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
Green tissue paper
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.
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