Valentine's Cupcakes with Creamy Coconut Buttercream Frosting + Gummy Rose Tutorial

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 Gummy Rose Tutorial. Each rose is made from one sugared gummy slice. You can use regular sugared gummy slices, or cinnamon heart gummies.

Gummy Cinnamon Rose Tutorial

Have a small bowl of sugar to work with close by you. Place a gummy heart on a cutting board sprinkled with sugar. Insert a sharp cutting knife into the sugar and slice heart in approximately 5 slices. You'll need to insert the knife into the bowl of sugar after cutting each slice to keep the gummy heart from sticking to your knife. Roll one petal at a time.  Cover petal with sugar and using a rolling pin, flatten each petal, rolling lengthwise. It usually takes 2-3 times for each, turn the petal after each time you roll and sprinkle with sugar to keep it from sticking. This is just like rolling a pie crust.

To assemble the rose, begin with the smallest petal as the center, fold over and pinch the bottom.  Wrap the next petal around the center, continue wrapping the petals. As you add each petal, begin wrapping from the opposite side to form a balanced rose, and pinch the bottom to secure. You can mold the rose petals to look authentic.

If you use regular gummy slices, they are a little larger in size than the hearts so I only slice it into thirds as seen below:

For a quick overview: slice the sugared gummy slice; roll the slices on a sugared surface; assemble.

Begin with the smallest slice for the center and wrap it around.

Wrap the remaining slices around one at a time 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. 

This year say, "I Love You", with gummy red roses!

Warmest regards,


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