Mother’s Day is only a month away! How are you spending this special day?
It’s not always easy coming up with something to give Mom to show her how much she means is it? I like to give something handmade and I’m always looking for something a little bit different. Of course flowers and sweets are traditional but how about elevating that just a little bit with a sweet bouquet made of cupcakes?
Not a baker? There’s a cheat to making this. You can simply purchase cupcakes from a bakery and use those to create your bouquet.
Ready to get started on your cupcake bouquet? Here we go!
A container of some sort. I’m using a plain clay pot. You can decorate it with paint if you want. Add ribbon, buttons, lace – whatever other embellishments you’d like.
A foam ball. I purchased this at the same store where I bought the pot so I could be sure the ball fit into the clay pot properly. I used a 6 inch foam ball.
Cupcakes. You can make these yourself or buy them. If you want to make your own, here are some great recipes for vanilla cupcakes or coconut cupcakes or chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. Depending on the size of the pot and foam ball you are using, you can either use full size cupcakes or the mini ones.
You may want some glue to attach the ball to the pot. This isn’t necessary but if you don’t glue it, you do have to be careful not to let the ball topple right off the pot when moving the bouquet. If you do decide to glue it together, don’t fret thinking you can’t reuse this for anything but more cupcake bouquets. You can make a candy topiary like this or a paper flower topiary like this.
Plastic wrap. You might want to cover the ball with plastic wrap so that it could be used again (although it’s not difficult to wipe away any of the icing that gets on the ball.
Filler. You are probably going to have gaps between the cupcakes with foam ball showing through. You can use some real or artificial flowers, little poufs of green tissue paper, or leaves from silk flowers. If you are really talented, how about some leaf shaped, decorated cookies?
This is so easy (well, other than decorating the cupcakes if you are baking challenged like me!). If you are decorating the pot, that’s the first thing you need to do. Then place the ball in the pot (covering in plastic wrap and/or gluing to secure if you want). Now it’s time to attach the cupcakes. You may find it easier to put the plain cupcakes onto the ball and then decorate them or decorate them first. I find it easiest to put the toothpick into the ball first and then push the cupcake onto the toothpick. If you are using the mini cupcakes, one pick per is enough but for the bigger ones, you might find that you need two spaced a little bit apart to keep them secure because of the extra weight. Last step is to add in the filler.
Ta da! What a fun gift to present to your mom on Mother’s Day! You could give it on its own or as a centerpiece for a brunch or dinner in her honour. This is also great for wedding showers, baby showers, and children’s parties.
How will you and your mom be spending Mother’s Day?
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