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Flower Cupcakes

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Spring is here and these Flower Cupcakes are celebrating spring! Lemon Cupcakes topped with Coconut Buttercream make these cupcakes perfect for any spring fling. I made a short little video to just show you how I frosted each one, it is super easy if you have the right decorating tips. You can also change up the colors to make them brighter or different. Using Color Kitchen Foods for all our dyes, as usual. Have fun baking!

Flower Cupcakes | Makes 2 Dozen Cupcakes

Cupcakes:

  • 2 sticks (226 g.) organic butter, softened
  • 340 g. organic sugar
  • 1 T. + 1 tsp. organic lemon flavor
  • 4 organic large eggs
  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 340 g. all natural cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Frosting:

  • 3 sticks (340 g.) organic butter, softened
  • 680 g. (24 oz.) organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 T. organic coconut extract
  • Color Kitchen Foods Pink, Blue and Yellow Dyes (find here)

Chocolate Frosting:

  • 2 T. organic butter, softened
  • 15 g. organic Dutch cocoa, sifted
  • 42 g. organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. water

Tools:

  • Piping Bags
  • Decorating tips #127, 864, 846, 56

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar and lemon flavor. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the eggs and mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, baking powder and sea salt and whisk together.
  5. Add the cake flour and and cream in together and mix on low until you have a smooth cake batter.
  6. Line two cupcake pans with liners, and fill cupcakes three-quarters full.
  7. Bake for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.
  9. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and coconut extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
  10. Separate the frosting into four separate bowls, each bowl should weigh about 255 g.
  11. In one bowl, color it pastel yellow by adding ½ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Yellow Dye. Stir to combine completely. Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #846.
  12. In the second bowl, make pastel purple by adding 1/8 tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Dye and 1/8 tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Blue Dye. Stir to combine completely. Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #127.
  13. In the third bowl, make pastel pink by adding ¼ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Dye. Stir to combine completely. Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #846.
  14. In the last bowl, add 1/8 tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Pink Dye and ¼ tsp. Color Kitchen Foods Yellow Dye to create a pastel orange. Stir to combine completely. Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #864.
  15. In your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and water. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Put in a piping bag with decorating tip #56. Set aside.
  16. To frost the pink and yellow cupcakes (like Roses), start in the middle and work your way to the outer edge in a circular motion.
  17. To frost the pastel orange cupcakes, make dollops around the boarder, then in between each dollop, make another dollop on top, finally make the last dollop in the center.
  18. To frost the lavender cupcakes, start with the piping bag in the center of the cupcake, with the smaller end of the tip towards the inside and the larger part of the tip towards the outside. In a swooping motion, make a petal. Right next to it, make another, and another until you’ve gone around the entire cupcake. In between the first two petals, make another petal and complete a second row on top.
  19. Using the chocolate frosting, pipe small dollops in the center of the flower in a circle to cover up the beginning parts of the petals.
  20. Eat flower cupcakes!
  21. Store in a cake dome.

Baker’s Note: To make brighter colors you can double the amount of food coloring. You can also make different colors! To make these cupcakes gluten free, just substitute the cake flour for an organic gluten free flour blend.

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