Flower Dots

Flower Dots Recipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Karen Tack
Decorating store-bought cupcakes is an easy way to add fun to a party menu. Too-cute flower dots are easy to make and add flair to a garden, fairy, or girly themed party or shower.

Yield:

Makes 12

Ingredients

8 each yellow, orange and white spice drops
1/2 cup each yellow, orange and pink decorating sugars
Rolling pin
2" flower-shaped cookie cutter
Small scissors
12 green gumdrops
1 16-oz. can vanilla frosting
Red and yellow food coloring
3 medium ziplock bags

Preparation

1. Press 2 yellow spice drops together. Sprinkle a work surface with yellow sugar and roll out pressed drops with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thickness. Add more sugar as needed to prevent sticking. Repeat with remaining spice drops and sugar, using white drops with pink sugar. With a flower-shaped cookie cutter or small scissors, cut 1 flower from each set of flattened candies, making 12 flowers. Using scissors, cut a 1/8" slice from flat side of each green gumdrop.

2. Reserve 2 Tbsp. frosting and divide remaining frosting among 3 bowls. Using food coloring, tint the frosting yellow, orange and pink. Spoon each color into a separate ziplock bag; press out air and seal.

3. Snip a 1/4" corner from the bags. Starting on the outer edge of a cupcake, pipe a concentric circle of frosting to cover the top. Repeat to make 4 frosted cupcakes in each color. Top each cupcake with a spice drop flower. Dab a dot of reserved frosting in the center of each flower; top with a gumdrop slice.

Note:

This recipe has also been published as: Gumdrop-Topped Boutonnieres

May 2011
Also featured in: Get Ready for Summer Special, All You, None 2014;
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