Friday, April 14, 2006

Emily's birthday cupcakes

cupcake roses for Emily!

Another belated post, this one about the cupcakes I made for Emily's birthday party last year. These were inspired by a photo I clipped from a magazine (although I didn't save enough of the page to know what magazine!) and are buttercream roses iced (with a huge flower-making frosting tip) directly onto the cupcakes. If you've ever seen directions for making icing roses on a flower nail, it's basically the same thing, except you make them right on the cupcakes. And since they're buttercream they're totally edible and yummy, unlike royal frosting or (most) fondant. I was very happy with the way they turned out. I made yellow and pink ones, and the cupcakes are chocolate (thanks to my friend Betty for help with those!) Here they are on display before the party:

before the party

And here the cupcakes are naked; and lined up getting iced.

More info: I used the basic buttercream recipe in the Wilton cake book, but I made it ahead of time and kept it in the fridge; I had to use the mixer to soften it a little but I kept it really cold to make it easier to work with. (I had two setups and when the one I was using started getting warm from my hands I put it in the fridge and switched to the other.) I used the Wilton 125 petal tip -- I wanted to use a bigger one, but I didn't give myself time to get them online and I was lucky to find two 125 tips locally as it was! I pretty much free-handed the roses, I didn't use any petal count system (in the comments -- I actually don't know what that 3-5, 7 count means). I looked at a couple of different ways people made roses and just sort of winged it. There's a reason you don't see all the cupcakes I iced in those photos!!


  1. YAY!!! so glad to finally see these! Yours turned out much cuter than the inspiration picture you sent me!

  2. I would feel bad eating something that pretty.

  3. those are AWESOME! question... what kind of buttercream do you use? im always on the quest to find a buttercream that tastes good and holds up to piping well... your advice would be much appreciated!

  4. thanks, guys!
    Dena, I *think* that I used one of the recipes in an old wilton yearbook, but I'm not sure. I think I made a note of it though, so I'll check on it and post what I find!

  5. Hi, they look really good. I'd like to make that for a girlfriend's shower. Could you please tell me which tips you used to make those huge flowers? And did you make these flowers the same way we make the smaller version of the Wilton roses: 3-5 and then 7 petals?


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