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Buttercream Flower Cupcakes

Snow has officially hit the East Coast, y'all. And with it, it has brought along sleet, freezing rain, frigid temperatures, and power outages. So basically, general unpleasantness. That's why I've taken it upon myself to bring some sunshine into your lives today, with these colorful flower cupcakes!

I made these a few weeks ago for a bridal shower for one of my very close friends. I was honored to have been specifically requested to cater the dessert table and even more honored that the requestor had faith in me attempting cupcake designs I had never tried before! Though now that I think about it, I don't think she knew that part...well, I guess she knows now! Thank goodness it all worked out, huh? :)

The only flower cupcakes I made prior to these were the begonia cupcakes I made in July and those were a huge hit, so I knew I wanted to make those again. But I didn't want to JUST make those, I wanted to mix it up. So, I did my research and decided that I was ballsy enough to tackle three other flowers: hydrangeas, roses, and daffodils.

The easiest out of all of them were the hydrangeas, I had those done in minutes. Then came the begonias, which gave me a slightly hard time because I used cream cheese frosting, and as you all know, it isn't as stiff as regular buttercream. But it was all for the sake of the red velvet cupcakes and gratefully, the design still turned out pretty nice. After the begonias were the daffodils, which were everyone's favorite! They really weren't that hard at all, but it did take me a while to get a hang of the bowl in the middle.

And last, but certainly not least, were the rose cupcakes. I saved them for last because I knew they were going to be the hardest, but I did not take into consideration that I'd already be tired from all the other piping by the time I got to them. Wow, were they difficult to get right! The YouTube tutorial made it look so easy but it is not easy! I would pipe the rose halfway, then start all over again, and I did this at least 4 times before I made one that looked pretty. Needless to say, it took me forever to get them done! Why can't I be as awesome as Buddy?!

Overall though, I would consider this flower piping experience a major success. But you already know I'm going to be practicing piping roses in my spare time now...I won't stop until I achieve perfection! #perfectionistproblems

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