How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

The perfect gift for Mothers Day – making a cupcake bouquet is really easy….let me show you how.

You will need:

6 x 12″ cake dowels – Squires Kitchen Dowels – Squires Kitchen
Hot glue gun

Greenery for the bouquet
Wire, string or ribbon

Brown paper

5 or 6 x Cupcakes decorated with your choice of design Recipe here

How To:

Start by preparing your cupcake supports.

Take the piece of card and draw 6 circles each 2″ in diameter.

Cut them out.

Mark the centres of the discs and using a craft knife and cutting mat cut a small X where you placed your marks.

Push each disc onto the dowel. Position 1″ down from the top of the dowel.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the underside of the discs to the dowel.  Allow the glue to set and hold the discs firmly.

Now to create the bouquet.  I had a bit of a stumbling block here,  not being the most green fingered of characters there was no suitable greenery in the garden (weeds were not going to cut it here).  I’m hoping you won’t have that problem.  So this busy girl hot footed it down to the florists, with my cardboard discs and sticks!

Fortunately one of my Mummy friends, Kate, from school works down there.  After being chronically teased for my bizarre request Kate fashioned me 2 bouquets from greenery and my sticks.

Actually they only cost £4 – £5.00 each to have made up.  Handmade gifts are never a cheap option as I’m sure you know but they do mean so much more to the recipient.

Anyhow, enough rambling.  If you’re giving it a go there is a great video tutorial here on how to make a hand tied bouquet.

Follow the steps creating a bouquet from greenery and the cupcake supports – 5 or 6 is perfect.

Because of the weight of the cupcakes when they go on, it is best to wrap the bouquet in brown paper or cellophane.  It will help to keep the right shape.

Before decorating the cupcakes take a sharp knife and pierce a small hole through the base of the cupcake case.  Decorate your cupcakes any which way you choose.  I like the rose effect piping and of course it wouldn’t be a Ruth cupcake without a sprinkle of glitter!  You can see how to pipe like this here.

Stand the bouquet in a vase or glass making sure it is well supported.  Place your cupcakes one onto each support in the bouquet pushing the dowel through the hole in the base of the wrapper until they sit neatly on the cardboard discs.

Now all that’s left is to find a worthy recipient – these are off to my Mum, earlier than Mothers Day but she’s poorly so I’m hoping they will cheer her up!

If you do give this project a go – please post your pictures on The Pink Whisk facebook page for us all to take a look!

Have fun

Ruth x

PS. The cute pink cupcake cups are by Paper Eskimo they are expensive and can be difficult to get hold of but The Cake Decorating Company has a selection here

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Finalist on BBC2 The Great British Bake Off

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50 Responses to How to make a Cupcake Bouquet

  1. PlumLeaf 李葉 says:

    Very Creative & Beautiful too! Shame to have to eat them!

  2. Abbie says:

    Wow! This cupcake bouquet looks amazing! I might just have to give it a go with some carrot cupcakes (my mum's favourite!) xx

  3. Catch a Dragonfly says:

    Oh My Goodness
    They look stunning!!!

  4. Gill Keeble says:

    Hi these are great instructions and a good alternative to the method I already use which involves skewers but my only concern is whether food safety wise this is ok. Is it ok to have food right next to foliage, I suppose if its not poisonous it should be ok. Do you know what the regulations are regarding this? I would love to know.

  5. christinemosler says:

    How fantastic is that?! Gorgeous, I might just have to have a go too!

  6. Ruth says:

    Thanks all! xx

    Gill – A lot of wedding cakes are done with fresh flowers – as long as you make sure that the foliage and/or flowers are non-poisonous and they haven't been treated with pesticides you should be okay x

  7. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says:

    Stunning Ruth!

    I love them!

  8. Hazel says:

    That looks lovely! Had heard of cupcake bouquets and wondered what they were. As a florist anyway I just need to make some decent cupcakes!

  9. Matt says:

    Just beautiful!!! Would skewers work if I can't get the dowelling in time??? Love Dawn xx

  10. Janice says:

    That is just amazing, what a brilliant idea. Not that I will be trying it though, mine would not turn out that way!

  11. Ruth says:

    Hi Dawn – yes I think as long as they are fairly sturdy skewers would work. Cut the holes in the cardboard discs fairly small and then make sure they're glued well in place x

  12. PinkCat says:

    It looks lovely. What an amazing idea! In the past I've send friends baby clothes bouquets when they've had a new arrival and they all seem to love getting something unusual. I will have to try this. x

  13. mummy2midwife says:

    Ooohh what a fabulous idea. I will have to practise my cupcake-making/decorating skills in preparation 😉

  14. Morwenna Hill says:

    I absolutely love it, the bouquet is stunning!
    I will definitely be attempting this! Thank you for the tutorial

  15. Tabitha says:

    Can I just buy one from you? I feel stressed reading the instructions!

  16. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    These look lovely… such pretty colours and piping they're very realistic looking flowers!

  17. Kelly-Jane says:

    Really love all the 'flowers', fabulous!

  18. Cupcake Kelly says:

    really love these! I was half tempted to use cupcake bouquets for the centerpieces at my wedding!

