Sunday, April 29, 2012

Flower Cupcakes

Gumdrop Flower Cupcakes

Today was a big day.  Not only was it Kyle's 13th birthday, it was also the birthday of a good friend.


Kyle insisted on plain chocolate cupcakes, with NO theme.  He didn't have a party, but ate at one of his favorite restaurants, and hung out with a friend.   His friend also happened to be the son of my birthday friend.  She told me that he if didn't want themed cupcakes, she would love some..  Hmm...  what kind of theme should I do.





Gumdrop Rose Cupcakes


I searched through all of my cupcake idea books, and knew when I saw the rose cupcakes that they were the ones  I wanted to try.   They are really pretty, but not that difficult to make.


To make a candy flower, you need a bag of candy fruit slices.  I found mine at Kroger.  Sprinkle granulated sugar on a clean work surface. Sprinkle some more additional sugar on the top of the candy.   The sugar keeps the candy from sticking when you roll it out.



Flatten the candy until it is about 1/8 inch thick.  Mine were slightly thicker because I found they ripped when they got too thin, and I was in a hurry to get them done. (we were meeting friends an hour later)


Cut the candy piece in half lengthwise. You will need  about 3 strips for each flower.

how to make candy flowers

Start rolling the pieces of candy, pinching the the bottom edge to make it stick. Continue to add more pieces until you reach the size flower that you like.  My first flowers were a little thick, and looked like blobs while sitting on the plate. 

Rose Flower Cupcakes

Once placed on the cupcakes, those blobs began to take shape


Flower Cupcakes with Taffy Petals

To make the leaves, warm green chewy candy in the microwave for a few seconds to soften. The time will vary by microwave.  The book recommends 3 seconds, which did nothing to my candy.  I needed to do 10 seconds.  I did once accidentally  put a piece in for more, and it was definitely too long.    When the candy is pliable, roll it  out on a flat surface. I have to admit I kind of took a short cut on my leaves because of the time. They are not as pretty as they could be, but they still looked like leaves.

flower cupcakes for mothers day

I alternated sugar cupcakes with the flower cupcakes.  Had I had more time, I would have made more flowers. This way did turn out well though, because no everyone wanted the extra candy on their cupcake.
Red Flower Cupcakes


Not only are these cupcakes nice for birthdays, they would be perfect for Mothers Day as well.





I will be linking my flower cupcakes to these awesome linky parties . Be sure to check them out.

29 comments:

  1. Those are almost too pretty to eat. Good idea tho...I might make some for Mother's Day.

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  2. Those rose cupcakes are adorable, but there's nothing wrong with some plain old chocolate cupcakes either ;)

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope you'll be back again next week!

    -Four Sisters

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  3. Pam you did good, those candy flowers are beautiful.

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  4. I love this idea and can't wait to try it. TFS!

    Holly
    http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  5. My mouth is watering just looking at them. I bet they taste great in person. I would love if you shared them on my link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/hope-everyone-had-great-weekend.html

    Can't wait to see what you make next.

    ~Taylor

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  6. New follower from blog hop! I love party planning. I will def follow you and I am going to email your blog to my friend!

    Stop by and follow back when you can!

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! Those are awesome! Thanks for sharing! I'd love you to link up at my linky party going on now!! here:
    http://itsjustcalledspicy.blogspot.com/2012/05/spicy-link-up-3.html

    Also, I'm a new follower and would love you to follow back!

    Jen :)

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  8. Beautiful cupcakes. Well done!
    Lisa

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  9. These cupcakes are SO sweet! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  10. Hi this is lovely, love the roses..

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  11. What pretty cupcakes! Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great week :)

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  12. They are so pretty. Bet they tasted good as well!

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  13. Those turned out gorgeous!!! I am trying to talk my upcoming 6 year old into cupcakes for his party instead of a cake. I don't think I will win :( Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  14. I love the cupcakes. They came out great. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  15. These are just beautiful! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  16. These are so pretty! Great work!

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  17. So pretty! These would be great for MOthers Day too!! Love them! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters!!

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  18. Your creations always amaze me!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  19. Those are lovely! I wish I could bake or decorate well. This looks like something I might just be able to do though. Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party.

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  20. So pretty Pam! I'll take a couple please ;-)

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  21. These are so cute! And so easy! Thanks for this great decorating hack! :-)

    Kelly
    www.alovelylifeindeed.com

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  22. Those are so great looking. i wouldn't ever have thought of it!

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  23. What a clever idea!! So beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Get Your DIY On: May Flowers!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

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