What better way to say, "I Love You", than with red roses!
A simple way to turn ordinary cupcakes into gorgeous works of art is by adding these candy roses made from sugared gummy slices you buy from your local grocery store.
Begin by making your cupcakes from a cake mix and frost. I piped my frosting using a #2d decorating tip with Creamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting (recipe to follow).
If you would like to pipe your frosting like mine, see HERE for a YouTube tutorial on how to pipe a rosette. It's very easy!
Now for the roses. I shared a tutorial for these gummy roses HERE, so check out this tutorial for more detailed instructions. Each rose is made from one sugared gummy slice.
For a quick overview, slice the sugared gummy slice so you have three slices. (For tips and detailed instructions, click on the link above for the tutorial). Roll the slices on a sugared surface.
Begin with the smallest slice for the center and wrap it around.
Wrap the remaining two slices around and pinch at the bottom to secure.
Holding the rose from the bottom, carefully push out the edges of the petals to form a blossoming rose.
I sliced green gummy slices for the leaves. Roll the slices in sugar and then cut them in half. Pinch one end and cut a point on the other end to form a realistic looking leaf.
Add the leaf to the frosted cupcake first, then place the candy rose on top in the middle.
You can use can frosting, or make a yummy homemade frosting. I love a recipe I've had for several years for Creamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting. We love it on chocolate cupcakes!
What you'll need:
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
7 Tablespoons coconut milk, shaken well
Combine the butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until combined and creamy.
Gradually beat in the powdered sugar.
Slowly beat in the coconut milk. Continue mixing until the frosting becomes thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
After frosting, I sprinkle sparkling (sanding) sugar over the top. It really adds to the look of the cupcakes.