  19. Natasha Green ★ says:

    what a fantastic idea. They look so elegant and beautiful! How wonderful.
    All the best, Natasha from the Rambles and Shambles blog.

  20. Franziska says:

    I wish you hadn't posted that link to the Cake Decorating Company… I just spent a small fortune!
    The flower cupcakes look great but this is way too much work for me 😉 I'm with Tabitha, I'd rather buy them!

  21. Julie says:

    They are amazing – just so beautiful! Not sure if I could ever make these but I love looking at all the pictures! Really love your blog Ruth – so inspiring.

  22. Aveen says:

    If I wasn't already married I would love one of these as my wedding bouquet! It's my mum in law's 60th in a couple of weeks though and she'd love one of these so I'd best get practicing 🙂

  23. smilernpb says:

    Just lovely….may I ask where you get the edible glitter from? Thanks in advance xx

  24. Ruth says:

    You can get edible glitter from Hobbycraft and online sugarcraft stores – heres some on Amazon

  25. Fabulicious Food says:

    Ruth the cupcakes are really beautiful, they really look like flowers and it is such a lovely idea to add them into a bouquet. Quite unique! Ren

  26. SarahWW says:

    Hi~ Ruth~ I am Sarah. They look gorgeous and thanks for sharing the methods and I will try it out~
    This week I have a post about French Soufflé, I hope you could have a see on my "Dessert.S" blog and leave me some words there. I like "The Pink Whisk" and have added on my "Blog ROll" for my friends to explore~


  27. Kate says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Those look AMAZING! what a brilliant idea, and great, great gift too. Really enjoying reading the blog- and thank you for the recommendations for online cake and sugar craft stores.

    Kate (off of

    PS: will you be involved in The Great British Bake Off this summer? Will you get to come back as a Special judge, a bit like the previous contestants in Masterchef the other week?!

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  29. Anonymous says:

    These Look really good, but how did you make the icing? and what food colours did you use to get the pink and blue cupcakes?
    Well Done Ruth!

  30. Ruth says:

    For the buttercream icing 250g super softened butter, 500g icing sugar and 2 tbsps milk. I use the wilton gel icing colour set which gives great colour using only a tiny amount and it doesn't change the consistency of the buttercream like a liquid colour does Here's the link

  31. TheLateNightOwl says:

    Hello Ruth! 🙂 This is my first time commenting on your blog! I'm Supersizer1 from Twitter! I love the Cupcake Bouquets, they look really awesome! Very colourful too! And there's nothing wrong with a sprinkeling of glitter to liven things up. I prefer the PINK ones, but then it is my fave colour! Deep pink, actually. Anyways, well done on these! <3

  32. Sally says:

    These are adorable! I will need to get a piping nozzle like yours to make mine look like roses too .Can you tell me where I can get one or what shape I should use? Thanks so much! Lovely blog xxx

  33. Islay says:

    Hi Ruth,
    I absolutely love cupcakes and I think that this is a brilliant idea.
    I live in New Zealand and I saw you on The Great British Bake Off and I thought that you should have won!! Anyway, I have never made sugar paste icing before, but I really want to, all I need is paste food colouring, but I don't know where to get it from!!! Any ideas???

  34. Ruth says:

    Hi Islay, You can order it online from or you could try on Amazon or eBay xx Let me know how you get on with your bouquet x

  35. Mit Kage Eventyr says:

    Hi there

    Very nice blog you have. And THANK YOU so much for this How-to.

    Kind regards Susanne – Denmark

  36. Very useful tutorial!!

  37. Those are just about the most wonderful thingsive ever seen! X x

  38. Didde says:


    Super nice bouquet. Which nozzle do you use to make the lillac cakes? Is it possible you can send a picture of it to my email?

    Didde from Denmark

  39. Didde says:

    Hello again.

    Is it also possible that you can send the recipe for your lillac frosting? Also like how you’re doing it. I can only find it on your chocolate frosting. Hope to hear from you.

    Greetings from Denmark Didde

  40. gabby says:

    I have just newly discovered your site and it is wonderful. I’ll be making some of your dainty recipes for a high tea we’re having soon at our historic church. I wonder if I could beg and plead for one thing, which probably most people won’t think important at all. “Cupcakes” is a fairly modern American term for what has existed for a long time as “fairy cakes”, “little cakes”, “patty cakes”, “kiss” or “angel” cakes and generically as “buns.” It’s ugly, and has all but displaced earlier terms. Seems to me like introduced birds killing off natives. Can we do without it? What do you think?

  41. Vanessa Wheeler says:

    WOW! I made my bouquets for mum and mum in law! Love them, such a fab idea! Posted my pics on facebook and people are asking me how much I would charge to make them one! Instead I posted a link to your website! Keep up the good work will be trying out your cake pops next christmas!! V xx

  42. Claire says:

    Hi Ruth, thank you for showing us how to make these, I made a bouquet for my Mum, they look gorgeous 🙂 xxx

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  44. Linda Osborne says:

    Stunning, love these…

  45. Thanks for sharing this great idea Ruth. They look beautiful. You make it look really easy to do too. Who says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? It applies to women too 🙂 I’ve selected your idea for one of my top 10 creative and easy DIY gifts for Mother’s day.

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