a small whole through the bottom of the cupcake liners so they will fit on top of the cookie sticks or toothpicks. Wrap ribbons around the cookie sticks or toothpicks. Use tissue paper to cover the pot bottom. Use a ribbon to secure it. Now it should look like a cupcake bouquet.
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