Everyone loves getting a bouquet, but a bouquet you can eat? That’s a gift I would give myself!
Start by making your cupcakes and frosting and let both cool. I used a recipe for just basic vanilla cupcakes and buttercream (you can try this and this, but remember to only make a 1/4 of a recipe) but feel free to make whatever kind you want. Bake the cupcakes in yellow or green liners (to look like the flower) and dye your buttercream whatever color you want to make it look like the petals. Pipe on the frosting with a star tip. Side note: I used a 6″ pot that held 6 cupcakes.
While your cupcakes are cooling, cut two circles of styrofoam to fit into your pot, one for lower in the pot and one for closer to the top. You can also you use a block of floral foam.
On top of the styrofoam bunch up a sheet of green tissue (to look like the grass/ground).
To assemble the “flowers”, put either 2 large toothpicks or a cake pop stick in the bottom of the cupcake. Gently press it into the foam. Side note: If the green tissue starts to get in the way, you can put the cupcakes in the foam first, then press pieces of the tissue in around the cupcakes.
Wrap the whole flowerpot in colored tissue and tie with a bow.
Adapted from a recipe in The Cupcake
*I apologize profusely for the lack of posts as of late….internet has been scarce due to the move but is supposed to be installed this coming Friday (basically an eternity from now). Until then posts will be limited….and I will continue to live as though I am in prehistoric times*
When I first saw this recipe on Annie’s Eats, I assumed it wouldn’t be easy (extracting just sounds hard). Well let me tell you, I assumed wrong. Making your own vanilla is a dream (especially if
you’re a vodka lover you have vodka on hand) and will save you from weekly (expensive) vanilla runs ( if you love to bake as much as me). All you need are vanilla beans, cheap vodka, and bottles (I got mine at the Christmas Tree Shop but they can also be found here ). Fill your containers with vodka and split the vanilla beans before adding them (use three beans per eight ounces of vodka). Tightly close the lids and place them in a cool, dark location for about two months. Shake occasionally. Whenever you finish a bottle, just refresh with a new bean or two and refill with vodka.
I made 3 bottles so I have back-up when one runs out, although these bottles do last a while (mine I started using in January looks almost untouched). FYI these also make great gifts (just ask my mom!). One more FYI, definitely let this sit for the full 3 months, otherwise it will just taste like shots of vanilla vodka…which you may be ok with if you’re a vodka lover and all..
Source: Annie’s Eats