Cupcakes By Katie

Birthday Bouquet

Posted by Katie Posted on Aug - 12 - 2012

On June 14, 2012 my Nana turned 90 years young.  I wasn’t going to miss it for the world, nor was I going to let the celebration be without a heartfelt cupcake creation.  My Nana is a beautiful woman who taught me much about being a lady of elegance.  As early as the age of three I can remember gazing at her expensive jewelry, peeking in her closet at ballroom gowns, and playing in her lush garden.  Flowers have always reminded me of my Nana – her beauty, her elegance.  It seemed only natural that a bouquet of cupcake flowers be the centerpiece of celebration.

Although you can’t see it very well in the picture, the base is a silver cake stand from Hobby Lobby.  The greenery was also a purchase from Hobby Lobby – I felt like a vibrant lime green color would complement the color scheme for the flowers – purple, red, and yellow.  White worked its way in later.

I used cheap styrofoam bowls instead of the more expensive styrofoam at craft stores to create a base on top of the cake stand.  It worked pretty well, after stacking and cutting away, until I got a shape that was to my liking.  Once in place, I began hot-gluing the greenery around the base, alternating the two types.  Then it was a simple matter of securing cupcakes with toothpicks all around, until the bouquet became complete with color.  From there I stuck some extra pieces of greenery throughout the dome of flowers to fill in extra space and to round out the design.

Let’s take a closer look at the flowers…

The white mums come straight from the Hello, Cupcake! book – mini marshmallows cut on the diagonal and placed atop frosting in a repeating pattern.  So easy and yet so pretty.  The yellow flowers were made of candy clay massaged into rounded, ruffly pancakes, so to speak.  Each layer (about 4 or 5 per flower) were slightly smaller as I worked toward the center, which included a few yellow non-pareils.  The purple roses were also made of candy clay into which I worked a darker purple food coloring.  Finally, the red flowers were simply made of Pull N Peel Twizzlers cut in 1 inch sections on the diagonal.  To my relief the frosting held the Twizzlers in place, even when the cupcakes were placed at an angle.  Each flower sat on top a cupcake except the purple roses, which served as space fillers.

To tie it all together, matching flowers:

My sister and I found napkins at Party City that matched perfectly.  Under a spotlight in the dining room, it all came alive for the party.

When all was said and done, I can say with confidence based on all the raving reviews that the cupcake creation was a memorable success that seemed to live up to a very memorable woman.  I love you better than sugar and cream, Nana!


My beautiful Nana at 90 years young.

Categories: Birthdays