What’s better than flowers for Mother’s Day? How about flowers you can eat! The whole family will enjoy a creative spin on the traditional flowers for Mom when they come in the form of cupcakes. Here, a boxed cake mix gets special treatment when it’s decorated with colored frosting and chocolate sandwich cookies to create cheerful sunflowers. Make them as a gift for Mom; or if you are Mom, make them with the kids as a fun activity and treat to enjoy together on Mother’s Day.
What you will need:
- 1 box cake mix of your choice and necessary ingredients (or homemade cupcakes if you prefer)
- 1 container of butter cream frosting (or homemade if you prefer)
- 12 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos® or generic brand)
- Yellow icing color
- Green icing color
- Piping bags and attachments or frosting decorator tool of your choice
- Prepare and bake cupcakes according to directions on box.
- While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting. Take about ¼ of your frosting and place in a small bowl. Stir in green food coloring. Add yellow food coloring to the rest of the frosting. A little bit of coloring tends to go a long way, so gradually add coloring in very small amounts until you reach the shade you desire.
- After cupcakes have cooled, fill your decorating tool with green frosting. Make a green edge around the cupcakes to look like leaves.
- In the center of the cupcakes, place a dollop of frosting.
- Take sandwich cookies and separate the halves. Place a cookie half in the center of each cupcake, using the frosting to help it stick.
- Clean your decorating tool and fill it with yellow frosting. Use the yellow frosting to create “petals” around the cookie center.
Oreo® cookies are undeniably delicious, but generic/store brand chocolate cookies work just as well, if not better, in this recipe. Since they tend to have designs instead of a brand name in the center, generic brand cookies can create a more attractive flower.
While any cupcake recipe would do, a simple boxed cake mix will let you focus your time on the fun part – the decorating. Duncan Hines® Devil’s Food Cake mix makes moist cupcakes with a rich chocolate flavor. In the same way, you can also make your own frosting. Or, turn to Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Butter Cream Frosting. This frosting is just the right consistency for decorating. One container should be enough for 24 cupcakes.
When coloring your icing, Wilton icing color is ideal for the task. It is a gel and does not change the consistency of your icing like other food coloring might. A tiny bit goes a long way, so you can use a 1-oz. bottle for quite a while. Wilton Leaf Green and Golden Yellow were used here.
The Wilton Decorator Plus is a great investment for anyone that enjoys decorating cakes. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and comes with a variety of tips to create different shapes. You can find Wilton icing colors and the Decorator Plus at your local craft store.
Shopping tip: If you’re in Bensalem, PA, visit the A.C. Moore on Street Road. Here, you’ll find the icing color gels, the Wilton Decorator Plus and plenty of options for cupcake liners. Be sure to check their website for a coupon to receive the best value. Also, there is a Dollar General in the same shopping center that often carries chocolate sandwich cookies and cake mixes, as well as other baking supplies.
These bright and decorative cupcakes are perfect for Mother’s Day, but they are suited for just about any spring event. Birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, family picnics … they’d add a friendly and creative touch to any dessert table.
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