Thursday, December 30, 2010

Spotlight: Cupcake Bouquets with sugar artist Jennifer Walleen!!

Hi Everyone!!  We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!! 
 We have a lot of great new things we are looking forward to sharing with you in the coming months!! 


Today we have a very special treat for you -- a cupcake bouquet tutorial by the amazing Sugar Artist Jennifer Walleen.  It all started when we saw these amazing cupcake bouquets that looked like real flower bouquets. Check these out! 



Aren't those incredible?? We contacted the artist, Jennifer Walleen and asked her to put together a tutorial for us here at Cindy's Confections, which she graciously agreed to do.  Thanks Jennifer!!  So without further adieu, take it away Jenn!! 



Items Needed:
8 (12 oz) styrofoam bowls
1 4 inch pot
Box for transporting
Toothpicks
30-32 MINI cupcakes iced like a flower (note:  refrigerate for a few hours before assembling)
Green plastic or tissue to cover bowls
Clear tape



1.  Decorate your cupcakes.  The tips I used were the 2D rose, poinsettia 349 and the 79 mum tip.  I got the multi color on the roses by putting a small amount of red in the bag with white.  I have also used the leaf tip (349) for other flowers as well (not pictured) such as sunflowers. 


2.  Cut your box to fit the pot about halfway up the pot so it will not shift. 



3.  Turn one bowl upside down and tape the remaining seven bowls on top. 



4.  Cover the bowls with the green.  Put rock or pea gravel in the bottom of the pot to weigh it down.  Tape green covered bowls to the pot with clear tape and tie a ribbon around the pot.  I like to put the pot in the box at this point but that is not necessary. 




5.  Start at the bottom of the bowls and work your way around the bowls, anchoring each cupcake with two toothpicks. 



6.  Start the next row anchoring each cupcake with one toothpick.  Continue working around the pot and repeat until the green bowls are completely covered with the cupcakes.  You should be able to get 30-32 cupcakes on bowls, depending on how tightly packed they are placed. 



7.  Fill gaps with greenery.  I like to use silk leaves as they are a lot easier than making gum paste or fondant leaves. 

Experiment with color and a variety of flowers for endless bouquet options! 

Have fun and Happy Decorating!!

Thank you soooo much Jenn!!  See more of her awesome creations HERE

16 comments:

  1. Awesome thanks for the great tutorial!

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  2. I am absolutely blown away - have never seen anything like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. Thanks so much, I had a go this morning, and it worked a treat! I loved it to bits, so much fun. This is how mine came out:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zestee/5698486729/in/photostream

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  4. That's AWESOME Rachel!! Gorgeous!! I'll let Jenn know!! She'll be thrilled too!! :D

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  5. I'm totally blown away! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm so inspired!

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  6. Wow the bouquet is beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  7. Cool! So Lovely! I'm a floral designer and use a lot of rectangular containers for my floral arrangements (like the one shown in your first photo). What would I use instead of the round bowls for this shape container to stick the cupcakes into? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Linda! I use a rectangular piece of styrofoam and cut it the dimension of the box. You can do it 2 ways: 1. fit it to the top and tape it (for flowers that will hang off the sides) or 2 fit it just inside the box and set the flowers flat (I angle them slightly around the perimiter. So glad you all are enjoying my tutorial!

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  8. I love these and have been hooked since I found Jenn's site last year. These are mine:

    https://www.facebook.com/DecoratedDreams#!/media/set/?set=a.10150172774804436.309277.174839479435&type=3

    I use styro balls, not bowls. But I am going to give it a whirl now with the bowls. What tip do you use for the Begonias?

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  9. Hi LittleCofeBean! Your cupcake bouquet is gorgeous!! I'm glad Jenn's tutorial helped!

    I looked up begonias in this wonderful little book called "65 Buttercream Flowers" by Richard V. Snyder. It's been out of print for years and is photographed in black and white, but still provides some excellent guidance on making buttercream flowers. In this book the author suggests using a 103 petal tip for violets and adapting that to begonias (which would use the same technique). Then, to give it a waxy appearance, brush with warmed clear piping gel for a waxy look. Hope that helps! :D

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  10. Thanks you are a genius going to save me so much money to use styrofoam bowls instead of styrofoam balls which can be pricey

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  11. Thank you so much for this its going to save me so much money to buy styrofoam bowls instead of styrofoam balls which are pricey how can you do in bigger pot have you ever tried bigger?

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  12. Can you please clarify the size of the cupcakes (maybe as a volume)? In Australia there are 4 sizes of cupcakes / muffins (to my knowlege). The baking pan volumes are roughly as follows:
    Mini: about 25ml
    "Fairy" or "patty" cake: about 40ml
    Standard: 80ml
    Large / "texas": 180ml

    The ones in the picture look like maybe or fairy / patty cake size. Our mini size if quite small, really only big enough to pop straight into your mouth!

    Thanks for sharing, what a fabulous idea!

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  13. So pretty, but I had problems when I tried.....how do you keep the cupcakes on thier sides from tearing through the toothpick and the frosting from falling off. I have tried repeatedly and I keep having the same problems.
    thanks. I appreciate any help you can give me.

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