I recently made a cupcake bouquet with my extra cupcakes for a dessert auction. I had been wanting to try it for quite a while but had no reason to. What I found was that it was easier than I had thought. This makes a great centerpiece for any occasion and the cupcakes easily slide off when it’s time for dessert.

List of Materials

  • Flower Pot
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Toothpicks
  • Green tissue paper
  • Favorite cupcakes
  • Favorite buttercream icing


Place the styrofoam ball in the pot and push it down so it’s secure. Then slide 2 toothpicks next to each other into the ball near the top of the pot. I used 2 toothpicks so that the cupcakes didn’t turn. Make sure the toothpicks are pushed in far enough because next you’re going to slide a cupcake right down on top of the toothpicks so that the toothpicks puncture the bottom of the cupcake. Continue placing toothpicks in the ball and cupcakes on the toothpicks until you make it all the way around the ball. Try to get the cupcakes as close as you can.


Continue to place toothpicks into the ball and slide cupcakes onto the toothpicks. Try to get the cupcakes as close as possible to minimize gaps. When you get near the top, you may want to “dry fit” the cupcakes to make sure you don’t leave a huge blank spot on top. I was able to fit 29 cupcakes on this bouquet.


I decided to put 3 different colored roses on my bouquet. Since I used 3 different flavors of cupcakes, and had randomly stuck them to the ball, I started by making the red velvet cupcakes white. I used a 1M tip and did a simple rose swirl on each one. I used indydebi’s buttercream recipe found on this site … it crusts nicely and does not slide off.


Next I tinted the white buttercream pink and put a pink rose swirl on each of the vanilla cupcakes.


I then added red coloring to the pink icing so that I could put a red rose swirl on each of the chocolate cupcakes.


Finally, to fill in the gaps, I cut green tissue paper into small squares, gathered them (one at a time) around the end of a pen, and poked them into the gaps between flowers to look like leaves.



Lovelyladylibra Says... 2012-02-29 19:37:49

Does this work with smbc?

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-02-29 19:52:38

Lovelyladylibra - I've haven't tried this with smbc. Maybe try piping it on to a cupcake first to see if it slides. If it doesn't, give it a shot. :)

pc2420 Says... 2012-02-29 20:10:02

Thank You for posting this tutorial, very easy ! :)

kittitiangirl Says... 2012-03-01 06:04:08

Great tutorial! I love the way you varied the colors of the frosted roses. Gorgeous! Will have to try this!

Creativecakesbyrachael Says... 2012-03-01 08:38:20

Love your bouquet, very classy looking! I'm wondering if you or anyone else knows the best/cheapest place to buy styrofoam balls? I know they have them at hobby lobby and acmoore etc but they are $4/5 per ball which will add up if I do this regularly... Any tips appreciated! Thanks!

Cakery2012 Says... 2012-03-01 08:50:58

sign up for Joannes fabric store mailing list .Use the discount coupons for sytrofoam balls.They have become so pricey since they use petroluem to make them.

enchantedcreations Says... 2012-03-01 09:50:03

Creativecakesbyrachael.......sometmes the dollar store has the styrofoam balls, etc.

lyndim Says... 2012-03-01 14:22:53

Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this. I like the toothpick idea.

3leches Says... 2012-03-01 22:20:22


Maycee Says... 2012-03-02 07:07:45

THankyou such a good idea and very pretty too!

sjlilley Says... 2012-03-02 09:00:48

What size are the pot and the ball? This is very lovely and seems simple and quick too! Great Job!

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-03-02 16:31:29

Thanks everyone! I don't remember what size pot and ball that is. I just went in to Joanne's and picked out a pot I liked and then found a ball to fit in it.

heynannie Says... 2012-03-04 13:30:32

WOW that is Great !!!! awesome tutortorial < thanks for sharing

kaysee Says... 2012-03-05 09:24:47

Those are beautiful. kaysee

rutha Says... 2012-03-10 07:27:00

help, I tried this technique but some of the cupcakes keep falling off and sometimes the buttercream slides off the top of the cupcakes. do you have any advice/tips for me?

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-03-11 12:26:04

rutha ... I'm so sorry this didn't work for you. I used 2 toothpicks for each cupcake. I tried to put them about 3/4 inch apart and side by side (as opposed to vertically). None of mine slid off. I used indydebi's Crisco based buttercream and nothing slid anywhere (I was concerned about that but was pleasant;y surprised when everything stayed put). You might try putting a thin layer of icing on the cupcakes before piping the rose on so that it has something to stick to. hth

Bomatebaker Says... 2012-03-12 03:27:53

Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I'll give it a try and let you know how I get on.

debbiedebs Says... 2012-03-14 08:42:15

OMGoodness!!! I love this! I am new to this web site, I can see I will LOVE coming here!

itsmunk Says... 2012-03-15 01:29:09


Vivian150 Says... 2012-03-15 06:14:49

this is real good, grate idea, i will definately try this pls can u help me with the indydebi's buttercream recipe.this is my second month in this site. i will be grateful if u reply me, on the other hand can i have your personal site.

TeriAlece Says... 2012-03-18 18:57:34

I saw a similar idea in Cupcake Doctor but this one makes more since financially. I'm curious what your cost was for this. I can't wait to try it!

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-03-18 19:08:53

Vivian150 ... indydebi's buttercream can be found on this site ...

TeriAlece ... I bought a $5 pot and just used extra cupcakes that I had. The biggest expense was the styrofoam ball; I think it was about $16 for the size I bought. I'm looking for a cheaper alternative, but so far haven't found one.

dadobb2789 Says... 2012-03-18 20:13:03

Love the idea and definitely trying this this week

lyndim Says... 2012-03-22 14:45:08

Just finished making this, turned out great! I made mine with mini cupcakes in a large teacup. Easy to make. Thanks again!

