Cupcake Bouquet and Vanilla Buttercream


For a while I have wanted to share a beautiful recipe and this one is ideal for flowers lovers. Since May is the month dedicated to all mothers, I thought that it was best to share it at this time. I had a little incident with the tip and that why the roses are not as defined as I would have like them to be, but the idea and love is the same. This Cupcake Bouquet can be done with your favorite cupcake recipe and buttercream. I used light beige colored buttercream because that’s my beloved mother's favorite color in roses. I dedicate this entry to her, for being a very special role model in my life.






Mom,

For all that you have shown me and for always being there for me,

I love you with all my heart.
May God Bless you in many ways.









Recipe for Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter (227 gr)
1 cup of vegetable shortening (I use Crisco) (205 gr)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of vanilla (15 ml)
5 tablespoons ( 75 ml) of milk or cream 
8 cups of confectioners sugar (2lbs.)


Preparation:
1. Cream butter and vegetable shortening at Med-High speed until light and fluffy.

2. Add vanilla and 5 tablespoons os milk or cream.

3. Add sugar alternately on low speed until incorporated then move to high speed. Beat to a spreading consistency.

4. Add more milk or cream if needed until to desired consistency.


Variations to this Buttercream Frosting:

For a pure White  frosting, omit the butter and substitute with vegetable shortening. Use a non-color flavoring extract.

To dilute the consistency, add 2 tablespoons of syrup (light corn syrup), milk or water, and beat. Continue the process until desired consistency.

To thicken add 2 tablespoons of sifted confectioners' sugar and mix. Continue the process until desired consistency.

To make a Fruit Buttercream Frosting: add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of desired fruit chopped into small pieces and mix.

I leave you with this step by step video on how to make a vanilla Buttercream. The recipe varies a bit but the idea is the same. It has been very helpful to me. I hope it is of great help to you.

 
How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

 Materials needed:
  • Sphere of foam or oasis 
  • Pot for plant (I use one of 7 " wide) 
  • 25-30 Cupcakes Amount of cupcakes depends on the size of the sphere.
  • Bamboo sticks,  popsicle sticks broken in half or tooth picks
  • Buttercream for decorating
  • Tip #1m of Wilton or #827 of Ateco 
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks to stick the Styrofoam ball to the pot.
  • Rock or something heavy to put inside the vase and prevent it from tipping over when it is full of decorated cupcakes. 
  • Ribbons and Leaves are optional.
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      I used Kabobs bamboo sticks for the picture because that's what I had at the moment, but I recommend popsicle sticks because they provide more support.


      The entire bouquet comes out quite heavy, I recommend you assemble at the place the where the bouquet is going to stay, because it is not easy to transport. When you are ready to eat the delicious cupcakes remember to remove them from different areas so that it won't tip over. The weight of the bottom should avoid this, but it is best to be extra careful.

      Would like to see how a cupcake Rose is done?  
      See How to do a:  Cupcake Rose

       




      To all my followers who are Moms, I also dedicate this entry. May the Lord bless you in ways that would make you happy, healthy, wiser, loved and prosper.

      Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. - Titus 2:3-5

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