Sunflowers are possible the happiest flowers in the world. So I’m just going to ignore the fact that they’re basically technically a weed.
I think these sunflower cupcakes are just as bright and pretty as the actual flower, but so much better because you can actually EAT them!
Last week I showed you how to make elegant Hydrangea Cupcakes here. Now while these Sunflower Cupcakes aren’t quite as quick and easy, they’re still totally doable.
You don’t need a ton of artistic skill or special equipment. Just a couple leaf piping tips and yellow and green food coloring!
What you need to make sunflower cupcakes
Buttercream! My Best Buttercream recipe + video can be found here, or scroll to the end of this post for a special free buttercream guide.
Leaf Piping Tips! You will need at least two, one for the sunflower petals and one for the leaves. For the cupcake above and the one below, I used the smaller leaf tip. For the two-toned version I used a bigger one. Use whatever you have or can find! Here are the exact products I used:
For the food coloring, I always prefer gel. You just need a small amount to get a huge color payoff, so it doesn’t affect the consistency of your buttercream too much. I used my yellow food coloring with a teeny amount of copper coloring mixed in to get the perfect petal color. For the two-toned cupcakes, I add a streak of copper to my piping bag using a spoon and then squished it together.
As you can see, I used mini chocolate chips or mini oreos for the sunflower centers. This makes easy work of decorating, and adds some extra deliciousness! You could also use chocolate sprinkles.
Got questions or frustrations with buttercream?
Like I mentioned in the video, if you’re decorating with buttercream while it’s hot or humid, or plan to serve anything outside, there’s a few tips to prevent melting and drooping. Firstly, make the buttercream without adding any cream or milk. This will give you a thicker sturdier consistency. You can also add extra powdered sugar to thicken it up.
Since butter has a melting temperature of about 90°F, that can be problematic in some situations. In that case, you might consider using half or all shortening in place of the butter. While shortening doesn’t offer the same superior taste and melt-in-your mouth texture as butter, sometimes it’s better than having your frosting creations melt on you.
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