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Flower Dots

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Karen Tack
Yield Makes 12
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.

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
  • 12 cupcakes in liners, such as Golden Cupcakes

How to Make It

  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.

Cook's Notes

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

Also appeared in: All You, None, 2014, Get Ready for Summer Special;