Flower Power

Good morning! There are many things in this world I love. Shoes, sugar, chocolate, the sun, family, friends… Actually, I love a ridiculous amount of things. But do you know what I do not love? Watering flowers. I actually almost despise it.

Unfortunately, I have been dealt the wonderful chore of watering the flowers while my mom and dad are away. Now I know what you’re thinking: it’s just a couple of flowers, it couldn’t be that bad! HA. I laugh at your ignorance. Let me tell you, it is more than just a couple of flowers. My backyard is more like… an overflowing forest of flowers. Every which way you turn, there are flowers. But wait, there’s more. Not only are there an inordinate amount of flowers, my mother is the flower queen. If I let these flowers die… well, let’s just say it will not be good. My mother has put her heart and soul into making these flowers gorgeous, and I think if they die now, she’ll be just devastated. They really are beautiful, and I appreciate them, I really do! I just don’t have the desire to care for them endlessly. But I do have the desire for something else… baking.

With all the watering I’ve been doing and my ever-increasing relationship with my backyard flora, flowers have been imprinted on my brain. So what better to post than my beautiful flower cupcakes?!

I’m not even going to be modest about these little treats. I think they’re just superb. How can you get better than a cupcake that looks like a flower? Oh right, you can’t.

I decided to make vanilla cupcakes and then dye the cake green for added fun. Then, I made my go-to, oh-so-delicious buttercream frosting, which I am going to share the recipe for right now. I keep mentioning this frosting, so it’s about time I let you in on my secret!

Luscious Buttercream Frosting

2 cups shortening

7-8 cups confectioners sugar (depending on your consistency preference)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla extract (clear if you prefer to keep your frosting super white)

6 fl oz. heavy cream

 

And voila, the most amazingly delicious buttercream you will ever taste. Maybe it’s the shortening… or the heavy cream… or the 8 cups of confectioners sugar… yeah, sorry, this one’s not exactly easy on the cals. But whatever, it’s delicious.

After making the buttercream frosting, I divided it up into two bowls and dyed one pink and one purple.

Then, it was time to use what  I like to call my icing gun, which you can find here . My best friend got me this for Christmas, and it is absolutely amazing. It has 4 different tips and ices cupcakes and decorates cakes with perfect ease. Using the star tip, I loaded the gun up with pink first and created little flower-looking dollops. Then, once I had thoroughly “pinked” all of the cupcakes, I switched to purple and filled in the spaces, creating a beautiful sea of purple and pink flowers!

So pretty, and they really are easy! Don’t they remind you a little bit of Hydrangeas?

I can definitely see the resemblance. Well, it’s about time for me to go water the flowers, sigh… At least something deliciously pretty came out of this awful deed. Don’t plant flowers- bake them! Have a bountiful, beautiful day :)

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8 responses to “Flower Power

  1. They definitely do look like hydrangeas! So pretty!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Love your cupcakes…too cute!

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