Thursday, May 16, 2013

Making Cupcake Bouquets

I took a cupcake bouquet class at Le Dolci, as I was curious how cupcake bouquets are made. I found the experience fun, as the instructor explained us how to pipe three different flowers. She taught us how to make roses, carnation and daisies using the tear drop shaped tip. I have experience piping so I found it easy to follow the instructor, and had fun making these flowers.
After practicing for an hour on parchment paper, we got to decorate 12 mini-cupcakes that were pre-made for us. The buttercream icing was made with only butter and not shortening, so I found it was too quick to melt for my warm hands when I was piping :) 
I like that the icing only had butter and not shortening. Here is the recipe for the butter cream icing from Le Dolci, which I am looking forward to make at home to decorate cakes and cupcakes.
1 cup butter 
2 cups icing sugar 

Use room temperature butter and whip it for 2 minutes. Add the icing sugar slowly. 
It is optional to add a few drops of vanilla. For thinner consistency we can add water or milk a tsp at a time.
To make the cupcake bouquets, we need 
bamboo skewers 
clay pot 
craft flower arranging foam* 
knife and scissor 

*found in the dollar store and craft shops 
We cut up a piece of craft foam to fit into a clay pot so the cupcakes will have more balance when placed. The skewers were cut into 3 and placed in different heights. I pierced the cupcakes with a skewer lightly, but not all the way so it could be easily placed on the skewers.
I really liked how the bouquet looked after it was complete. I am glad that Le Dolci packs the goodies we make there to take home. My family thought it looked really pretty and enjoyed the bouquet of cupcakes. 
I usually think icing is just for the looks and not encourage my children to have a lot on their cakes, so I removed most of the pretty icing before they enjoyed the cupcakes.

I think it is always better and fun to learn a skill by having hands on experience. Le Dolci offers many different classes so we can learn to make cake pops, croissant, macaroons, cookie decorating truffles and more. Check out their website to take a look at the upcoming classes.
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23 comments:

  1. looks absolutely yummy! nice clicks!

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  2. Oh they look wonderful! I should learn how to decorate cupcakes so nicely!

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  3. Looks so beautiful... hope u had a gala time

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  4. Absolutely beautiful, and looks so 'real'! How awesome and fun to learn how to make cupcake flowers with buttercream!

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  5. Wow! Amazing work.. I'm sure you had fun learning to make them Akheela :-)

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  6. Beautiful idea!! This would have been perfect for mothers day!

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  7. wow very creative indeed....makes good gifts...

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  8. beautiful pics... and lovely ideas...

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  9. Omg, very beautiful work, love that fabulous cupcakes bouquets.

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  10. Lovely bouquet of cupcakes, interesting idea

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  11. What a fun day!! I would have loved it too. Those cupcake bouquets are adorable. :)

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  12. Hi Akheela, thanks for sharing the butter cream recipe, look really good. Those cupcake look so cute an pretty. You sure had a fun time piping the flowers.

    Have a wonderful day ahead.

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  13. I took some cake decorating classes a few years back and am so glad that I did! It just takes a few tricks to make your cakes look so much better. I do wish I had paid more attention during the flower making portion of the class :)
    When I make my icing I go with 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening, I find it easier to work with and still has that delish buttery taste!

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  14. they are so beautiful! so artistic.

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  15. beautiful bouquet of cupcakes..nice idea

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  16. Oh these are gorgeous! and cupcakes are adorable, oh wish to be at one of those classes

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  17. That looks so pretty....Seems difficult to make to me, you have a great job.

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