Pastel Flower Cupcakes, Guest Post

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on April 19, 2012

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I’m Angie a.k.a BigBearsWife from BigBearsWife.com and I just want to thank Allison for inviting me to be a part of Sweet Tooth Friday!

I started BigBearsWife.com as a place to store my recipes and craft files when we were living in North Carolina. My husband was in the Military, stationed at Camp Lejeune, and we had already moved 3 times since we had been married. (We’ve moved a total of 7 times in the past year) I didn’t want to loose another recipe because of moving, packing, unpacking and misplacing haha. It was much easier to arrange everything on a blog and archive everything. Not to mention, that when a friend or family member wanted one of my recipes I could just send them the link or just print it out for them. Plus, if I was looking for a certain recipe, I could go straight to it, rather than flip through my mounds of cookbooks.

In 2007, I married , Thomas,  “BigBear” and that’s where BigBearsWife came from (his nickname from the Military, hence BigBearsWife, and yes his co-workers and buddies in the military refereed to me as that).

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Pastel Flower Cupcakes

Someone I know it having a very special birthday this year. A very important, amazing birthday.

BigBear’s Grandmother (Grandma Mary) is going to be turning 85 this year.

*Happy Early Birthday Grandma Mary*

And guess what else. Guess who’s in charge of her party…. parties… (yes you read that right, 2 birthday parties this year)… me! :)

This makes me happy for 3 reasons.

#1. I love BigBear’s grandma  and I’m so excited to be able to give her an amazing birthday celebration weekend, she is such an amazing woman!

#2. I am overly excited that I get to plan 2 huge parties.

Pastel Flower Cupcakes

#3. I am full of joy in knowing that his grandmother and aunt love me so much and trust me enough to give me full control over such a big event.

The theme? Flowers, Ocean, Beach, Birds, Pastels. I’m going to make it work. It’s going to be awesome.

Flowers

See these will match perfectly!

That is why I have made these cupcakes. I needed to practice some designs. This is one of them and I think it’s the one I will use for the party. The cupcakes are a “Box From Scratch” kinda cupcake, yes it used a box mix but with other added things, so it’s kind of from scratch. 😉 These cupcakes are adorned with royal icing flowers (directions below) and cream cheese butter-cream icing (recipe below).

Pastel Flower Cupcakes

Pastel Flower Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pastel Flower Cupcakes

Perfectly pastel flower cupcakes.

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1-1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (8oz container) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Royal Icing Flowers:
  • 3 oz warm water
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pound powdered icing sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Edible Glitter
  • gel food coloring
  • 2D Tip
  • Piping Bags
  • Cupcake Icing:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

    Cupcakes:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, mix together the egg whites, water, and vanilla.
  4. Mix on low for about 10 seconds. Slowly add the dry mix a little at a time. Mixing on low until everything is combined.
  5. Add sour cream and mix well. Add color now if desired. Mix well.
  6. Line a muffin/cupcake tin with paper liners.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full of batter.
  8. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  9. Royal Icing Flowers
  10. In the bowl of a mixer, mix the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix for 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds.
  11. Add powdered sugar slowly, mix until combined. Add in cornstarch and mix.
  12. Using the paddle attachment on the lowest speed, mix slowly for 10 minutes.
  13. Tint with gel food coloring.
  14. To Make the flowers: Fill a piping bag, fitted with a 2D Drop Flower Decorating Tip. On parchment paper, press tip to surface and squeeze, rotating your wrist from a 9'o'clock angle to a 12 o'clock angle. Release pressure and left away. Dot center with yellow icing. Let dry over night. Once flowers are dry, brush with edible glitter.
  15. Use to decorate cupcakes
  16. Cupcake Icing
  17. For icing: Cream butter in the bowl of a mixer. Add cream cheese and mix well. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing. Add vanilla and heavy cream and mix until combined.
  18. For my cupcake icing, I used a piping bag, fitted with a 2D Drop Flower Decorating Tip and swirled.
http://www.alli-n-son.com/2012/04/19/pastel-flower-cupcakes-guest-post/

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{ 14 comments }

1 Aimee @ ShugarySweets April 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hi Angie!! The cupcakes are gorgeous!!!

2 Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey April 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Those cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous….the colors are so vibrant and they make me feel happy all over. Perfect Spring party dessert….I love it!

Thank you, Allison for hosting this fabulous party.

3 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oh my gosh, those cupcakes are gorgeous! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great weekend!

4 Lyuba April 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thank you so much for the party!!! Have a great weekend!

5 Jocelyn April 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Those cupcakes are beautiful!!! Great job!!! Thank you so much for hosting the fun!!!

6 SwedishCornerDownUnder...Pernilla April 20, 2012 at 3:18 am

The cupcakes are beautiful and look absolutely scrumptious!
Visiting from Show and Tell Friday
Greetings from Australia
~Pernilla

7 Winnie April 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

These cupcakes are AWESOME !
I can’t get over these. Just beautiful
Must check your blog Angie

Thanks for hosting, and have a wonderful weekend
Winnie

8 Run DMT April 20, 2012 at 8:19 am

So nice to “meet” you, Angie! Those cupcakes are stunning. Truly a work of art and Grandma will surely love them. Wishing her a wonderful and blessed birthday. :-)

9 Heather April 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

Gorgeous cupcakes and a great party! Thanks

10 Alice April 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

What a pretty cupcakes!
I’m linking up my Japanese Strawberry & Raspberry Shortcake
Thks for hosting :)

11 Miz Helen April 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

12 Claire @ Polkadot~pretties April 29, 2012 at 5:19 am

Love this project!!!!!
I currently have a Crafty linky party going on, i would love you to link this project up !!!
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Claire xox

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