Pretty Flower Cupcakes

These cupcakes have gotten raves from everyone who have tasted it. They’re not just pretty but very yummy too. I have several vanilla cupcake recipes that I use before but I decided to stick to this one because it’s easier and gives me consistent result everytime. It can take on different flavors too, just substitute other extracts in place of vanilla. The cake is already yummy by itself, but of course every cupcake needs icing… I make mine not too sweet, if you want it sweeter of course you may add more confectioner’s sugar.

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These flower cupcakes make a great gift for your mom or for the other moms in your life (sister, friend, wife..) for Mother’s Day. I made these for my mom-in-law last year..in caramel flavor with dulce de leche icing.  Looks really nice (tastes great too!) although I wasn’t satisfied with the consistency of the dulce de leche icing, as you can see in the photo, the cake is starting to melt..must be the weather, it was raining hard when I did this.

Watch this video on how to ice these cupcakes to make them look like flowers. Since watching it, it has became my fave way of dressing up my cupcakes.  

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PRETTY FLOWER CUPCAKES

Flower Cupcakes
an Ina Garten recipe

Ingredients
18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature ( I sometimes use buttermilk)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with paper liners.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed, until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and stir until smooth.

Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. Fill the cupcake liners to the top with batter. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.

CREAMY DREAMY BUTTERCREAM ICING
This is my own recipe, it’s not too sweet and the best thing is it can withstand heat.

1 cup ( 2 sticks) salted butter (margarine won’t work, it has to be butter), softened
3 cups confectioner’s sugar ( icing sugar), sifted twice ( you may add more if you want it sweeter)
1 cup ( 250ml carton) all-purpose cream
1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla extract 

Put butter in a bowl of electric mixer; with a paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the confectioner’ sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy, it’ll take a few minutes; Add vanilla extract and chilled all-purpose cream and beat until creamy.

To decorate cupcakes,  you will need:
1 large piping bag
1 petal tip ( any size you want, I use regular size from Ateco)
food color gel – red

Divide buttercream in half; Put half of the cream in separate bowl, then using a toothpick, get a very small amount of color gel and mix it with the buttercream, mix until you get uniform shade of pink. Always start with the smallest amount of color gel then adjust from there, if you want a deeper shade of pink, just add more gel.

Fill the piping bag with half rose-tinted buttercream and half plain buttercream. Watch the video to see how.

Thanks for reading…have a nice day!!

29 Responses to "Pretty Flower Cupcakes"

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  2. Brie   May 11, 2010 at 8:17 am

    these are so pretty! i’ll have to make them for my book club next time i host.

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  3. Kristi Rimkus   May 11, 2010 at 7:08 am

    These are much prettier than the maple and bacon cupcakes I just made. Lovely!

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  4. Barbara Bakes   May 10, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I need to go watch the video. These are gorgeous!

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  6. 5 Star Foodie   May 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, these are so gorgeous!

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  7. Bridgett   May 9, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Those flower cupcakes are gorgeous. I would be thrilled with these for Mother’s Day!

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  8. rebecca   May 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    oh these look beautiful happy mothers Day

    love Rebecca

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  9. love2cook   May 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I just started baking…hehe! Wish to bake a gorgeous cupcake like yours one day! Drools! ;)

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  10. Rosa   May 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Aaaawww, they are so pretty! Your decorations are so perfect!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. chef_d   May 9, 2010 at 4:32 am

    very pretty! thanks olive!

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  12. kristy   May 9, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too, dear!

    Blessings, kristy

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  13. Nadji   May 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Très joli. bravo!
    Very beautiful and it looks delicious.
    See soon.

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  14. Elizabeth   May 8, 2010 at 2:41 am

    These look too good to eat. So delicate and detailed. Yum! I’ll give your vanilla cup cake a go too because mine are never consistent.

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  15. theUngourmet   May 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Your cupcakes are so pretty! I would love to try frosting this way the next time I bake cupcakes. It’s nice that they taste as delicious as they look! ;)

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  16. fimère   May 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

    quel talent, ils sont magnifiques et très beaux à regarder
    un excellent travail, bravo
    bonne soirée

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  17. Sophie   May 7, 2010 at 5:34 am

    They look very pretty & ooh so tasty, dear Olive!!

    You are certainly the master in cupcakes decorating!

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  18. msmeanie   May 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! I need to take a how-to-frost-cupcakes class from you because your cupcakes look gorgeous! All of them! You’re right — those would be a lovely gift for Mothers Day.

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  19. tasteofbeirut   May 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    These cupcakes and the cake are beautiful! You are very talented and i am admiring the pics.

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  20. Stella   May 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hey Olive, nice photos!
    These look so good-cute too. Wish I could have one with my lunch in a moment…

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  21. kristy   May 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Olive, the cupcakes are so gorgeous! YOu’re just so creative. Btw, I have some awards for you. Please feel free to pick them up. Have a great day!
    Cheers, Kristy
    http://kristygourmet.blogspot.com/2010/05/more-awards-my-lucky-finger.html

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    • Olive   May 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Thanks a lot Kristy! You too, enjoy your day! :)

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  22. MaryMoh   May 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Wow….that’s really beautiful! Looks very professional!

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  23. penny aka jeroxie   May 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    So PRETTY!!

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  24. Belinda @zomppa   May 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, my gosh, these are so gorgeous!!

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  25. Joy   May 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    They are adorable. The flowers are beautiful. I am still working on my decorating skills, I would love to be able to make them look like that.

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  26. anncoo   May 4, 2010 at 7:04 am

    WOW! So pretty. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

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  27. cusinera   May 4, 2010 at 3:46 am

    they look really pretty…sarap! Another recipe to add in my ever growing list =)

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  28. Jeannie   May 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Those cupcakes are gorgeous! Your decorations are so neat! I am not good at icing cakes.

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