Flower Cupcake Tutorial…Plus A Free Cookbook!!!

This is definitely going to be a very packed post!  I have some announcements, thank you’s, a tutorial, and a FREE cookbook to give away…so get ready to have some fun!  After teaching my cupcake class a few weeks ago I had a lot of readers wanting to know how I made the flower cupcakes without a pastry tip, so I thought I would share my “secret” techniques with you, my loyal blogger friends.  I took a lot of photos of the process so that you would be able to “see” the process instead of just reading about how to do it.  So let’s begin!  

First you need a plastic disposable pastry bag.  Then you need to cut the pastry bag straight across. The higher up you cut the bag the wider the petal will be, so just play around and try cutting it at different heights.  I would roughly recommend cutting it about 1″-1 1/2″ up.  

Then you need to cut a triangle or bird’s beak shape out of the bag.  Start at one end and cut up to the center of the bag…about 1/2″ up.  Then make the same cut on the opposite side of the bag. Now you have created a bird’s beak.

Now you fill the pastry bag with a swiss, french, or italian style buttercream that you have colored to the shade you want your petals.  Next you need to cover the base of the cupcake with frosting.  You can color it green if you want it to look like the grass the flower is sitting on…completely your preference.  Once the base is covered, you need to position you pastry bag on the cupcake so that the tip is like an open bird’s beak (the seam line should be up and down, not side to side when piping).  Pipe the petals by putting pressure to the bag while slowly pulling away.  Then when you get to the end of the petal stop giving pressure and pull the bag away quickly…this will give you the pointed tip at the tip of the petal.  Now remember, practice makes perfect so don’t expect perfect petals your first time around!  You can pipe as many petals as you want around the base.

Now you pipe on a second layer of petals on top of your first layer.  Then you can color some of the buttercream a different color and use it to pipe the middle of the flower.  You can use a small round tip for this or just cut off a small tip of the plastic pastry bag…both will work.

One tip about the petals: to achieve a smooth petal that doesn’t have tons of air pockets you need to make sure and mix the buttercream well before using.  You don’t want to whip it to make more air bubbles, but rather smooth it out with a spatula or spoon.  

Here are also a couple more photos of flowers that I have done in the past.  To make the ladybug you just color the buttercream red and black and fill pastry bags with #2 tips.  Pipe a red dot or body first.  Then pipe a smaller black dot at the top of the larger dot to make the head.  Next, pipe a line of black from the head to the bottom of the body.  Lastly, pipe on some small dots of black for the ladybug spots.

I made these for Christmas time to look like Poinsettias.  

You can also use this tip to make large leaves for a flower.  Of course stores also have pastry tips for this, but if you don’t have one you can use this technique.  

Now for the announcement!  One exciting event that has happened lately is that I was written about in a feature article in the blog AisleDash.  They were so fun to work with and I was really happy to share my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful career as a pastry chef with them.   

I also wanted to thank Bellissima Vita for featuring one of my cakes on their website!  

And last, but certainly not least I wanted to thank Mimi on the Move and Picky Palate for the sweet blog awards they gave me!  They both have fantastic blogs and I highly recommend you check them out!


As a thank you to all of my readers I wanted to give away another free cookbook.  Now this isn’t just any cookbook, it is one of my new favorite cookbooks…Warren Brown’s new book Cake Love!!!

So just leave a comment below and I will select a random winner Monday night…so make sure you enter by midnight!  Thanks again to all my loyal readers…I appreciate your support more than you know!




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229 Responses to “Flower Cupcake Tutorial…Plus A Free Cookbook!!!”

  1. coco says:

    Darn! I missed my chance! But I’m glad I discovered your blog :D It’s pretty. Love the step by step photo tutorial.

  2. Deborah says:

    I LOVED the tutorial! I am horrible at decorating and need all the help I can get, so posts like this make me so happy!

  3. Sheenah says:

    I wish I could make such beautiful creations like you do. I will definately try out the flowers. I love your blog!

  4. Hélène says:

    Really beautiful. I wish I could make the same.

  5. Jodi says:

    What a great idea! They are so cute!
    I can’t wait to try them for myself!:D

  6. Amanda says:

    Jealous! I can never make my icing so glossy! It always looks matte, you should give more awesome tips.

  7. zenchef says:

    I’m bringing the fire extinguisher… So many comments is a fire hazard you know! You’re a rockstar!! Haha.
    Damn I missed the contest! :( but thanks for the tutorial! :)

  8. You are a rock star. And a genius.
    Thank you, Sweet & Saucy!!!

  9. Jennifer Lee says:

    Wow. I love what you did without using a tip. I’ve just gotten into cake decorating.

  10. arfi says:

    oh, i think we’ve met on flickr, haven’t we? hehehe… would love to have that cookbook, but hey… great tips for the cupcake. i like using french buttercream. making garnish like that needs a firm mixture of buttercream. i do like using french buttercream because it is not only pretty firm but also still does taste smooth with its melt-in-the-mouth texture.

  11. Thanks for the tutorial! I will definitely try these next time I make cupcakes. Love them!

  12. juanita says:

    So cute! love the tutorial….will definitely give this a try. Thanks!!

  13. These are wonderful! So elegant and fun. Bravo!

  14. Jen says:


    Loved your post and blog. Loved to win the book too.


  15. Bridget says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I love these! The poinsettia is my favorite, I think. Thanks for the tips on how to make them! :)

  16. Tonya says:

    I love the poinsettia…I must try that for Christmas! I think they might be really cute set on green icing as well as white.

  17. Julie says:

    WOW! What an amazing tutorial. I have a wedding shower that I am helping with cakes. I might try making cupcakes instead with the flower decorations. Thanks! I just discovered your blog. Great tips and information. Thanks!

  18. Madeline says:

    Wow! Thanks for the tips, I think I might actually be able do the petals. How exciting!

  19. Wow! Thank you for sharing your skills with us. Those flower petals are perfect.

  20. Kristine J. says:

    boy would i love it!!

  21. Melody- Thanks for your sweet comment. I love your site and I am so glad you stopped by. Your site is amazing!

  22. mommymae says:

    always looking for new cupcake ideas. this is great!

    -does he come with the cookbook?

  23. [...] make these poinsettia cupcakes just follow the instructions I gave in this previous post and you should be able to make them!  I was going for the brown, light blue, and red color scheme, [...]

  24. Lynda says:

    Wow! I thank you for the gerat tips.

  25. Lambi says:

    love your photos. I used to have a cake business called lambicakes. Still enjoy making cupcakes for friends and family. Your flower cupcakes are beautiful. Do you have a good cake recipe? Thanks.

  26. Thanks for the step by step procedure.

  27. Thank you for a really easy to follow set of instructions and recipe. The images are also first class.

  28. Lisa says:

    Thank you for such a detailed and easy to follow set of instructions. Such an amazingly simply way to make something so beautiful!

  29. TooTTiFruiTTi says:

    You make it look so easy. I’m like the Swedish chef in the Muppets. Mess everywhere!

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