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Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Karen Tack Photo by: Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Karen Tack

Spice Drop Bouquets

This treat starts with either homemade or store bought cupcakes. Then they're topped with vanilla frosting and colorful spice drops shaped like flowers!

All You MAY 2011

  • Yield: Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 12 each yellow, orange, white and green spice drops
  • 1/2 cup each yellow, orange, pink and green decorating sugars
  • Rolling pin
  • 1" flower-shaped cookie cutter
  • Small scissors

Preparation

1. Press 3 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. Repeat with remaining drops and sugar, using white drops with pink sugar. Add more sugar as needed while rolling to prevent sticking. Using a flower-shaped cookie cutter or small scissors, cut 6 flowers from each set of flattened yellow, orange and white drops, rerolling as necessary. You need up to 72 flowers. Cut as many 1/2" leaves as possible from flattened green drops. Pinch the end of each leaf to create a stem; set aside.

2. Spoon 2 Tbsp. vanilla frosting into ziplock bag. Spread remaining frosting on top of cupcakes. Arrange 3 to 6 flowers on top of each cupcake, along with several leaves.

3. Snip a small corner from ziplock bag filled with frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting in the center of each flower and top with a nonpareil.

4. Place each finished cupcake in a decorative liner and arrange on a serving platter. If desired, dress up platter with remaining spice drop flowers topped with a dot of frosting and a nonpareil.

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