wernie Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 12:45am
post #1 of

Hi everyone,

I want to make a cupcake bouquet in the next week for a birthday. I made one before (don't have photos of it), but haven't tried it with filled cupcakes. Has anyone tried doing this or do you think the weight of the cupcakes would be too much to be held up? I really want to do lemon cupcakes with coconut SMBC, but don't know how well that will work... Thanks icon_smile.gif

49 replies
KHalstead Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 2:59pm
post #2 of

I do it all the time, but I use the cup method for my bouquets.

Here is a photo before and after the cupcakes go in! Simple and secure, and easy to remove when it's time to eat!
LL
LL

christiemc Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:06pm
post #3 of

What kind of plastic cups do you use? Are they just glued onto the strofoam with a hot glue gun? thanks!

katiecastillo Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:10pm
post #4 of

That's genius! Where did you buy the cups? I've had a few disasters using the toothpick method, so I'd really like to try this.

KHalstead Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 4:41pm
post #5 of

I got the cups at my local party store.....they are 2 oz. little salad dressing cups....they are shallow.

For full sized 19 cupcake bouquets (without a container) I use the full sized 5 oz. cups you get in the paper plate section at Wal-mart and then secure the little 2 oz. cups inside, the 2 oz. cups are shallow so they don't allow the cupcakes to try to slide down inside of the cup, not good.

As you can tell in the photo, I stapled the cups together and once they're all secured to eachother then I just hot glue them to the pot. If you have an extraordinarily tall or skinny pot, you can add some pebbles in the bottom to add weight.

I'm working on mini cupcake bouquets in metal buckets for a baby shower as we speak and used little jello shot 1 oz. cups and they hold the minis perfectly!

I hate spending all that extra money on foam and especially on FOam BALLS, those things are outrageous!!

edited to add a photo of a full sized bouquet using the full sized 5 oz. cups, I put 19 of them together (1 in center, 6 in a circle around that, 12 in a circle around that) and hot glue them to a 10" cake board and then glue tissue paper around the cake board and up onto the sides of the cups so they're completely hidden!
LL
LL

christiemc Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 5:05pm
post #6 of

Thanks for the detailed description! So the weight of the cupakes doesn't pull them down? And is it possible to then reuse the planter once things have been hot glued to it? And also, how to you make the bouquet not look "flat" (the middle cupcakes are "taller"). Sorry for all the questions- I really hate paying for those foam balls too- and they're so messy!

KHalstead Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 5:51pm
post #7 of

There is nowhere for the weight of the cupcakes to pull them down to! The 2 oz. cups are exactlly the depth of the cupcake liner, so the top of the cupcake sticks up and out of it when it's all the way down (I used only the little cups for the pot), when I use the big cups, I staple them all together (once you get stapling, it naturally creates the rounded effect because the cup sides are tapered), then I staple/glue (either one works) the smaller 2 oz. cups inside the opening of the larger cups (to prevent the cupcakes from trying to slide down).

You can reuse the planters, though I just include them in the price of the bouquet. The hot glue will pull off if you want it to, but it's secure enough to hold it all in place.

HTH

christiemc Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 5:55pm
post #8 of

thanks! So, the cups are only secure to eachother and the side of the planter- there's nothing underneath them, right? Last question, I promise icon_smile.gif

Ixtli Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:16pm
post #9 of

that is genius!

Edee Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:22pm

KHalstead- You are a genius!! I have to make 10 of these for a teen banquet and this sounds so much simplier, plus easier to transport, I kept worrying about the cupcakes falling off the toothpicks. Great idea, thanks for sharing!!!!

Edee Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:43pm

KHalstead- You are a genius!! I have to make 10 of these for a teen banquet and this sounds so much simplier, plus easier to transport, I kept worrying about the cupcakes falling off the toothpicks. Great idea, thanks for sharing!!!!

KHalstead Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 6:49pm

nope, nothing underneath them.....it's not necessary.

AS for being genius......it wasn't my idea (i figured out the whole mini cupcake thing using cups just 2 days ago lol...and I used the 2 oz. cups because I couldn't find the regular 5 oz. cups anywhere)

The original idea using the 5 oz. cups was told to me by cinjam who is a member here on CC. I saw her bouquets in the galleries and loved them and asked her how she did it.

I've since adapted it for all of my bouquets, including ones in containers!

I'm thinking about trying some tiny ones w/ a little 3.5" flower pot and 7 mini cupcakes and sell them for like $5 or something.

christiemc Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 7:33pm

Thanks so much for all the info- I can't wait to try it this way!

