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Rose Cupcake Bouquet (Using Styrofoam Ball)


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I recently made a cupcake bouquet with my extra cupcakes for a dessert auction. I had been wanting to try it for quite a while but had no reason to. What I found was that it was easier than I had thought. This makes a great centerpiece for any occasion and the cupcakes easily slide off when it's time for dessert.

List of Materials

  • Flower Pot
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Toothpicks
  • Green tissue paper
  • Favorite cupcakes
  • Favorite buttercream icing


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Place the styrofoam ball in the pot and push it down so it's secure. Then slide 2 toothpicks next to each other into the ball near the top of the pot. I used 2 toothpicks so that the cupcakes didn't turn. Make sure the toothpicks are pushed in far enough because next you're going to slide a cupcake right down on top of the toothpicks so that the toothpicks puncture the bottom of the cupcake. Continue placing toothpicks in the ball and cupcakes on the toothpicks until you make it all the way around the ball. Try to get the cupcakes as close as you can.


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Continue to place toothpicks into the ball and slide cupcakes onto the toothpicks. Try to get the cupcakes as close as possible to minimize gaps. When you get near the top, you may want to "dry fit" the cupcakes to make sure you don't leave a huge blank spot on top. I was able to fit 29 cupcakes on this bouquet.


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I decided to put 3 different colored roses on my bouquet. Since I used 3 different flavors of cupcakes, and had randomly stuck them to the ball, I started by making the red velvet cupcakes white. I used a 1M tip and did a simple rose swirl on each one. I used indydebi's buttercream recipe found on this site ... it crusts nicely and does not slide off.


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Next I tinted the white buttercream pink and put a pink rose swirl on each of the vanilla cupcakes.


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I then added red coloring to the pink icing so that I could put a red rose swirl on each of the chocolate cupcakes.


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Finally, to fill in the gaps, I cut green tissue paper into small squares, gathered them (one at a time) around the end of a pen, and poked them into the gaps between flowers to look like leaves.


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Comments (40)

Does this work with smbc?
Lovelyladylibra - I've haven't tried this with smbc. Maybe try piping it on to a cupcake first to see if it slides. If it doesn't, give it a shot. :)
Thank You for posting this tutorial, very easy ! :)
Great tutorial! I love the way you varied the colors of the frosted roses. Gorgeous! Will have to try this!
Love your bouquet, very classy looking! I'm wondering if you or anyone else knows the best/cheapest place to buy styrofoam balls? I know they have them at hobby lobby and acmoore etc but they are $4/5 per ball which will add up if I do this regularly... Any tips appreciated! Thanks!
sign up for Joannes fabric store mailing list .Use the discount coupons for sytrofoam balls.They have become so pricey since they use petroluem to make them.
Creativecakesbyrachael.......sometmes the dollar store has the styrofoam balls, etc.
Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try this. I like the toothpick idea.
THankyou such a good idea and very pretty too!
What size are the pot and the ball? This is very lovely and seems simple and quick too! Great Job!
Thanks everyone! I don't remember what size pot and ball that is. I just went in to Joanne's and picked out a pot I liked and then found a ball to fit in it.
WOW that is Great !!!! awesome tutortorial < thanks for sharing
Those are beautiful. kaysee refundsweepers.com
help, I tried this technique but some of the cupcakes keep falling off and sometimes the buttercream slides off the top of the cupcakes. do you have any advice/tips for me?
rutha ... I'm so sorry this didn't work for you. I used 2 toothpicks for each cupcake. I tried to put them about 3/4 inch apart and side by side (as opposed to vertically). None of mine slid off. I used indydebi's Crisco based buttercream and nothing slid anywhere (I was concerned about that but was pleasant;y surprised when everything stayed put). You might try putting a thin layer of icing on the cupcakes before piping the rose on so that it has something to stick to. hth
Lovely! Thanks for sharing. I'll give it a try and let you know how I get on.
OMGoodness!!! I love this! I am new to this web site, I can see I will LOVE coming here!
this is real good, grate idea, i will definately try this pls can u help me with the indydebi's buttercream recipe.this is my second month in this site. i will be grateful if u reply me, on the other hand can i have your personal site.
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