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August 13, 2013

Hydrangea Cupcakes + How To Video

I think it is so fabulous to be able to make something out of nothing. I love that with a few simple ingredients (hello, cake mix!) and tools, it is possible to make something really beautiful. These hydrangea cupcakes are a great example of making something really pretty out of nothing.

I've wanted to try these cupcakes for a long time. The hydrangea in our neighborhood are turning from bright blue to a deep blue, purple with touches of green. They are just amazing. I have a very generous neighbor that invited me to cut blooms from her bushes whenever I wanted... obviously, she didn't know what she was saying! Though tempting, I've only borrowed this one time to use as a centerpiece to go along with these cupcakes.

I used a box cake mix for the cupcakes - no shame. To set off the color of the blue "hydrangea" I used these Brown Cupcake Papers They are taller than standard cupcake papers, but still fit into a standard 2" cupcake pan. They make a bigger cupcake, which is nice when you use this much frosting.

Here is a link to the frosting recipe I use.

Supplies :

Celebration Candles - Seaside
Disposable Piping Bag
Jumbo Star Tip
Brown Cupcake Papers

 Fit the piping bag with a Jumbo Star Tip (I used these disposable bags to make clean up easy).

To get the variegated blue/purple look,  I made the blue color first, set half of it aside...

Then mixed in a little red to make the purple color.  There is only a slight difference, making them look more realistic.  Can you see the streaks of purple?  It just sort of naturally happens when you put both colors in together.  I use a small spoon to help get it into each side of the bag.  You don't have to do it perfectly, just a little bit of each color makes them look great.

I'm trying a new thing - video!  Here is a little technique video to show you how I make them look as real as possible.  What do you think?  Do you want me to do more videos?

I served these for my sister's birthday, so I used Celebration Candles in Seaside with my Monogrammed Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins for dessert.

You can buy them as a set in my store, or purchased them individually (Celebration Candles & Cocktail Napkins).  I think the set makes a great birthday gift for someone.

The cocktail napkins work great for dessert... and cocktails, obviously.

Here is the Pin Strip!

Stay tuned for details on the Blue Hydrangea themed table setting tomorrow!

Resources :

Celebration Candles - Seaside
Disposable Piping Bag
Jumbo Star Tip
Brown Cupcake Papers


  1. Keep the videos coming!

  2. Great video! I always have trouble with frosting things, I think its the consistency of the frosting for me. So for example I will pipe out a flower an it will look like a flower for a bit and then melt into a more glob like form. LOL. Any tips?

    P.S. Wonderful store! I keep browsing, which must soon be changed into buy!

  3. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Well done Jenny best post ever!

  4. Anonymous4:40 PM

    I love the video! I can't wait to try this technique. They are beautiful!

  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing your technique. I will be trying it!

  6. Krystal8:56 PM

    Love the video! Do you have any tips or tricks to keeping your white linens so bright and white?

  7. Great video! Hope there are more videos on the blog in your future.

  8. Lovely video. The cupcakes look amazing! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.....

  9. Great video. Keep them coming.

  10. Anonymous1:23 PM

    ok seriously, how cute are these?! love your blog!

  11. I loved the video concept! Please do more, like your favorite pieces to transition your home into autumn decor!

  12. Ashley8:52 PM

    The video really helps you understand the technique. Thanks Jenny!

  13. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Jenny, Could you monogram the cocktail napkins with any letter or is it only the H?

  14. Love the video!! I'm curious as to how exactly you made the icing color and your technique on filling piping bags! I always have a hard time keeping the icing from over flowing out of the top of the bag!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Yes, please, more videos: love it!!

  16. Anonymous11:17 PM

    The video is great quality, I would watch more videos - hope you keep them coming!! I guess it helps that those cupcakes are already gorgeous ... :)

    Thanks for the tips!!!
    Lauren from


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