The Easy Way to Decorate Beautiful Cupcakes

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Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes - Beautiful, delicious and fun! A video tutorial on the amazingly quick and simple way to decorate stunning cupcakes!

Beautiful, delicious and fun! There’s a video tutorial, too!

If you did a Google search for cafe sucre farine cupcakes  and checked out the results, you might surmise that I enjoy making cupcakes. And if you scroll down the long list, you might be convinced that I just hang out all day making cupcakes – and that decorating them is one of my strong suits.

The first presumption is true, the second, not so much. I do enjoy making (and eating) cupcakes, but decorating can be a struggle for me. There’s often weeks or months in between when I make cupcakes and I always feel a bit rusty when it comes to decorating. I have to practice, practice, practice to get it right and, when I’m finished, sometimes only two or three out of a dozen come out looking pretty.

I guess that’s why I was so thrilled to discover this fun marshmallow flower technique for turning out gorgeous cupcakes. I’d seen examples on Pinterest awhile back, but didn’t have the opportunity to try it till now.

Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes - Beautiful, delicious and fun! A video tutorial on the amazingly quick and simple way to decorate stunning cupcakes!

Wow! Was I surprised at how quickly my first attempt came together. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the results were! I used my Easiest, Best Ever Chocolate Cupcake recipe for the base and frosted them with my Best Ever Vanilla Buttercream. But instead of telling you all about the simple technique, Scott and I put together a short little video to show you. After all, seeing is believing, right? And I’m certain you’ll be a believer after you watch!

Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes - Beautiful, delicious and fun! A video tutorial on the amazingly quick and simple way to decorate stunning cupcakes!

Oh, and if you haven’t read our last two posts, you might be wondering what the 10,000 Cupcakes, One Great Cause campaign is. It’s a wonderful collaboration to help raise funds for breast cancer research. KitchenAid will donate up to $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation this October – and you can be part of it! For every cupcake you make and share on Instagram and/or Twitter, they will donate $1. You can enter as often as you want! So you get to have fun in the kitchen while helping this extremely worthy cause.

KitchenAid Raspberry Ice Artisan Mixer with Polka Dot Bowl - created to help promote awareness and help fund the fight against breast cancer through KitchenAid and the Susan Komen Foundation.

The Easy Way to Decorate Beautiful Cupcakes

  • cupcakes
  • colored sugar s
  • buttercream icing
  • marshmallows about 16-18 for each cupcake
  • scissors
  • cooking spray or oil
  • sprinkles non pareils,
  1. Frost 1 cupcake at a time with a fairly thick layer of buttercream icing. It doesn’t have to be fancy but try to keep a nice shape and cover to the edges with the icing.
  2. Place colored sugar in a medium size shallow bowl.
  3. Place a small amount of sprinkles in a small bowl.
  4. Spray the blades of a clean scissors with cooking spray or wipe lightly with a paper towel that’s been dipped in oil. Wipe off any excess oil. (If blades of the scissors begin to get sticky at any point, just wash the scissors with hot water, dry well and repeat oil.
  5. Cut about 16-18 marshmallows in half, diagonally and add them to bowl with sugar. Stir to coat sticky, cut side of marshmallow halves with colored sugar.
  6. Cut 1 marshmallow in half crosswise and place sticky side down into sprinkles (or non pareils). Push down on marshmallow half to enlarge it to a circular “button”. Remove from sprinkle bowl and set aside. Repeat with other half.
  7. Beginning at the outer edge of the frosted cupcake, place marshmallows all the way around the cupcake. When the outer circle is complete, move in and do the same thing again. The last circle of petals should be right around the “button”. (I use 14-16 “petals” around the outer edges. 10-12 around the middle circle and 6-7 around that surrounds “the button.)
  8. With your hands slightly cupped, gently shape the flower so that it’s circular and some outer petals aren’t sticking out.
  9. Repeat procedure for remaining cupcakes.
  10. The video in the post above demonstrates all these steps.
  11. Enjoy!

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