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-03-23 05:16:25

lyndim ... I love the teacup idea! I know what I giving my mother for Mother's Day now.

vonda627 Says... 2012-03-31 05:41:23

Flawless and superb. Great idea. Was it easy getting the cupcakes out without making a mess. Any suggestions on how to remove them? Last question, the 1m tip, did you start from the outside swirling in or inside swirling out. Yes im new to cake decorate. Thank you

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-04-01 11:02:20

vonda627 ... The cupcakes come out by just pulling them straight out. Because there is space between them (filled in with tissue paper), there's enough room for a finger and thumb to grab hold. For the rose swirl, just start in the middle and swirl toward the outside. After a little practice, it's very quick and easy. hth

Lori123456 Says... 2012-04-08 06:21:35

How do these do when you need to transport them? I have a shower coming up and I want to bring a cupcake bouquet, but I'm concerned about driving with it.

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-04-08 09:02:00

I was concerned about driving with it as well, so I had my son hold it while I drove. It really felt top-heavy and I was concerned that it would fall over. If you're fast at making the flowers, you could assemble it, secure it in a box, and then pipe the roses on when you get there. Just a thought...

eukaable Says... 2012-04-12 12:39:36

Brilliant! Thank you for posting! This would make such a nice hostess gift, or alternative to traditional bouquet! :)

MissChaos Says... 2012-04-25 13:10:33

How do you pipe the icing? And is there any similar tips to a 1M (they've apparently been discontinued here)

I've seen buttercream rose tutorials before but they basically tell you to pipe individual petals in the same way you'd attach roll-out/gum paste petals...

BurnsyJ Says... 2012-04-25 19:27:29

MissChaos ... The Wilton 2D works as well. You really just need a big star tip. To make the rose, start in the middle of the cupcake and swirl to the outside. hth

neecerator Says... 2012-05-15 17:58:12

This is really great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

SweetMs Says... 2012-05-19 06:40:14

To help make this a little cheaper you can cut the styrofoam ball IN HALF and secure it to the bowl or pot with double sided tape. Sometimes you can even find a 1/2 circle or dome styrofoam in craft stores. You might as well utilize that 1/2 that hides inside the pot.

SJ-cakeboutique Says... 2012-05-20 02:22:28

Lovely idea, I am just beginning to make cakes for friends since being made redundant and this looks like something I may be able to make - thank you so much for sharing!

CakeShopLex Says... 2013-09-03 19:17:57

I was curious how much you'd charge for a cupcake bouquet like this? Feel free to PM me or leave your comment here.

Thanks so much

sas3850 Says... 2014-05-06 12:04:37

I have used scrap Styrofoam and glued it together. My husband has a small saw that he saws it into a round ball. You can then cover this with foil. No one sees it and it doesn't matter if it isn't exactly round.

sas3850 Says... 2014-05-06 12:06:44

Sometimes I glue scrap pieces of Styrofoam together and use a small saw to shape it. You can cover this with foil. No one see it and it doesn't matter if it isn't exactly round.

humminbird712 Says... 2014-05-06 15:43:57

You can use the 2oz plastic cups, like the ones you get at a restaurant with butter or dressing in it. Staple them all together, 1 in the middle and then staple them in a circle around that and they staple another circle around the first circle. Glue it on the pot you have and then put regular size cupcakes in that. Easy Peasy and cheap. I get the cups at walmart. To transport, just get an old box and cut a circle out of it to place the cupcake pot in it. That will hold it in place.

Oldauntie Says... 2014-05-06 17:50:48

Hi there, I made this for my Nephews birthday - I made red velvet cupcakes and made mini and regular size cupcakes which was great for the younger kiddies at the party. Looked and tasted great. Carole New Zealand

Dyield Says... 2014-05-06 18:50:35

I made this last year and it was a big hit. However, transportation was a problem. I had to tell my customers to make sure they had someone with them to hold the bouquet because it would tilt over. I thought about the box idea, but that's a lot of work when you have numerous customers.

Thank you

glorilla71 Says... 2014-05-06 21:09:57

Hi, maybe try using a head of cabbage, insted of the styrofoam. Its cheaper and edible.

Jeannem Says... 2014-05-07 06:21:46

Would it work to make a half ball out of rice krispies?? Maybe use chocolate to secure the toothpicks?? Just a thought..

AlwaysEire Says... 2014-05-10 09:03:30

I love how easy u make am a teenage nigeria boy i dnt hav most of d supply

AlwaysEire Says... 2014-05-10 09:04:19

I love how easy u make am a teenage nigeria boy i dnt hav most of d supply..but nice work

kim-kk Says... 2014-05-13 14:55:18

Thanx for the tutorial, really helpful.

RoxanneC Says... 2015-05-08 02:23:36

I went to the Cupcake Rack site and immediately decided to to buy it. But the shipping cost to Canada changed my mind. Maybe someday. sigh

Love this project, though. I'm going to make one for my Mom.

YogaBaker Says... 2015-05-08 19:48:30

Could you make the directions into a PDF so I could print it out?

Love the Cupcake Bouquet!

kriscrafts Says... 2015-05-08 21:45:27

I love learning new ways to make things. I've only ever made bouquets with mini-cupcakes. This is amazing. To combat the top-heavy bouquet I put a can of soup (Progresso is suitably weighty) or a ziplock of rice in the bottom of the pot. Then cut the ball in half and tape it to the top of the can or bag. I also use squares of tissue paper around my cupcakes as I put them on the toothpicks (I make a whole in the paper first). This way I can match the color to whatever the occasion is. You can see an example here. 

I may have to make a big one for my mother on Sunday! :)

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