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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day Cupcakes & Flowers | Tulips & Treats for Valentine's Day



Valentine's Day Flower Cupcakes

Valentine's Day isn't just for sweethearts. It is for friends, co-workers, teachers, neighbors and family. Put together a fun treat for all of the loved ones in your life... I think this idea is so fun - sweets and flowers rolled into one. I started with a really simple cupcake (you can use any recipe - or box! - you like) and topped it with buttercream, oreos and a tulip. The tulips only cost $1 each at the grocery store, which brings the grant total to $15 for 1 dozen tulip cupcakes.



This is one of those creative ideas that takes no real artistry or skill - literally anyone can make it and it will look perfect... great for kids (or un-crafty boyfriends/husbands). The kids will have a great time dipping the icing in the oreos.

Flower Cupcakes

12 cupcakes (jumbo cupcakes pictured)
White or Brown Cupcake Papers
1 recipe of buttercream icing (recipe here)
Piping Bag
8 oreo cookies
12 flowers*

Start by pulverizing the oreos in a food processor or in a large ziplock and a rolling pin. Process or smash oreos until they are fine crumbs.

Using a pastry bag (I love disposable ones), pipe buttercream frosting on the top of the cupcakes. Place the oreos in a shallow bowl. Dip the top of the frosted cupcakes into the oreos until all of the buttercream is covered.

Place a tulip* (or other flower) in the top.

*It is important to note, tulips are not edible flowers. Be sure to wrap the stems in plastic or put them in a plastic tube. Instead of the tulips, you could use any of the following flowers that are actually entirely or partially edible:

Carnation
Chrysanthemum
Tuberous Begonia
Gardenia
Cornflower
Nasturtium
Violet
Bellis perenis (English daisy)
Hollyhock
Lavender
Gladiolus
Evening Primrose
Lilac
Safflower
Rose
Sunflower
Snapdragon
Peony
Phlox
Pansy ‘Johnny Jump Up’



I first came up with this concept while planning a "Spring Shower" Bridal Shower... it works great with all spring flowers!


More Homemade Valentine's Day Ideas :



Valentine's Day DIY Flowers - Get the step-by-step directions here!











Valentine's Day Boxed Cupcakes - Get the step-by-step directions here!










Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies - Get the step-by-step directions here!



8 comments:

  1. What a great concept. Those look soo good! I love how the oreo crumbs look like dirt and how you have them in a flower box.

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  2. These are SO cute! What a great idea- I love your blog Jenny! :)

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  3. These are so lovely! Tulips are by far my favorite flower. Ever.

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  4. What a great idea and recipe..loved every bit of it..the cute cupcakes and tulips! happy valentines day to u ... !

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  5. These are awesome! They'd be great for Mother's Day too! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  6. This is SO cute and I love your photos. You might want to make a note that people should use ONLY organically grown flowers... most commercially grown flowers are loaded with pesticides.

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  7. TOO BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. Thanks for this awesome idea. My sister and I made them this weekend for our family birthday party. We made a cake that looked like a planter and then the cupcakes surrounding it. It was fun and super easy.
    Thanks for the inspiration Jenny!

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