Edee Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 9:30pm

just to understand right, you use the 2 oz cups for regular size cupcakes, right?

Edee Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 9:36pm

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/dart-200pc-2-oz-plastic-souffle-portion-cup-125-pack/999P200.html

Are these what you use?

or could you use these?

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/dart-325pc-3-25-oz-plastic-souffle-portion-cup-125-pack/999P325.html

Sweet_Kakes Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 11:39pm

What is the tip that you use to make the flower swirl it is beautiful i would love to learn that

christiemc Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:23am

It looks like it is a 1M- a large star. I like the 2D one as well- thats what I used in the cupcake bouquet in my photos. They are both super easy but use a LOT of icing!

KHalstead Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 12:49pm

yep, just a 1M tip I have the 2D tip as well but the 1M appears to fold over itself more and look like a rose IMO

KHalstead Posted 1 Mar 2010 , 3:53pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edee

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/dart-200pc-2-oz-plastic-souffle-portion-cup-125-pack/999P200.html

Are these what you use?




YES this is what they look like.


Just wanted to add too, that the mini bouquets turned out good. The customer was VERY happy.

I hot glued the mini 1 oz. cups all together, about 30 of them total for each bouquet. I used a 7" metal pail (provided by customer) and then used a skewer and poked a tiny hole in the center of each cup and then stuck a toothpick in the hole. The toothpick was REALLy tight in the hole and didn't budge. Then I took a mini cupcake, and attached it to the top of my flower nail with a smudge of icing and piped a full rose right on top of it

Then put the cupcakes in the freezer for about 20 min. until the icing was nice and firm.
Then I poked a hole in the cc liner with a skewer and put the cupcake down into the cup letting the toothpick go through the hole in the liner and up iinto the cupcake.

I flipped one of the fully assembled bouquets (I had to make 7 of them) completely upside down and held it for a count of 3 and not ONE cupcake budged! It was very sturdy.

Also, I figured out a brilliant way to transport them (since that is always an issue) I took a foam paper plate and cut a hole in the center just big enough to fit the bottom of the bouquet pail. Then flipped the plate upside down so that it was raised up in the center. Then I used hot glue around the very rim of the plate (low temp. glue so it doesn't shrivel the plate) and secured it to the bottom of a box. Then I was able to just set the bouquet within the ring created by the plate and it was very sturdy, the bouquets didn't move a centimeter whatsoever! I put 5 in a huge computer box (arranged like the dots on a dice, 1 in each corner and 1 in the center)
and then put the other 2 bouquets in another smaller box and just put plastic wrap over the top of the boxes, worked perfectlly.
LL
LL

Edee Posted 1 Mar 2010 , 6:36pm

they look great!!! thanks for all your help, instructions, and advice!

verosuperstar Posted 9 Mar 2010 , 6:24pm

Thank you so much for all your detailed instructions. I want to make these bouquets for the teachers or mother's day as gifts icon_smile.gif.

laurs_1981 Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 8:12pm

you guys are amazing

bibys123 Posted 13 Mar 2010 , 11:05pm

that is genius

JustToEatCake Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 4:07am

Those are so gorgeous!

Rosa2745 Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 4:39am

I was just trying to figure these out the other day. Thanks so much!

nxsulli Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 1:22pm

Can you tell me how you get your frosting to look so perfect? Do you start piping from the inside and work your way out or outside working in? Not with your roses (they are perfect a lovely!) but with your 1M tip? Mine don't look that nice. Thanks!

tm-treats Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 6:25pm

Wow! Thanks for this! Now I just need to source out the cups here in UK.

jdelaney81 Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 1:20am
Quote:
Originally Posted by nxsulli

Can you tell me how you get your frosting to look so perfect? Do you start piping from the inside and work your way out or outside working in? Not with your roses (they are perfect a lovely!) but with your 1M tip? Mine don't look that nice. Thanks!




For the swirl roses, I build up a little in the middle first then swirl from center out. HTH icon_wink.gif

The_Lil_Cakehouse Posted 28 Mar 2010 , 2:28am

Would of never thought about the cups! Awesome!!

tcwheeler Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 9:16pm

Thank you so much for all your helpful info. I am thinking of selling these for mother's day. Saw that you mentioned that too. I would like to package somehow. Am thinking your styro plate idea inside of a window cake box maybe? What do you think? Just really don't want cello touching the cupcakes...thanks so much!

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%